12. AgTech vs Climate Change pt. 2

To combat the water issue in California, some aerial technology already in place is pretty similar to what has been used by other imaging companies for decades. To assess fields, aircraft flown low over the ground. There are special cameras attached to the aircraft that focus on particular wavelengths to assess some indicators of health in a crop (water stress, chlorophyll content, and biomass). Growers can access the processed images later on phones or tablets, which I feel may be popular amongst growers and farmers.

The problem then is, how are these images explained to the growers and farmers. Is someone hired to interpret the images to farmers? Or is that provided with the processed images.

It is argued that precision agriculture is taking away jobs from fieldworkers. That may be true, but precision agriculture is also creating a lot more and new jobs. These jobs can be filled by the ex-fieldworkers which is great! Another issue that this brings up though is, are these people appropriate matches for these new jobs? Is it something that can be taught to these new potential workers? Is it even worth being taught?

I think it’s worth it. I think these ex-fieldworkers would be appropriate matches for these new jobs since they have first hand experience with the crops. They know what a bad or good crop looks like. They will be experts in that field and be able to help interpret images better.


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