Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Startup Tills Satellite Data to Harvest Farm AI

The farm-to-fork movement is getting a taste of AI. Startup OneSoil cultivates AI to help farmers boost their bounty. The company offers a GPU-enabled platform that turns satellite data into farm analytics for soil and crop conditions. The Belarus-based company interprets satellite feeds to show how plants reflect different light waves, and it rates the state of plant growth based off this information for plots of land. OneSoil’s free platform displays how areas of land measure up on the standard known as the NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index). Farmers can use this vegetation score to spot unhealthy crop areas that need inspection and to plan watering needs and the application of fertilizers. The field monitoring platform is available as an Android app and on the web.