Solar SmartFlower Blooms at Lavender Pond Farm

Inspired by sunflowers and other phototropic plants that follow the sun across the horizon, the SmartFlower wakes up at sunrise, fans out its twelve solar "petals" to 194 square feet and automatically cleans itself in preparation for capturing the sun's rays.

Farmers face vendor lock-in as agriculture goes digital

Jason Tatge for VentureBeat: Because its still early days in the realm of digital ag, theres a big risk that sellers are going to try to get farmers locked into their data systems and policies.

Analog Devices' Monitoring Initiative Aims to Improve Crop Quality and Yields and Boost Profitability of Local Farmers

The initiative instructs student farmers how to use Internet of Things and blockchain technologies to track the conditions and movement of produce from "Farm to Fork" to make decisions that improve quality, yields, and profitability.

EU's future cyber-farms to utilise drones, robots and sensors

Anthony King, From Horizon Magazine: Bee-based maths is helping teach swarms of drones to find weeds, while robotic mowers keep hedgerows in shape.

Selecting a Precision AG Crop Scouting Solution

The rapidly growing remote sensing industry provides consumers multiple options to choose from. The challenge is selecting a crop scouting solution thats complete - that considers the sensor, software, and data analytics tools that provide the best value for your needs.

Ag-tech: The automated farm

Tara Duggan for The San Francisco Chronicle: In the field, self-propelling harvesters lop off the heads of cabbages, then funnel the 8-pound goliaths to workers who trim and sort them. Inside a nearby Taylor Farms packing plant, a three-armed robot pivots and turns to maneuver bagged salads squarely into packing boxes.

A Brief History of Modern Farming

The idea of growing plants year-round by controlling environmental factors dates back as far as the Roman Empire. Emperor Tiberius Caesar had moveable plant beds built that could grow cucumbers year-round by being brought inside during cold or unfavorable weather.

Latest ESA Research Leads to Better Cameras for Precision Agriculture

Lars Wecks for Trend in Tech: A new camera from Cubert, working in collaboration with VITO Remote Sensing and imec, based on research from the European Space Agency, is bringing high-resolution details to precision farming.

FORGET PRECISION AGRICULTURE: DRONE HERDING IS TAKING OFF

Malek Murison for We Talk UAV: Luckily, a few farming pioneers have started using their drones to herd animals, including cattle and sheep, from one place to another.

Beyond the Hype: AI in Agtech

With Agrilyst, growers can understand which of their crops are the highest performers based on yield, growth rate, or both and run production scenarios with higher performers having more space allocation. These recommendations help growers optimize the space on their farm and drive significantly higher revenues.

In India, an Uber for farm machinery aims to make a difference in rural areas

Jon Russell for TechCrunch: The concept is actually quite straightforward. EM3 works with farmers who own equipment like tractors, harvesters and other mechanical implements by allowing them to 'rent out their assets to help pay off the purchase or generate additional revenue.

Agtech companies link to bring full automation to indoor farms

Brooklyn-based Agrilyst and Montreal-based Motorleaf have chosen to openly exchange data.

Agtech: What the umbrella term really means

Alex Sampson for The Weekly Times: Monsanto Australia technology boss James Nielsen says agtech is "about smart farmers getting smarter using digital technology".

DuPont Acquires Ag Software Company Granular to Accelerate Digital Ag Strategy and Help Farmers Operate More Profitable Businesses

Transaction Reflects DuPonts Commitment to Shaping the Agtech Market; Granulars CEO Sid Gorham to Lead Digital Agriculture for DuPont

Making vertical farming viable

Control Engineering UK looks at the role that machine control has played in helping make vertical farming a commercially viable option.

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