4. The Robot Harvest: Part 2

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to harvest. Water distribution has proven to be an issue for farmers, especially with the severe drought California has been experiencing for the past few years. Farmers often distribute water across their fields uniform method, assuming that every field and sub-field requires the same amount of water; however, uniform distribution is not the answer in this situation.

In an article published by WIRED, the CEO of CropX explained, “Land is not uniform. Different amounts of water need to be applied to different parts of the field. By watering fields uniformly you’re wasting water and poisoning the soil because the chemicals follow the water.” CropX seeks to solve this problem through predictive analytics, the practice of extracting relevant information from existing data to assess patterns and make predictions about future trends or outcomes. In this particular setting, predictive analytics is being used to make predictions about water distribution for specified sub-fields.

Thanks to CropX, many farmers are now able to make better decisions on how to distribute water across their fields appropriately and efficiently. Of course, CropX is not the solution to the water problem, but it has significantly cut down the waste of water.

It’s companies like these that need to keep growing, companies that make a positive impact on our environment and help our farmers.




2 thoughts on “4. The Robot Harvest: Part 2

  1. While driving to CSUMB today, I witnessed sprinklers spraying water to the fields. Previously, I had heard that, that method wastes plently of water but just thought it was due to the duration of the sprinklers. After reading your article I now have an better understanding of why it is such a waste. I was able to connect your article with our class of data science and it is awesome when one is able to make a real world connection with what they are learning in the classroom. Let’s hope companies like CropX continue to lead the world into a more enviornmentaly friendly mentality.


  2. Interesting read! Did not know that it was not beneficial to uniformly distribute water across fields and that it is actually a waste of water and poisonous to the soil. Something that could be interesting to look up would be how, since there is still a drought somewhat, how the recent storm/rain affected the fields?


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