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Chris Perry's Presentation at the Cybera Summit 2011; Economic Development and the Cloud.

A potato farmers perspective on needed technology and application improvements to the agriculture sector.

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  • What the heck am I doing here??? – Don’t let me fool you… I am a spud farmer, grow peas and sunflowers and Oats to balance the cholesterol of the potato snacks
  • Tim Wu mentioned this morning about a look back in history with the recorded tape.
  • “Sustainability” is in every ag conference for the last 10 years, ICT “cloud computing”
  • Nathans vision of a built in alberta, canada solution is absolutely brilliant. Not from the standpoint of protectionism within political boundaries, but a real genius to recognizing a sustainable potential within a demographic. This in itself has genuine qualities of sustainability.
  • The fact that Data storage and processing is the fastest growing anthropogenic GHG emitter on the planet is crazy… we have an yet another opportunity in Alberta to help with this
  • This map built off of a 5 year history of satellite imagery
  • I will now share some real examples of the last couple years to help quantify what I am suggesting
  • Lets take a closer look
  • Ecstatic to be in a collaborative, long term sustainable environment with the minds of people like James, Nathan and Robin. Thanks
  • Growtec cybera summit 2011 pp

    1. 1. Cybera Summit 2011 - Banff<br />
    2. 2. A Spud Farmer…<br />Its true: <br />
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    4. 4. History of Farmingnow here’s something you didn’t think you were coming to Banff to hear…<br /><ul><li>What does ICT Cloud computing and the Neolithic Farming Revolution (end of the stone age) 10,000 years ago have in common? </li></ul>Fertile Crescent<br />They are new cutting edge technology of their time…<br /><ul><li>Farming Revolution – 8000 BC in the Fertile Crescent and other areas
    5. 5. Birth of civilization and abundant populations
    6. 6. For the first time in Human history people were “rich”
    7. 7. Allowed a lifestyle change that brought about the luxury of free time, - beginning of writing and art and somewhere down the road… </li></ul>cloud computing<br />
    8. 8. Important factors of theFarming Revolution Period<br /><ul><li>Producing enough food to support a healthy community, survival
    9. 9. Security of food supplies from raiding neighbors – began civilization and hierarchies
    10. 10. Rise and fall of Empires based on productivity of land, water, fertility and the cycle of Mother Nature (MNS) </li></li></ul><li>
    11. 11. So begins a quest for food production sustainability and a required increase in yield / acreto support the growing population<br />
    12. 12. Game changing events of agriculture<br />Cyber<br />Infrastructure<br />GMO <br />Yield<br />Green Revolution<br />1940-70: high yielding varieties, distribution of fertilizer and pesticides<br />ART<br />Haber – Bosch<br />Feeding 1/3 to ½ <br />Of the population today<br />Industrial Revolution<br />Early 1900’s <br />ART<br />Mid 1800’s<br />Justus von Liebig “law of the minimum”<br />Nutrient addition<br />ART<br />Farming Revolution<br />8000BC<br />ART<br />irrigation<br />Time<br />
    13. 13. Reality Today<br />Prediction that Only 6 countries will be exporting <br />More food than they consume within the decade<br />
    14. 14. Sustainability and the return to natural cycles that support themselves<br />Farming’s Sustainable areas:<br />Climate, Land and water<br />Community, communication<br />Distribution of goods, and inputs<br />Energy security<br />Economics<br />
    15. 15. Important factors of the Farming Revolution Period TODAY<br /><ul><li>Producing enough food to support a healthy community Planet
    16. 16. Security of food supplies – Food Safety
    17. 17. Rise and fall of Empires Population based on productivity of land, water, fertility and the cycle of Mother Nature
    18. 18. (MNS)
    19. 19. And so begins continues a quest for food production sustainability - indeed an increase in
    20. 20. yield / acre</li></li></ul><li>How can Cyber Infrastructure Help?<br />Best Management Practices – with Knowledge of Today<br />Food safety, and real time public communication <br />3. Precision Agriculture dialed up – this is not new<br /><ul><li>The implementation of yesterdays </li></ul>ideas, with technology, <br />data analysis and management <br />capacity of today<br /><ul><li>Empathy and a Desire to</li></ul> feed the world!<br />Can we together help create Alberta’s new champion<br />
