“Hey Siri, how are my crops doing?” Autonomy in Agriculture Potpourri
Modern agriculture is only possible with the use of advanced technology. In an upcoming interview, we will learn about what the future of agriculture looks like with highly advanced autonomous systems and how farmers are reacting and coping.
Until then, here are some interesting stories about autonomous systems and agriculture.
It is nice to see AI being used to help meet the food demands of a growing world population. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed two apps, “LandInfo” and “LandCover,” available on the Google Play Store.
AI is also being used in India to help farmers. Drought, crop failure, and lack of accessibility to modern technology make it hard for Indian farmers. In fact, an estimated 200,000 farmers have ended their lives in the last two decades due to debt. A group of researchers from Berlin have developed an app called Plantix to help farmers detect crop diseases and nutrient deficiency in their crops.
AI has also given farmers a lot of convenience. They can now perform tasks such as starting or stopping center pivot irrigation systems from the convenience of their home.
The market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture is estimated at $32.4 billion. Applications include soil and field analysis, planting, crop spraying, crop monitoring, irrigation, and health assessment,