Funding Enables Rapidly Growing Farmer Network to Accelerate the Independent Digital Farm Economy
Shelby Rogers for Interesting Engineering: Plantagon could help solve food shortages around the world and save 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from traditional farming methods.
Matt Simon for Wired: The company is developing machine learning algorithms that will automatically detect diseased plants and kick them out of the system before the sickness spreads. Underdeveloped plants would also get the boot.
Jody Helmer for Civil Eats: Vertical farms allow food banks to grow their own produce with high-tech systems in an effort to fight food insecurity year-round.
Anne Trafton for MIT News Office: MIT engineers have created sensors that can be printed onto plant leaves and reveal when the plants are experiencing a water shortage
Diana Gitig for Ars Technica: "We find that the current distribution of crops around the world neither attains maximum production nor minimum water use."
Nic Fildes for Financial Times: Farmers are placing sensors on various parts of cows' bodies - including the tail, neck, hooves and stomach - to help increase the productivity of their herds.
Marilyn Kalfus for the OC Register: The 300-acre sustainable community, named Miralon, is planned as one of the nation's largest agricultural neighborhoods, or "agri-hoods," where new homes crop up around community farms.
Brian Spaen for GreenMatters: They'll be farming in solar-powered greenhouses and vertical farms in densely-populated locations. This will bring in fresh crops to the community, adding to the great quality of life they're hoping to achieve through its other sectors.
Melissa Yeo for Stockhead: Roots sells an underground heating and cooling system for crops that increases yields and allows crops to be grown out of season.
Gerald Piddock for NZ Farmer: Larger farming machinery will be replaced by more efficient systems relying on emerging technologies, agricultural robotics expert Simon Blackmore says.
Jorn Madslien for BBC: The app, called Plantix, was developed thousands of miles away in Berlin, Germany, by a group of graduate students and scientists who came together to help farmers combat disease, pest damage and nutrient deficiency in their crops.
Drones don't just take pictures, they capture a wealth of data about your crops' health. But how do you know which data is best to use?
Mike Wilson for Farm Futures: When IBM and Silicon Valley invest in ag, you know it's not your daddy's farm anymore.
With all the planning, planting, spraying and marketing that goes into a growing season, it's not uncommon for something to be overlooked come harvest time.
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maxon launches the next generation of positioning controllers - the EPOS4. A high performance module with detachable pin headers and two different power ratings. With a connector board, the modules can be combined into a ready-to-install compact solution. Suitable for efficient and dynamic control of brushed and brushless DC motors with Hall sensors and encoders up to 750 W continuous power and 1500 W peak power. The modular concept also provides for a wide variety of expansion options with Ethernet-based interfaces, such as EtherCAT or absolute rotary encoders.