Farmers are using artificial intelligence to help grow food by combatting disease and pests, oftentimes made worse by climate change, pesticide use, and monocropping.
Drones and other robots equipped with computer vision collect data points from the farms’ exisiting crops.
Through machine learning, farmers can monitor crops’ nutrient levels, while also sheltering them from unpredictable and possibly damaging elements.
Despite the promise of AI in agriculture, the high cost of this technology isn’t a realistic solution for many local, small-scale farmers.
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In Leones, Argentina, a drone with a special camera flies low over 150 acres of wheat. It’s able to check each stalk, one-by-one, spotting the beginnings of a fungal infection that could potentially threaten this year’s crop.
The flying robot is powered by computer vision: a kind of artificial intelligence being developed by start-ups around the world, and deployed by farmers looking for solutions that will help them grow food on an increasingly unpredictable planet.
Many food producers are struggling to manage threats to their crop like disease and pests, made worse by climate change, monocropping, and widespread pesticide use.
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