Drew Mc Farland, Ohio

tracking bulbs in the ground

April 3, 2009
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Categories: Bulb Information, Growing Daffodils, Planting

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This was brought up at the regional show.  I’ve talked to one of the people involved in it’s creation about the possibility of use for burying with bulbs for identification purposes.  It is apparently possible although aspects would need to be custom designed and made.
In short, a tag containing a reactive radio chip would be buried with the bulb, which could later be read by a reading device.  It is possible this would be cost-effective for commercial growers.  In time, I’m sure we’ll see such an application in use.
Sorry, this is very technical.
Regards,
Drew Mc Farland
Granville, Ohio



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One response to “tracking bulbs in the ground”

  1. George Dorner says:

    I’ve looked into this. (Also, I am a radio ham: W9ZSJ, and such folks are nosy about such applications.)  I believe it would be cost prohibitive to use the currently available commercial sources and I have heard of large garden supply firms looking into it. It is being used for tree identification a number of places. 

    Google “rfid for garden” or the like to find further resources. That stands for “Radio Frequency identification.” The topic is hot. Our community college offered two courses in the subject this year. There is a “social network” for folks interested in applications like the ones we would be interested in. We will see many more applications and perhaps the costs will plunge to our level.

    I believe that one board member has rfid tags installed by a neighbor in the business. I’ll wait to see if that person wants to share info.
    One may buy “development kits” advertised in electronics hobbyist magazines to “roll your own” for small hundreds of dollars. Of course, that requires some software expertise and a lot of experimenting. 
    So let’s discuss it, share any pertinent info here, and be ready to help develop or buy a small system when it becomes cost effective.
    George Dorner