Precision Agriculture Saves Time, Improves Output
With the many technological advances in the agriculture industry, monitoring has also shifted from a mostly manual task to precision agriculture or wireless sensor networks that can save farmers and ranchers valuable time and resources. Instead of having to be onsite to check livestock tanks, VFS pumps, valves, and even grain silos and bins, a simple remote monitoring device can be installed to alert on predetermined thresholds.
Time is money on a farm or ranch. Remote monitoring can be the eyes and ears on your property when you are not there or are focused in another area. Simple, easy-to-install wireless sensors can cover the most important equipment providing real-time data at a low cost. Just think, that first time you’re alerted to an electricity outage that could have left your whole operation in the dark for an extended period of time, you’ll be thanking that small investment for the headache it saved.
Get Alerted Before the Crops Go Dry
Remote monitoring devices can keep an eye on your irrigation system letting you know when pressure is low, a valve has shut off or a compressor isn’t running. By receiving an alert by text, email, or phone call, you’ll know about a struggling irrigation system hours before you may have known or even before the entire system shuts down leaving you behind schedule and your crops dry.
Stay On Top of Livestock Needs
On large ranches with multiple livestock tanks, remote monitoring saves hours of manual work, especially in the dry conditions we’ve been experiencing. You can’t afford to let a livestock tank get low before addressing a tank pump malfunction. By setting a tank level threshold that gives you plenty of notice before the tank is in dire condition, you can respond and not react to the urgent demands of livestock. Alerts can also be set to notify you when a tank pump is not operating efficiently which can even prevent the tank level from lowering in the first place.
Alerts can also point to a bigger problem. For instance, an alert can be set on livestock feed levels to ensure livestock are eating their required daily intake to get them ready for sale. If levels remain high, it could indicate illness or an issue with the feed. Remote monitoring can buy you time to eradicate disease or swap out feed preventing a widespread disaster.
Real-Time Data from Silos to Seeders
Wireless sensors for grain silos and bin levels can also be useful providing real-time data whenever you need it and wherever you are. Again, with multiple revenue sources within your agricultural business, manually keeping an eye on the status all while managing the equipment can lead to delays and even overlooked issues. Remote monitoring provides more data with less effort.
When expensive and critical farm equipment goes down, an entire operation can come to a standstill. When crops are being planted or harvested, money is being lost. Through remote monitoring of mobile assets, you can stay ahead of catastrophic equipment failures and proactively repair or maintain tractors, balers, seeders, plows, fertilizer spreaders, and more. When electric connections or worn parts threaten an equipment breakdown, remote monitoring devices alert that this vital maintenance is needed. Never let your farm operations go down because of an equipment issue that could have been prevented if you’d only known ahead of time.
Make More Time and Money with Remote Monitoring
The pressure on the U.S. agriculture industry along with recent supply chain issues leaves little room for error. Even small periods of lost production can cost farmers and ranchers money when every day matters. Remote monitoring offers an inexpensive, easy-to-install solution for lost time and production due to equipment malfunctions.