Tag Archives: smart farming

The key to soil success – Helping farmers make optimum cultivation decisions

We all know that soil is the most important factor in agriculture. Healthy soil is the foundation of our food system as it produces healthy crops that in turn nourish people. There are two important aspects as far as soil properties are concerned. One is the ability of the soil to manage, hold and drain water. The other is nutrients management that includes Cation Exchange Capacity, Clay Content and Soil pH.

Soil Knowledge

Our planet is known to have over thousand different types of soil. Each soil needs to be treated differently. The soil is a living, dynamic ecosystem and its quality can vary greatly even within a region or a ­single field. How a farmer manages the farm can have crucial impacts on the environment. Most times issue rises because farmers are not aware of the best practices in soil management. The beauty about soil is that it can be regenerated and reproduced for repeat agriculture. Therefore, it is important for farmers to focus on preserving it. Farming is a continuous and complex process that also needs close monitoring, studying with a constant exchange of information. One of the primary, most obvious way to improve soil health is by growing crop on the ground at all times. Reducing tillage is another way to allow the soil to improve as organisms in the soil flourish.

How to keep your soil healthy?

It is important to consider the following in order to take good care of the soil.

  • Continuous monitoring of soil’s nutrients level
  • Use of precision agriculture practices to apply nutrients when necessary
  • Choose the right crop based on the soil composition
  • Rotation of crops to improve diversity
  • Reduce tilling
  • Reduce soil erosion and
  • Monitor soil moisture levels

To keep your soil healthy, it is important to have a well-drained soil. In a well-drained soil, optimal root growth happens without drainage problem. Efforts need to be taken to avoid erosion as the loss of nutrients in erosion can be up to 70%. Repeat soil testing and use appropriate fertilizer to help grow your drop.

Existing farming systems, due to repetitive harvesting reduces the nutrients and the organic matter and inadequate effort to replenish nutrients result in poor quantity and quality of harvest for the farmers. Understanding the soil helps farmers take informed decisions on what variety of crop to sow in which area and at what time. While this has been done the old fashioned way with sheer experience, IT has made farming easier in this day and age. Technology has created a revolution in Agriculture and with digital information on weather, soil, health, diseases, crop management etc, farmers are better equipped to face challenges ahead in time. They are therefore able to optimize their harvest yield to get larger outputs.

Did you know?
Excessive use of chemical fertilizers has impacted soil fertility in Punjab that has led to an increase in cancer.

My Farm Info is one such tool on agriculture information system created to help farmers maximize their income by providing them ways to increase their yield and help them get the best price for their produce. This software allows farmers to access key farm information and take necessary action when it matters most. With this tool, farmers can view their fields and crop plans on the map once the geotag their farm on the website. It also allows farmers to connect with a farm doctor through SMS or WhatsApp to get details on weather, soil etc.

‘’The more a farmer knows about his soils, the better equipped he is to decide which varieties to sow in a certain area to produce optimal yields’’
Tobias Menne, head of Digital Farming at Bayer’s Crop Science Division.

My Farm Info also suggests the right crops based on long-term forecasts of that specific field & soil moisture maps. Soil humidity index provides information about the water storage capacity of the soil and recommended the optimal fertilizer needed to improve along with the best time to irrigate.

In the Citrus fields in Abohar, India, My Field Info helped farmers using their soil moisture sensor technology in taking impactful action in their field. By providing soil information including Cation Exchange Capacity, Clay Content, Soil pH and comprehensive soil data, we were able to help the farmer make optimum cultivation decisions.

Soil Moisture Data in this tool also provides optimum field irrigation schedule for the farmers. This kind of information helped farmers plan their cultivation at ease. We were able to optimize the soil choice by understanding the soil matter content in taking planned decisions.The tool also offers Crop Management Solutions by providing nutrition advisory ensuring that the farmer has access to crop nutrition oversight throughout its life cycle.

Why use MyfarmInfo?

My Farm Info aims to show results within a season and by using this platform, farmers will now be able to reap benefits within the same season. Farmers are geo-tagged for and their precise field details can be viewed by hovering over the farm location on Myfarminfo.

