American farmers face a challenge today thatâ€™s perplexed their predecessors for centuries: how can they find out if somethingâ€™s wrong with their crops before itâ€™s too late to do anything about it? Pests and disease can linger below the surface and eat away at plantsâ€™ roots, and the damage can ultimately lead to devastating crop failure. But todayâ€™s farmers have a tremendous innovative advantage, as wireless technology presents them with an invaluable array of real-time data that measures soil and atmospheric conditions. Climate-adaptive farming provides an unparalleled level of knowledge of cropsâ€™ health so farmers can make more timely decisions to maximize yields.
Wireless sensors can record cropsâ€™ canopy temperatures and soil moisture, rainfall data, and weather conditions such as barometric pressure, wind speeds, and solar radiation. The data is transmitted to a base station, where itâ€™s collected and then carried on cellular networks to a web portal that farmers often access through smartphones or tablets. The round-the-clock wireless surveillance capability is giving American farmers the information they need to manage their operations more efficiently and increase their productivity.
Climate-adaptive farming highlights the critical role wireless spectrum plays in allowing American industries to leverage technology to their advantage in the global marketplace. It underscores the importance of bringing more spectrum to market, sooner rather than later, to continue meeting the increasing demand for mobile services and to assure the continuation of the virtuous cycle of wireless innovation thatâ€™s benefiting numerous aspects of American life.
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