Traditionally agriculture follows a predetermined schedule of planting, maintaining and harvesting crops. But real-time data on variables like weather, soil and air quality, crop maturity, and even equipment and labor costs give farmers a new edge in making smarter decisions.
By 2025, it’s expected that the world’s population will reach 9.2 billion people. This surge in population growth presents a unique challenge–global food production must increase by 70% in order to be able to feed the world.
Precision agriculture helps us tackle this daunting challenge, giving farmers access to real-time data gathering and analysis. The goal? To maximize food production, minimize environmental impact and reduce cost.
Below is a list of prominent precision agriculture companies. If you’re a company and don’t see yourself on this list, please comment at the bottom of this post and we’ll make sure to add you!
In no particular order…
CropMetrics is a precision agriculture company focused on advanced agronomic solutions while specializing in precision irrigation management. Their mission is to develop and supply precision management technology solutions that increase water, nutrient and energy use efficiency while fostering natural resource conservation.
CropMetrics is a leader in Precision Irrigation Management with the introduction of the first commercially available full-service Variable Rate Irrigation program. CropMetrics continues it’s pursuit in innovation and strives to deliver ultimate value to the grower customer.
The seamless integration of these unique offerings provides the framework for large-scale, data-driven, precision agronomic services that are readily marketed and supported by professional trained Precision Data Specialists.
Iteris is a leader in providing information solutions to both the transportation and agriculture markets. Iteris develops and applies advanced technologies and software-based information solutions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of transportation and agriculture worldwide.
Agribotix offers a complete ag. drone system with a year of unlimited data processing for $9500.
Their Enduro Quad is a purpose-built platform for precision agriculture. Combining the ease of use of a multi-rotor, with a new long-endurance design, Agribotix brings precision imagery collection capabilities to your flight operation.
This platform provides precision takeoff and landing, giving you the confidence to operate in varied terrain and the endurance to cover 160 acres on a single set of batteries.
Apitronics is an open platform for farm data collection. Suited to the outdoors, their system of connected sensors helps farmers monitor environmental conditions, which allows them to make more informed management decisions. Inspired by natural systems, Apitronics thinks of their sensors as “bees” that direct information to a centralized “hive.”
Granular, a new kind of farm management software and analytics platform, helps you improve efficiency, profit and yield so you are ready to farm more acres. Their platform helps farmers automatically update their operational schedule and budget, manage their team more efficiently in real-time, and make faster and better decisions with integrated operational, financial and agronomic data.
AgSmarts is a Precision Ag technology company that offers moisture-sensing technology, predictive analytics, and farm equipment automation that represent an innovative revolution in data-driven agriculture.
AgSmarts helps growers lower operational expenses and optimize crop yields. Their field-based, internet-enabled sensor and controller networks give you unprecedented crop specific, predictive recommendations, and automated control.
When farmers purchase AgSmart’s hardware, they own it. The basic portal and web apps are free. The only time farmers pay a subscription price is when they opt in for more advanced features.
Edyn is a smart garden system that monitors and tracks environmental conditions, helping you make your plants thrive.
The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science, and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive. Check the Edyn app to see the plants that will grow best, the optimal time for planting, and even plant groupings with the same conditional needs.
FarmLogs makes precision agriculture easy for everyone by giving you layers of data to help farmers get the most out of every acre. Features of their platform include: yield maps, field rainfall, soil maps, automatic activity recording, corp health monitoring, growth stage analysis, and more.
Aquaspy’s Vector Probe is the first multi-sensor probe in the world to accurately separate moisture from conductivity.
Their implanted soil moisture sensors communicate with farmers’ roots every fifteen minutes. As a subscriber to their service, you will receive data allowing you to make informed decisions, saving you money and improving your yields.
AGERPoint is defining a new technological space for the growers’ industry with a cutting-edge information solutions and expertise. Their technologies involve data acquisition, analysis, and translation for growers, giving personnel at all levels access to mission critical data they need to drive business forward.
As water levels in California drop to an all-time low, agriculture analytics startup CropX has developed a solution to help farmers optimize irrigation while keeping water usage to a minimum.
CropX uses a combination of three wireless sensors and a mobile app, which founder Isaac Bentwich calls the “Internet of Soil,” to determine exactly how much water needs to be applied to each part of the field.
“At the moment, there’s a huge, glaring omission within the whole of agriculture — virtually all agriculture systems irrigate land uniformly. Even the most advanced technology always treats land as though it was uniform,” says Bentwich.
BONUS: Precision Agriculture Conference
InfoAg is the largest precision agriculture conference and a great place to wet your feet if you’re just now diving into the precision agriculture industry. Take note of past exhibitors and topic discussions.