Control Engineering UK looks at the role that machine control has played in helping make vertical farming a commercially viable option.
Matt McFarland for CNN Tech: NatureSweet, which grows tomatoes on six farms in the United States and Mexico, is using artificial intelligence to better control pests and diseases in its greenhouses.
Frank Vinluan for Xconomy: The past year has seen market launches for microbial products developed to help plants resist stresses from pests and harsh environmental conditions.
Japan is one of the first countries using large-scale UAV on plant protection in the world. Take rice as an example, ground vehicles spray about 22% (in 2014), and the proportion of UAV plant protection has reached 36%.
Phys.org: Thanks to research with ESA on new cameras, hyperspectral cameras flying on drones are now able to see details as small as 4-5 cm.
James Carroll for Vision Systems Design: Prospera explains that its digital farming system aims to collect, digitize, and analyze vast amounts of farm data and optimize all aspects of production, from agronomy to labor management.
Seeking to solve the chronic labor shortage problem facing the US premium wine industry, the Digital Harvest LLC project 'ROVR' team has developed a fully mobile concept demonstrator at their Pendleton, Oregon R&D lab.
Leading national organic culinary herb grower and marketer set to transform the distribution of highly perishable produce
Aaron Aupperlee for TribLive: Robots could grow your next salad inside an old steel mill on Pittsburgh's South Side.
Nat Williams, Illinois Farmer Today: Precision equipment has streamlined farming in recent years. But what happens when something goes awry while the operator is in the middle of fieldwork?
Geoffrey Ling, Blake Bextine for Scientific American: Combining sensors and imaging of every plant with real-time data analytics improves farm outputs and reduces waste
Liezel Labios for Tech Explore: This "near-zero-power" temperature sensor could extend the battery life of wearable or implantable devices that monitor body temperature, smart home monitoring systems, Internet of Things devices and environmental monitoring systems.
Jenna Gallegos for The Washington Post: So how do you tackle the problem of feeding 9 billion people by 2050? Assemble an elite team of scientists for a year-long brainstorming session.
Maggie McGrath and Chloe Sorvino for Forbes: "You only get 40 attempts at farming. From your 20s to your 60s, you get 40 seasons,"
Steve O'Hear for TechCrunch: Growing out from the centre, the basil is at ascending stages of its life, with the most outer positioned leaves ready for you, the customer, to harvest.
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