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Posts By John H. Tibbetts

From Identifying Plant Pests to Picking Fruit, AI is Reinventing How Farmers Produce Your Food

January 10, 2018 |

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A sophisticated form of artificial intelligence known as deep learning could help make agriculture more efficient and environmentally friendly.


Sick crops? These Indian subsistence farmers know just what to do: Pull out their smartphones and take their picture. The farmers then upload the images with GPS locations to a cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) app named Plantix. The app identifies the crop type in the image and spits out a diagnosis of a disease, pest or nutrient deficiency. Plantix also aids farmers by recommending targeted biological or chemical treatments for ailing plants, reducing the volume of agrochemicals in groundwater and waterways that can result from overuse or incorrect application of herbicides and pesticides. Read More