Connecting with Ag Retailers at the EFC User Conference

Last week, we had the unique opportunity to spend some time with the end-users of one of our customers – EFC Systems – at the EFC Systems user conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  EFC Systems provides a suite of agricultural software products to agricultural retailers and dealers,

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Shoo (White)fly – Predicting the Rise of Pests in India using Weather Data

In 2015, Punjab, India saw the worst outbreak of the whitefly pest in its known history, and pest conditions in 2016 are expected to be just as bad.  Whitefly is a type of sucking insect that can decimate not only cotton plants but many other crops as well, both agricultural (cucurbits, citrus, most vegetables, etc) and woody ornamental.  Many estimate the economic damage these pests cause per year to be between $10 and $100 million dollars.

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California’s Comeback

Last month, Governor Jerry Brown of California surprised observers by announcing a suspension of California’s state-wide urban water restrictions implemented last year to conserve water as the state continued to battle its multi-year drought.

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Big Data Solving Ag Challenges in East Africa

How can Big Data play a role in the next Green Revolution in East Africa?  Late last month I had the opportunity to explore this question by joining a team of big data experts in a tour of East Africa. 

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Agronomics Weather Index

Across the planet, from the plains of North America to the mountains of Southeast Asia and everywhere in between, farmers have bred crops that thrive in each area uniquely well.  In areas that are dry, farmers have bred for drought tolerance.  For areas that are hot, heat tolerance.  For places with extreme winter, shorter growing seasons. 

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