Field Predictions

Tim Hammerich

It’s time to publish your Farm of the Future report. I am Tim Hammerich.

Farmers don’t need technology to tell them what has already happened. The need for better tools is to predict what will happen that they can actually influence with actions today. Yield CEO Ros Harvey says AI and robotics can help.

Harvey… “If you had perfect data and perfect information, you would get perfect predictions. But of course we don’t have perfect information and everyone knows the producers are super, super busy. So, you know, they don’t have time to fill out logs, let alone apps saying I did this and I did that. And so really how this connection between AI and robotics is going to happen is two things. One is in our collaboration with Yamaha, which runs a robotic spray service in Napa Valley. They offer a spraying service using robots, both drones in the air and on the ground. And effectively, what we’re doing in this trial is we’re using the spray rules and patterns from our digital manuals to tell the robots what to spray and when. And we know that by using microclimate we can achieve a significant improvement in accuracy, making it more cost effective and efficient for robotic spraying. But at the same time, we collect data from robots to feed it back into our algorithms. »

Harvey said passive on-farm data collection through automation is an important next step towards digital agriculture.


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