Agricultural experts at a Houston conference praised the advancements in unmanned aerial vehicles, sensors, and data-collecting technology used in precision crop production research, but said there are also challenges in how to process vast amounts of information and translate to the farmer, writes Blair Fannin on CottonGrower.com.
The conference, “Identifying Obstacles to Applying Big Data in Agriculture,” held Aug. 20-21, covered a broad spectrum of both unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as automated ground vehicles equipped with sensor technology used to collect a variety of datasets in crop production.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture were conference sponsors.
“We need reliable data and to be asking the right questions,” said Dr. Alex Thomasson, conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer. “A few agricultural trends, as well as technology development in the broader economy, have driven the advance of big-data technology use in agriculture.”