The Power of Data Analytics in Agriculture: Crop Suitability Assessments

It’s an indisputable scientific fact that the world’s climate is changing.  Many places on the planet are becoming hotter, while others are becoming colder, wetter, and/or drier.  Storms are becoming more commonplace and more extreme.  As a recent example,  Hurricane Matthew has caused record flooding along both the eastern seaboard and hundreds of miles inland in the United States.[1] Both monumental weather events, like hurricanes, and more subtle systematic changes that are occurring all around us are making agriculture more uncertain and thus more expensive for producers and consumers.  aWhere tackles the uncertainty associated with a changing climate bydeveloping tools and insights to understand what these changes mean for particular crops, and what the agricultural earth might look like in the future, through its crop suitability assessments.

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Tunisia’s Dry, but How Dry?


Late last month, the Associate Press reported that Tunisians are calling for better policy and assistance, as the small North African country battles drought.  These stories illustrate the need now, more than ever, for data and analytics that can help decision-makers understand the significance and potential impact of the country’s adverse weather.  Fortunately, agricultural intelligence, in the form of localized weather data provided by aWhere, provides insight into the unfolding situation in North Africa.

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Hack4Farming Nairobi 2016: Inspiring Technological Intelligence for Seed Companies

aWhere co-hosted a Hack4Farming event last month in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of its ongoing hackathon series. The hackathon was the second such event held by aWhere in Nairobi, after the inaugural event last October, and was hosted in the Nailab space. Around 60 participants, including developers, mentors, and representatives from seed companies, participated in the event, hosted alongside the African Agricultural Technology Foundation, iHub and IOTA.


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Freedom to Fly: the New FAA Regulations and Drones for Ag

aWhere Provides Weather Data to Add Value to Agriculture- Drone Industry Insights 

                Last month, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new regulations allowing drones to be used for select commercial purposes, including agriculture.[1]    The announcement of these new regulations[2], and the allowance of drones to be flown commercially, was a boon to the burgeoning agriculture-drone industry, which has been advancing its technology of using drones to collect images that can inform farmers of on-field conditions and influence farming decisions, from fertilizer application to irrigation.

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Weather signals for corn through the summer!  A global view…

As concerns mount that the climate will flip from an El Nino to a La Nina scenario, June’s dryness raised blood pressure and then July’s rains alleviated some of the worst of the fears. Everyday aWhere monitors the agricultural planet to identify where, when, and how deeply weather impacts agriculture.

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Fighting Pests and Disease with Big Data Agriculture

Every year, over 25% of the world’s annual output of agricultural goods are ruined or damaged by pests and diseases. Pests typically eat the agricultural goods, rendering them unfit for use. Meanwhile, fungal diseases tend to produce various mycotoxins, many of which are powerful carcinogens, contaminating the agricultural products so that they are unsafe for either human or animal consumption.

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