Equipment

John Deere introduces tractors for orchards, vineyards

John Deere is widening its lineup of specialty tractors designed for work in narrow orchards and vineyards with the addition of the new 5EN and 5ML Series. The popular 5EN from the past is back... more »

Ag tech on display at European machinery show

The European Union’s goal to reduce pesticide use by 50% by 2030 has ramped up the technology race for specialty crop growers in the EU.   That new technology was on display at the 45th edition... more »

Company unifies all brands under Oxbo

Netherlands-based Ploeger Oxbo Group has unified all of its brands under the Oxbo brand. The equipment company had sold its products under the Oxbo, Ploeger, Bourgoin and FMC brands. Unifying under the Oxbo brand name will... more »

Investors fund autonomous tractor company Sabanto

Sabanto Inc. has closed an oversubscribed $17M Series A funding round led by ag-tech venture firm Fulcrum Global Capital. DCVC Bio, Hico Capital, Yara Growth Ventures, Cavallo Ventures, Johnsonville Ventures and Trimble Ventures also participated... more »

Precision spray technology company expands US presence

Smart Apply, makers of a LiDAR-powered precision spray technology that reduces chemical and water usage in fruit and nut orchards and vineyards, has continued expansion of its dealer network with the addition of Papé Machinery... more »

Huron Fruit Systems work platform eases orchard tasks

The ongoing labor crunch impacting specialty crop growers has put an enhanced emphasis on reducing the number of workers required in the production process. Among the industry contributors who long-ago recognized this opportunity is Walter... more »

Mechanical strawberry harvest got Michigan boost

Growers have been in pursuit of innovative methods to harvest strawberries mechanically for quite some time. Recent breakthroughs have seen automated strawberry harvests take place in select fields in California and Florida, as the robots... more »

Crop-adapted spraying pays dividends

Crop-adapted spraying (CAS) is a method for apple orchardists to match their airblast sprays to the size, shape and density of their orchard blocks. Jason Deveau, application technology specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture,... more »

NWMHRC receives new Blosi platform

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (NWMHRC) recently received their newest piece of equipment thanks to funds provided by the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission. The NWMHRC staff had the opportunity to test three orchard platforms... more »

Equipment manufacturers integrate AgGateway’s ADAPT

A leading group of equipment manufacturers will soon release products to manage data across different precision agriculture systems - regardless of the system manufacturer, thanks to AgGateway's ADAPT conversion toolkit. "The ADAPT framework removes the... more »

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