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5 Uses for Rugged Tablets in Agriculture and Crop Management

Successful crop management is a complicated blend of the right horticultural expertise, soil conditions, fertilizers and irrigation methods. As mobile data solutions make their way into the agriculture industry, farmers and agricultural specialists rely on mobile devices, such as rugged tablet, to calculate and store information required in the office—and in the field.  When equipped with the proper features, ruggedized tablets can make the job of crop management easier and more cost-effective and ultimately, help farmers maximize their yield. Consider these uses:

  • Soil Sampling: Soil samples determine the density of various nutrients, the presence of harmful toxins, and the ability of water and soil to permeate to the roots of crops. Farmers and field personnel can gather soil samples and log pertinent information into the tablets on the spot—without having to scribble handwritten notes for later data entry. Then, results can be integrated with existing databases or software, allowing for a complete compilation of important soil information.
  • Diseases: The spread of disease can devastate an entire crop. Mobile data collection systems allow for rapid analyses of past disease outcroppings, while revealing how much of a given field was impacted by a current blight. Diseases can spread like wildfires, preventing them is vital. 
  • Mapping: Mapping a given stretch of land identifies countless issues important to crop management, such as (1) prevalence of weeds in specific areas, (2) patterns of runoff and water pooling, and (3) effects of weather on the crop yield. Durable Windows tablets allow for easy on-site data entry, permitting quick creation of viable maps and instant map sharing with relevant team members.
  • Harvest Data: A rugged computer system can quickly integrate important data from a harvest, such as yield of hybrid crops versus earlier strains, the effectiveness of new fertilizers, and the ability of fallow soil to support crops. After assisting with data analysis, rugged tablet PCs allow multiple people to collaborate on data without losing track of critical information.
  • Durability: Simply put, equipment used in the field on a daily basis must be tough. Crop management may involve taking soil samples in the winter, when temperatures plunge well below zero—or checking water filtration data in the middle of a thunderstorm. Rugged devices are often dropped in the dirt, and may be subject to a range of vibrations and unexpected impacts. A high-performance tablet needs to endure each of these rigors while functioning for hours: ensuring that users have access to them at all times.

 

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