Technology

Commercial solar development on Michigan farms receive clear path

On June 3, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell announced MDARD’s decision to allow land currently enrolled in the department’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program... more »

Artificial intelligence used in hybrid tomato breeding

Agtech company Seed-X, which specializes in seed qualification during the breeding process, and TomaTech, a tomato seed breeding company, recently announced a pilot program of seed analysis using artificial intelligence.... more »

Specialty crops automation research detailed by Multistate Research Fund

Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery plants. Faced with labor shortages, global competition, demand for higher quality, and concern about environmental impacts, the specialty crop industry is urgently seeking automated... more »

Mechanized cucumber harvesting, packing emerges

A Dutch robotics firm says its machine could be automatically harvesting greenhouse cucumbers in a few years. Harvests for greenhouse cucumbers can run nine months to year-round with artificial light, said Richard Vialle, CCO and... more »

Phenome Networks, Delair boost breeding, variety testing with drone data

At the annual ISF World Seed Congress, on June 3-5, Phenome Networks, a premier plant breeding software company, and Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, will present their strategic collaboration to offer a... more »

Climate FieldView platform enhances Sentera FieldAgent

Sentera has an expanded platform partnership with The Climate Corp. (Climate), a subsidiary of Bayer, that will provide advanced plant population and weed pressure analytics from Sentera to the Climate FieldView digital agriculture platform. Through... more »

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in New York attracts start-ups

Seven dynamic international agtech start-ups will be taking the spotlight at the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in New York, (June 19-20), seeking investment opportunities and corporate connections to scale up innovative solutions including machine learning... more »

Technology helps growers sell direct-to-consumers, restaurants

Amarillo, Texas-based FarmComm, a virtual food hub that uses technology to connect growers, food and communities is providing new opportunity to vegetable growers that want in on the growing direct-to-consumer and direct-to-restaurant market without having... more »


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