In a world where changing global demands outstrip what can be done by current food and agricultural systems, creativity is a must.
FREMONT, CA: It is estimated that the world population will grow to 9 billion by 2050, which means they need to increase global food production by 70% to prevent massive famine, as stated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. At the same time, the agricultural industry is facing rising costs of production, labor shortages, inefficiencies in land management, food waste, and disconnected customers demanding accountability with regard to the source of their food. Worldwide, Agtech startups are designing innovative solutions to tackle these challenges. In this post, five agtech startups are showcasing creative solutions for feeding.
EarthSense has created an autonomous robot, TerraSentia, that includes a variety of sensors to collect data for the nutrition, physiology, and stress response of plants. EarthSense utilizes machine vision and machine learning to turn field data seamlessly into accurate, actionable plant trait knowledge.
Biome Makers developed the first machine learning system to combine microbiome knowledge and AgData. They use the DNA sequencing techniques and patented intelligent computing systems to explain in detail the effects of soil microorganisms and how we affect different crops. Biome Makers offers recommendations that allow customers to improve their agricultural production and quality.
Kray Technologies developed the first virtual-and fully autonomous-drone crop-sprayer in the world to deliver fertilizers and pesticides on demand right to farmers ' fields. Compared to current alternative methods, this solution requires less oil, less maintenance, and less personnel, significantly reducing costs for farmers. The drone of Kray Technologies can handle up to 1200 acres per day.
Vence provides autonomous solutions for virtual fencing and animal control. Vence has created a livestock Fitbit that enables its customers to obtain real-time information about their animals ' health and well-being. Additionally, Vence technology enables its customers to monitor their animals ' movement and grassing directly from their smartphone to create virtual fencing.
Vibe Imaging Analytics
Vibe Imaging Analytics developed Vibe QM, a post-harvest grain and seed market inspection tool. Vibe QM uses machine vision to calculate, count, and classify grain size, form, and color. Vibe's approach digitizes and streamlines the process of improving commercial rating, performance, and yield while maintaining compliance with government and consumer requirements.