‘Drones will be spotting frost damage and diseases in crops soon’

Tillage farmers in Canada are currently using drones with mounted cameras to gauge disease levels and frost damage in a range of crops and such technology is set to play an increasing feature on European farms, according to Ontario-based farmer and feed compounder Jay Johnston. “But driving all of this is the availability of artificial intelligence software which allows the computer systems involved to acquire a predictive capability. This allows the IT to take on a proactive crop management role within a very short period of time.” Johnston said that artificial intelligence is a technology that will play an increasing role within agriculture, primarily where repeated management operations are required. “Animal identification is another case in point,” he said. “Link a camera to a computer with the required software and…


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