Indigo Harvests $156M to Boost Agtech R&D, Harness Crop Microbes

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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Are vegetable flats the future?

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.

Sustainable Indoor Vertical Farming in Action

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.

Here's Why Space Optimization is the Key to Higher Margins

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.

Antarctica Is Getting a Farm That Can Grow Produce Even When It's -100 Degrees Fahrenheit Outside

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.

Ikea is bringing a pop-up vertical farm to London

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.

Collaborating companies kick off sensor network for Agricultural Communities

eVineyard joined forces with Globalsat, The Things Network and Vinduino to bring new Wireless IoT Network for irrigation optimization, which saves an average of 25% water.

Digital Technology Meets Agronomy

Pam Smith for The Progressive Farmer: Drones buzzed overhead a tractor and spray boom projected images to simulate how spray nozzles can use new technology to spray only where weeds had escaped previous controls.

Organic Food Packaging

To meet consumer demands for authentic and fresh-tasting foods, some innovative packaging technologies are doing the job normally given to preservatives, enabling manufacturers to keep the ingredient list to a minimum.

Farms that grow crops and solar power together

Fran Ryan for The Recoder: The farm at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research and Education Center on North River Road in South Deerfield is offering proof that solar arrays and agriculture dont have to be at odds, but can actually exist together within the same field.

9 AgTech Startups Using AI to Grow Smarter

NANALYZE: One of the big reasons were rooting for the future is that the worlds biggest tech fund, the SoftBank Vision Fund, planted $200 million in the biggest agtech funding round ever for San Francisco-based Plenty. That brought total funding for the three-year-old company up to $226 million.

Deere to Advance Machine Learning Capabilities in Acquisition of Blue River Technology

Blue River has designed and integrated computer vision and machine learning technology that will enable growers to reduce the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present, optimizing the use of inputs in farming - a key objective of precision agriculture.

How John Deere's New AI Lab Is Designing Farm Equipment For A More Sustainable Future

Adele Peters for Fast Company: The acquisition of a computer vision startup speeds the companys goal of helping farmers grow enough food for an exploding global populatio

How Can Farmers Track the Weather

Crops need weather. Farmers need weather forecasts. Expect to see more advanced weather information being made available as technology improves.

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