Technology

Bioscience beckons, offers new traits for growers, consumers

Talking to researchers and companies about their genetically-engineered projects for specialty crops is a little bit like a trip to a grower’s dream world. Imagine ground cherries that stay on the plant until harvest, potatoes... more »

Compact heavy-duty utility tractor introduced by John Deere

Designed with the operator in mind, the new John Deere 3D Series compact utility tractors, including the 3025D, 3035D and 3043D models, offer a powerful, affordable and easy to use solution for a wide range... more »

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 »


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