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plants and fields are already geocoded in detail on digital crop maps.
GPS enabled 'Precision'
is becoming a standard high tech farming
practice. Every point in the field has different requirements for
microclimate, water, soil condition, or plant nutrition, livestock
habits. So with gps and
computer enabled tractors, farmers can now
decide how to farm the land, precisely, meter by meter. Here's a great
description from the 1998 New York Times
classic overview of Precision Agriculture: Agriculture's
Future: The Digitally Enhanced Megafarm By Barnaby J.
tractor, pig and farm field
is [...] simply a
source of data that can make the farm more profitable if properly
analyzed. The questions [...] include how much it
would cost to track soil conditions more thoroughly, how yield data
from a combine might be correlated with weather data or fertilizer
records, and how computer simulations of projected crop growth
could be used to fine-tune marketing decisions like what portion of
the crop to pre-sell before harvest."
farmers ride high tech John Deere tractors: Check out the specs
for: the geeky starfire
differential gps and the, ho hum, Greenstar
onboard system. For
a first hand look at a geocoded farm, check out Tim Oren's account: A Day on the Farm -
The VCs get their feet dirty..
Tractor consoles ought to get a lot
more interesting. pretty soon, linked via Canopy
or WiFi, local nets to WiMax trunks (at peak shared data
rates of 70Mbps up to 50km in range (with no line of
sight requirements) to the nearest a
fiber net node.
The data will be there. The US Department of Agriculture seems inclined
to offer farm specific,
detailed spatial data free
to every farmer. " just like the Weather Bureau, only we provide
digital maps, base level polygons, and sensor data" Scott Charbo,USDA
me last month. Here's the USDA's
current Lighthouse Geodata
offering farmers massive amounts of spatial
data. According to Scott, "Thousands of individual USDA field
offices are becoming regional geodata servers."
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