Crop loss is devastating for farmers. With increasing ecological volatility, it’s also a fact of life, writes Greg Nichols at ZDNet.com. But a host of new techniques known collectively as “precision agriculture” or “agricultural intelligence” can help. One company, Taranis, just unveiled a novel weed identification system that combines computer vision, satellite, and drone imagery, and AI to tell farmers what kinds of weeds are attacking their crops in real time, empowering the farmers to fight back.
The scope of the global crop loss problem is staggering. Worldwide, farmers lose about $750B from crop loss each year. About a third of all food grown is lost.