The Sensors Helping Farmers Adapt to Extreme Weather

Michigan State University researcher Bruno Basso suggests that advanced plant sensors can provide farmers with real-time data on soil, crops, and weather. However, their uptake remains slow due to high costs and complexity.

Furthermore, extreme weather events driven by climate change are decreasing yields. While sensors could and would help farmers adapt to the new climate, scaling networks out is shockingly difficult.

Additionally, more research and development is still needed to bring costs down, leaving most farmers to play the waiting game.

Moreover, emerging plant-worn sensors show promise for monitoring health. But questions remain about durability, connectivity, and implementation.

On the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything podcast, Reporter Jala Everett interviews Basso, as well as cotton farmer Kyle Bridgeforth and North Carolina State’s Qingshan Wei, to further understand the potential of plant sensors as they become evermore available on the market to combat the latest climate challenges.

To listen to the interview, visit WSJ Podcasts.

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