Artificial intelligence (AI) and its opportunities for plant production will be at the heart of the first Innovation Day to be held over the next year. Through a series of conferences surrounding new technologies, the event aims to demystify technological concepts and show applications adapted to the crop production sector, including the potato sector. It will also be an opportunity to learn about the results of various research projects.
According to Isabelle Marquis, research and partnership coordinator for the Quebec Potato Research Consortium (CRPTQ), AI is now a must in crop production. “It’s time, she says, for Quebec producers to jump on the bandwagon of new technologies to remain competitive and ensure optimal productivity. Ms. Marquis also points out that AI is also part of the solutions to the labor shortage problem.
Everything for everyone
As the content of several conferences will be generic, it can be adapted to different plant productions. “As well, advisors, agronomists, researchers, as well as people working in research and development within technology companies are expected at this event,” continues Sarah-Maude Larose, Marketing Director for Quebec Potato Producers (PPTQ).
Two parallel rooms will allow participants to select their conference topics from among the twenty or so on the program. “The event will be held in person and its objective will really be to popularize information, to make it accessible for this audience, to demonstrate how research and science can be applied in a concrete way to provide solutions to various issues”, insists Ms. Larose.
Throughout the day, we will show how it is possible to optimize actions in the field thanks to artificial intelligence, and we will talk about autonomous vehicles and ways to apply AI in various productions.
Although the program for the day is not official, we already know, for example, that Hugo d’Astous, general manager of Patates Dolbec in Saint-Ubalde, will explain how the company has integrated an algorithm to sort and grade potatoes without human intervention.
Another subject will also attract more attention from potato producers. Since chlorpropham (CIPC) has been banned in Europe,
Canadian producers fear that such a regulatory change will occur in Canada. CIPC is used to limit storage diseases and control sprouting of potatoes after harvest. A researcher from Belgium will present results of trials carried out since 2020 to test alternatives to CIPC.
Participants will also be able to visit various kiosks (formula table top) technology companies and research centers. These meetings aim to promote exchanges between the agricultural community and these stakeholders.
An annual event
Entitled “Innovation Day – Technological innovation: a lever to ensure the sustainability and profitability of crop production companies”, the event will be in its first edition. The date and location will be announced later through of Agri-Network (www.agrireseau.net).
The organizers of this event, the Consortium for research and innovations in industrial bioprocesses in Quebec, the CRPTQ and the PPTQ, wish to make it an annual event.
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