Farmers Business Network launched Norm, the first AI agronomic adviser that helps farmers make hundreds of decisions each season on topics such as soil chemistry, plant genetics, and diseases, among others. Norm pulls agronomic-specific data from weather insights, soil monitoring, application rates, product labels, current events, university research, and grower commentary to provide detailed and specific answers to agriculture-related questions.
Farmers Business Network has launched Norm, an AI agronomic adviser built on Open AI’s Chatbot GPT-3.5. Norm pulls agronomic-specific data from weather insights, soil monitoring, application rates, product labels, current events, university research, and grower commentary. It also includes feedback from FBN's proprietary data feeds to give growers more detailed, specific answers to their agriculture-related questions.
Farmers have to make hundreds of decisions each season on topics such as soil chemistry, plant genetics, and diseases, among others. It’s hard to be an expert in all of those areas. Norm can serve as a first-line adviser to FBN members across dozens of topics. It can help a producer's chemical application by identifying generic alternatives and application rates as well as offering nozzle suggestions. It can also provide agronomic advice on irrigation, fertilizer application, and crop rotation while factoring in specific conditions like the geographic location and soil profile for the specific area. Providing input guidance and strategies to combat pests and disease, as well as livestock and animal information, are also capabilities of the Norm platform.
Norm’s name was selected to recognize Norman Borlaug, an agronomist considered the Father of the Green Revolution. Borlaug won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, and Nobel Peace Prize for his work developing agronomic plant varieties that alleviated global hunger. The possibilities are truly limitless when it comes to leveraging AI and Norm to increase farmer profitability and ROI. As a quantum computing evangelist, I believe that Norm is just the beginning. I am excited to see how AI and quantum computing will revolutionize the agriculture industry and help farmers feed the world in a more sustainable way.