Today, we have 4G networks on our phones and other devices, but the future is here. 5G networks work 100 times faster than 4Gs, which means they can carry more data. 5G networks can also transmit information from remote sensors and drones, which can be beneficial to farmers.
5G drones are being used in potato production in the Netherlands, and 5G sensors are used in Japan to monitor the water temperature and salt concentration of oyster farms.
In the Agri-Epi Center in Somerset, England, ‘Me+Moo’ was launched by the 5G RuralFirst. The app lets farmers know about their cows that are “connected” to the cloud. They receive updates about their cows’ health. Cows are connected to the cloud by 5G collars, which send data to the app. Data includes everything from the food they eat to the way they’re sleeping. It also helps in tracking whether cows are sick or pregnant, said Duncan Forbes, project manager of Me+Moo. This initiative is funded by United Kingdom government grant and tech company Cisco (CSCO).
Pro-5Gs push using this technology because it would be convenient for large-scale farms as well as those in remote areas. Irrigation systems and grazing of the cows are just some areas where 5G could be of a help.
Based on a study of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the efforts to produce food must be increased by 70% from 2009 to be able to supply the population by 2050 and to able to do that, there must be proper technological intervention and advancements. 5G Rural First launched the automation project called ‘Hands-Free Hectare’ last 2017, which is said to have successfully planted and harvested crops without a single direct human interaction on the farm. There were autonomous tractors that sowed the seeds, drones that monitored the crops, and other machines for pesticide and fertilizer application. This project is now improving its precision and efficiency with 5G network technology.
5G technology would not just help farming be sustainable but it would bring a lot of convenience to farmers, said Jonathan Gill of Harper Adams University.