ITU Blog: How advanced crop intelligence can help solve food production challenges

Farmer spraying soybean field with pesticides and herbicides.

Farmers spend nearly half of their operational budgets on agrochemicals such as herbicides and pesticides. Unfortunately, they usually apply these to entire fields at a time, which generates high chemical costs and decreases the efficacy of the chemicals.

Such widespread application of chemicals harms the environment, endangers human health, and increases the likelihood of chem­ical-resistance in weeds, pests, and diseases. And, even with that damaging widespread application, loss to weeds, pests and diseases can range from 20-50%. But manually scouting and sampling to determine the locations of these problems is time-consuming and costly, and cannot easily account for the enormous variety of factors that affect crops.

Farmers face these challenges within the context of decreasing commodity prices, which applies pressure on them to optimize costs and pro­duction efficiency. But what if farmers could automatically identify problem areas within their fields and precisely apply just the right amount of agrochemicals exactly where they are needed?

The solution: Gamaya’s advanced crop intelligence

At Gamaya, we are helping farmers do just that — be more targeted and automated in com­bating threats to their crops. By being more effective in how they target crops, growers expe­rience the economic benefits of reduced costs for crop protection, reduced crop threats, and therefore increased yields.

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