Successful crop production isn’t dependent on any single aspect of cropping systems management, but rather many different factors that combine to produce optimal, harvestable yields. A key component in profitable yields is effective pest management. Harmful organisms create damage in many different ways and have the potential to cause massive amounts of loss in a given field. If left untreated, pests can decimate an entire stand, rendering the crop unsellable. Farmers rely heavily on scouting and pest management strategies and technologies to catch infestations in their early stages to minimize potential damage. The following 10 companies are offering crop producers amazing tools to use in their pest management arsenals.
Offering pest management software solutions to orchards, groves, and vineyards, FieldIn combines innovative hardware with an array of sensors, agricultural best-practices, data science analytics and proprietary algorithms into one integrative solution that captures a farm's pulse. Their team leverages farmer intuition and experience with data science to create transparency, traceability, and collaboration on the farm.
With over $2 million raised in funding, FieldIn helps growers and organizations save money on their pest management practices by reducing overall pesticide applications and eliminating spray mistakes.
Smart technology encounters extra challenges when applied in orchard settings. Hundreds of acres of dense foliage can limit how far sensors broadcast signals. Semios Technologies decided to tackle this challenge head-on to bring orchards a product that radically changed their pest management practices. As part of a revolutionary innovation, they combined RF modules and gateways with a system that could sense when pests were breeding, automatically dispensing a pesticide-free pheromone in response as means of pest control.
The RF modules relay signals from their devices to the corresponding gateways; this allows Semios to construct systems that deploy thousands of sensors over hundreds of acres without having to rely on more costly, longer-range devices. Now the company is using this capability to expand their product offerings by using the pest control sensors as a backbone for other smart agriculture applications.
A leader today in agricultural technology, Strider specializes in pest scouting, monitoring the day to day activities of hundreds of farms across Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Bolivia, and Australia. Using georeferenced monitoring, their Protector system generates a heat map with exact locations of pest infestations.
A quick identification of outbreaks makes it possible to react quickly, spraying the same day if warranted, and then measuring to see if the treatment is efficient and effective. Data generated provides support to the farmer to help them better understand trends, product performance, and pest behavior.
Spensa is Latin for storehouse, and their technology serves that purpose well. The company’s goal is to aid in scouting and management to protect farm crops from threats of insects, weeds, and diseases, allowing farmers to fill their storehouses with higher yields.
In early 2017 they announced a new insect phenology model that more accurately predicts insect patterns in real time using an insect camera trap that counts insects quickly and posts findings and photos to both mobile and web platforms.
A venture-backed ag tech company, Crop Enhancement is developing agrochemical solutions that use environmentally friendly chemistry to improve crop yields, minimize or eliminate pesticide use, and increase precision application of chemicals.
Their CropCoat platform uses nontoxic formulations to shield crops from pests and environmental damage; an application of their micro layer technology modifies plant surfaces making them resistant to pests and diseases. AgriBusiness Global has named Crop Enhancement and their signature CropCoat an ag disruptor to watch.
Terramera imagines a world where we grow global agriculture yields without using harmful chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Terramera is a Vancouver-based Sustainable Agriculture Cleantech company using chemistry, machine learning and AI technologies to develop and optimize safer, more effective plant-based replacements that are more effective than conventional chemical pesticides. Their agriculture products substantially increase sustainability, profitability, and yields on farms.
Terramera was chosen in 2017 as one of ten most promising tech companies in Canada for the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program. They were also recognized as a 2018 Global Cleantech 100 Company. With attention on developing replacement products for pesticides that will be banned or restricted by 2020, this company has great things in store.
Farmapp has developed a functional Integrated Pest Management software service for crops. Pairing a combination of scouting and fumigation apps with sensors allows Farmapp to bring automation devices to the agricultural sector, helping to simplify pest management on the farm.
Farmapp is fully compatible with existing sensors and weather stations equipped to transfer data wirelessly. Real time metrics and alerts allow farmers to easily keep track of all factors affecting their crops.
It’s possible to reduce scouting efforts on farm fields by up to 90% using the technology offered by North Carolina-based FarmShots. In collaboration with Landsat satellites and Planet imagery, FarmShots analyzes satellite and drone imagery of farms to map out potential signs of disease, pests, and poor nutrition, allowing farmers and agronomists to focus their attention on problematic spots.
Detecting crop problems and resolving issues is now easier than ever using their system. Integration with the My John Deere Operations Center further simplifies farm management by quickly creating prescription maps based on plant health and then uploading them to John Deere equipment for fast and easy treatment.
Founded in 2015, Skycision redefines traditional farm management with an innovative SaaS solution ready to shake up agriculture. Their software calibrates visual data to take into account factors such as the intensity of light on a given day, contours of the land, and more to provide an accurate, indispensable image that detects crop stress early in the growing season.
Farmers pick the drone they want to use – based on recommendations given to them by Skycision – and tell it which field they want to scout. With a tap of a button on a smart phone or tablet, the flight plan is defined by the app and the drone gets to work , while the farmer carries on with whatever he/she was doing, paying little to no attention to the drone. Even better news for growers is that at Skycision, the farmer owns the data for his fields unlike the platforms of many other vendors.
Started to help growers increase yields while minimizing pesticide use, Farm Dog has quickly become the leading pest and disease management platform for growers and agronomists. The in-field application and web dashboard helps scouting teams coordinate, saving 45 minutes per day per scout and increases accountability between grower and scout via real-time reporting of findings, photographs, GPS markers, and recommendations.
Summer 2017 saw Farm Dog enter into a Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement (NFCA) with the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS); this collaboration will support Farm Dog’s continued efforts in developing regional tools for pest and disease management.