AI for Farmers?

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Computers are part of modern life. Their capabilities improve each year. Recently, there has been a significant breakthrough with artificial intelligence (AI) – specifically, OpenAI’s text-davinci-003 engine.

I thought it would be interesting to “ask” this new AI some questions about corn production in Caldwell County. The responses were very good. I would not suggest growers plant the varieties mentioned in the AI conversation, but other than that, I’m not going to argue with the answers.

The following is a conversation with the AI assistant.

Human: Hello, who are you?

AI: I am an AI created by OpenAI. How can I help you today?

Human: Tell me about yourself.

AI: Sure thing. I am an AI powered by OpenAI and I specialize in helping people with tasks like scheduling, research, making recommendations, and more. I’m here to help make your life easier and more efficient.

Human: Okay, I am a N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent in Caldwell County, North Carolina. Can you help me help farmers? For example, can you help us grow more corn?

AI: Absolutely! I can help you research the best practices for growing corn in Caldwell County, North Carolina. I can also provide you with resources to help farmers increase their yields and maximize their profits. Additionally, I can help you find grants and other funding sources to support local farmers.

Human: Great! Planting date is one of the most important decisions farmers can make. Based on the predicted weather for 2023, when should we plant to avoid weather stress during pollination, when the ear is forming?

AI: Based on the predicted weather for 2023, it is recommended that farmers in Caldwell County, North Carolina plant corn between April 15th and May 15th to avoid weather stress during pollination. This will ensure that the ear is forming under optimal conditions.

Human: How were you able to make this date recommendation? Are you able to predict the weather? With a mid-April to mid-May planting date, when will pollination occur?

AI: I was able to make this date recommendation based on historical weather data and current forecasts for the area. Pollination typically occurs in late June or early July, depending on the exact planting date.

Human: What plant population will give the best yields based on your weather prediction this growing season?

AI: Based on the predicted weather for 2023, it is recommended that farmers in Caldwell County, North Carolina plant corn at a population of 30,000 to 32,000 plants per acre for optimal yields.

Human: What are the three best varieties you recommend for bottom land?

AI: For bottom land in Caldwell County, North Carolina, the three best varieties of corn are Pioneer P1197AMX, Dekalb DKC64-73RIB, and Syngenta Agrisure Viptera 3111.

Human: I know it will only be a guess, but what do you predict the yield will be for 2023 in Caldwell County?

AI: It is difficult to predict the exact yield for 2023 in Caldwell County, North Carolina. However, based on current weather forecasts and historical data, I would expect yields to be above average.

Human: Can you give a number or range?

AI: Based on current weather forecasts and historical data, I would expect yields in Caldwell County, North Carolina to be between 150-200 bushels per acre in 2023.

After experimenting with this tool, I found you get better answers with better questions.

I think the power of this tool is to be able to analyze lots of data and information in a meaningful way. Like any tool, it can be conscripted for good or evil, but the tool is just a tool.

Besides chatting like above, this tool can write computer programs, translate languages, formulate recipes from a list of ingredients, and even convert text to an image.

corn robot

This image was generated with artificial intelligence using text to image conversation. “Corn robot chimera, comic book” was the text that generated the image.

It will be interesting to see how this technology continues to develop.