    21. 21. Best Management Practice<br />What we are doing with technology available today<br />Built in Alberta…<br />
    22. 22. Best Management PracticeWhat we are doing with technology available today<br />What we are doing…<br />
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    28. 28. Grow, Live, Be the Change<br />
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    30. 30. 2. Food safety, food production communication <br /><ul><li>record keeping, regulation and traceability stewardship
    31. 31. Real time seamless communication
    32. 32. With variable rate technology, new regulation and record keeping regulation, there is a dire need for advanced technical help in the agricultural field
    33. 33. Collaboration necessary, tecconnect center in Lethbridge a superb example of initiating the collaboration required</li></li></ul><li>3. Precision Agriculture:Incredible Potential to increase the Yield / Acre!<br /><ul><li>The technology available today
    34. 34. Where it can take us tomorrow</li></li></ul><li>Field Variability: Significance…<br />
    35. 35. Variable Rate Technology<br />
    36. 36. Infra Red and other sensor technology from satellites<br />
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    38. 38. Understanding an Irrigation Pivot<br />
    39. 39. Variable Rate IrrigationGIS and recipe referenced<br />Excited “progressive Farmers say:<br />YAAAAAAHOOOOOO!!! <br />Now that’s a return on Investment!<br />
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    42. 42. A Potato Field 2010:Planted acres: 128 operational inputs $2222/acHarvested acres: 80<br />
    43. 43. Potato Fields 2011:Planted Acres: 1280Harvested: 1097 (87%) same inputs<br />Potato Fields 2010:Planted Acres: 1300Harvested: 998 (82%) <br />same inputs<br />
    44. 44. Better Potato Fields – What it needs to look like!<br />
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    49. 49. Yield Sept 17th<br />Picture late June <br />Picture late July<br />
    50. 50. Yield estimate<br />This field:<br />~ 20% - 20 t/ac or more<br />~60% - 16-19t/ac <br />~20% - <16t/ac<br />In short this means we can either increase the yield on 80% of the field with Precision ag technology, or reduce inputs accordingly. <br />
    51. 51. What we can do tomorrow, the applications…<br />Tech support – within Alberta we have an incredible opportunity<br /><ul><li>Unmanned Aircraft, real data, real time, every day, real recipe’s real ROI in Alberta
    52. 52. Integrated data hub, replicable agricultural and demographic W2E powered
    53. 53. Smart Energy Grid, ship data, not power - Distributed
    54. 54. Link the public with their food, real time, real seamless
    55. 55. BE a Real sustainable smart system, closed biosphere aware – We are feeding the world</li></li></ul><li>ICT link<br />Precision AG<br />Potential clients: <br />Water and Environmental Hub?<br />GreenStar Network?<br />AB ARD open data<br />Center network?<br />$<br />Optic Fiber<br />Data management Hub<br />
    56. 56. Yes I agree, Change happens. Another reason the stone age ended was because humans discovered farming…  let us not forget… <br />Tweet: <br />"The stone age didn't end because we ran out of stone." Change happens ready or not<br />Thanks!<br />
    57. 57. TheOPPORTUNITY<br />Collaboration with all the right people <br />are in this room to champion the <br />Alberta / Canada Advantage, be a part of it<br /><ul><li>the technology expertise and cyber infrastructure presence
    58. 58. The Value-add and true example of technology WOW
    59. 59. The Rural Development and distributed wealth advocate
    60. 60. The farmer with a need, that recognizes the technology can help us do better, and the technology people that recognize we can help them to achieve their goals with a real application today that helps build and create a network required for tomorrow, with sustainable ROI all the way through!
    61. 61. Fantastic R&D presence – AB innovates, the refreshed and inspired new provincial leadership, the universities and colleges, the brilliant youth</li></ul>Together Let’s make it happen!<br />
    62. 62. Why make this happen?<br />Grow, <br />Live, <br />Be the Change<br />