Date: Wed Jul 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Christopher Boomsma
Taranis is a leading precision agriculture intelligence platform that uses sophisticated computer vision, data science and deep learning algorithms to effectively monitor fields. The system enables farmers to make informed decisions by detecting early symptoms of weeds, uneven emergence, nutrient deficiencies, disease or insect infestations, water damage, and equipment problems. Overseeing millions of acres of farmland in Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States, Taranis gives farmers the tools to address issues in real-time, increasing yields and cutting costs.
Satellite imagery as a source of information on crop conditions has gone from a high-priced luxury only used by tech innovators to a low-cost offering in almost all field, agronomic and farm management systems. This presentation will evaluate why this change took place in the last few years and how it supports the future of agriculture for farmers and their partners.
New remote sensing technologies continue to be explored and developed for a wide range of applications in agricultural research and crop production. As technologies show merit for a given purpose, a common approach is to promote this new tool for direct integration into a decision-making process. However, optimum utility of the technology can be challenging to realize with the specialization of a single tool, as cost and scope can limit scenarios for profitable application. There is potential for increased utility through simplification of remote measurements and integration of other easily accessible information, such as environmental data and agronomic inputs. This presentation will illustrate examples of data integration for more cost-effective applications of remote sensing technologies, and describe a process for developing specialized, yet simplified tools.
Remote sensing is often described as the sensing of features or objects without being in physical contact with the features or objects. The human eye is an amazing remote sensing organ, but when it comes to agriculture, being able to acquire an aerial view and record the objects in image-form for subsequent review and analysis is often desirable. Dr. Price’s presentation will focus on remote sensing technologies and its best applications in agriculture. He will provide examples from imagery acquired from satellite, onboard piloted aircraft, and drones.