Equipment

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 »

Naturipe invests in Harvest CROO Robotics

Naturipe Berry Growers has joined the list of strawberry industry investors supporting Harvest CROO Robotics. With the support of Naturipe, now more than 20 percent of the U.S. strawberry industry has invested in Harvest CROO... more »

WGA’s AgTech Innovation Arena competition now open

Western Growers (WG) officially launched the second annual Innovation Arena Competition, which will offer six agtech start-up companies an opportunity to compete for two winning prizes. Applications are now open and will be accepted until... more »

Macro Plastics launches new MacroBin for apples

Macro Plastics has a new MacroBin designed for apples. This new bin is 48-by-48-by-28 and weighs 63 pounds. The MacroBin 29 is being made at Macro Plastics' Union Gap, Washington, plant. Macro Plastics state of... more »

Idaho university developing yield estimation system

Northwest Nazarene University’s Department of Engineering received a $90,400 grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to develop Fruit Count App (FCA), a fruit crop yield estimation system. This is the third ISDA... more »

Oregon Drone Rodeo to showcase UAS technology

The Oregon UAS FutureFarm will host the first Ag Drone Rodeo Aug. 18-19, in Pendleton, Oregon. The two-day event will feature real-world Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) crop survey flight demos and post-flight data analysis presentations... more »

Abundant Robotics to automate orchard harvests

SRI International has launched Abundant Robotics, an agriculture technology company focused on helping make foods such as apples and other tree fruits more accessible. Abundant Robotics will commercialize and build on research initiatives in agricultural... more »

Current Issue

Crunch Time Apple Growers expand retail outlets, growing acres for club apples

USApple: 244M bushels, down 5.7%

FGN 60th anniversary: Mechanical strawberry harvest got Michigan boost

Michigan Pomesters honor research technologist

A Q&A with Anna Wallis of Michigan State University

West Central Michigan’s new research station open

‘Genius Bar’ stage, return of social hour at 2021 Great Lakes EXPO

Biological industry maturing after decades of change

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: A show of hands outlines US farm labor trends

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