Greenhouse farming is a technique of farming that grows the yield of fruits, vegetables, crops, etc. Often human involvement leads to energy and production reduction and adds up labour costs to growers, which can be counter-productive at times.
A greenhouse built with IoT solutions intelligently monitors and controls the climate inside, terminating the need for human involvement altogether. A well-designed greenhouse with IoT allows the crops to bloom and thrive.
IoT has helped agriculture to make a huge step ahead. Here are important aspects that IoT solutions benefit in Greenhouse settings.
Automate, monitor, manage remotely
IoT comes with advanced sensors that help growers to automate their parameters that are vital for healthy crops. Growers can manage, control, detect, and monitor everything remotely on any device through diverted alerts and notifications.
IoT devices allow us to track the location and well-being of plants anywhere in the greenhouse. Monitoring a plant’s health is now made easier and more reliable through various sensors. For instance, temperature sensors can be used to monitor temperature and notify growers if something’s incorrect.
Effective water fertigation management
Water infused with fertilizers refers to fertigation management in which the pipes laid in the soil attached with sensors automatically work through the water systems allowing growers to focus on the quality of yields. Using IoT sensors, water management can be effectively managed with no water wastage.
Growers using IoT systems in the greenhouse remove human intervention, resulting in making the whole process cost-effective and increasing accuracy at the same time. In the time of self-driving cars, greenhouse with the influence of IoT provides efficiency to growers. Automated devices operate 24/7 with minimum to no observation which solves labour shortage issues as well.
Real-time monitoring for high-quality crops
Applied automated controlling systems to greenhouses help to increase the yield and enhance the quality of crops. On the other hand, IoT-based hydroponic greenhouse merged with both the automated controlling system and monitor system benefits from analytics of huge data from the cloud. With advanced machine learning algorithms, the cloud generates decisions of adaptation in temperature, pH value, collected data, humidity, and light exposure and instantly sends them to the automatic controlling system.
Improved plant health
Observation in large areas becomes a humanly unmanageable task, to overcome the issue drones are used to analyze soil, detect crop growth, and spray plants. In-depth analysis allows growers to find any crop diseases at the initial stages which helps fight them effectively and reduces any further damage to harvest.
Advanced weather predictions
The IoT ecosystem backed by sensors detects real-time weather conditions such as humidity, temperature, CO2 levels, and much more accurately. Smart weather stations help you to gather and analyze data on weather conditions throughout the year and send it to the cloud for future predictions. This makes it easy for growers to establish a system or past methods and make effective decisions on crop rotation. Short-term weather predictions influence grower’s decisions on when to plant, begin harvesting, or apply fertilizer. This results in minimizing waste and improved yields while decreasing the unfavourable impact of weather.
Overcome traditional challenges
Precision farming using the IoT system depends on the data gathered from diverse sensors in the field which allows growers to precisely assign enough resources to within one plant.
Farming using IoT makes it easy to avoid traditional challenges and remove all issues that may arise in between farming procedures. Consequently, the quality of the product grows and customers get a better product of high quality.
The IoT system assists to constantly monitor the greenhouse so that safety measures can be taken at an early stage. It minimizes manual work, increases productivity, decreases time, and makes farming more efficient.
In short, the IoT sensors in the greenhouse equip a grower with information on light levels, humidity, pressure, and temperature within the greenhouse. These sensors can automatically control a heater, turn on lights, or turn on a fan, everything through a WiFi signal. This is extremely beneficial for modern agriculture.
Are you looking to automating a greenhouse to grow your crops’ quality and improve your yields? Sperotec’s automated technology can help you organize your crop operations and learn more about taking care of your plants for a better harvest. You can reach out to our expert team from our contact page here.