Granular: Bringing farms into the modern software world

Raised on a ranch/farm and now being a semi-geek, I’m intrigued with this attempt.

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Imagine operating a sprawling 50-square-mile farm, 30 roaming employees and a hectic and fluctuating growing season using Excel, Quickbooks and two-way radios. That’s how many of the top 30,000 to 40,000 farms, which operate a third of the farm land in the U.S., are still running. But San Francisco-based startup Granular, which emerged on Thursday, has started trialling its new software for farmers that offers the types of modern smart phone apps, cloud-based services and collaboration tools that many other industries have come to rely on as the backbone of their operations.

Granular launched out of the split of another startup, Solum, which was founded in 2009 with early backing from Khosla Ventures and had built up a business around onsite soil analysis. Farms have been using Solum’s data tech to test soil onsite and tightly manage and customize their fertilizer use. But as a young startup in the…

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  2. Is Indian Agriculture ready for “Gadgetization” ??

    Technological innovation in agriculture globally has become one of the hottest and most debated topics recently. The sector, particularly in the West, is witnessing a huge influx of new entrants and innovative technologies attempting to take agribusiness to the next level. Understandably, much of the buzz is occurring in developed Western countries, which have industrial-scale agribusiness with larger average land-holdings than their Asian counterparts.

    To put simply, from a techpreneur’s point of view, Indian agriculture is still probably in the “Paleolithic period”, falling way behind its Western counterparts in terms of achieving efficiency through use of technological interventions.

    The country seems to continue to bask in the glory of ‘Green Revolution’ being oblivious of the imminent need to make progress. (This was succinctly narrated in a story in The Economist entitled “Farming in India: In a time warp”.) One of the main reasons for such lackluster attitudes could possibly be the entrenched “politicization” of policies and the firm grip of the government. This is primarily limiting the ability and prospects of involvement by the private sector.

    But there is promise for a better future in the relentless optimism of a growing class of passionate and young entrepreneurs in the country.

    Read more here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/indian-agriculture-ready-gadgetization-raghavan-sampathkumar?trk=hp-feed-article-title-comment

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