(Photo by Tyler Woods)
When agriculture was invented in 9500 BC it predated writing. What an efficiency boost it must have been for those ur-farmers to be able to write down and record their crop data. We’ve come a long way in lo these 11,000 years, but farming and data are still two peas in a pod.
Here in 2017 AD, Allison Kopf, the founder of Brooklyn agriculture data startup Agrilyst, has some thoughts on fine tuning crop growth.
“Instead of a control system just flicking on or off a light, imagine being able to fine tune wavelengths to adjust based on a plant’s specific need,” Kopf writes in a post on Medium. “Or adjusting lights to not just hit a specific amount of light, but also to give a plant an optimal amount light based on the cost of delivering that light. This is all on the horizon.”
— Allison Kopf (@allisonkopf) May 8, 2017
Kopf’s post is called What is #DigitalHorticulture? and it’s worth a read if you’re interested in this stuff (or, you know, if you eat food).
Agrilyst was ranked the No. 4 startup in our 2017 realLIST.