April 19

Chat GPT: What Does It Mean On-Farm?


With Ian Scutt: AgLink Australia

Chat GPT, an artificial intelligence-powered language model, was released to the public on November 30th, 2022, and has since dominated news and media globally. Developed by OpenAI, the model is designed to be a conversational bot capable of interacting with and responding to users. With over 100 million users worldwide, Chat GPT is the most powerful chatbot released to date, offering potential uses in various areas such as marketing, sales, and customer service.

In the agricultural industry, Chat GPT provides a potential opportunity for growers facing challenges such as supplying a growing population, climate change, and a lack of labour. Chat GPT can provide important product information for farmers on seeds, fertilizers, and agricultural chemicals, including product comparisons, benefits, uses, risks, and hazards. However, it is important to note that this information is still generic and should be used in conjunction with a local agronomist to improve context.

One of Chat GPT’s claims is that it can provide real-time information on weather and climate conditions, providing farmers with key information to make decisions about sowing times, harvesting, and irrigation. Additionally, Chat GPT claims to provide insights on market trends and prices for agricultural commodities, assisting farmers with what crops to grow and when to sell them. However, the current version of Chat GPT is only up to date as of September 2021 and cannot provide seasonal weather or commodity trends for the local area. As a result, the insights provided by Chat GPT may not be actionable due to the seasonal variability and other parameters that are not accounted for.

Despite these limitations, Chat GPT is still improving and developing, and its potential uses are yet to be fully discovered. As the technology of AI and machine learning continue to progress, Chat GPT’s value will only increase for farmers, agronomists, and the industry as a whole. The most likely use of Chat GPT in agriculture is as an on-farm information assistant for farmers at the touch of their fingers. The emergence of Chat GPT demonstrates the development of AI and ML and how it could play a part in daily life, generating a lot of noise around the world.

In conclusion, the agricultural industry can benefit from Chat GPT’s potential to provide important information on products, climate trends, and market history for agricultural commodities. However, the current version of Chat GPT has limited uses in agriculture. Nevertheless, as the technology continues to progress, farmers and the industry as a whole can expect Chat GPT to provide more relevant and useful insights in the future.


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