RFID Uses in Agriculture
RFID has already been used for years in some aspects of the agriculture industry. Tagging of animals like sheep and cows allows the farmer to have superior traceability, better breeding control, better conservation efforts and of course, data collection about each and every animal of the herd. RFID can also play a major role with automated feeding, weighing and disease management of the animals, all with a simple tag, in addition to tracking capabilities of a lost animal and return to its rightful owner.
Sheep and goat farming, hog and pig farming, equine facilities, poultry and egg production centers, dairy cattle ranching, beef steer ranching, and aquaculture are all areas of the agriculture industry that sees many benefits from RFID applications.
Agriculture is also about food production of the plant kind; things like wheat, corn and grain farming can also benefit from RFID applications. While you cannot tag each individual seed or grain of corn, you can however tag bales of hay, and entire fields of growing produce.
Specialized tags allow bales of hay to be tagged, which in turn allows the date harvested, the field it was harvested from, the temperature, weight and moisture level of each bale and also the nutritional information to be captured and stored. Tags, readers and software are the components required and RFID has many qualities that busy farmers and ranchers are looking for: it is non-contact, has a high recognition rate, a large bulk storage memory, secure access and it is easily integrated into your existing system.
Data collection in greenhouses is also possible with specialized RFID tags and readers, specially designed for the warm and humid conditions. Growth time, moisture content, equipment management and even personnel management and employees’ production time can easily be tracked, not to mention access control, allowing only those authorized to be in certain areas to have access to those areas.