CORNWALL, ON, August 19, 2022 — Since the advent of agriculture, growers have been at war with pests and diseases determined to destroy their crops. However, as technology has evolved, farmers who have focused on increasing their yields by mitigating these losses now have a new weapon in their arsenal: artificial intelligence.
Fermata’s Croptimus™ uses computer vision to accurately identify pests and diseases in a variety of crops, including leafy greens, tomato plants and medicinal plants – long before they become a serious threat . Since early detection of pests and pathogens is key to ensuring both the quality and quantity of a harvest, Cultivatd immediately saw the value in offering Croptimus™ to its greenhouse and indoor farm customers. .
“Identifying and stopping pests and diseases before they suffer crop loss is a constant challenge for indoor growers,” explained Eric Levesque, managing partner at Cultivatd, “To help growers meet the threat , Fermata’s advanced, 24/7, accurate plant monitoring system discovers areas of concern long before farm staff’s reconnaissance efforts.Striving to reduce labor costs and improve the quality, regularity and yield of crops, Fermata makes life easier for our customers and makes their businesses more profitable.
Boasting a substantial return on investment, the platform is designed to be easy to use and its implementation does not disrupt growing operations – typically installed within hours. Plus, Croptimus™ improves over time with advanced machine learning and is backed by a team of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) experts who audit results to ensure accuracy and fine-tune algorithms. ‘IA.
The Croptimus™ platform also offers 360° views of the grow area canopy, with augmented reality overlays that pinpoint exactly where specific problems are. Built-in heatmaps illustrating pest and disease pressure over time also allow growers to monitor their crop for persistent issues that may indicate problems within their facilities.
“We couldn’t be happier to work with Cultivatd to provide advanced technology solutions designed to maximize grower profits,” added Fermata CEO Alastair Monk, “As the use of computer vision in greenhouses and indoor farms is rapidly becoming a new standard for crop monitoring – starting with the automation of pest and disease discovery – this partnership is certain to expand our market reach, enabling more growers to take advantage of the high crop losses and labor savings provided by Croptimus™.
Fermata focuses on applying data science and computer vision solutions to the challenges facing commercial agriculture. Engaged in extensive research since the company was founded in 2019, Fermata has now developed an adaptive computer vision platform designed to automatically detect pests and diseases in their early stages. This early detection platform allows growers to reliably mitigate these issues long before crop loss becomes inevitable, and further reduces the time and money spent on traditional scouting.
ABOUT THE CULTURE
Cultivatd is an AgTech brokerage, leveraging years of experience in the indoor farming industry to assess needs and recommend the best solution for budget, crop type, location and knowledge of a customer.
The company offers farming as a service (FaaS), where it deploys farmers to your site, general advisory services through a network of vertical farming experts around the world, and equity financing. Cultivatd helps customers enter the vertical farming space by guiding them through the process of selecting the right technology solution for their needs.
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