Developing artificial intelligence spraying technology

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A $26.2 million investment, this project will see the development of new artificially intelligent technology that detects and sprays for pests in a field.

By lowering crop protection product use by up to an estimated 95 per cent, the technology is expected to increase farmer efficiency and keep plant-protein production sustainable. The partners—Precision.ai, Sure Growth Solutions, Exceed Grain Marketing and the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan—are together investing $13.4 million into the project, with Protein Industries Canada investing the remaining $12.8 million.

Designed by Canadians for Canadian farmers, the technology is intended to address the needs of the Canadian agriculture landscape first and foremost. It can, however, be used anywhere in the world, diversifying and strengthening Canada’s economy and providing benefits for farmers around the world. Commodities grown using the technology will be tested for international maximum residue level (MRL) compliance and protein content. Both streams of testing will strengthen international market opportunities.

Photo by Seungbum Steve Ryu, provided by the University of Saskatchewan