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Tag Archives: precision agriculture

PRECISION FARMING

Ohio State University ag engineer John Fulton says today’s technology is only as good as the information it collects and ultimately, how it’s used to make better on-farm decisions. He estimates that only about 15% of U.S. farms utilize “prescriptive farming” practices, which includes working with third-party service providers for data management and analysis.

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ON THE FARM: A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST OF DATA

Farmers and entrepreneurs are starting to compete with agribusiness giants over the newest commodity being harvested on U.S. farms – one measured in bytes, not bushels, the Wall Street Journal reports. Startups including Farmobile LLC, Granular Inc. and Grower Information Services Cooperative are developing computer systems that will enable farmers to capture data streaming from… read more

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GOOGLE ENTERS

Google and two venture capitalist firms are investing $15 million in a U.S. tech company that helps farmers maximize their crops based on data gathered by agricultural equipment and shared between growers.

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BIG DATA SURVEY

A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, but most remain wary of risks involved with big data collection. Fully 77.5 percent of farmers surveyed said they feared regulators and other government officials might gain access to their private information without their knowledge… read more

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