Bridging the Gap Between Technology and Real-World Agricultural Challenges

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In the world of farming and agriculture, innovation is key to ensuring bountiful harvests and economic sustainability. One individual who stands in this area is Jason Ward, a researcher at NC State University. With the help of an ingenious online tool called Solvi, Jason Ward and his team are using technology for plant

Solvi Stand Count

Using artificial intelligence (AI) stand counts and plant sizes can be measured. This information helps farms make management decisions to improve profitability.

counting and ultimately replant decision-making.

Farmers need to know how many plants are growing in a given area to make informed decisions about crop stands, potential yields, and management decisions. Traditional methods of plant counting are time-consuming and labor-intensive.

Jason Ward and his team from NC State use Solvi to make plant counts easy. Solvi transforms aerial images into accurate plant counts that can be accessed conveniently online. This technology has also been used in Cadlwell County to count an measure tobacco plants.

The implications of this innovative approach are astounding. Being able to efficiently monitor large fields is a game changer for farmers. The data generated by Solvi’s AI technology offers a bird’s-eye view of the plant distribution. This view provides farmers with the data to make smarter decisions. By quickly identifying areas with lower plant counts, farmers can strategically replant if needed.

Bridging the gap between technology and real-world agricultural challenges is the function of land grant universities like NC State. NC State Extension, with local county support, helps support the largest industry in North Carolina. This project is a case study on how technology can provide data to support improved decision making for farmers.