Sapna Dhanwani for News XPRESS: New research shows that plants don't necessarily need the whole spectrum of ROYGBV lights. According to scientists, pink light - a combination of red and blue wave lengths -- is all that they really need to grow.
FoodTank: From seed to table, a revolution in technology that prioritizes robotics and automation is on the cusp of transforming the work required to produce, transport, sell, and serve food.
Desiree Kaplan for GreenMatters: Basically, the robot is towed behind a tractor and uses its cameras to automatically identify, target, and destroy weeds with nearly perfect accuracy.
Daniel Oliver for Washington Examiner: Remember when it was next to impossible to transfer documents between a Mac and PC? Imagine the position Bayer-Monsanto will be in when it has all the billions of data points on your farm stored on its digital platform.
Aditi Roy for CNBC: Kimbal Musk has an accelerator, Square Roots, that teaches millennials how to farm out of a shipping container in Brooklyn. Musk says today's millennial farmers are trying to make a difference in how food is produced.
Gil Gullickson for Successful Farming: In a down agricultural economy, firms look to mergers and acquisitions to gain efficiencies.
Brian Blum for Israel21c: Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has one technology to stabilize plant root temps and another to irrigate farms with dew condensation.
Grow Pod Solutions has developed the world's most advanced growing pods. Their container farms are fully automated, and feature innovations such as greenhouse control software, Bipolar Ionization, automatic dosing, fertigation scheduling and full-time surveillance.
Gina Belli for Pay Scale: There aren't enough young farmers in this new generation to replace the ones who are retiring. But, the shift could "contribute to the growth of the local food movement and could help preserve the place of midsize farms in the rural landscape"
The new 1,200 square-foot farm uses hydroponics (growing plants in a water-based nutrient solution, instead of soil) and efficient new LED lights to grow rare produce in a controlled environment, year-round.
We asked the team at Trifecta Ecosystems to share their experience switching from a world of pen & paper to the digital world of Agrilyst & barcodes.
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
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