Artificial Intelligence to Minimize Harvest Loss
Harvest loss is a big deal for grower profitability and for sustainability of our resources.
Ganssle… “In 2019 in the United States in corn alone, it was a $1.4 billion problem. We left $1.4 billion worth of corn grain in the field last year. So it's a big deal.”
That’s Craig Ganssle, CEO and founder of Farmwave, an artificial intelligence-based autonomous measurement tool. One application is mounting the tool on a combine to minimize yield loss.
Ganssle… “Right now, if Farmwave shows you X amount of header loss, you know, you're losing three to four bushels per acre, on iPad in the cab. It tells you your real time, here's what's happening and here's where it's coming from. And so you can make those changes. You can, whatever the changes would need to be on machinery: slow down, change reel speed, lift the head, whatever. But the real value, and what growers want to see, is this integrated in with their machinery. So we are in discussions with multiple OEMs about how to possibly do that and work towards automation. The future is getting that integrated into the machinery so it happens autonomously.”
Other applications for the Farmwave AI tool include sprayer nozzle performance, application coverage, and disease and pest count and growth stage. And by 2022, they hope to be working with planters as well.