With all the planning, planting, spraying and marketing that goes into a growing season, its not uncommon for something to be overlooked come harvest time.
If 29-year-old me were here in the present day looking at whats going on in agriculture, I cant help but wonder what would be going through my mind-"Do I believe what I am seeing?" or "Am I inside a Sci-Fi movie?"
In Singapore, a country with a population of more than 5.5 million on the main island that is just 26 miles wide and 14 miles long, there is a four-story rotating greenhouse, it produces 1 ton of greens every day. Normally, Singapore imports 93% of its produce.
Today, companies like Farmers Edge are installing weather stations in their customers fields to acquire accurate, site-specific data. And having a dense network of weather stations enables detailed analyses of regional trends.
While crop producers lay out their best plans for success early in the season before planting begins, inevitably some combination of crop pests, unpredictable weather, and even the neighbors livestock or wildlife in the area can wreak havoc on those plans -- resulting in an accumulation of setbacks at harvest.
Drones can be used in many different ways, but not all of them lead to a high ROI. Heres the story of Caribe Drones, a company which discovered the full potential of drones by using Agremo to help farmers gain more insights into their plants and crops.
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.
All the Things You Never Knew You Needed for Effective Agricultural Water Management
Using natural waste products from one system as the primary input of another has substantial economic advantages and represents a far more environmentally sustainable and resource conservative approach to urban food production.
The biggest thing to get right is sales. And sales are driven by how the space in the farm is utilized. Of course, yield is important, but growers need to understand how crops are performing and how much space they occupy as well, because the two are interconnected.
eVineyard joined forces with Globalsat, The Things Network and Vinduino to bring new Wireless IoT Network for irrigation optimization, which saves an average of 25% water.
To meet consumer demands for authentic and fresh-tasting foods, some innovative packaging technologies are doing the job normally given to preservatives, enabling manufacturers to keep the ingredient list to a minimum.
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.
Crops need weather. Farmers need weather forecasts. Expect to see more advanced weather information being made available as technology improves.
New Products Enhance User Experience and Propel Precision Agriculture Technology Forward
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Artificial intelligence can be used, for example, to classify fruit varieties or to identify damaged parts, e.g. apples with marks or color deviations. To cover all possible variances with classical image processing would be very time-consuming and costly. With artificial intelligence, however, these challenges can be solved in no time at all. IDS NXT ocean is a user-friendly all-one-one system which requires neither special knowledge in deep learning nor camera programming. Only sample images and knowledge on how to evaluate them (e.g. "good apples" / "bad apples") are needed. This makes the start into AI-based image processing particularly easy. Camera hardware, software, infrastructure and support come from a single company. For beginners, IDS offer the IDS NXT ocean Creative Kit, which includes all components and workflows to create, train and run a neural net.