AI Constantly Reshaping the Agriculture Landscape
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AI Constantly Reshaping the Agriculture Landscape

By CIOReview | Thursday, December 16, 2021
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AI is being used extensively in every field to succeed nowadays. Compared to other sectors, AI is comparatively new to agriculture, and it is driving growth in this sector.

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Agriculture has been one of the most prevalent professions globally. People have had to get inventive and get more efficient about how we farm, using less space to produce more crops and boosting the productivity and output of those farmed acres as the world population continues to expand and land becomes more scarce. Agriculture is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help produce healthier crops, control pests, monitor soil and growing conditions, organize data for farmers, reduce workload, and improve various agriculture-related operations along the food supply chain.

AI analyzes farm data

On a daily basis, farms generate hundreds of thousands of data points on the ground. Farmers may now use AI to assess a range of things in real time, including weather, temperature, water usage, and soil conditions collected from their farm, to better influence their decisions.

AI system also improves accuracy and the quality of the harvest, which is called precision farming. AI technology helps to detect poor plant nutrition, diseases in plants, and pests. AI sensors detect the problematic weed and target them to apply the right medication in the targeted area. This can help to avoid the overapplication of pesticides which can be bad for fruit and vegetable health.

Farmers are also employing artificial intelligence to develop seasonal forecasting models in order to improve agricultural accuracy and output. These models can predict upcoming weather patterns months in advance, which can help farmers make better decisions. Seasonal forecasting is especially useful for small farms in underdeveloped nations, where data and knowledge are often scarce. As small farms produce more than half of the world's crops, keeping them operating and producing abundant harvests is critical.

AI can handle the labor challenge

To harvest crops and maintain profitability, farms have traditionally required a large number of laborers, most of whom were seasonal. However, as society has moved away from being agrarian with large numbers of people living on farms to now having large numbers of people living in cities, fewer people are able or willing to take care of the land. AI agriculture bots are one way to deal with the labor crisis. These bots are utilized in a variety of ways to supplement the human working force. These bots can harvest crops at a higher volume and faster rate than human employees, identify and eradicate weeds more accurately, and cut farm costs by providing round-the-clock labor.

In addition, farmers are increasingly turning to chatbots for help. Chatbots can assist with a wide range of inquiries as well as offer advice and ideas on specific farm issues. Chatbots are already being used successfully in a variety of other sectors.