A low-cost and open-source platform for automated imaging

Remote monitoring of plants using hyperspectral imaging has become an important tool for the study of plant growth, development, and physiology. Many applications are oriented towards use in field environments to enable non-destructive analysis of crop responses due to factors such as drought, nutrient deficiency, and disease, e.g., using tram, drone, or airplane mounted instruments.

Call for Applications: 2019 Pitching Den Competition

Pitching Den invites high-growth early-stage startups from all over the world to pitch their innovative business solutions to a well-rounded panel of venture capitalists, angel investors and business development experts, and to compete for investment, maximum media exposure and networking opportunities with enablers and sponsors.
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Smartbins: Using Intelligent Harvest Baskets to Estimate the Stages of Berry Harvesting

This article proposes the use of Smartbins, intelligent harvest baskets with sensors to collect weight, temperature, and vibration data. Combined analysis of the variables collected, using machine learning algorithms, allows the system to estimate which stage the basket is at with an accuracy of 80%, and to assess whether the fruit has been exposed to situations that could affect its shelf life.

Detection of Fir Trees (Abies sibirica) Damaged by the Bark Beetle in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Images with Deep Learning

Invasion of the Polygraphus proximus Blandford bark beetle causes catastrophic damage to forests with firs (Abies sibirica Ledeb) in Russia, especially in Central Siberia. Determining tree damage stage based on the shape, texture and colour of tree crown in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) images could help to assess forest health in a faster and cheaper way.

Call for Proposals: BayWa Smart Farming Challenge

BayWa is looking for innovative solutions that use new technologies, ideas and products to support sustainable agriculture. As the global population continues to grow every year, so too does the demand for agricultural products. To continue feeding the world without damaging the environment is one of the greatest challenges faced by society, and can only be achieved by increasing the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production. BayWa invites submissions that look to tackle this challenge by combining satellite data with other data sources in an innovative and commercially viable way, and where possible, by using machine learning/artificial intelligence to process the data.
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Robotic Farmers in Agriculture

As per Euro monitor intersection of robotics, artificial intelligence, analytics and machines for precision farming is one of the top ndustry’s top opportunities. In Europe, Spanish company called Agrobot has developed a strawberry farming robot. It uses up to 24 robotic arms to pick fruit and is capable of autonomous navigation.

CropDeep: The Crop Vision Dataset for Deep-Learning-Based Classification and Detection in Precision Agriculture

To encourage further progress in challenging realistic agricultural conditions, we present the CropDeep species classification and detection dataset, consisting of 31,147 images with over 49,000 annotated instances from 31 different classes. In contrast to existing vision datasets, images were collected with different cameras and equipment in greenhouses, captured in a wide variety of situations.

Job Vacancy: Project Manager specialized in Smart Agrifood Application

As Project Manager, you will supervise the development and implementation of innovative vertical solutions based on the deployment of IoT combined with real-time Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and dashboard tools on the cloud.
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Contribution of the Web of Things and of the Opportunistic Computing to the Smart Agriculture: A Practical Experiment

In this paper, we present a middleware platform for the Internet of Things that implements disruption tolerant opportunistic networking and computing techniques, and that makes it possible to expose and manage physical objects through Web-based protocols, standards and technologies, thus providing interoperability between objects and creating a Web of Things (WoT). This WoT-based opportunistic computing approach is backed up by a practical experiment whose outcomes are presented in this article.

Big data in agriculture and nutrition

In the USA, venture capitalists spent US$3 billion on ‘agtech’ (digital technology in agriculture) in 2016, with 46% of investors focusing on big data and analytics (Walker et al., 2016). Large data initiatives such as the CGIAR’s Big Data in Agriculture Platform have made thousands of datasets and publications available (Pineda, 2018).

Acquiring Food Security through Precision Farming Techniques

In this paper we deal with different aspects of precision farming & IoT in agriculture and their importance related to food security which attracts a lot more importance these days due to inflation.

Soil Less Farming With Industry 4.0

An Internet of Things (IoT) architecture for soil-less farming systems using Industry 4.0 is introduced. The architecture emphasizes the control of water quality in distributed soil-less food production systems by adhering to Industry 4.0 standards. Soil less agriculture can be defined as growing plants in the greenhouse system in solid environments other than soil which is enriched in nutritional solutions.

