“The world doesn’t need any more engineers. We didn’t run out of planes and television sets. We ran out of food.” – Interstellar, 2014
When the movie Interstellar was released a few summers ago, it prompted some to ask questions regarding the appearance of wormholes and the reality of linear time. The film was certainly ambitious. It tackled a wide variety of difficult scientific theories while also questioning the consumerist habits of the 20th and 21st centuries. In the beginning scenes, farmers are unable to grow any food due to blight, making corn the only sustainable crop on Earth. This plot point represents a question in contemporary agriculture: how do we maintain nutritional security for our planet?
Opportunities in Big Data
In the 20th century, farming was about making machines bigger, faster, and more involved. Today the attention has returned to more efficient farming, with an emphasis on information. The words “Big Data” and their relationship to precision agriculture and our nutritional and national security are more than coincidental. Machine and agronomic optimization, variable-rate technology, automated guidance, “sub-inch accuracy” and mapping & reporting are just a few of the buzz words that dominate the conversation about big data in agriculture.
Managing Big Data
As a leading provider of field-oriented, data-driven solutions for more than 40 years, Earth Data Incorporated strives to remain in the forefront of the conversation regarding big data solutions in agriculture. On one recent project, Earth Data’s experienced geospatial staff analyzed aerial LiDAR data to determine the micro-drainage characteristics of a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The project related to understanding farm runoff with the aim of reducing nutrient and sediment loading into local streams and rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. As a direct result of this effort, Earth Data was able to accurately demonstrate the drainage area into certain pollution-reducing practices was actually 45% greater than engineers had originally determined using standard topographic maps.
Field-Oriented Consulting Services in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Earth Data’s staff of hydrogeologists, geologists, soil scientists and water resource engineers have deep ties to Maryland’s rural agricultural heritage. We know and understand many of the data problems facing farmers as they strive to develop and implement sustainable and cost-effective farming practices. Earth Data stands ready to assist the agricultural community to develop responsible, data-driven solutions to address critical production, operational, and regulatory challenges.
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