Farmers Edge and Planet are part of a wave of emerging high-tech firms helping farmers fight a historic foe – bad weather – that’s getting increasingly wilder and more capricious, Bloomberg reports. At the same time, seed sellers Bayer, Syngenta, and Corteva are scouring the earth for more crop genes that will let them further geo-engineer plants to thrive in tough weather. Already, there’s been progress.
“We see right now a new paradigm in the production of corn and soybeans,” said Al Dutcher, an extension agricultural climatologist with the state climatologist’s office in Lincoln, Nebraska. “Technological advances are outpacing the problems.”