- Wireless adapts to farm
- Monitor field conditions
- Track cotton modules
Wireless. For most, the word conjures images of quaint coffee shops or busy airport lobbies – places where people drop in to check on business or check in with other people.
But increasingly "wireless" is showing up on the farm to help produce better crops, net more money for growers and land a superior product in stores for consumers, according to experts.
Wireless agriculture is yielding benefits in rice and cotton studies by Texas AgriLife Research scientists, for example.
"We're working on a system that uses wireless sensing in rice production," said Dr. Lee Tarpley, AgriLife Research plant physiologist in Beaumont. "We’d like to be able to continuously monitor field conditions such as temperature and soil moisture, and using sensors allows us to do that. We can put them in the field and collect the data from them inside on our computer.