Facebook Call for Proposals: Computer Vision for Global Challenges

Facebook is calling for proposals for pilot and early-stage research that extends computer vision technologies in developing countries. We specifically seek projects that address the technical challenges impeding computer vision in these contexts, including data and hardware limitations and better integration of new information sources, such as high-resolution satellite imagery. Competitive applications will similarly leverage computer vision to achieve global development priorities, especially those captured in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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FFAR Call for Research Proposals: Advanced Animal Systems, Health-Agriculture Nexus, Next Generation Crops, Soil Health, Sustainable Water Management, Urban Food Systems

Seeding Solutions applicants are required to complete a pre-proposal. As our Seeding Solutions program supports innovation and partnership, grantees are required to provide matching funds from non-federal sources and identify an innovation that addresses an intractable problem in food and agriculture within one of FFAR’s Challenge areas.
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Agrodat: A Knowledge Centre and Decision Support System for Precision Farming Based on IoT and Big Data Technologies

In general, to implement precision farming and related methods, a vast amount of data about the cultivated fields must be collected from various sources, and analysed. Nationwide projects, such as Agrodat from Hungary, require even more sophisticated IoT and big data solutions starting from the sensor level, through to the applied communication network, and ending with the advanced data analytics facilities and knowledge centre.

AmI Garden: Building an IoT Infrastructure for Precision Agriculture

A unique implementation of precision agriculture in an experimental greenhouse in Crete, Greece, utilises software driven automations to boost greenhouse vegetable cultivation. The system is based on agricultural scenarios for each individual species that grows inside the greenhouse, consisting of the environmental parameters that each vegetable needs for an optimum life cycle, as well as machine learning techniques that allow the system to predict and provide information about possible hazards.

Australia Emerges as a Leading Innovator for Agriculture 4.0

Investors and researchers are looking to Australia to develop the agricultural and food technologies of the future.

Use of Space Technology in the agriculture sector in India

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has been pro-active in using the space technology in agricultural sector. The Ministry, since early 80s has been funding various projects, under which Indian Space Research Organisation developed methodologies for Crop Production Forecasting.

Agriculture 4.0: Broadening Responsible Innovation in an Era of Smart Farming

We argue that ideas of responsible innovation should be further developed in order to make them relevant and robust for emergent agri-tech, and that frameworks should be tested in practice to see if they can actively shape innovation trajectories.

Call for Proposals: Innovative ideas in the field of agriculture technology and sustainable production

Project proposals that incorporate innovative ideas in the field of agriculture technology and include more sustainable ways of production are especially expected to be submitted.
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Measuring Canopy Structure and Condition Using Multi-Spectral UAS Imagery in a Horticultural Environment

This research established a methodology for accurately estimating tree crown height, extent, plant projective cover (PPC) and condition of avocado tree crops, from a UAS platform. Individual tree crowns were delineated using object-based image analysis. In comparison to field measured canopy heights, an image-derived canopy height model provided a coefficient of determination (R2) of 0.65 and relative root mean squared error of 6%.

Wehubit's Call for Proposals on Climate Smart Agriculture

The specific objective of this Call for Proposals is to increase Climate Smart Agriculture by means of digital solutions.
Applications are closed

International job offer: Agricultural Engineer specializing in Precision Farming

As an agricultural engineer specialized in precision farming, you will work with our multidisciplinary and multicultural team to implement precision farming in our multi-site commercial farms.
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PRIMA Call for Proposals: Agro-food Value Chain 2019

Proposals should focus on products with high added value, most exposed to fraud and valorise productions that have been discontinued but hold nutritional value and are important for biodiversity conservation. Proposal should also aim at creating trans-national networks of laboratories, validating and harmonizing protocols, sharing open-data on food products of the Mediterranean tradition, providing a robust support for certification and control bodies, and building capacity in key enabling technologies related to authenticity and traceability.
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A Diagnostic Device for In-Situ Detection of Swine Viral Diseases: The SWINOSTICS Project

In this paper, we present the concept of a novel diagnostic device for on-site analyses, based on the use of advanced bio-sensing and photonics technologies to tackle emerging and endemic viruses causing swine epidemics and significant economic damage in farms.

Proagrica Highlights Top Data Trends for Agribusiness in 2019

For businesses in the supply chain, data solutions can form the backbone of sustainable growth, ensuring robust internal operations that are future-proofed and primed for data integration and insight which presents a potential landscape of dynamic new services and ways of working adding value to both businesses and their customers.

Call for Nominations: World Food Prize Foundation - Food Security and Agricultural Champions

The World Food Prize Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its globally renowned award that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
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Machine Learning in Agriculture: A Review

Machine learning has emerged with big data technologies and high-performance computing to create new opportunities for data intensive science in the multi-disciplinary agri-technologies domain. In this paper, we present a comprehensive review of research dedicated to applications of machine learning in agricultural production systems.

