My Way of Thinking: 'Big data' was a focus during ag conference
Customized looks at big data and analysis is becoming really huge in agriculture. In another year, precision ag using cloud-based technology and big data will be a lot further along than this year.
For more than this one reason, the InfoAg Conference is going to become an annual event. The conference has grown tremendously from more than 700 attendees in 2011 to more than 1,100 in 2013. This year’s conference included the biggest trade show in its history; part of that was because there are more companies offering precision ag hardware, software and services.
With rapidly growing precision ag acceptance and enactment by ag retailers, crop consultants and farmers, it makes sense that InfoAg become an annual conference instead of an every other year event. The 2014 conference will be held in St. Louis for the first time.
It appears that an explosion in use of precision ag technology by a much larger percentage of farmers is just around the corner. Ag retailers, crop consultants and farm managers have to show leadership to their clients in this arena.