Date: Wed Aug 4, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Moderator: James Brehm
Scouting fields maintains its importance as an in-season activity, but what are the challenges of covering the acres for modern farm operations. We will look at leveraging precision tools to extend a scout’s coverage and how to organize the data into action.
Technology is augmenting the technical expertise of certified crop advisors and extending their capacity to scout more acres of cropland and generate more accurate recommendations for agricultural producers. Researchers at Ohio State are making significant progress toward development of an end-to-end system solution capable of extracting and analyzing intra-canopy images to assess crop stress. This system is derived from commercial off-the-shelf components that serve as building blocks that can easily be transitioned between aerial and ground-based platforms.
Kaitlin will be speaking about MFA’s Crop Trak Program and how MFA’s Crop Consultants utilize technology to increase efficiency while scouting and provide a superior service to their clients.
Trials and tribulations of using drones as a tool to make decisions in retail agronomy.
Gordon Moore’s famous law that “power” of computer chips doubles about every two years seems to apply to what you can get with off-the-shelf drones, as well. Just this month DJI released an under $1,000 drone that can take precision ag photos. As a maturing industry, more and more vendors are utilizing cheap, out-of-the-box drones and leaving the heavy weight investments to building supreme analytics. AgroScout has followed this paradigm. This group of vendors optimizes data collection with drone APIs. This strategy has allowed companies to build out layers of detection from planting to harvest at very low cost per acre.