How Technology can help you harness data to guide field decisions

The Economy of India is the seventh-largest in the world by GDP and it is the third-largest by purchasing power parity. The agricultural sector is the largest employer in India’s economy and India ranks second worldwide in farm output. Agriculture plays an integral role in the Indian economy. India has the second-largest amount of arable land, after the US, with 52% of total land under cultivation. However, agricultural output lags far behind this country’s potential.

With an increase in the population, there is a need to produce more food with the available soil and water resources. With changing times and development of new technologies, farmers can now produce more, reduce wastage and conserve valuable natural resources and actually practice sustainable agriculture. Thanks to the development of the IT sector, sharing of information or exchange of knowledge from people and resources is possible through SMS or WhatsApp. Technology has enabled farmers to gain information about their farm. Such valuable information helps in taking calculated decisions for the advancement of crop yield in the agricultural sector.

How is technology transforming rural India?

MyFarmInfo.com is an agriculture information system to help farmer maximize their income by providing them ways to increase their yield and help them get the best price for their produce. Better information increases yield, drives efficiency and improves the lives of farmers in India.

Mandi stabilises price

Farmers have been exploited by intermediaries such as money lenders who compel them to sell their produce for an extremely low price. With the Mandi section in My Farm Info, farmers will have the opportunity to find out the mandi prices for the nearby mandies available. They can now choose the optimal mandi from where they can get the best price for their crop.

Understanding Crop Feasibility

Climate plays a major role in crop growth. Sunshine, rainfall, temperature also plays a vital role in the quality of the production. My Farm Info has a crop feasibility section where farmers can find the feasibility of growing any crop on their farm. But choosing to produce crops that are suitable for that piece of land, farmers can maximize their yield and also increase their profitability

Identifying and preventing Crop Diseases

The total estimated loss in economic product per annum due to crop diseases has been estimated to be 13.2% in India. A crop like Maize alone can have over 61 types of diseases. Good agronomic practices can help in reducing the incidence of certain disease groups.

The crop management section in My Farm Info provides 10 years of historical data that enable farmers to find the disease probability for their crops. With the use of sophisticated algorithms, farmers can take calculated decisions on the best suitable crop to grow in their land for better yields.

The tool’s forecast advisory provides early warning of disease infestation for farmers to take preventive or proper measures to minimize their losses.

Farm Management

What if there was someone who could provide expert advice on farming? With the growth of technology, the world has become small and connectivity, a breeze. The farm management section in My Farm Info provides regular feedback, updates and valuable information on nutrition, optimal mandi, NPK application and so on. It is also easy to reach experts on any feedback that farmers may need using WhatsApp on their mobile phones.

All farmers have to do is to save their farm details on a GPS interface and let the experts help them.

Crop Scheduling

To successfully schedule a crop, farmers have to decide the week of the year that their crop will be sold, and then work backward to determine the date of seed sowing or planting. Each stage of a crop cycle needs close monitoring. Simple crop scheduling tools helps farmers reduce their time spent on planning.

Farmers can also use the crop scheduler to help them keep track of all stages of crop life cycle. Farmers will receive messages according to the schedule regarding upcoming crop stages. Forecast and disease alerts will also be sent through SMS making scheduling easy and less o a hassle. Crop scheduling helps farmers to schedule their crops, keep records and manage their farm.

Moisture Sensors

Moisture sensors let the farmers know about the level of the moisture present at the certain depth of the soil. This gives more precise control of water and other inputs like fertilizer to improve yield.

Weather Updates

What if you know beforehand if your farm is prone to floods? Farmers can also use the Flood and wind risk pages in My Farm Info to find the impact of flood and the wind on their produce. With timely and accurate weather forecasts, the farmers are able to either plan their activities or respond to changes accordingly.

Technology has made its way into agriculture and has shown a positive impact. It has helped farmers better decision making, planning, socially connected with experts and are able to utilize their resources optimally to improve the quality and volume of crop production at low cost.