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IoT and Other Sensors in Agriculture: Precision Farming


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15 Hours




Start Dates

July 1, 2023

Registration Deadlines

March 15, 2024

About this microcredential

There are eight microcredentials within the Precision Farming series and they can be taken in any order or on their own.

Precision farming is a management concept that observes, measures, and responds to field variability in crops. Do this, precision farming uses the latest techniques and technologies to address the carbon footprint, clean technologies, and the environmental impact of farming. With the use of technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), the farmer can make decisions regarding practices such as land management, maintenance schedules, seeding, and others by using real-time data. Using the Internet of Things (IoT), this microcredential will assist agricultural workers in exploring how devices and agricultural applications can capture data and support sensors used in farming practices.

Microcredentials in this series:

What will you learn?

Upon completion of this microcredential, learners will be able to:

  1. Explore the Internet of Things (IoT) devices and typical agricultural applications of them.
  2. Explore how IoT devices are connected to a central data collection system and the type of communication protocols used by such devices.
  3. Explore how agriculture can make use of various IoT devices for capture of data from the field. Survey application software that can support the use of various sensors (moisture, wind, sunlight, soil conditions, etc.).

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

Precision farming practices using the latest techniques and technologies address various aspects of carbon footprint and clean technologies. For example, using data of field conditions and states of weed growth, latest sprayer technology can target spray weeds without carpet-spraying the entire field. By analyzing growth and temporal soil conditions, such as moisture content, and soil nutrient levels, targeted fertilizing can reduce overall fertilizer use thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is well known that much of the applied fertilizer runs off into waterways, or is broken down by microbes in the soil, releasing the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. By only targeting the field locations that require the fertilizer and applying only what is needed in those areas, the greenhouse threat is reduced. An understanding of how smart equipment can assist with the reduction of greenhouse gases, not only regarding fertilizer application but also pesticide use and seeding practices, is vital.