16 Oct '15, 2pm

Interpreting farm data - the next high-tech frontier? #agtech #foodtech

Interpreting farm data - the next high-tech frontier? #agtech #foodtech

Editor’s note: This is an adaptation of a blog post first published on EDF’s Growing Returns. Here’s a number that recently caught our attention: During the first half of 2015, venture capitalists invested no less than $2.06 billion in ag tech. Ag what? These are start-ups and entrepreneurs who aggregate data from individual farmers and share it with other farmers in a large network to help growers learn and gain insights – all with the goal of increasing yields and cutting operational costs. Farmers look at the data to see how their performance measures up against similar growers when it comes to issues such as fertilizer usage and yield per square foot, and manufacturers use it to produce equipment targeted to specific regions or crops. But this emerging market brings environmental benefits as well. When farmers use pesticides and fertilizers more efficiently , water and...

Full article: https://www.edf.org/blog/2015/10/15/interpreting-farm-dat...

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