Ever wonder how U.S. soybean farmers determine what soybean varieties to plant? There are hundreds of options to choose from. Genetically modified (GMO) or conventional. Commodity or specialty beans, such as high oleic. Not to mention, seeds bred for specific geographies, soil types and to prevent against pests and diseases.

For generations, U.S. farmers have selected seed based on seed guide descriptions and the counsel of agronomists and seed dealers. In today’s era of big data and artificial intelligence, however, many are taking an innovative new approach to seed selection.

The Climate Corporation, a Bayer subsidiary, is working with Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, to advance the science behind seed selection.

Erika Ebsworth-Goold, of Washington University, explores how the advent of artificial intelligence is helping U.S. corn and soybean farmers to better identify the best seed to grow a plentiful, sustainable and quality crop.