Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

The Promise of Indoor, Hurricane-Proof 'Vertical' Farms

Meagan Flynn for The Atlantic: They might be an efficient way to produce food in a world with more-extreme weather-but only if growers can figure out a successful business model.

Luminescent Solar Concentrators for Greenhouses

Shaped like a pane of glass, a luminescent solar concentrator is typically transparent, but contains a luminescent dye that absorbs light within a particular spectral range, then re-emits the light at a different wavelength.

Bay Area aerial imaging startup teams up to detect disease in crops before outbreaks

Seung Lee for The Mercury News: An Oakland-based startup is sending its aerial imaging technology to the Midwestern plains to help farmers detect pests and diseases in their corn and soybean fields before an outbreak.

Combining solar panels and agriculture makes land more productive

Karen Graham for Digital Journal: An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project conducted at Lake Constance has proven that farming and the use of solar panels can be compatible.

Energy-efficient vertical farm to fight food poverty

David Szondy for New Atlas: "Obviously the footprint needs to be small, so you have to go vertical. And you'll need to use artificial lighting. These are the problems we decided to solve for."

World's first floating farm in the Netherlands

Mina Solanki for IAmExPat: Floating Farm will be made from a concrete base and will measure around 1.000 square metres. The roof will be fitted with solar panels and a rainwater collection system.

Lettuce-Weeding Robots, Coming Soon to a Farm Near You

Sonya Mann for Inc.com: Blue River Technology is building machines that help farmers manage their crops more efficiently.

When Investors With No Ag Background Dive Into AgTech

AgWeb.com: An influx of investors is bringing more money to seed-stage AgTech startups. And while that is an incredible thing for the industry at large, it certainly comes with its own set of challenges.

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