Orange farmers in Hongshan Village in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality are now aided by 5G, the latest generation of a wireless network. Up until recently, local farmers had to stay in the orchard all day in August, to make sure their orange trees were watered timely and sufficiently. Now, they can complete the task remotely via a monitoring and control system tied to their smartphones. With this technology, they can check out which tree needs to be watered. And with a simple click on their phone, they can turn on and off the watering system in the orchard.
That's only a small part of a smart farming system enabled by 5G mobile networks, which promises to revolutionize the traditional farming industry. In a 5G smart farm, wireless sensors connected through 5G, can monitor field conditions such as the weather, air, soil parameters, crop growth, and detect when crops need watering, pesticides, or fertilizer and what are the optimal quantities. Notably, the process requires the fast transmission of a large amount of real-time data.
According to news.cgtn.com, smart farming also replaces farmhands with all kinds of smart agricultural machinery and devices, such as automatic irrigation systems, agricultural drones, and self-driving tractors. 5G networks enable remote low-latency control of such devices.
Summing up, 5G will make agricultural production more efficient and improve the produce's yields and quality.