Technology

USDA backs automation in specialty crops

At $64.7 billion, specialty crops comprised one-third of U.S. crop receipts and one-sixth of receipts for all agricultural products in 2017. Many specialty crops are labor-intensive in production, harvesting, or processing. For example, harvest often... more »

‘Making Ag Tech Work for You’ set at Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit

The Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit returns to Hartnell College on March 17-18, promising another deep dive into the latest tactics, equipment and thinking to maximize profit and consumer satisfaction in the fresh produce industry.... more »

The introduction of John Deere 4M Heavy-Duty Tractor announced

John Deere, a provider of advanced products and services for customers whose work is linked to the land, has launched the new John Deere 4M Heavy-Duty Tractor. Designed with commercial customers and large property owners in... more »

Application period open for 2020 United Fresh Innovation Awards

United Fresh has opened the application period for the 2020 United Fresh Innovation Awards. Companies are encouraged to nominate their products and solutions in seven categories for the winning title which will be announced at... more »

Valley, Cordoba Technologies debut auto pivot irrigation

Valley Irrigation has partnered with Cordoba Technologies Inc. (CTI), an innovator in automated, high-precision application systems for crop protection products. “This partnership is our latest step toward a fully autonomous pivot,” said Trevor Mecham, vice... more »

Fruit Logistica Innovation Award has 10 nominations

Ten of the most innovative products, services and technical solutions to be launched in the past year are ready to compete for the fresh produce industry’s most coveted prize, the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA).... more »

Imagery technology gets boost with Wilbur-Ellis, Ceres partnership

Ceres Imaging, the aerial imagery provider that helps growers make proactive decisions to maximize resources, announced Jan. 27 a partnership with Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness to distribute and use its technology in core markets throughout the United... more »

Rutgers research reveals information gaps on LED lighting for indoor crops

While LED lighting can enhance plant growth in greenhouses, standards are needed to determine the optimal intensity and colors of light, according to Rutgers research that could help improve the energy efficiency of horticultural lighting... more »


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