Event Details

AgTech Disruption (STL TechWeek)

T-REX, 911 Washington Avenue #500 St. Louis, MO 63101

April 8th, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm, ends at 3:00 pm

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Agtech Disruption (STL TechWeek)

Beating Crop Disease by Working Smarter, Not Harder

Presented by Dr. Yaqi Chen, Director of AI / Machine Learning

Crop protection for farms is an ongoing challenge - from labor shortages to the inability to prioritize workers' routes. Field workers manually gather crop data with notes and images row by row, with differing walking routes. This process makes coverage impossible to complete and often results in missed timing windows that ultimately affect crop yields.

Learn how an AI-powered app delivered disease modeling and risk prediction for routing guidance. Data on the growth stages of the crops and custom NDVI imagery via Planet Labs improved efficiency in crop treatment where growers were able to visualize the health of their fields, allowing farms to manage labor resources and optimize efficiency. This solution leveraged a large-scale satellite image processing pipeline including cloud coverage detection for a tailored vegetation index-based crop growth and health check. In 2023, the app has seen its footprint across 25 million acres of fields, assisting farmers from 7 states!