For years, food producers have always wondered about the conditions of their crops during storage. In many cases, food producers are unable to physically make contact to check on the status of their crops.
Fortunately, satellite and internet communications have made it possible to remotely monitor everything through remote sensing technology. This technology is being used in numerous ways. In food production, remote sensing technology are currently being used for agricultural mapping, forecasting and crop tracking that can help increase yields. Tracing the journey of specialty coffee is important especially in the specialty coffee industry.
However, remote sensors can also be used in the postharvest processing of food production as well. For example, since condensation can form during storage, relative humidity and temperature – factors in the development of condensation, which creates a favorable environment for pests and fungi – can be monitored. Also, in a gas-tight storage containers, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels could be easily measured and monitored by remote sensors; preventing the spread of insects. This will limit human intervention and chemical use by placing commodities and the insects feeding on them in a gas tight chamber that will initiate the process of anoxia.
From a business perspective, remote sensing can become an important tool to eliminate the financial risks associated with food losses. Food producers can also raise investor confidence or improve their chances of getting a loan.
There are many benefits to remote sensing in the agriculture sector and the possibilities are limitless for food producers such as irrigation and land mapping, yield prediction and crop growth monitoring, and farmland weather forecasting, just to name a few. Although investing in such technologies may be a bit expensive, it can be very rewarding with potential benefits for both producers and consumers.