Smart irrigation scheme cuts water use and boosts crop yields - scientists

BT: The micro-irrigation system, which is being trialled on a farm in Tamil Nadu, southern India, has cut water use by up to 80% and doubled the yields of some crops, the scientists from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh said.

TRIMBLE BECOMES LATEST PARTNER TO JOIN THRIVE AGTECH VENTURE & INNOVATION PLATFORM

The new relationship between Trimble and SVGs THRIVE platform signifies the continued commitment to advancing a safer and more sustainable agriculture supply chain and to providing innovative solutions to farmers and their production partners worldwide.

The Promise of Indoor, Hurricane-Proof 'Vertical' Farms

Meagan Flynn for The Atlantic: They might be an efficient way to produce food in a world with more-extreme weather-but only if growers can figure out a successful business model.

Why Silicon Valley should take ag tech more seriously

Arian Aghajanzadeh for GreenBiz: A 2015 report by McKinsey & Company stated that agriculture and hunting remain the least-digitized industries in the United States. However, farmers long have sought cost-effective tools to increase the efficiency of their fields.

Balderton Capital leads $25M Series A in 'urban farming' platform Infarm

Steve O'Hear for TechCrunch: Infarm has developed an "indoor vertical farming" system capable of growing anything from herbs, lettuce and other vegetables, and even fruit. It then places these modular farms in a variety of customer-facing city locations

Dealing with and preventing fly-tipping

Louise Richardson writing on behalf of Lycetts: Fly-tipping is a large problem for many across the UK - not only for private residents, but also for corporations. We know that the problem exists, but few people know what to do about it when it happens to them.

Smart Farm: Creating the Farm and Farmworkers of the Future

Andy Fell for UC Davis: "Smart Farm is about addressing the grand challenges in agriculture, using technology to increase production of food and renewable energy in the face of a changing climate,"

How A Formerly Struggling AgTech Provider Dominated An Industry Sector, In 3 Steps

David K. Williams for Forbes: The result: production has moved from one machine every 4-6 weeks to an average of 5 machines per month for a total of 130 worldwide and predominance in its sector, with pre-orders booked through June 2018.

Why Robots Should Shake the BeJeezus out of Cherry Trees

Matt Simon for Wired: Researchers at Washington State University have developed algorithms that scan a tree for individual branches, then determine what bit of each branch to grasp and shake to extract the most cherries-up to nearly 90 percent of them.

Data-Driven Farming Is Keeping Us All Well-Fed

Ronald Holden for Forbes: MSFT got into data-driven farming almost three years ago. "We believe that data, coupled with the farmers knowledge and intuition about his or her farm, can help increase farm productivity, and also help reduce costs ," says a company spokesman.

How a Mushroom Farm Grows in a Manhattan Restaurant

Nina Sparling for Vogue: Equal parts urban farm and tech startup, their company, Smallhold, deploys hardware and software not only to grow a bounty of fungi but also to carve out alternative routes from farm to table.

Western Growers ag tech center exceeding expectations

Ashley Nickle for The Packer: The center continues to work on strengthening relationships with the venture capital community, and it is seeking feedback from growers on the startups at the center and the technology in development.

U.S. indoor farming startup Plenty eyes rollout in China, Japan: CEO

Dominique Patton for Reuters: Ambitious U.S. indoor farming startup Plenty Inc is seeking urban sites for new farms in Chinese cities as part of a global drive to set up high-tech facilities growing organic vegetables in warehouses under banks of LED lights.

How The AgTech Investment Boom Will Create A Wave Of Agriculture Unicorns

Arama Kukutai & Spencer Maughan for Forbes: With indoor farming, disruptive retail, along with genome and microbial tech all vying for the big dollars, there is understandable angst for the "have nots" trying to attract capital to compete with the "have mores."

Ag Startup Inocucor Adds $9.5M for Microbes that Improve Yields, Soil

Frank Vinluan for Xconomy: When applied to plant seeds or on farm fields, or used in indoor growing operations, the company says these products can help improve crop yields, shorten growing periods, and help form healthier and more resilient soil.

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