Farming is one of the oldest practices known to man. Although tradition is important, it becomes impossible to keep up in this technologically advancing world without modernization. However, thanks to Roam.ai's location-based services, farmers can maximize productivity and crop yield while maintaining their beloved customs at the same time.
1. Track your user’s location Online and Offline: Track location even in remote places with Roam.ai and track activity, delivery schedules, routes and behaviors to improve efficiency. Roam.ai’s SDK allows you to track your users location during foreground, background and terminated app states. Additionally, when offline, the location is stored locally while GPS is available. On the other hand, during GPS outages, our AI predicts and pre-fills the missing location data based on historical behavior. Once the user is back online the location data is uploaded back to the database.
2. Soil sampling: GPS provides the necessary data to accurately determine soil variability and to establish whether a given type of soil is ideal for the growth of a particular crop. Soil sampling also helps in profiling of soils to distinguish between those that are viable and those that are not.
3. Weed location: Using linear sampling techniques, GPS can be used to single out weed patches in vast areas of lands. Weed usually hinders the effective growth of a crop and the eventual yield over a given period of time.
4. Accurate planting: GPS also comes in handy when planning the planting of a crop. Each seed requires specific spacing and depth depending on the soil type. Using GPS, it’s easier to tell what spacing a seed requires and to what depth the seed should be planted in order to maximize yield.
5. Determination of planting ratios: GPS can be used to determine the planting ratios of seeds. Some seeds have specific spaces in between them while others may be planted together with other seeds.
6. Creation of yield maps: GPS plays an important role in the creation of yield maps for specific types of crops. For instance, during harvests, GPS can be used to map out expected yields of a given crop from one piece of land based on the land and seed characteristics.
7. Harvesting: GPS is vital in determining what area of a farm is ready for harvest and how this harvesting will take place. It will then provide an estimate of the size of the area being harvested and the expected returns from the area.
8. Locating a yield map: GPS can also be used to locate a yield map by mounting a GPS receiver on a farm machinery and then collecting the data.
9. Environmental control: Applying herbicides or pesticides based on the capacity of each square meter reduces the amount of pesticides used. This allows the soil to absorb all the pesticides thereby reducing the chances of runoff.10. Farm planning: GPS plays an important role in the planning of farmland ready for planting. After presenting the overall size of the area, the GPS will then assist in determining what crop should be planted on what part of the farmland using various factors such as soil and crop characteristics.
11. Field mapping: GPS gives an exact estimate of the field that is being prepared for farming. Through this, experts can tell what part of the field should be used for farming activities and what area should be used for other non-farming related activities.
12. Soil sampling: Soil sampling is one of the most important uses of GPS in agriculture. It is crucial to know what type of soil is available on a given farmland as this will help determine the most ideal crops for that specific area.
13. Crop scouting: GPS gives an exact mapping of an area, a helpful feature when scouting for crops that are grown in a particular area. Through this, experts can able to decide the type of crops that thrive within a certain locality and how to further its quality.
14. Yield mapping: After a crop has been planted and is ready for harvesting, GPS can be used to estimate the yield. This can be achieved through aerial mapping where experts can determine the quantity of a yield based on the area covered by the crop.
15. Correlation of production techniques with crop yields: GPS can be used to make a correlation between the production technique that was employed over a piece of land and the crop yields after a period of time. This information can then be used to determine the viability of a given technique.
16. Soil property mapping: Researchers can utilize GPS to determine the soil properties and establish its variability and suitability. determining the properties of soil to establish its variability and suitability for a given crop.
17. Machinery location: Thanks to GPS, It is easier to locate any farm machinery on a vast piece of land.Now, farmers do not need to physically go out and locate farm equipment. GPS does it for them by pinpointing the exact location of these farm machineries.18. Machinery direction: Technology has necessitated the use of autonomous farm machinery.. GPS is used to direct these machineries into deciding what direction the seeds will be placed as well as their spacing.
19. Assessment for the availability of water in an area: GPS has been used in assessing water availability and sources within a given locality. Water sources such as rivers or canals can easily be singled out using GPS.
20. Identification of irrigated crops: GPS helps identify areas where there are crops that have been irrigated and those that have not been irrigated. By doing so, farmers and researchers can create profiles between the two to facilitate making comparisons
21. Land usage in the locality: GPS can be used to monitor the land usage within a given locality. Through GPS, it is easier to differentiate between the cultivated and bare land. 26. Contour mapping: In cases where the land is irregular, GPS has been instrumental in determining the contours within the specific locality as some crops may not do well in contoured lands while others may thrive.
22. Irrigation systems mapping such as dams or canals: In cases where the land needs to be irrigated, GPS can locate some irrigation systems such as dams and canals.
23. Meteorological mapping such as climatic patterns: GPS plays an important role in mapping out some climatic conditions which may determine the type of crop that can grow in a given region.24.
24. Personnel mapping: GPS may also play an important role in mapping out the number of personnel in a given farmland at specific times of the day. This is vital if a farmer wants to measure the productivity of the personnel in a farm.