Corn may be king, but when it comes to adopting new data-driven farming methods, look to the bell peppers.
“Vegetable farmers are leading the way in many precision-sensing and application technologies that will change how corn, soy and other large row crops are grown,” Jason Miner and Christopher Perrella, analysts at Bloomberg Intelligence, said in a report. Along with the veggie-heads, large farmers are starting to build their own solutions to collect farm data.
Some mega farms are “done waiting for off-the-shelf technologies that have been slow to come” and are hiring technology staff and deploying sensors in their fields, they said.
So-called precision agriculture -- using data and technology to boost efficiency and productivity -- is at the next forefront of ramping up crop production as farmers start to tap into everything from artificial intelligence and predictive data to self-driving vehicles. The methods being adopted by vegetable growers will eventually trickle down to corn, soybeans and other large crops as computing costs fall, Miner and Perrella said.