Technology

App helps fruit growers in Eastern US diagnose disease and insect problem

Walking through his peach orchard, a farmer notices something he has not seen before on the leaves of a few trees. He quickly pulls out his cell phone and accesses the MyIPM smartphone app. Through... more »

John Deere launches heavy-duty compact utility tractor

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 »

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 »


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