Big Data in Food Production: FarmLogs helps farmers increase crop yields using flow sensors and satellite imagery

August 21
6:56 PM 2015

FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar has come up with a monitoring solution that would utilize significant data to improve production of crops through cloud computing.

"FarmLogs is trying to help by enlisting big data and real-time analytics that tells farmers how efficiently they're using their land," FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar, spoke at the IDF in San Francisco, reported the Venture Beat.

He has created this exceptional software to help farmers understand more about their yields and their farm fields to cut waste and increase production.

The young CEO partnered with satellite operator BlackBridge to provide farmers a multi-spectral satellite imagery of their farm fields, cited in Farm Industry News.

Farmers will receive alerts every five days whenever there would be changes in their fields through the FarmLogs Yield Threat Alerts. This alert will locate which part is having a problem through stress signals which are invisible to the eye. Users can also use the mobile app to get the location they needed to inspect. 

Vollmar explains FarmLogs uses maps and data from various directions so they could give the exact data the farmers needed. Through the software, misinterpretation and guesswork would be reduced since monitoring only shows relevant information that needs attention.

Intel's Internet of Things (which combines sensors, connectivity and smart devices) also supports Volmar's effort to accumulate data from sensors and satellite imagery on machineries.

Detailed in Tech Radar, Intel SVP and Intel IoT Group General Manager Doug Davis said FarmLogs have applied 'flow sensor' technology. It can be connected to machines that farmers use to collect data via network hubs. Once collected, data will be processed and evaluated. That way, farmers could identify crop diseases and review farming methods, fertilizing and the right pest control.

Volmar said the software is now being used to cultivate 25% of crops in America. And this year, farmers will have the privilege to access FarmLogs for free.

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