data farming

Food festival
10:43 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Horseradish Roots Run Deep In The Metro East

Farmer Jeff Heepke stands in a horseradish field near Roxana, Ill. His great-grandfather brought roots from Germany.
(Mary Delach Leonard, St. Louis Public Radio)

There's a pretty good chance that the jar of horseradish you have in the refrigerator has its origins in farms located just across the river from St. Louis.

St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois produce the lion's share of horseradish in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just 16 growers in Illinois harvest horseradish from 1,779 acres, accounting for about 60 percent of the nation's horseradish. Nationally, only about 3,100 acres are in horseradish production.

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Economy & Innovation
10:20 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Monsanto Data Farming Unit Suffers Security Breach

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Monsanto Corporation has reported a security breach in its Precision Planting unit, putting some farmers’ credit card and tax information at risk.

The world’s largest seed company sent a letter to the attorney general of Maryland, according a report by Bloomberg News. Monsanto said personal information of 14 residents may have been accessed.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 am
Tue May 6, 2014

More Illinois Farmers Are Embracing High Tech Ag ― But Is 'Big Data' Too Much Like 'Big Brother?'

A farmer uses Monsanto's FieldScripts program to plant his field.
Credit Via Monsanto

Farmers have been collecting data about their farms for decades.

Now all those data are going high tech. Major agricultural companies like Monsanto, John Deere and DuPont have been developing more ways to mine that than ever before – all in the name of helping farmers make better decisions about when to plant, what to plant and how much.

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Precision Farming
5:23 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Monsanto, DuPont Meet With Farm Bureau About Big Data

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The American Farm Bureau Federation met Thursday with Monsanto and several other agribusiness companies, such as DuPont and John Deere, to talk about the use of big data in agriculture.

The meeting comes as farmers grapple with whether to share information with major agricultural businesses.

The Farm Bureau had been warning farmers to be cautious as Monsanto and DuPont rolled out new data services. Those services use farmers’ information, including crop yields, to determine the best seeds to use and how much to plant.

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Data Farming
10:52 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Innovation Rundown: Agriculture Meets IT In A Big Data Way

Credit (via Flickr/jasonippolito)

Is there any aspect of life that technology hasn’t touched?

While I’m sure people can cite examples in the non-digital sphere, agriculture is not one of them. It hasn’t been for some time – farmers are adept at using all kinds of technology to monitor weather, pricing, soil content. But a new development is taking the idea to a new level. And St. Louis's own Monsanto seems to be leading the way.

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