PRIMA Call for Proposals: Farming Systems 2019 - Sustainability and competitiveness of Mediterranean greenhouse and intensive Horticulture

New soilless systems (including freshwater aquaponics) should be also incorporated and tested in order to facilitate the adoption of efficient fertigation strategies, particularly under conditions of water scarcity and low water quality while ensuring nutrient balance strict and smart control systems to fight eutrophication. Successful technological implementation rests on the effective use by single users or consortia in tight connection with processing industries. This should include integrating sensors data and algorithms into decision support systems.
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Singapore-based SEEDS Capital appoints seven partners to co-invest in agrifood tech startups

SEEDS Capital, the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore, has appointed seven co-investment partners under Startup SG Equity. This will catalyse more than S$90 million worth of investments to develop Singapore-based startups in the Agrifood tech sector. This was announced by Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Dr Koh Poh Koon, at the opening of Indoor Ag-Con Asia.

NRGene and TOYOTA Collaborate to Develop Strawberry Varieties to Better Enable Local Production for the Japanese Market

NRGene, a worldwide leader in genomic analysis, and Toyota announced today the decoding of a leading commercial strawberry genome, a key milestone in the development of high-quality, locally-produced fruits for the Japanese market.

Smart Water Management Platform: IoT-Based Precision Irrigation for Agriculture

The smart management of freshwater for precision irrigation in agriculture is essential for increasing crop yield and decreasing costs, while contributing to environmental sustainability. The intense use of technologies offers a means for providing the exact amount of water needed by plants. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the natural choice for smart water management applications, even though the integration of different technologies required for making it work seamlessly in practice is still not fully accomplished.

Multiple UAV Systems for Agricultural Applications: Control, Implementation, and Evaluation

The introduction of multiple unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems into agriculture causes an increase in work efficiency and a decrease in operator fatigue. However, systems that are commonly used in agriculture perform tasks using a single UAV with a centralized controller.

Call for Applications: Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

Applicants are invited to apply for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 which is the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs innovating in Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water.
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Precision in Agriculture using IoT and AI

IoT has a great potential to improve crop production. In Agriculture industry weather change, diseases, insects damages of crops are majorly analyze by different methods but some of them are unable to proceed properly with precision.

From Industry 4.0 to Agriculture 4.0: A Framework to Manage Product Data in Agri-Food Supply Chain for Voluntary Traceability

Agri-food value chain involves various stakeholders with different roles. All of them abide by national and international rules and leverage marketing strategies to advance their products. Food products and related processing phases carry with it a big mole of data that are often not used to inform final customer. Some data, if fittingly identified and used, can enhance the single company, and/or the all supply chain creates a math between marketing techniques and voluntary traceability strategies.

Advancement in plant monitoring using Arduino and Internet of things

This paper describes an advanced irrigation system which monitors and maintains the desired soil moisture content via automatic watering depending upon the necessity. Microcontroller Arduino Uno platform is used to implement the control unit.

Identification of Citrus Trees from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Imagery Using Convolutional Neural Networks

Monitoring of individual trees for growth, fruit production and pest and disease occurrence remains a high research priority and the delineation of each tree using automated means as an alternative to manual delineation would be useful for long-term farm management.

Application of computer vision and low-cost artificial intelligence for the identification of phytopathogenic factors in the agro-industry sector

The article describes the approach for developing the proposed algorithm based on artificial intelligence and computer vision for phytopathogenic detection. The methodology for the development and validation stages is specifically discussed.

A Comprehensive IoT Node Proposal Using Open Hardware. A Smart Farming Use Case to Monitor Vineyards

The last decade has witnessed a significant reduction in prices and an increased performance of electronic components, coupled with the influence of the shift towards the generation of open resources, both in terms of knowledge (open access), programs (open-source software), and components (open hardware).

Call for applications: 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics prize

Corn is one of the world’s most important crops. Each year, breeders create several new corn products, known as experimental hybrids. Corn breeders work to create corn hybrids that can maintain high yield across a wide range of environments.
Applications are closed

Vision-Based Apple Classification for Smart Manufacturing

In this paper, an accurate data capture approach based on a vision sensor is proposed. Three image recognition methods are studied to determine the best vision-based classification technique, namely Bag of Words (BOW), Spatial Pyramid Matching (SPM) and Convolutional Neural Network (CNN).

