Tech investment in agriculture isn’t new, but there are still adoption hurdles that need to be ironed out. Monsanto and The Climate Corp. turn farming data into actionable insights. On-farm production and the decision making tools and technologies.1 Sensing Tech in Ag
Peggy says tech investment in agriculture isn’t new, but there are still adoption hurdles that need to be ironed out. During the last few years in particular, discussions about climate change have really put pressure on the agriculture space to find ways to better monitor their use of resources. She talks about sensors, remote monitoring, and irrigation systems and points to an example of how sensing systems are being used to control water quality on fish farms.
2 Data Drives Farming
Peggy welcomes Sam Eathington, chief science officer of Monsanto and The Climate Corp., to the show. He says today farming is all about data and how you take that data and turn it into an actionable insight. Having grown up on a farm, he says there is lots of different data, but it is hard to use that data. One of the challenges growing up on the farm is every field is different. He explains that quality information is essential and then you need to know how to put it all together.
3 Digital Ag Is Here
Peggy chats with Joshua Peschel, assistant professor of agriculture and bio-systems engineering, Iowa State University, who says digital agriculture is the injection of tools and technologies that will optimize and advance actual on-farm production and the decision making behind that. With that, cows and corn are no longer the only commodities that come off the farm—data also comes off the farm. He says the software and data being collected are some of the most important things today.