Agriculture is a sector that is always in the hype. It is one of the most essential parts to keep us all alive. As farmers deal with tough times in monitoring and harvesting crops, new technological trends such as drones are making their work hustle-free. Let's see the top 5 agriculture drones start-ups to know in 2021 Aerobotics is one of the agriculture drones start-ups that are based on farm management and pest management solutions. It offers AI-enabled pest detection, drone imagery services, disease detection, orchard, and yield management.
The application of Artificial Intelligence to precision agriculture is another exciting area where we can reduce environmental impact and simultaneously improve yields, thereby alleviating world hunger. Through computer vision we'll be able to cost-effectively detect, locate, and treat a variety of pests and diseases. Through agricultural robotics, we'll be able to accelerate mechanical pruning and harvesting for a variety of crops. An AI approach to identifying plants and detecting diseases is not an entirely new concept. Computer vision techniques used to identify plant disease have been around since the early 2000's.
Another unique characteristic of the agtech industry is geographical dispersion. Unlike fintech or cyber companies, which tend to congregate in specific areas--near competitors or revenue sources--agtech companies tend to settle near fields, orchards, and farmers. Minnesota, for example, is a veritable hub of agtech startups. Conservis Corp. was born there, after local farms struggled to manage the entire production chain, from stock monitoring to profitability testing. They approached some programmers, and the result was a farming management tool.
The oldest profession in the world (or the second oldest, depends on who you ask) is in for a makeover with IoT technology. Smart farming, an extension of precision agriculture, can increase total yield by up to 5% and total profits by up to 20%. In precision agriculture, "Internet of Things" devices, global positioning and new technologies are used. Their job is to measure and respond. With this, we might be able to tackle the challenges of the future in enhancing how we produce and manage food.
HOUSTON – High-tech devices in agriculture such as unmanned aerial vehicles and sensors are leading to immense growth in data collection and deployment, and a Houston conference Aug. 20-21 will feature scholars and industry experts discussing future applications in all aspects of production agriculture. The invitation-only conference, Identifying Obstacles to Applying Big Data in Agriculture, will be held at the Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. It is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the U.S. Department of Agriculture- National Institute of Food and Agriculture. "We have had advanced technologies like GPS in agriculture for over 20 years, but only a small handful of these technologies have made a significant impact," said Dr. Alex Thomasson, conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer in College Station. "Thus we want to cast a vision for the practical use of big data in production agriculture so we can take advantage of the current wave of attendant technologies like the so-called Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, wireless communications, the cloud, etc. "This conference will feature discussion with key business leaders and academics involved in a broad range of disciplines within big data and precision agriculture.