Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
actual product may differ from illustration

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.

user:
pass:
register,


                   

Crop QR codes

Digital crop circles if you will
  (+17)(+17)
(+17)
  [vote for,
against]

Modern tractors use GPS to plant crops. Some even steer themselves and are basically completely computer controlled. Well with a rather simple program written into the tractors guidance system the crops could be planted to create gigantic QR codes visible from the air. With some commercial airlines now offering wifi during flight, people could see the codes and scan them.
evilpenguin, Jun 27 2012

Corn field QR code http://www.kraayfamilyfarm.com/
[mitxela, Oct 21 2012]

[link]






       Given that satellites are used to monitor compliance with quotas and set-aside, I wonder if there are any software loopholes that would allow the farmer to reprogram the satellite in this way?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 27 2012
  

       [+] I like it!
xandram, Jun 27 2012
  

       //crops could be planted to create gigantic QR codes//   

       One of the purposes of all this computerised tractor tomfoolery is to meter out fertiliser to the crops according to the condition of the soil.   

       If you know that one side of the field has less nitrogen, say, in the ground than the other side, the tractor can be programmed to spray more nitrogen-containing fertiliser on that side.   

       So there's no need to plant the crops specially. The QR code pattern just becomes an additional input to the system that decides how much fertiliser to spray.   

       [+]
Wrongfellow, Jun 27 2012
  

       Damn, someone beat me to it. Bun.
RayfordSteele, Jul 10 2012
  

       Can we print "Kentucky" in great letters across that state? And do the same for the other 50?
Voice, Oct 19 2012
  

       yes, yes we can [+]
FlyingToaster, Oct 19 2012
  

       But would it not be more fun to print "WYOMING" across Kentucky?
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 19 2012
  

       Well, you can't print MAINE across Maine. If you attempt to make this state unilaterally identify itself, it just shuffles off and hides behind several decades' worth of tired political rhetoric.
Alterother, Oct 19 2012
  
      
[annotate]
  


 

back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle