Farm Vision Technologies, Inc. is expanding its capabilities to bring new data tools to growers of tree fruit crops. Dr. Tina Karimi joins the St. Paul, Minnesota ag tech company as senior data scientist to bring focus to analytical processes and to help convert data into solutions that growers can use.
The company offers easy-to-use smartphone tools to capture fruit count, size and location data that are turned into growth rate information for fruitlet thinning, as well as harvest estimates for a wide range of orchard management decisions.
Dr. Karimi earned her graduate degrees at Washington State University in Land, Air, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. She most recently completed post-doctoral research at Cornell University.
"Farm Vision is an agricultural tech company that is pushing the boundaries of agricultural research and development to help farmers improve management strategies that result in valuable decisions and reduced costs," said Dr. Karimi. "I'm excited to help take the company's sophisticated techniques for computer visioning in fruit and vegetable production to a next level of application."
According to Farm Vision CEO and co-founder, Dr. Patrick Plonski, the company is strategically adding expertise that growers will benefit from. "Farm Vision's tools are state-of-the-art at data collection. To provide commercial value to fruit producers, we also need to be leaders at turning data into useful information. Tina's expertise in data science and engineering, in the context of today's agriculture, helps us address this second part of the problem. It’s great to have her onboard."
Farm Vision Technologies began at the University of Minnesota and incorporated in 2017. Since then, the company has been conducting field trials and commercial activities with its computer visioning system with fruit growers in the states of California, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and Florida, as well as in orchards in Chile, Australia and New Zealand. The company plans to launch its fruitlet thinning tool commercially later this year. It will be the first smartphone-based technology for growers to easily monitor fruitlet growth rates on a large scale in the orchard.