Georgia Patent of the Month – April 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of agriculture, technology continues to revolutionize how we grow and protect crops. One such groundbreaking innovation comes from Farmwave, LLC, a pioneer in agricultural R&D. Their inventive system combines computer vision and machine learning to diagnose crop infestations and optimize treatment, ultimately maximizing yield and sustainability.

Utilizing cutting-edge computer vision techniques, the system analyzes each image from a field report to identify individual plants and assess their health. By detecting specific subunits and applying object recognition algorithms, it accurately determines the yield of each plant. Moreover, the system can identify the type of crop, further refining its analysis.

But Farmwave’s innovation doesn’t stop there. Leveraging machine learning, the system goes beyond mere identification to diagnose crop infestations. Trained on a vast dataset of images depicting various pathogens and their severities, it can pinpoint the specific pathogen affecting a crop and assess the severity of the infestation.

Based on this diagnosis, the system recommends the appropriate biocide for treatment, whether it be a pesticide, fungicide, herbicide, or a combination thereof. Taking into account factors such as seed type, prior treatments, and planting data, it calculates the optimal dosage of the biocide to apply, ensuring effective treatment without waste or overuse.

What sets Farmwave’s invention apart is its holistic approach to crop management. By integrating data on crop health, infestations, and treatment, it enables farmers to make informed decisions that enhance both productivity and sustainability. With its predictive capabilities, the system empowers farmers to anticipate and mitigate threats to their crops, safeguarding their livelihoods and the global food supply.

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