Fujitsu Makes Farming Know-How Accessible with Farm-Information Sensing Network
General electronics manufacturer Fujitsu Ltd. announced on March 14, 2012, the start of a sweet corn cultivation field trial in Japan's Yamanashi Prefecture using a farm-information sensing network, which will collect and analyze the farms meteorological data and growth information using a wireless network.
Yamanashi Prefecture has seen steady growth in the number of individuals and businesses getting involved in farming. Many are choosing to grow sweet corn, which is relatively easy to farm. However, temperature and humidity are difficult to manage during the initial growth period of sweet corn, leading to the desire for a means by which experienced farmers could pass on their farming know-how to younger generations.
During the field trial, data pertaining to temperature, humidity, and the timing of ventilation by opening and closing greenhouse doors will be collected and periodically transmitted to a remote office via the wireless network. Analyzing the collected data and graphing the correlation between temperature/humidity information and ventilation timing will help facilitate the transfer of farming know-how from experienced farmers to new farmers and farming businesses.
The field trial took advantage of the Yamanashi Cooperative Farming System, a prefecture-backed program that aims to advance cooperative activities between farms and businesses.
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Posted: 2012/06/29 06:00:15 AM