Agricool raises 28M USD to make urban farming a reality

In 2030, 20% of products consumed worldwide will come from urban farming (compared to 5% today). In the past 3 years, Agricool’s teams have developed a technology to grow local, healthy fruits and vegetables more productively and within small and controlled spaces, known as “Cooltainers” (recycled shipping containers transformed into urban farms).

Web-Based System for the Remote Monitoring and Management of Precision Irrigation: A Case Study in an Arid Region of Argentina

This article presents a description of the design, development, and implementation of web-based software and dedicated hardware which allows for the remote monitoring and control of a drip irrigation system.

The Applications of Remote Sensing in Plant Health

Remote sensing is the science of gathering data on an object/area without making physical contact. Aircraft, satellite and drone-based cameras and sensors are used to measure reflected and/or emitted electromagnetic radiation.

Automation for Water and Nitrogen Deficit Stress Detection in Soilless Tomato Crops Based on Spectral Indices

Water and nitrogen deficit stress are some of the most important growth limiting factors in crop production. Several methods have been used to quantify the impact of water and nitrogen deficit stress on plant physiology.

IoT-Based Strawberry Disease Prediction System for Smart Farming

Crop diseases cannot be accurately predicted by merely analyzing individual disease causes. Only through construction of a comprehensive analysis system can users be provided with predictions of highly probable diseases. In this study, cloud-based technology capable of handling the collection, analysis, and prediction of agricultural environment information in one common platform was developed. The proposed Farm as a Service (FaaS) integrated system supports high-level application services by operating and monitoring farms as well as managing associated devices, data, and models.

Social enterprise Ricult uses digital tools to empower rural farmers in developing countries

Farmers can use Ricult’s platform to secure credit, attain inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, monitor weather forecasts, and connect directly with buyers to sell their crops. Further, the platform helps farmers maximize their yields by providing personalized advice for growing crops based on soil tests.

Smart Agriculture Model using modern technologies

This paper presents different techniques of smart agriculture based on the key technologies such as Internet Of Things(IOT), Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), cloud computing, mobile computing, precision agriculture.

iPathology: Robotic Applications and Management of Plants and Plant Diseases

We present and review robotic applications on plant pathology and management, and emerging agricultural technologies for intra-urban agriculture. Greenhouse advanced management systems and technologies have been greatly developed in the last years, integrating IoT and WSN (Wireless Sensor Network). Machine learning, machine vision, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) have been utilized and applied in agriculture for automated and robotic farming.
4 months ago

Investment Opportunities in India Andhra Pradesh's Food Industry

Andhra Pradesh is the 8th largest state of India by area and 10th largest in terms of population. It has the 2nd longest coastline (974 km) in India. Andhra Pradesh is the base for agricultural activities and food processing. The state is the 2nd largest producer of value-added food products and beverages.
4 months ago

ADB Launches Book Showcasing Benefit of Internet Use in Agriculture

The book shows that application of intelligent agriculture practices also provide substantial benefits in pollution control, which help mitigate the contribution of the agriculture sector to global climatic changes. Optimized use of fertilizer and pesticide translates into less soil pollution and less subsequent non-source point pollution together with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar power tracking & Auto irrigation system

The key objective of this project is decreasing the manual efforts and optimum use of water. In the farmers area electricity available for only few hours which is in day or night. In this project we use the solar panel for the generation energy i.e . electricity.

EU Call for Proposals: Agricultural digital integration platforms

Agricultural research and innovation supports the sector in coping with a complex mix of challenges it is facing, including for example the pressures on natural resources and farm revenues.
Applications are closed
5 months ago

Plant breeders tap robots, drones and artificial intelligence to feed the world

Digital innovations in agriculture, including robots, drones and artificial intelligence (AI), are part of a new arsenal of tools plant breeders are using to feed the world’s population.

Machine learning methods for crop yield prediction and climate change impact assessment in agriculture

We describe an approach to yield modeling that uses a semiparametric variant of a deep neural network, which can simultaneously account for complex nonlinear relationships in high-dimensional datasets, as well as known parametric structure and unobserved cross-sectional heterogeneity.

Hyperspectral-imaging device gives farmers more accurate read on plant health, provides valuable crop data

A Purdue University professor has built an innovative handheld sensor that gives plant scientists and farmers a more precise way of measuring the health of crops while gathering up-to-the-minute data that state and federal officials and others will find valuable.

Engineers develop ‘bury-and-forget’ sensors, data networks for better soil, water quality

Engineers at Iowa State University and the University of Florida are working on a new system of “bury-and-forget” soil sensors and remote, wireless, data-collection networks that could help reduce the fertilizer that leaves farm fields and feeds the harmful algae blooms both states are working to control.

