What if you had a device that would search for and destroy weeds in your garden? Farmers have been fantasizing about that same thing forever!
And no wonder, weeds are costing farmers an estimated $11 billion a year, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Technology is impacting farming in new and exciting ways with the goal of feeding the predicted population in 2050 of 9 billion people. 
Combine GPS with satellite imagery and the possibilities are endless. Consider for a moment, self-driving, precision tractors planting and harvesting crops. Sensors that can identify where additional water and/or nutrients are needed, minimize the use of herbicides so that they are applied on a plant by plant basis rather than across a landscape. Or other sensors measuring soil temperature and fertility, weather and solar exposure, and being able to advise the farmer on when to expect harvest.
In 1940 the average American farmer fed 19 people a year; today the USDA estimates that the average American farmer feeds 155 people. 
Why is this important? In theory this technology could reduce overall costs by $15-20 an acre and has already doubled crop yields in the last 10 years.  Multiply the projected cost reductions against nearly 16 million acres of farmland in Oregon alone and you have a savings, at the low end, of $240 million each year! [2,3] This number does not even touch some of the other tools and technologies such as drone bees to help with pollination, drones to harvest sweet peppers (helping with the farm workforce shortages), and improvements to the supply chain.
Technology is being used to optimize equipment and supplies, labor, and yield starting with “every seed in the right place, right depth, soil, contact, spacing that it needs to grow into a food-producing crop” pretty amazing!
In the early 1800s, it would take about 300 hours of labor to produce 100 bushels of wheat. Today, with the application of technology and AI, it takes less than an hour to produce 100 bushels of wheat. 
1 - How self-driving tractors, AI, and precision agriculture will save us from the impending food crisis (https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-self-driving-tractors-ai-and-precision-agriculture-will-save-us-from-the-impending-food-crisis/)
2 - Agriculture 4.0: How digital farming is revolutionizing the future of food (https://www.techrepublic.com/article/agriculture-4-0-how-digital-farming-is-revolutionizing-the-future-of-food/)
3 - Ag Census shows declining farmland in Oregon (https://www.capitalpress.com/state/oregon/ag-census-shows-declining-farmland-in-oregon/article_902f9ec0-65fe-11e9-b4e8-c3553f4d11fc.html)
4 - Drone bees and agriculture robots could solve shortage of pollinators and laborers (https://www.techrepublic.com/article/drone-bees-and-agriculture-robots-could-could-solve-shortage-of-pollinators-and-laborers/)
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