Farms across the United States and worldwide have been using advanced technologies to help improve crop yields, maximize resource efficiency, and more. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture lists robotics, GPS-related solutions, and IoT capabilities as some of the technologies that can increase crop productivity while reducing the amount of fertilizer and water used for more environmentally sustainable operations and increased supply of food for consumers.
“Growing up on a farm in Nebraska and being interested in technology, I’ve seen that intelligent solutions can have a huge impact on agricultural performance,” says Jeremy Groeteke, U.S. Digital Ag Lead at Corteva Agriscience. “When my dad started out, he had a four-row planter and six-row combine. Today he has multiple 24-row, self-driving planters, automated precision applications of nutrients in the crops, and more, and doubled his yield.”
Corteva Agriscience, a global pure-play agriculture company, has been working with farmers to establish more useful and powerful agriculture technologies. It has used Google Cloud solutions across many areas of its company, including in R&D, data science, and the plant breeding department. Jeremy and his department utilized the tools from Google Cloud and partner Kin + Carta for a project that would use AI to provide corn farmers with a more advanced approach to yield management and predictions.