Farmers Edge Releases the Industry’s First Automatic Crop Health Change Detection Tool

The company’s latest innovation redefines traditional use of satellite imagery, shifting crop health management from reactive to proactive.

Management of Plant Growth Regulators in Cotton Using Active Crop Canopy Sensors

The objective of this study was to evaluate optical and ultrasonic crop canopy sensors to detect the crop spatial variability in cotton fields, and to develop strategies for using this information to perform variable rate application (VRA) of PGR in cotton.

Precision Farming Startup Unlocks Hundreds of Terabytes of Ag Data to the Public

OneSoil launches an interactive digital map of ag data including more than 57 million fields across Europe and the United States, and data on 20 types of crops collected over the last three years

Aerial Mapping of Forests Affected by Pathogens Using UAVs, Hyperspectral Sensors, and Artificial Intelligence

The method integrates unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), hyperspectral image sensors, and data processing algorithms using machine learning.

Precision Agriculture Design Method Using a Distributed Computing Architecture on Internet of Things Context

The Internet of Things (IoT) has opened productive ways to cultivate soil with the use of low-cost hardware (sensors/actuators) and communication (Internet) technologies.

Increasing investment in Australian AgTech pivotal to our economic success: report

A new report released today by the United States Studies Centre – the first of its kind –analyses the volume, value, and makeup of AgTech investment in Australia.

EU-funded scientists developed adaptable ground and aerial robots that can transform farming

Utilising the data delivered from the UAV, the UGV prototype, called Bonirob, autonomously navigates its environment and performs actions at set locations. For example, it can spray a pesticide onto a selected crop area, and in the case of weed presence, it can get rid of them mechanically, avoiding the use of dangerous herbicides.

3D visualization of GIS data in coconut plantation management: challenges and opportunities

The aim of this paper is to reveal the existing challenges and find opportunities of online 3D visualization of GIS data in coconut plantation management.

Construction of an in-situ smart device that measures some basic environmental factors for agricultural monitoring

In this work, a portable and user friendly smart Automated Weather Station (AWS) was constructed. The device that is programmed with Arduino UNO is capable of measuring the temperature, relative humidity and moisture content of the soil.

Agri-Food Robotics Digital Innovation Hub

Precision farming will allow European farmers to grow what is needed, with little waste in produce, water, and pesticides, and using less manual labour. Farms of the future will be high-tech ventures that are appealing for the younger generations. Robotics, combined with AI and big data, has a big part to play.

In Field Fruit Sizing Using A Smart Phone Application

The application was based on imaging of fruit against a backboard with a scale using a mobile phone, with operational limits set on camera to object plane angle and camera to object distance.

Rice crop monitoring using multirotor UAV and RGB digital camera at early stage of growth

The objective of this paper is to monitor rice crop by using multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) as known as drone and RGB digital camera in Kelantan, Malaysia.

Application Progress of Agricultural Internet of Things in Major Countries

Agriculture is the important application field of the agricultural Internet of Things. With the development of information technology and computer network technology, IoT (Internet of Things) has entered various fields such as agricultural production, management, management, service and so on.

Multiple UAV Systems for Agricultural Applications: Control, Implementation, and Evaluation

The performance of the proposed agricultural multi-UAV system is quantitatively evaluated and analyzed through four experimental cases: single UAV with autonomous control, multiple UAVs with autonomous control, single UAV with remote control, and multiple UAVs with remote control.

Machine Learning Applications on Agricultural Datasets for Smart Farm Enhancement

This work aims to show how to manage heterogeneous information and data coming from real datasets that collect physical, biological, and sensory values.

From Seed to Server: The Evolution of Modern Agriculture

IBM is bringing data and AI together with the global release of the Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture to help growers and enterprises make better decisions.

Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics: Special Supplement to Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018

This report showcases the role that technology can play in improving the quality, timeliness, and frequency of agricultural statistics in Asia and the Pacific.

Call for Proposals: Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Pest and Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries

The goal of this topic is to solicit innovative tools and technologies for crop pests and disease surveillance over large geographic regions in low-income countries. We are looking for tools and approaches that have the potential to transform crop pest and disease surveillance globally, with a focus on low-income countries.
Applications are closed

Pepper-picking robot demonstrates its skills in greenhouse labour automation

The SWEEPER robot is the first sweet pepper harvesting robot in the world demonstrated in a commercial greenhouse. It is designed to operate in a single stem row cropping system, with a crop having non-clustered fruits and little leaf occlusion.

