The Wireless Farm

By Deane Barker on June 18, 2004

Wireless Technology Could Soon Help Farms: Interesting story about wireless penetration in the farming industry.

Farms of the not-too-distant future could be managed through wireless computer networks that allow farmers to sit in their pickups with a laptop and drive tractors, monitor soil moisture and even feed the hogs remotely. […]

At least two Georgia farmers are already using the technology. One uses wireless video to monitor vegetable packing. Another relies on a wireless network to monitor irrigation systems.

Pockney can sit in his office and see the position of a 600-foot irrigation system in a nearby field on his computer screen. The system is equipped with a global positioning system to provide its location. A wireless video camera shows how it is operating.