Artificial intelligence, drones, nanotech, remote sensing, and robotics are just some of the technologies that the agriculture industry is beginning to employ. Not only can they help increase food production, but they also can reduce farming’s environmental impact and can collect data about crops to help increase profits.
IEEE members are involved in the emerging field, known as agtech. In this issue, you can learn about robots being deployed to help California vintners improve their irrigation systems. A “plant tattoo” made of graphene-oxide can determine which crop variety is most likely to survive a drought. Ocean Spray is testing a microwave scanning system that can automate the process of counting cranberries. And the BioSense Institute in Serbia is connecting farms throughout the country to the Internet.
We also cover a startup that is developing a solar-energy system to power off-the-grid greenhouses. If you have an idea for your own agtech venture, our career piece can help you get started.