Call for Applications: IoT.ATL AgTech Challenge - Innovative AgTech solutions

The IoT.ATL AgTech Challenge will select six solutions to tackle the growing global food shortages. Startups are encouraged to collaborate to provide one complete and innovative AgTech solution. The selected startups will get access to a 20-foot shipping container along the Atlanta Beltline to pilot their AgTech over the course of 12-months as part of Atlanta's Demonstration Project program.
Applications are closed

Call for Proposals: Blockchain use cases in Agriculture

The objective of this call is to support the implementation of blockchain use cases addressing the agri-food sector in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries, in order to contribute to its transformation.
Applications are closed

Evaluation of Altitude Sensors for a Crop Spraying Drone

The specific application is the altitude maintenance for the fluid deployment valve aperture control in an unmanned pulverization aircraft used in precision agriculture.

Radicle Growth to Infuse $450k into Agtech/Foodtech Companies through the Radicle Global Pre-Seed Challenge

The GPS Challenge is a competition to identify and invest in the most promising pre-seed Agtech and Foodtech companies in the world and provide access to the Radicle platform.
Applications are closed

Global Blockchain Technology Market in the Agriculture Sector to grow at a CAGR of over 56% during 2018-2022

The IoT devices used in smart supply chain management in the agriculture sector require an application platform to transmit data. Blockchain technology is gaining popularity in the smart supply chain management in the agriculture sector.

Water Productivity through Open Access of remotely sensed derived data portal (WaPOR)

The WaPOR portal provides publicly accessible, near real-time data to monitor agricultural water productivity, using innovative satellite technology.

International Job vacancy: Plant Tissue Culture Specialist

The Tissue Culture Specialist’s primary responsibility will be to produce sufficient numbers of plantlets for our commercial plantations.
Applications are closed

Osram Acquires Stake in Montreal-Based Horticulture Start-up Company Motorleaf

Osram’s venture capital arm, Fluxunit, has acquired a stake in Canadian startup Motorleaf, an artificial intelligence company focused on bringing actionable, data-driven insights to greenhouse and indoor farm operators.
10 months ago

Advanced Monitoring and Management Systems for Improving Sustainability in Precision Irrigation

Water scarcity is increasing worldwide, resulting in tighter regulation of its use for agriculture. This necessitates the development of irrigation practices that are more efficient in the use of water but do not compromise crop quality and yield.
10 months ago

Solutions for Agricultural Transformation: Insights on Knowledge-Intensive Agriculture

Technological innovations and improvements create opportunities for a paradigm shift from labor and resource-intensive to knowledge-intensive agriculture. In a workshop organized by the Asian Development Bank, stakeholders exchanged experiences and ideas on how to design and implement measures to build a knowledge-intensive agriculture.
10 months ago

Call for Applications: The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Fellowship

The purpose of the ABCF fellowship program is to develop capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that ultimately contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa, and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers (and their partners).
Applications are closed
10 months ago

Call for Startups Registration Form: Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit

Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit is a world class community of entrepreneurs, advisors and investors that invests in early-stage startups in AgriFood ecosystem, led by seasoned entrepreneurs that are working to solve the world's greatest challenges in value chain agrifood with technology, while leading the sustainability revolution.
Applications are closed
10 months ago

The application of various software programs for mapping yields in precision agriculture

Yields mapping can be done in GIS programs as well as in specialized software for agriculture. These can be programs designed for preparing informative and application maps and also software designed for integrated management of agricultural production that have a built-in GIS module.
10 months ago

New Developer Tools For Windows And Azure IoT Edge Services Enable Real-Time AI And Machine Learning For Drones

DJI and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership to bring advanced AI and machine learning capabilities to DJI drones, helping businesses harness the power of commercial drone technology and edge cloud computing.
10 months ago

A Geostatistical Approach for Modeling Soybean Crop Area and Yield Based on Census and Remote Sensing Data

This article discusses the need to improve soybean crop detection and yield prediction by linking census data, GIS, remote sensing, and geostatistics.
a year ago

India NITI Aayog to Collaborate with IBM to develop Precision Agriculture using Artificial Intelligence

NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) and IBM signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) today to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide real time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts.
a year ago

New high-tech drones target Australian vineyards to help stop pests and diseases

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with machine learning and hyperspectral cameras could become a new weapon for the grape industry, as it fights a major battle with a tiny pest.
a year ago

3D Printed e-Tongue (for soil analysis)

