‘Precision farming is key to growing better crops’
- Future Farming
- AgTech start-up Taranis grew from 4 to 80 people in just a few years. A rollercoaster for CEO and founder Ofir Schlam, who says we are still in the early days of precision agriculture. In its 4 year existence the Israeli start-up Taranis has seen huge growth. Taranis started as a tool to provide farmers with the information to detect and prevent crop disease, weeds and insect damage based on weather forecasts gathered from aerial surveillance. The technology was then further developed by adding visual layers from satellites, planes and drones and leveraged with AI capabilities. Taranis also created a one-of-a-kind, patented hardware that can capture accurate images at a high resolution from a plane flying at 160 km/h, such as a specific insect on a leaf from 200 feet above ground. Taranis CEO Ofir Schlam says the future of the precision farming industry is looking bright, with thousands of start-ups emerging within the last 10 years. According to him, smart farming is projected to create a massive impact on the agricultural economy in the near future and will be dependent on precision technologies, such as the adoption of automated practices and indoor urbanised farming. All these new innovations will help propagate the growth of farming crops. This article answers the following questions：（1）At what level are we now when it comes to precision agriculture and remote sensing? （2）Why are many farmers hesitant to invest in smart farming solutions? （3）How will an arable farmer run his farm in 5 and in 10 years from now? What level of automation / AI will be involved? （4）When to use satellites, drones or manned aircraft for remote sensing? （5）Will remote sensing by drones eventually be substituted by (open source / available) satellite imagery? （6）How do you measure soil moisture content? （7）What is the next step (in precision farming) by Taranis? （8）This year, Future Farming is looking for the ’Top 10 most innovative arable farmers worldwide’. Do you have any suggestions/tips for those Top 10 farmers?