Farmers rely on their crops for production and healthy trees mean healthy fruit. Farmers have started using AI and machine learning to get better tree data and predict crop yield. DDD partnered with a startup that assists the global farming community by analyzing drone and satellite imagery of orchards to monitor crop health and identify problem areas early on.
DDD computer vision associates create training data for the AI systems from drone and satellite imagery. The images must be classified, structured, cleaned-up and optimized for use. The associates mark different trees, in effect “teaching” the AI system to identify trees. The algorithm then marks the remaining trees, while DDD checks and corrects any errors. To date, DDD has tagged about 3,600 orchards - or over 900,000 trees!
With this data, the company can detect pests and disease areas earlier and pass this information along to the farmers for intervention.