Printed electronics arises as an interesting alternative to fulfill this task due to the simplicity and speed to stamp electrodes on various surfaces. Within this context, the Fused Deposition Modeling 3D printing is an emerging, cost-effective and alternative technology to fabricate complex structures that potentiates several fields with more creative ideas and new materials for a rapid prototyping of devices.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas

Proposals shall analyse the social and economic impacts of digitisation on agriculture and rural areas, looking into costs, benefits and possible trade-offs. Analyses shall distinguish the diversity of agricultural sub-sectors or farming systems and other activities in rural areas, including forest operations.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Precision for Smallholder Farmers: A Small-Scale-Tailored Variable Rate Fertilizer Application Kit

In this study, a real-time variable rate fertilizer application system was developed and tested as an add-on kit to conventional farm machinery. In the context of low investment costs for smallholder farmers, high user-friendliness and easy installment were the main concerns for the system to be viable.
a year ago

Smart System for Bicarbonate Control in Irrigation for Hydroponic Precision Farming

This article presents an auto-calibrated pH sensor able to detect and adjust the imbalances in the pH levels of the nutrient solution used in hydroponic agriculture.
a year ago

Approaches to the robotization of agricultural mobile machines

The article considers the issues of robotization of agricultural machinery. Stages of robotization of agricultural mobile machines were analyzed. The factors affecting the autonomous movement of mobile agrorobots were shown.
a year ago

3-D Characterization of Vineyards Using a Novel UAV Imagery-Based OBIA Procedure for Precision Viticulture Applications

Precision viticulture has arisen in recent years as a new approach in grape production. It is based on assessing field spatial variability and implementing site-specific management strategies, which can require georeferenced information of the three dimensional (3D) grapevine canopy structure as one of the input data.
a year ago

Top Tomatoes Thanks to Mars Missions

The company built an enclosed system in which tomato and pepper plants received doses of 16 different minerals, looking at how the uptake of each mineral correlated with growth.
a year ago

Fujitsu and Kyushu University Enter into Joint Research on Artificial Intelligence in Agricultural Production

Kyushu University and Fujitsu Limited today announced that they will conduct joint research in the field of agriculture, for two years beginning April 2018, with the goal of increasing the stability and sophistication of agricultural production using artificial intelligence.
a year ago

Monitoring and Optimization of the Process of Drying Fruits and Vegetables Using Computer Vision: A Review

The application of single-point spectroscopy coupled with drying was discussed by virtue of its potentiality to improve the overall efficiency of the process. With a similar purpose, the implementation of a machine vision (MV) system used to inspect foods during drying was investigated; MV, indeed, can easily monitor physical changes (e.g., color, size, texture and shape) in fruits and vegetables during the drying process.
a year ago

An Automatic Random Forest-OBIA Algorithm for Early Weed Mapping between and within Crop Rows Using UAV Imagery

A robust and innovative automatic object-based image analysis (OBIA) algorithm was developed on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) images to design early post-emergence prescription maps.
a year ago

New way of producing useful compounds from birch for the cosmetics industry

Cell cultures, which originated from birch leaves and seeds, produce pigments, as well as compounds that help to preserve products and inhibit the growth of harmful microbes.
a year ago

Precision livestock farming at Brazil’s Fazenda Santa Fé cattle farms increases ranches’ productivity

Despite its remote location, this farm could be key to shaping the future of agriculture, even far beyond Brazil. That’s because the Bosch Precision Livestock Farming system is being used here for the first time.
a year ago

Smart Farming: Including Rights Holders for Responsible Agricultural Innovation

This article draws on the literature of responsible innovation to suggest concrete processes for including rights holders in the “smart” agricultural revolution. It first draws upon historical agricultural research in Canada to highlight how productivist values drove seed innovations with particular consequences for the distribution of power in the food system.
a year ago

Breakthrough technologies for a sustainable mushroom industry

Currently, compost used for mushroom growing is only effective for one to three harvests and has to be disposed of after use, creating significant financial and logistical problems for farmers. But even used mushroom compost still contains valuable components, and BIOrescue partners will transform it into competitive bio-based products, such as bio-pesticides, biodegradable nanocapsules for drug delivery, and bio-based horticultural fertilisers.
a year ago

Tasty superfood from plant cell cultures

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a new and promising method of producing healthy and tasty plant-based food through plant cell culture (PCC) technology rather than field cultivation.
a year ago

Using a Mobile Device “App” and Proximal Remote Sensing Technologies to Assess Soil Cover Fractions on Agricultural Fields

