Technology

New UC Merced engineering research center to focus on ag technology

By 2050, the U.S. population is estimated to grow to 400 million, and the world population to 9.1 billion, requiring a 70% increase in global food production. UC Merced is one of four campuses across... more »

USDA funds Conservation innovation with $14.6M in tools, technology development

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is awarding more than $14.6 million in grants to support the development of innovative systems, tools, and technologies for production and conservation on agricultural lands. Funds are provided through... more »

Toro launches 6/8-inch interior diameter drip tape

Toro innovated its Aqua-Traxx drip tape product family. Improving drip irrigation designs and efficiencies, new Toro Aqua-Traxx Sweet Spot drip tape is a 6/8” Interior Diameter (ID) drip tape that gives growers a one-of-a-kind product... more »

Western Growers hires Walt Duflock as vice president, innovation

Increasing its industry-leading efforts to quicken the pace of technology solutions for the fresh produce industry, Western Growers has added Walt Duflock as vice president, innovation. In this role, Duflock will be singularly focused on... more »

Nursery automation focus of new effort led by University of Tennessee

Over the next year, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will lead a team of scientists from six partnering institutions to help nursery growers transition to labor-saving automation and related technologies. According to a... more »

Automated harvesters power up for strawberries

Automated strawberry harvests are taking place in select fields of California and Florida, as the robots become more commercial and less experimental. The California Polytechnical University’s Strawberry Center in late August conducted a virtual field... more »

Measuring crop evapotranspiration using sensors, drones, AI viewed

The sight of sprinklers running on a rainy day is not uncommon in Florida. The same goes for seeing landscapes scorched by the sun during one of Florida’s sweltering days when irrigation schedules were left... more »

Co-robotic harvest-aid platforms topic of free webinar

Washington State University and Oregon State University will hold a webinar on how co-robotic harvest-aid platforms can increase harvesting speed. The free zoom webinar will be held Oct. 15 at 10 a.m Pacific Time. It will... more »


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