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%.
Drones may not replace the honeybee, but don't bet on a future of agriculture that doesn't increasingly depend on their capacity to reinvent 21st century farming.
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.
Organic Dairy Farmer Albert Straus Announces the First Full-Scale Electric Truck Powered by Cow Poop
Straus' goal is to demonstrate to the farming community and public that farmers can implement and teach others practical solutions to climate change.
Alex Knapp for Forbes: But what attracts investors to this sector? And what should AgTech startups know about talking to potential investors?
The Secret is Out-Average Variation of 20% in Product Distribution.
Geoffrey Mohan for LA Times: Now, the $47-billion agriculture industry is trying to bring technological innovation up to warp speed before it runs out of low-wage immigrant workers.
Farming industry can reap benefits from clean wind power and energy incentive programs.
Today, there are approximately 1 billion people who are underfed; and with an expected 9 billion people inhabiting the earth by 2050, we must use all of the technology that farmers have at their disposal. Technology is giving some promising solutions to this problem.
DOT is a diesel-powered, hydraulically driven platform equipped to carry any implement designed as DOT Ready™. Four lift-points lift the implement directly onto DOT's U-shaped structure, enabling DOT and the implement to become one unit.
Alex Knapp for Forbes: "Our machine, using machine vision and artificial intelligence, analyzes every single coffee cherry," said Jones. "And then we give the grade back to the farmer who produced it."
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