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Application of information technology for Precision agriculture

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  131620239,  2013 Kansas City, Missouri, July 21 - July 24, 2013. (doi: @2013
Authors:   Xiaoyong Liu, Xuelian Li
Keywords:   Wireless sensor network data acquisition and detection automatic irrigation Precision agriculture

It is important to adopt changes in agricultural practices and employ innovative ideas for the agricultural industry to maintain its current rate of production. Information technology can be used to study soil dynamics based on information gathered at regular intervals. Data acquisition and detection in precision agriculture is an area of significant research in the field of wireless sensor networks (WSNs). In the past few years, many WSNs had been deployed. In near future, sensor networks will be an integral part of our everyday life. For example, sensor networks could provide precise information about crops with respect to the soil quality and water content, enabling better irrigation schedules, pesticide usage and enhancing environment protection.Aim at automatic irrigation, this paper analyzed the condition of development about system of data acquisition and detection for automatic irrigation in China, especially in Xinjiang, northwest of China and analyzed the application of WSNs in precision agriculture. We discussed about problem of starve for on system of data acquisition and detection for automatic irrigation from aspect of application on agriculture irrigation. The barriers for development and adoption of automation technology for this system are also pointed out.

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