APPLICATION OF GEO-SPATIAL TECHNOLOGY FOR SMARTFARM
Balaji Sethuramasamyraja, Arthish Bhsakar, Chandra Krintz, Rich Wolski and Bo Liu
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, California State University, Fresno
Food production and productivity is critical in the future due to population explosion and sustainable initiatives. In order to make agriculture more productive and to ensure productivity gains are sustainable, farmers and crop consultants are resorting to the application of sensors technology, data analysis and data acquisition for optimization of operations. Our system, SmartFarm has the capability of integrating disparate environmental technologies into a user-friendly and customized cloud-based data appliance with new analytics that provide growers with a secure, low-cost data analysis and decision support system. Geo-Spatial Technology was used as a part of our project in building a soil library to test soil sensors. The goal is to use GIS to map the types of soil samples that were collected and build a soil library to test sensors across the board for determining soil parameters like Soil moisture, Soil pH, Soil electrical conductivity etc. GIS data layers like soil, climate and crop were utilized for site-specific crop management/precision agriculture.