Our Future Depends on the Digitization of Agriculture

While yields are attractive, vertical farms have significant capital required for infrastructure, high land costs, and of course significant energy demands. The reality of these COG dynamics requires that vertical farm operators work hard to optimize their production.

John Deere Acquires Bear Flag Robotics to Accelerate Autonomous Technology on the Farm

Bear Flag's technology complements Deere's own technology initiatives and goals to help farmers achieve the best possible outcomes and solve meaningful challenges through advanced technology, including autonomy.

AeroFarms and Nokia Unveil Partnership for Next Generation AI-Enabled Plant Vision Technology

Ground-breaking technology partnership will significantly improve plant yields and quality in AeroFarms' vertical farms through analytics, AI, drones and wireless networking.

The Absorption and Action Spectrum and the Benefits of Green Light

Light has a complex relationship with plants. When the light touches a leaf, it can be absorbed by, reflected from, or transmitted through to other leaves. Plants appear green to us because they reflect and transmit slightly more green light than they do blue or red.

This Rocks: Terraclear's Rock-picking Robot Increases Productivity for Farmers

By using a computer vision-controlled system to map terrain and identify the size and location of rocks embedded in the soil, the heavy lifting is done by automated machinery which saves farmers a lot of time and money.

BABYLON MICRO-FARMS PARTNERS WITH HARVEST TABLE, PROVIDING FRESHER, HYPER-LOCAL FOOD OPTIONS TO TOP UNIVERSITIES ACROSS AMERICA

These micro-farms produce the freshest, high-quality selection of crops for kitchens to use in preparing their menus. Food from Babylon Micro-Farms is not only good for your health, but also for the environment.

Supplemental Greenhouse Lighting: Hacking the Sun to Grow Your Business

Growers who are able to optimize the supplemental light they provide to plants can eliminate seasonal changes in production cycles, increase crop production, ensure crop consistency and grow quality plants year-round.

4-Sun LED Solar Simulator Dawns to Tackle Humanity's Challenges

Solar simulators-indoor lights that reproduce the sun's spectrum-take many forms and serve different purposes, including testing sunscreens, solar cell efficiencies and performance testing of aerospace materials.

A Starters Guide to the IIoT and Automation in Agriculture

What is automation? How can automation help farmers do more with less? Is automation in agriculture a good idea? How is automation transforming the farming industry? Farmer's exploring technology tend to ask the same questions.

Vertical Farming and the Future of Automation in Agriculture

Right now, the focus is to take vertical farming to the next level by developing smart robots which can increase precision and productivity, while minimizing environmental impact and risk.

Protecting Farms Against Floodwater: 8 Advanced Techniques

The industry will likely experience more connectivity as farmers use technology to share data and warn other professionals. Eventually, widespread adoption will fuel the creation of more ingenious floodwater protection devices, as well as various other beneficial inventions.

Vertical Farming: Turning Deserts into Fresh Food Hubs

Vertical farming technologies allow for collecting the humidity produced by plants. With recirculating and recycling techniques, hydroponic and aquaponic systems can reuse 98% of water, which makes vertical farms feasible in deserts.

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Selects Five Early-Stage Sustainable Indoor Agriculture Companies

The program's ninth cohort will receive non-dilutive funding for research and development at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

From Picking Tomatoes to Vaccinating Fish, Agricultural Robots Show Future of Farming

The future of farming was on display at the recent "First China Agricultural Robot Innovation Competition" as teams from universities, scientific research institutes and technology companies showcased their innovations.

How Technology is Helping with Timing Crop Harvesting

Agriculture has been one of the slowest fields to adopt new technology, but as demand increases, these new tools can help take up the slack.

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