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FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below

8/24/2015 09:00 AM EDT
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alex_m1
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Re: Internet of Ag Things
alex_m1   8/24/2015 4:50:24 PM
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Since the barrier for milking robots is the ackuisition costs, but it does make money per each milking(more milk, less work), i wonder why don't they use a "pay per milking" arrangement ?

Praveen Jatkar
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Hard to to get into Indian market
Praveen Jatkar   8/24/2015 3:10:09 PM
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Being a son of farmer and an Electrical engineer I want to share the current scenario in eastern part of the world (Specifically India). As in whole 70% of population here is dependent on agriculture and major part of these population resides in villages where they get hardly 3-6 hours of electricity power for irrigation. I have also came across many farmers who can’t even afford three times fertilizers for their nine month crop.  At this point I don’t see there is any market for Drones and robots for agriculture in India unless and until these are really really cheap, affordable and not power hungry.  To see this happen all around the globe, there should be another revolution which brings the cost of Drones,robots&IoT to affordable prices (the way it happened with smartphones). Hoping to see better days of farmers using Technology.

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Internet of Ag Things
junko.yoshida   8/24/2015 12:25:28 PM
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Farmers are really comfortable talking tech -- that was my take away from all the interviews I did last week. Moreover, they aren't just sitting around talking about IoT, they are actually doing it. Their tech wish list is long, diverse and challenging to many of us in the EE Community, I thought.

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Re: Today's high-tech farmers - outstanding in their field
junko.yoshida   8/24/2015 12:20:52 PM
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Thanks, zeeglen. I knew I was getting into an unfamiliar territory...right there!

FYI, details of how to monitor soil moisture is explained below:

http://fyi.uwex.edu/cropirrigation/files/2015/03/Methods.to_.Monitor.Soil_.Moisture.pdf

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Today's high-tech farmers - outstanding in their field
zeeglen   8/24/2015 11:57:23 AM
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Very interesting article, Junko.  Always something new for city folks to learn.  But I do have to ask about "Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) sensors and capacitance sensors measure storage and dissipation of electrical and magnetic energy of soil."  Huh?  Clarification please?

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