Asked and Answered

Since last week’s launch of Code Camp: AI in a Day we have received a number of inquiries with questions about camp. We hope that this post will give you the information that you need to help you decide to register your kids and grandkids, neighbour’s kids, 4-H club, Sunday School class… you get the idea.

Why should I want my kids to know how to code?

Artificial intelligence has applications in every field of interest, from banking to medicine, and from manufacturing to city planning. Of course it has many agricultural applications as well! People who write code can make decisions about what and how computers learn from the data that they process. Code mixes creativity, ingenuity, disciplined thinking and cultural design. Who wouldn’t want a skill that transfers across areas of interest and can be used to help solve practical problems?

What is Artificial Intelligence?

People develop computer systems to be able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition or translation between languages. Computers can process large amounts of data quickly and detect patterns that are more difficult for humans to recognize. These abilities can be used to help computers perform intelligent tasks.

What is code?

Code is a precise set of instructions written for a computer to understand in order to provide directions for it to perform some function.

What uses code?

Pretty much anything with a battery or a plug uses code to perform a variety of tasks. Some everyday examples include sensors in your car, debit machines, a portable grain tester or a robotic milking machine.

Is the camp for girls only?

No, we encourage anyone to attend. As FarmFemmes, we hope that seeing women as instructors helps young girls see themselves in this space. Karen and I are raising boys and girls and we want them all to be able to code - and the same is true for all kids.

What are your qualifications?

Dr. Karen Hildebrand has a PhD in Information Systems specializing in Data Mining, but we just call her Karen. Teresa coached K-12 teachers, taught high school math and was chosen as Sioux Falls, SD Teacher of the Year.

If you have any questions about AI in a Day please contact us at or or message us from your favorite social media platform @farmfemmes

Spring Planning: Precision Ag

Trying something new requires a little bit of spring planning.  To get the most out of precision ag investments this year, there are a few planning steps that you can do now before you can be out in the fields.  

This past year, we tried a few new things, and we are getting a lot of questions about what we've learned.  We definitely believe that ideas get better when you share them - and you only get one season a year to try something new.  We did a quick video about how we got started in precision agriculture and what we tried last year.  We'll also share this week a few things we learned, and some ideas of new things we'll be trying this year.

This video is about How data helped increase production: Canola '17

Global Big Data Conference: Precision Ag

It's presentation day @ the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence!  One of my favorite videos is today's because I just read this fun stat in the January, 2018 issue of Canola Digest that only 15% of farmers are using precision agriculture.  

This video shows how Deer Creek Farms of Morden, Manitoba got started in Precision Agriculture, and the results it had on the 2017 Canola harvest.  If you enjoy the video, please share it on Facebook or Twitter.  If you have your own precision ag story that you'd be willing to share with us please comment below or send us an e-mail.  

Global Big Data Conference: Precision Ag

We are looking forward to presenting at the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday, in Santa Clara, California!  

This week we'll share the videos we have made for the presentation.  If you like them, please share them on your Facebook or Twitter accounts, we'd love to see how many people we can reach and we'd love your help!

Innovative Farm Tech

If you ever want a glimpse into the future of farming I can think of nothing better to check out than Blue River.  Having been acquired by John Deere on September 6th their tech is truly impressive!  I think as farm extenders, seeing this kind of innovation opens our eyes to what is possible already and what can be possible in the near future.

Check out the YouTube clips of Blue River tech in action here:


Read the noise being made by Blue River in the high tech industry here:

How John Deere’s New AI Lab Is Designing Farm Equipment For A More Sustainable Future

Fast Company

The acquisition of a computer vision startup speeds the company’s goal of helping farmers grow enough food for an exploding global population.

John Deere Is Paying $305 Million for This Silicon Valley Company


The ag giant is buying Blue River Technology for its machine-learning powered crop sprayers.

Why John Deere Just Spent $305 Million on a Lettuce-Farming Robot


Look out weeds. Tractor giant John Deere just spent $305 million to acquire a startup that makes robots capable of identifying unwanted plants, and shooting them with deadly, high-precision squirts of herbicide.

Record yields?

It’s always fun to learn something new, especially when it shows you good news!  This year, that meant looking at the farm data differently, and what a great year to choose.  While last year Deer Creek Farms had 100% hail damage, this year we are able to see what a great harvest looks like!

This is the farms first year using myJohnDeere and the JD Operations Center, but the data has been being collected since 2013 for seeding.  Yes, that means for 4 years, I was slacking off on helping to get this working!

But hopefully this makes up for it!  This year, my Dad handed me the data stick and said “go figure it out” after a brief visit to Green Valley Equipment in Morden, Manitoba.  With a 3 hour investment his field data is now uploaded and available for analysis.  He was particularly excited to look at his yield maps and how specific they were.  

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There is still plenty left to learn and explore, but for a 3 hour time investment seeing the extent of the information available and the impact it can have to farming operations it was time well spent!

If you would like to learn how to make Operations Center work on your farm message me, or e-mail me at  If there is enough interest we’ll look into doing a few clinics around the topic to help you get started!