Technology

Michigan governor, MDARD to allow commercial solar panels on farmland

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 »

Virginia Tech’s SmartFarm Innovation Network builds farm of the future 

On the farm of the future, drones will fly over forests and crops to communicate with robots embedded in harvesting equipment on the ground. Sensors on livestock and in field crops and forest lands will... more »

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 »

Multistate Research Fund details specialty crop automation projects

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 »

Drone data for breeding, variety testing touted by Phenome Networks, Delair

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 »

Using artificial intelligence to estimate tree fruit yields

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) of Idaho researchers are working on a project that seeks to use artificial intelligence to more quickly and accurately make early season fruit yield estimates. NNU Professor Duke Bulanon last year... more »

Sentera FieldAgent enhanced through Climate FieldView platform

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 »

Delair’s payload version of UAV enables custom configuration sensing

Delair, a supplier of commercial drone products, on May 21 introduced a new model of its popular long-range UAV, the Delair DT26, which the company said offers an easy-to-integrate architecture for adding user-specified sensors and... more »


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