If 29-year-old me were here in the present day looking at whats going on in agriculture, I cant help but wonder what would be going through my mind-"Do I believe what I am seeing?" or "Am I inside a Sci-Fi movie?"
In Singapore, a country with a population of more than 5.5 million on the main island that is just 26 miles wide and 14 miles long, there is a four-story rotating greenhouse, it produces 1 ton of greens every day. Normally, Singapore imports 93% of its produce.
Today, companies like Farmers Edge are installing weather stations in their customers fields to acquire accurate, site-specific data. And having a dense network of weather stations enables detailed analyses of regional trends.
Steve Hanley for CleanTechnica: It plans to grow the equivalent of 660 outdoor acres worth of crops in less than 100,000 sq feet. "The panels are already installed and turned on, now were building out the farm.
Drones can be used in many different ways, but not all of them lead to a high ROI. Heres the story of Caribe Drones, a company which discovered the full potential of drones by using Agremo to help farmers gain more insights into their plants and crops.
Christine McGuigan for Silicon Prairie News: Plastomics chloroplast engineering is a platform that can efficiently introduce multiple traits into the chloroplast and enable simple, more predictable breeding of traits.
Lets not forget that farmers themselves are very innovative and willing to try new things - still, they proceed with caution. So, technology adoption will most likely continue to be a pain point in agriculture, but having awareness of these principles may help developers smooth the path moving forward.
Richard Jones for Greenhouse Grower: The summit was a mix of education, advocacy, and policy discussion about urban agriculture - vertical farming in particular - targeted at finding ways to broaden its adoption in cities around the country and around the world.
Frank Vinluan for Xconomy: Indigos work focuses on beneficial microbes-the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that naturally coexist with plants. Some of these microbes work with plants, helping them overcome stresses that they face over a growing season.
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Fresh Plaza: Vertical cultivation systems are seen as the solution increasingly often. By working in a controlled environment and on multiple layers, an enormous amount of food can be produced on a small surface.
Using natural waste products from one system as the primary input of another has substantial economic advantages and represents a far more environmentally sustainable and resource conservative approach to urban food production.
The biggest thing to get right is sales. And sales are driven by how the space in the farm is utilized. Of course, yield is important, but growers need to understand how crops are performing and how much space they occupy as well, because the two are interconnected.
Futurism: The farm will feature a year-round greenhouse that can grow food for researchers at the Neumayer III polar station on the Ekstrom Ice Shelf.
Lisa Bowman for Metro.co.uk: Researchers from the SPACE10 lab at the Lokal pop-up want to show the general public that delicious, fresh food can be grown right in your home, using a hydroponics farming system.
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