Anthony King, From Horizon Magazine: Bee-based maths is helping teach swarms of drones to find weeds, while robotic mowers keep hedgerows in shape.
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.
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.
Brooklyn-based Agrilyst and Montreal-based Motorleaf have chosen to openly exchange data.
Alex Sampson for The Weekly Times: Monsanto Australia technology boss James Nielsen says agtech is "about smart farmers getting smarter using digital technology".
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?
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