Techbites

New and emerging innovations are growing by the minute. And some can be hard to understand or see application in the agriculture industry. We break it down by sharing what the world is saying about the latest technologies.

CRISPR

CRISPR

In many ways, technology in food production speeds up what producers have been doing since the dawn of agriculture – selecting seeds based on their best harvests and plant qualities. Enter CRISPR: a new form of gene editing that allows scientists to more quickly make precise changes in the DNA and cells of organisms without introducing any new DNA.

  • CRISPR = Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats
  • If single gene editing used to take years, now it only takes days with CRISPR.
  • Scientists have the genetic equivalent of Microsoft Word. They are editing DNA almost as easily as modifying code. –Wired
  • Gene editing could address drought, pests, nutrition challenges, food production and disease.
  • Across the U.S., nearly 40% of all food grown is wasted. Technologies like CRISPR can help reduce that.

Blockchain

Blockchain

Blockchain professes to provide opportunities for increased transparency. Experts say its immutability and digital identity offer solutions for supply chain tracing and trackability.

  • Blockchain is an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties. It’s efficient, verifiable and permanent. –Harvard Business Review
  • Blockchain makes it more difficult for hackers to reach confidential information stored online.
  • When there are changes to an individual block, everyone’s distributed blockchain is updated and syncs in real time.
  • Blockchain makes it possible to quickly trace food products to their source for higher food authenticity and safety.

Drones

Drones

Drone technology gives producers a more in-depth look at their fields, allowing them to adapt a more precise, efficient approach to growing a healthy and sustainable crop.

  • 64% of farmers are, or are considering, using drones in 2018. –AgWeb
  • Drones have a vital role to play in the future of farming.
  • The agriculture drone market is worth $32.4 billion. –Business Insider
  • Drones can be used at every stage of growing soybeans, from soil analysis and seed planting to choosing the right moment to harvest.