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Farm Equipment of The Future to Rely More on Artifical Intelligence (AI)

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 08:16:42 CST

Farm Equipment of The Future to Rely More on Artifical Intelligence (AI) Farmers will be relying more on equipment that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to grow our food and fiber in the future. This will require ready access to high speed internet connectivity.

Thatís the assessment from a panel of agriculture equipment manufacturers during a roundtable discussion on the ag equipment industry outlook for the next 20 years.

The virtual roundtable was held during the annual Commodity Classic this week.

The panel, moderated by Charlene Finck, Farm Journal, answered questions from the virtual audience.

Todd Stucke, senior VP, marketing, product support and strategic projects, Kubota, noted most fields donít have coverage of high-speed internet today.

Speaking for the ag equipment industry, Stucke said they are pushing Congress to improve the rural infrastructure with high speed broadband.

A question on the role of AI drew a response from Bill Hurley, vice president, aftersales, customer support and distribution development, North America for Case IH.

AI will be a major factor along with broadband, both being a fundamental requirement, Hurley said.

Expanded global population will make AI a necessity, he said.

Farmers are going to have to produce more food in the next 30 years than the entire world has grown in the last 1,000 years, he said.

Farmers have to be smart and use sophisticated connected AI in real time, Hurley said.

The way farmers make decisions in the next few years will be entirely different than today, Hurley said.

Dave Gilmore, senior VP sales and marketing, AGCO, said AI will replace many of the functions now performed by humans.

Our eyes were the computer vision to distinguish a weed, and our brain took action to eliminate the weed, he said.

Artificial Intelligence will allow customers to do at 12 miles per hour the type of activity we did manually before, he said.

Much of that technology exists today in tillage and harvesting equipment.

The bottom line, all new technology for agriculture equipment will require access to high-speed internet in rural areas, where the majority of our food and fiber is produced.

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