It seems that infrared thermometer technology is everywhere these days, but this technology has a wide range of applications far beyond checking the daily temperatures of humans in stores, restaurants, schools, and other public facilities. Infrared thermometer technology can actually be extensively useful in many different agricultural applications, including both crop farming and even when working with animals like cattle.
Infrared thermometers might be more accurately called infrared radiometers because they actually measure infrared radiation. They allow the user to determine the temperature of a surface without needing to touch the surface. This allows a temperature reading to be recorded from a distance, which can be especially useful in agricultural applications.
In crop-based agriculture, infrared thermometer technology can be used to measure the temperature of the plant canopy over time, allowing for a more accurate estimation of the plant water status. Different crops have different temperature ranges and norms, but over time this technology can help farmers determine how much they need to irrigate their various crops.
In livestock production, infrared thermometer technology can help a farmer better analyze the health of their animals without causing undue stress on individual animals. For example, temperature changes can affect the quality of meat and milk in cattle. Detecting problems like elevated temperatures or fevers earlier can mean that sick animals are removed from others sooner, speeding up their treatment and slowing down the spread of contagions amongst the herd.
If you are interested in how infrared thermometer technology could be used for your agricultural application, contact us at Global Sensors today.