Thanks to the wonders of webcam technology, you can keep an electronic eye on a host of activities around your farm simultaneously. It’s like being in multiple places at once, says Eric Blad, a grain farmer near South Bend, Ind.
For example, he says: “I can get my children ready for bed and see how the corn is unloading at the dryer on my computer or my smart phone all at the same time.”
Blad has seven webcams installed at various locations around his farm buildings and rural home. He can view screens on up to six of the cameras at any one time, via his smart phone.
“I can check on something any time I want, 24-hours-a-day, without having to drive there,” he says. “That’s especially important during grain harvest.”
A traditional webcam setup includes a camera that records video images that you can then view online. Along with the camera, you typically need an encoding device, high-speed internet service and a modem or router for the internet connection.
A number of webcam configurations are available for on-farm use. In the following video, Blad shares several options for farmers’ consideration.