Catie Noyes for Farm and Dairy: Precision agriculture and agricultural technology have come a long way in the past five to 10 years.
Investment aligns strategic partners for market opportunity
Precision agriculture isn't just rhetoric; it's real-time intelligence flowing into analytics software that transforms that flow into meaningful, practical information that farm managers can react to quickly. That data -- and that process -- have costs and, for the last few years, farmers have been stretched because commodity prices are down.
Melissa Fares for Reuters: For 12 months, farmers each get a 320-square-foot steel shipping container where they control the climate of their own farm. Under pink LED lights, they grow GMO-free greens all year round.
Giving farmers the upper hand with real-time profitability tracking, technology-enabled market access, and bringing global markets to the farm gate
The new organization will create a single agriculture sustainability standard, simplify the certification process and continue to improve livelihoods for farmers and forest communities.
App Supports Increased Tiling and Higher Yields
Bryan Thompson for Harvest Public Media: Agriculture today is a high-tech business, but as that technology has developed, so has the temptation to take short cuts and to steal trade secrets that could unlock huge profits.
Canadian Government Provides Grant for Collaboration Between Cutting Edge AgTech Company and Canadian University
Partners will employ unique technology to improve photosynthesis and advance canola production
These are the top 10 companies in AgTech and WaterTech.
Hoosier Ag Today: A new poll finds 21 percent of farmers plan to operate a drone this year. The poll found 21 percent of farmers will operate the drone themselves, while another 12 percent of farmers indicated they would opt for a third-party entity to fly drones.
Software Platform Will Help Farmers, Crop Advisors, Ag Retailers and Food Processors Drive Productivity, Profitability and Sustainability
Spread , a vegetable producer, said industrial¬ robots¬ would carry out all but one of the tasks needed to grow the tens of thousands of lettuces it produces each day at its vast indoor farm in Kameoka, Kyoto prefecture, starting from mid-2017. The robots will do everything from re-planting young seedlings to watering, trimming and harvesting crops. The innovation will boost production from 21,000 lettuces a day to 50,000 a day, the firm said, adding that it planned to raise that figure to half a million lettuces daily within five years. "The seeds will still be planted by humans, but every other step, from the transplanting of young seedlings to larger spaces as they grow to harvesting the lettuces, will be done automatically," said JJ Price, Spreads global marketing manager. The new farm - an extension of its existing Kameoka farm - will improve efficiency and reduce labour costs by about half. The use of LED lighting means energy costs will be slashed by almost a third, and about 98% of the water needed to grow the crops will be recycled. The farm, measuring about 4,400 sq metres, will have floor-to-ceiling shelves where the produce is grown... ( cont'd )
Naturipe Farms challenges developers to invent the next generation automated blueberry harvesting system
A total of $250,000 USD in prize money to be awarded for a successful device or method that optimizes the quality and condition of harvested FRESH blueberries
Although farming has become mechanized, the evolution of agricultural techniques to include unmanned robots provides a unique opportunity.
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