8 Israeli inventions for greener farming
Rising food and water insecurity, and chemical-resistant bugs and weeds, are driving a movement to grow crops naturally with the help of technology.
By Abigail Klein Leichman
This Trendlines portfolio company uses low-cost commercial drones and artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect diseases and pests in agricultural fields at an early enough stage to enable selective treatment rather than blanket spraying.
AgroScout’s cloud-based system was beta tested last year in collaboration with the Potato Association of America and is now commercially available in North America for growers of potatoes, the fourth largest crop in the world. In a 20-minute walk, an agronomist may inspect about 150 potato plants. In a 20-minute flyover, AgroScout can cover 10,000 potato plants in 125 acres.