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Monday, May 12, 2014

Next Revolution In Agriculture May Center On Big Data

A farmer uses Monsanto's FieldScripts program to plant his field. (Monsanto)

A farmer uses Monsanto’s FieldScripts program to plant his field.
(Monsanto)

The next revolution in agriculture could center around big data, also called precision farming.

The idea is that all the information about what goes into and comes out of fields could help growers make better decisions.

Agribusiness companies such as Monsanto and DuPont are introducing new services to do just that. But questions remain over whether it’s a smart move for farmers to share information with agribusiness.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports.

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