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.
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.
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.
Alex Knapp for Forbes: But what attracts investors to this sector? And what should AgTech startups know about talking to potential investors?
Barry Teater, NCBiotech Writer: "There is no place for high-quality ag tech companies to move into plug-and-play, turnkey R&D facilities coupled with greenhouses,"
Greensburg Daily News: The need for new agriculture training is great. Indiana is seeing an increase in the average age of its farm workers from 49 in 1950 to now approaching the age of 60.
Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum: Tertill is a solar-powered, weed-destroying, fully autonomous and completely self-contained robot designed for your garden.
Geoffrey Ling, Blake Bextine for Scientific American: Combining sensors and imaging of every plant with real-time data analytics improves farm outputs and reduces waste
Liezel Labios for Tech Explore: This "near-zero-power" temperature sensor could extend the battery life of wearable or implantable devices that monitor body temperature, smart home monitoring systems, Internet of Things devices and environmental monitoring systems.
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