Silicon Valley Forums "Seeds of Our Future" Program Returns for a Third Year
By coupling its cloud and open autonomy platforms to disrupt agriculture, Northstar Robotics is on track to solve farm labor shortages and reduce farm input costs.
In agriculture, its common for new products to go through field trials. Trials are lengthy and are often run at the cost of the vendor who is looking to build a proof of concept for their product.
To find sustainability and success, farmers need to mimic nature. Holistic farm management does not function without establishing goals and values that fit with the quality of life that a farmer is trying to accomplish.
Its the underlying science tools and heroes of the digital agriculture movement - specifically, machine learning and predictive modeling - that are central to the success of delivering a digital transformation.
Last year recorded groundbreaking technological advances in agriculture, even as the ag giants focused on consolidation. In looking back over the trends that shaped 2017, we can locate the signs pointing to the big stories we anticipate this year.
As the challenges to the agricultural industry continue to evolve, we must pay attention to the impact on farmers. We must support those who feed us by finding new ways to empower farmers, both professionally and personally.
Ridding rail tracks of weeds is essential to safety, and finding an alternative might not be simple. Specialist operator Weedfree on Track has been combatting weed problems for over half a century.
Satellite technology allows you to move forward with data you know is accurate and reliable, helping with more precise loss adjustment processes, reports and index-based models for your clients.
Typically growers want to see the seed date, variety, quantity, and maybe harvest date on a plant tag. This can all be done with barcodes.
Lets not forget that farmers themselves are very innovative and willing to try new things - still, they proceed with caution. So, technology adoption will most likely continue to be a pain point in agriculture, but having awareness of these principles may help developers smooth the path moving forward.
Blue River has designed and integrated computer vision and machine learning technology that will enable growers to reduce the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present, optimizing the use of inputs in farming - a key objective of precision agriculture.
With Agrilyst, growers can understand which of their crops are the highest performers based on yield, growth rate, or both and run production scenarios with higher performers having more space allocation. These recommendations help growers optimize the space on their farm and drive significantly higher revenues.
Today, there are approximately 1 billion people who are underfed; and with an expected 9 billion people inhabiting the earth by 2050, we must use all of the technology that farmers have at their disposal. Technology is giving some promising solutions to this problem.
Roger Trapp for Forbes: Hyper-collaboration will not completely replace more traditional innovation, acknowledge the consultants. Nor should it be a regarded as a "mantra".
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