Florida citrus growers are using artificial intelligence (AI) tools to help them stay ahead of the competition. Extension economist Kimberly Morgan is working with growers in Southwest Florida to expose them to different AI tools such as Agtools, which helps growers make decisions based on market prices and shipping costs. These tools can help growers optimise their spending and improve their competitiveness. Some growers are also using AI to track the use of materials like fertilisers and even water. Larger farmers growing crops like corn and soybeans are already using AI and satellite technology, but smaller growers can also benefit from the tools available to them.
As per the analysis by a recent report from NBC-2, farmers in Florida are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help them stay competitive in the market. Extension economist Kimberly Morgan is working with growers in Southwest Florida to introduce them to different AI tools that can help optimize their spending and increase their profits.
One of the most popular tools among growers is Agtools, which Morgan describes as a “dashboard” aimed at a grower audience. It provides all the decision-making pieces that a grower typically makes when trying to figure out what to do with their crops. For example, it can help them determine when to grow, harvest, and ship their products based on market trends.
Wayne Simmons, a citrus grower in Florida, uses similar technology to track the use of materials like fertilizers in his groves. By applying the precise amount of fertilizer to the precise area of the tree, he can save money and reduce environmental impact. He also uses soil moisture sensors to track water levels in the ground, helping him irrigate more efficiently.
While AI and satellite technology are already being used by farmers growing major crops like corn and soybeans, smaller growers are starting to take advantage of these tools as well. Morgan believes that AI can help Florida growers set themselves apart in the market by providing them with valuable insights into consumer preferences, shipping costs, and more.
As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, it’s not surprising that farmers are turning to AI to help them stay ahead of the competition. With the help of tools like Agtools, growers can make more informed decisions about their crops and optimize their spending to maximize profits. As the industry continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how AI and other technologies continue to shape the future of agriculture.