How We Can Build A.I. Farms That Are Smarter Than Farmers

Published on February 12, 2020

Machines building machines. And now, machines building our farms. While agriculture and farming are one of the oldest and most important professions in the world, humanity has most definitely come a long way with respect to readily available technology.

Worldwide, agriculture is a $5 trillion industry, according to Forbes, and unfortunately, continuing to cost the U.S. $3.1 billion annually in crop production. Consequently, the industry is looking for a new form of sunshine: artificial intelligence. Farms as you may recall, regularly produce hundreds of thousands of data points on the ground, daily…but we ignore them. Well no longer.

It’s time to look to autonomous farming systems an robotics to help make crop production viable. The axis and end effectors of automated and autonomous farming system robots are tooling amongst the vegetation seeds and cotyledons.

The future of vegetable growing is developing deliciously and the technology is titillating.

The Deflowering of Indoor Farming and the Rise of A.I. Farms

Indoor farming has been deflowered and farms are launching and growing well. The high growth per square foot more than traditional farms while less damaging for the environment is useful and attractive.

The race is on to make it strive, remaining efficient and eco-friendly, to create substantial availability and to enable a profit to growers to keep growing.

The Food Safety Net and Our Agricultural Vulnerability

The human population is fortunate that this process is developing. The current American agricultural system is extremely vulnerable. A second system of food production is not optional. It is the only option for survival.

And, delightfully, the indoor hydroponic vertical farms are producing foods full of natural richness. As the flavor of fresh cut foods is not familiar to most palettes, the local fresh cut essence is remarkable. The vegetation is pesticide free, also a high priority in the food supply. The process is logical and at a significantly lower risk from seasonal disasters and challenges.

The Indoor Cultivation Disco: The Tigris Farm

Less space, less resources and faster growth for healthier and more nutritious foods is logical.

Efficient agriculture production with Plenty’s technology, means
“to grow produce for peak-joy, not peak-travel-performance.” unleashed controlled environment growers into a dance in the western U.S. Growers are creating a stunning design of ascending “happy” vegetation, glowing from the precise nutricology provided through technology controlled systems.

They are utilizing sensory systems and closed looped irrigation, resulting in reduced water use and reduced waste. The resulting nutrition available to the public is prize worthy. Imagine every city with its own city farm and drive through pick up window or #farm-eats fresh cut delivery.

Meet Tigris, Plenty’s matriarch of farms.

Optimizing Aeroponic Mist Through A.I.

Since 2004, Aerofarms in New Jersey has optimized aeroponic mist in their patented (PAT.NO.8,782,948 and 8,533,992) growing systems. The company is a sustainable indoor agriculture company that uses patented aeroponic growing systems to grow produce.

So how does aeroponics work?

Seeds are inserted or “planted” in pieces of foam stuffed into tiny pots, which are exposed to light on one end and nutrient mist on the other. The foam also holds the stem and root mass in place as the plants grow.

Aeroponic systems nourish plants with nothing more than nutrient-laden mist–similar to that of a hydroponic system, in which roots are held in soilless growing mediums, such as coco coir, over which nutrient-laden water is periodically pumped.

With aeroponics, the roots are left to dangle in the air, where they are periodically puffed by specially-designed misting devices.

Predictive analysis through remote monitoring and controls reduces the risks of perishability. Monitoring capabilities include macro and micronutrient environments. Aerofarms systems are also customizable. The system blocks can be arranged like legos making it fit where it is needed. Go where it can feed the public. Useful at every town mall.

Streamlining Commercial Deployment for Vertical Farming

Sananbio U.S. has unwrapped The Radix. Also customizable. Streamlining commercial deployment in large scale of vertical farming grow modules. In collaboration with LED chip manufacturer, Sanan Opto-Electronics, and the Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sanabio U.S. has perfected lighting spectrum precision.

Stating “by optimizing the spectrum based off of the cultivar we are able to increase nutritional value, drive unique genetic expression, increase active naturally occurring chemical compounds, and shorten flowering times.”

Sanabio U.S. is using light tech to tweak growth beneficially and it is working well. Beside the Sananbio VegMax LED lights, the Radix technology includes a hybrid NFT & DWC system with integrated gravity-driven water circulation. Useful in every school.

USES: The customizable automated watering systems would easily fit into schools, restaurants, Chabad Centers, shopping malls, movie theatre lobbies, city government buildings, airports, community centers, long term care facilities, military bases, apartment complexes and more.

Food production on site providing food on site.The future of grocery.

Autonomous Tango

Katif in Tel Aviv, Israel is misting its way inside indoor farming and has unleashed a dance of stackable autonomous pods and rovers. Self contained aeroponic pods are seeded, pruned and harvested by modified CNC machinery and then forked and lifted into an environment rich in exactly what the plant requires to grow lusciously. Aeroponic farm software as a service (FSaaS) is available.

A drive up window would be useful, pull up and order fresh cut to go. Useful on every military base, at all military academy and veteran medical campuses, in every city and town thoroughfare making use of unused warehouse space.

The Hustle

Automation in cooling, dehumidification, and air circulation will continue to be a root challenge, but it is manageable.

Food production safety in limiting germ passage through food will be tested endlessly. Can the indoor systems avoid the newest virus epidemic? Are controlled environments controlled enough? So far, the answer has been yes. Food borne illness are not found in the controlled systems. This is another benefit supporting this new wave flow of food energy.

Tell your congress: Support indoor vertical farm funding for schools and local city food pantries through the Agriculture Act.

Shari Jacobs, RD, MS is a contributor at Grit Daily News. Based in Dayton, Ohio, she is a life long "deadhead," having learned to love instrumental sound and dance through seeing Jerry, over and over. She is also a nutrition professional, researcher and educator. As the American liaison for StartUp Roots, she develops and implements microgreen hydroponic nutrition and farming programs in primary education systems that are digitally and internationally connected to similar projects around the world.  She talks endlessly about food and spices and the advances in indoor agricultural systems. While listening to the Dead, she’ll ask about what you had for lunch today. She writes about it at

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