Farmers face vendor lock-in as agriculture goes digital

Jason Tatge for VentureBeat: Because it's still early days in the realm of digital ag, there's a big risk that sellers are going to try to get farmers locked into their data systems and policies.

Analog Devices' Monitoring Initiative Aims to Improve Crop Quality and Yields and Boost Profitability of Local Farmers

The initiative instructs student farmers how to use Internet of Things and blockchain technologies to track the conditions and movement of produce from "Farm to Fork" to make decisions that improve quality, yields, and profitability.

EU's future cyber-farms to utilise drones, robots and sensors

Anthony King, From Horizon Magazine: Bee-based maths is helping teach swarms of drones to find weeds, while robotic mowers keep hedgerows in shape.

Ag-tech: The automated farm

Tara Duggan for The San Francisco Chronicle: In the field, self-propelling harvesters lop off the heads of cabbages, then funnel the 8-pound goliaths to workers who trim and sort them. Inside a nearby Taylor Farms packing plant, a three-armed robot pivots and turns to maneuver bagged salads squarely into packing boxes.

Latest ESA Research Leads to Better Cameras for Precision Agriculture

Lars Wecks for Trend in Tech: A new camera from Cubert, working in collaboration with VITO Remote Sensing and imec, based on research from the European Space Agency, is bringing high-resolution details to precision farming.

FORGET PRECISION AGRICULTURE: DRONE HERDING IS TAKING OFF

Malek Murison for We Talk UAV: Luckily, a few farming pioneers have started using their drones to herd animals, including cattle and sheep, from one place to another.

In India, an Uber for farm machinery aims to make a difference in rural areas

Jon Russell for TechCrunch: The concept is actually quite straightforward. EM3 works with farmers who own equipment like tractors, harvesters and other mechanical implements by allowing them to 'rent' out their assets to help pay off the purchase or generate additional revenue.

Agtech companies link to bring full automation to indoor farms

Brooklyn-based Agrilyst and Montreal-based Motorleaf have chosen to openly exchange data.

Agtech: What the umbrella term really means

Alex Sampson for The Weekly Times: Monsanto Australia technology boss James Nielsen says agtech is "about smart farmers getting smarter using digital technology".

Making vertical farming viable

Control Engineering UK looks at the role that machine control has played in helping make vertical farming a commercially viable option.

Farmers turn to artificial intelligence to grow better crops

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.

Agtech Perspectives From Two Days With the Crop Chemicals Crowd

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.

XAIRCRAFT Launched in Japan Targeting Global Precision Farming

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%.

Precision farming via satellite imaging

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.

Startup utilizing artificial intelligence and computer vision for farming receives $15M in funding

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.

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