Opportunities and Challenges for Big Data in Agricultural and Environmental Analysis

Posted: 29 Oct 2018

See all articles by Alfons Weersink

Alfons Weersink

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business

Evan Fraser

University of Guelph

David J. Pannell

University of Western Australia

Emily Duncan

University of Guelph

Sarah Rotz

University of Guelph

Date Written: October 2018

Abstract

Agriculture stands on the cusp of a digital revolution, and the same technologies that created the Internet and are transforming medicine are now being applied in our farms and on our fields. Overall, this digital agricultural revolution is being driven by the low cost of collecting data on everything from soil conditions to animal health and crop development along with weather station data and data collected by drones and satellites. The promise of these technologies is more food, produced on less land, with fewer inputs and a smaller environmental footprint. At present, however, barriers to realizing this potential include a lack of ability to aggregate and interpret data in such a way that it results in useful decision support tools for farmers and the need to train farmers in how to use new tools. This article reviews the state of the literature on the promise and barriers to realizing the potential for Big Data to revolutionize agriculture.

Suggested Citation

Weersink, Alfons and Fraser, Evan and Pannell, David J. and Duncan, Emily and Rotz, Sarah, Opportunities and Challenges for Big Data in Agricultural and Environmental Analysis (October 2018). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 19-37, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3274140 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-resource-100516-053654

Alfons Weersink (Contact Author)

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business ( email )

Guelph, N1G 2W1, Ontario
Canada
519 824-4120, Ext. 2766 (Phone)

Evan Fraser

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

David J. Pannell

University of Western Australia ( email )

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
AUSTRALIA
(08) 9844 8659 (Phone)
(08) 9844 8659 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.general.uwa.edu.au/u/dpannell/welcome.html

Emily Duncan

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

Sarah Rotz

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

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