FARGO, N.D. — Attendees of the Bushel Buddy Seat conference in Fargo on Wednesday, June 7, got glimpses of how
can benefit their businesses and words of caution about its potential shortfalls.
Bushel, an independently owned software company which provides farmers and agricultural businesses with programs and services, held the Bushel Buddy Seat conference during AgTech Week in Fargo. AgTech Week also featured the
on June 6, and a Cultivate conference, sponsored by Grand Farm, on June 8.
One of the ways that farmers could benefit from technology is to use programs that help them use
Sustainable farming, which has been talked about for many years, now is a reality, said Allison Nepveux, carbon business development leader at Bayer Crop Science. Driven by the federal government and consumer expectations, farming sustainably will continue into the future, she said.
The U.S. Agriculture Department announced in the past year and a half $3.1 billion for 141 projects designed to expand the market for climate-smart commodities through its
program. Meanwhile, food companies, such as Kelloggs, have announced multi-million dollar initiatives to reward farmers for reducing their carbon footprints.
But the incentives are not just about getting more dollars and cents, but essential to staying afloat.
“I think this really is about defending your business,” Nepveux said. “These things are here, they’re happening.”
A technology that has jumped from being on the radar to being wholeheartedly embraced by some individuals and businesses is artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence has potential to assist farmers by monitoring the weather, detecting crop pests at an early age and selling commodities. That includes artificial intelligence programs such as ChatGPT, which was launched on Nov. 20, 2022, and by January 2023, had 100 million users.
ChatGPT can take massive amounts of data and process it into useful information, said Nathan Joraanstad, Bushel engineering director.
“Often, you’re only limited by the questions you ask,” Joraanstad said.
Artificial intelligence users should be careful, though, not to submit confidential information or give it intellectual property rights, he said.
A significant way that technology could benefit some farmers would be to have an app that could sell grain instead of having to do it in person, said Rodd Beyer, a Wheatland, North Dakota, farmer, who was part of a Bushel Buddy Seat conference farmer panel. Using the app would save time because it would reduce the amount of time spent on talking to people about topics unrelated to selling the bushels.
Engaging in conversations with people at businesses, such as grain elevators, is enjoyable during February when it’s cold and there’s little work to do, said Vince Eberhart, a South Dakota farmer on the panel. However, it’s a different story during spring planting season when farmers are pressed for time and having an app would give farmers another choice besides selling gran in person.
“When it’s May 15, how easy is it to go to the app and sell 10,000 bushels?” Eberhart said.
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