YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Artificial intelligence making modern agriculture even more precise
By Gary Joiner
Precision agriculture is getting more precise every day.
Artificial intelligence or “AI” has arrived on America’s farms and ranches.
Published reports point to approximately 200 AI-based agricultural startups in the U.S.
AI is helping farmers and ranchers grow more food more efficiently.
There are self-driving tractors and combine harvesters, and there are robots for crop inspection and to harvest food. There are autonomous sprayers that differentiate crops from weeds.
AI helps with decision making. Farmers and ranchers can adjust in real time to events because of the technology.
The future is now. Spending on AI solutions in agriculture is estimated to grow from $1 billion in 2020 to $4 billion in 2026.
Crop and soil monitoring. Livestock health monitoring. Aerial survey and imaging. And produce grading and sorting.
Just a few more of the advances that AI provides with more on the way.
Modern agriculture continues to evolve to feed a growing world.
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