Each morning when he wakes up, Robert Willmott glances at his cell phone and is reminded of modern technology’s impact on agriculture.
The Fresno State campus farm technician checks the WiseConn smart phone app that is virtually connected to the University’s olive orchard. A few clicks verify the 20 acres of trees he oversees are receiving the right amount of water via drip irrigation to keep them healthy and productive.
Willmott is also able to monitor the orchard’s pumps and make sure water is flowing efficiently. The system uploads data 24/7 to an online server and will alert him of any sudden changes.
“We still have to see how the trees are doing every day, but the information helps the process operate smoother,” Willmott says.