DroneDeploy Selected by CNH Industrial for Intuitive New Drone System Targeting Ag Customers

North American Distribution Agreement Offers Economical Path for Growers to Act Upon Drone Data Insights

AeroVironment Advances Research with Farmers and University Partners; Adds Multi-Crop Support to Its Intuitive Quantix Drone and Decision Support System

-Research program entering third year to expand the agronomic analytics and capabilities of the company's innovative drone and analytics platform -AeroVironment growing its library of supported crops to provide targeted analytics with more precision and value to producers in key agriculture markets -Findings to provide a deeper understanding of how multispectral data can be used to speed awareness and empower faster decisions for greater yields

AgFunder Announces AgTech Innovation Award Winners for 2016

As innovation in agriculture technology continues to accelerate, AgFunder is highlighting twenty companies and three accelerators for their leadership in innovation.

Why Robotics Will Change Agriculture

Rob Trice & Seana Day via Forbes:  Last month as our Mixing Bowl colleagues Michael Rose and An Wang were interviewing Sonny Ranaswamy of the USDA’s NIFA to better understand current US food and agriculture labor issues, we were representing The Mixing Bowl in discussions on potential solutions to food production labor issues through automation and robotics.

At this year’s RoboUniverse event in San Diego there was a full-day track on December 14th dedicated to the application of robotics to agriculture. The industry track, pulled together in great part by Nathan Dorn, CEO of Food Origins and an Advisor to The Mixing Bowl, featured a knowledgeable group of automation/robotics experts and food producers who drew on their experience to define the opportunities and sharpen focus on the challenges. Nathan authored a detailed summary of the day in a post on Agfunder.

Our conclusion is that there is no denying that we are still in the early days of adoption of robotics in agriculture.  Cont'd...

CLAAS and Trimble Announce Trimble Ready Option for LEXION Combines

The announcement was made at Agri Trade Equipment Expo.

Reviving Japan's Dairy Industry, One Milking Robot at a Time

Aya Takada for Bloomberg:  Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japan’s ailing dairy industry -- one robot at a time.

In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japan’s milk output tumbled over two decades, touching a 30-year low in 2014. Costs rose faster than prices as the economy stagnated, eroding profit, and aging farmers quit the business because they couldn’t find enough young people willing to take on the hard labor of tending to cows every day.

But technology is altering that dynamic. On the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan’s top dairy-producing region, Kawaguchiya transformed the 20-cow farm he inherited from his father-in-law 16 years ago into Asia’s largest automated milking factory. Robots extract the white fluid from 360 cows three times a day and make sure the animals are fed and healthy. The machines even gather up poop and deposits it in a furnace that generates electricity.  Cont'd...

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. and CNH Industrial unveil concept autonomous tractors

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) and CNH Industrial have announced the unveiling of concept autonomous tractors. ASI is CNH Industrial's technology provider responsible for developing autonomous vehicle technology for a concept cabless Case IH Magnum and a concept New Holland T8, based on a current production tractor.

Disrupting the Apple Cart: Abundant Robotics to Automate Orchard Harvests

Leading-Edge AgTech Company Leverages Technology from SRI International to Make Nutritious Food More Accessible

Pendleton to Host Drone Rodeo Showcase for Digital Agriculture Pioneers

Oregon UAS FutureFarm hosts the first Ag Drone Rodeo in Pendleton 8/18-19, with crop flight demos & data analysis.

ROBOTS EMERGING AS AGRICULTURAL CO-WORKERS

The technology is mature and ready for the field, say experts

SOFTHARVEST ROBOT LETTUCE HARVESTER WINS GROW AWARD

Agri-Tech East award for University of Cambridge Engineering student

XPONENTIAL - SLANTRANGE New Product Line to Advance Precision Agriculture

Airborne sensor and analytics technology leader launches efficiency-doubling package at XPONENTIAL

Japanese Firm To Open World's First Robot-run Farm

Spread, a vegetable producer, said industrial robots would carry out all but one of the tasks needed to grow the tens of thousands of lettuces it produces each day at its vast indoor farm in Kameoka, Kyoto prefecture, starting from mid-2017.

The robots will do everything from re-planting young seedlings to watering, trimming and harvesting crops.

The innovation will boost production from 21,000 lettuces a day to 50,000 a day, the firm said, adding that it planned to raise that figure to half a million lettuces daily within five years.

“The seeds will still be planted by humans, but every other step, from the transplanting of young seedlings to larger spaces as they grow to harvesting the lettuces, will be done automatically,” said JJ Price, Spread’s global marketing manager.

The new farm – an extension of its existing Kameoka farm – will improve efficiency and reduce labour costs by about half. The use of LED lighting means energy costs will be slashed by almost a third, and about 98% of the water needed to grow the crops will be recycled.

The farm, measuring about 4,400 sq metres, will have floor-to-ceiling shelves where the produce is grown... (cont'd)

Greenbot: Driverless Tractor

From Greenbot:

The Greenbot was introduced at the Agritechnica 2015 trade fair. The Greenbot is the first driverless machine to be developed especially for professionals working in the green sector who have to carry out repetitive tasks on a regular basis, such as working in fruit cultivation, horticulture, agriculture, or the municipal sector.

 The software that controls the fourwheel steering and hydraulic four-wheel drive system is userfriendly, safe and reliable. The Greenbot can be programmed to function fully independent and can be used to replicate tasks recorded in advance using a tractor with a driver. Programs can also be activated using the remote control, and then the Greenbot repeats the instructions. This mode is called ‘Teach & Playback’. The Greenbot is furthermore able to independently plan its own route and operations for specific applications, such as spraying orchards or mowing public green areas... (site)

Driverless Tractors and Drones to be Among the Key Applications for Agricultural Robots

The worldwide market for the agricultural robot has seen a boost in 2015 and many new products that are in field tests are expected to be commercially available by 2016.

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