In this study, we assess the feasibility and strength of a mobile device app developed to estimate crop residue cover. The performance of this novel technique (from here on referred to as “app” method) was compared against two point counting approaches: an established digital photograph-grid method and a new automated residue counting script developed in MATLAB at the University of Guelph.
a year ago

European Space Agency's Call for Proposals: Organic Best Practices & Ecosystem Preservation

The European Space Agency’s Organic Best Practices & Ecosystem Preservation Kick-Start Activity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop space empowered services for the preservation of our environment.
Applications are closed
a year ago

TechAccel Initiates Protein Engineering Project with UC Davis to Improve Wheat Yield

TechAccel LLC, a Kansas City-based technology and venture development company, today announced it has initiated a protein engineering research project with The Siegel Lab in the Genome Center of the University of California, Davis.
a year ago

Call for Proposals: Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking applications for the 21st round of the Grand Challenges Exploration on the topic “Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries”.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Optimization of Pesticide Spraying Tasks via Multi-UAVs Using Genetic Algorithm

In this study, we first introduce each UAV’s kinematic constraint and extend the Euclidean distance between fields to the Dubins path distance. We then analyze the two factors affecting the pesticide spraying effects, which are the type of pesticides and the temperature during the pesticide spraying.
a year ago

A low cost portable temperature-moisture sensing unit with Artificial neural network based signal conditioning for Smart Irrigation Applications

The current paper highlights the development of temperature and soil moisture sensor that can be placed on suitable locations on field for monitoring of temperature and moisture of soil, the two parameters to which the crops are susceptive.
a year ago

Africa Call for Proposals: Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

Project proposals around this general theme should seek to connect research, innovation to the society at large. In particular Research projects that offer solutions and promote innovation are encouraged.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Soil moisture based irrigation test in a remotely monitored automated system

The proposed paper aims at determining the most efficient soil moisture monitoring method in an intelligent remotely monitored system. The project also demonstrates the economic viability of an integrated system of production were water requirement, nutrients and pH are kept optimum automatically.
a year ago

SparkLabs Cultiv8 Launches Its 1st Batch with AgTech, FoodTech and Sustainability Startups from Across the Globe

SparkLabs Group, a global venture and accelerator group, recently launched SparkLabs Cultiv8, a new $10M food and agtech accelerator based in Australia. This has been a catalyst for agtech companies from the U.S., and other parts of the world, to come to Australia to enhance their businesses benefiting from Australia’s farming expertise, research institutions and access to Asian markets.
a year ago

Can Precision Agriculture Increase the Profitability and Sustainability of the Production of Potatoes and Olives?

The objective of this paper is to determine for a number of common PA practices how much they increase profitability and sustainability. For potato production in The Netherlands, we considered variable rate application (VRA) of soil herbicide, fungicide for late blight control, sidedress N, and haulm killing herbicide.
a year ago

UAV-Assisted Dynamic Clustering of Wireless Sensor Networks for Crop Health Monitoring

In this study, a crop health monitoring system is developed by using state of the art technologies including wireless sensors and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
a year ago

Technology keeps rice fertilizer nice

A new tool may help growers make better decisions in applying nitrogen fertilizer to their rice fields.The most wasteful application of nitrogen fertilizer occurs in the middle of the season, says Telha Rehman.
a year ago

The Future of Drones in the Modern Farming Industry

With the modern farming industry continuing to evolve, and demand for faster, more efficient farmland mapping at an all-time high, the potential for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the agriculture industry is greater than ever.
a year ago

Promising technique makes maize more productive even in droughts

Three years ago, biotechnologists demonstrated in field trials that they could increase the productivity of maize by introducing a rice gene into the plant that regulated the accumulation of sucrose in kernels and led to more kernels per maize plant.
a year ago

Agricultural Robots and Drones Market, 2027

Robotic and drones have already started to quietly transform many aspects of agriculture. Already, thousands of robotic milking parlours have been installed worldwide, creating a $1.9bn industry that is projected to grow to $8bn by 2023.
a year ago

Implementation of Automation System for Humidity Monitoring and Irrigation System

Smart farming involves a variety of communication and information technologies to improve the quality and quantity of agricultural commodity crops. One application of technology in smart farming is plant cultivation automation system.
a year ago

Combination of Multi-Agent Systems and Wireless Sensor Networks for the Monitoring of Cattle

This study arises from the necessity to obtain a technological tool that faces this state of the art limitation. As novelty, this work presents a multi-agent architecture based on virtual organizations which allows to deploy a new embedded agent model in computationally limited autonomous sensors.
a year ago

A Novel Methodology for Improving Plant Pest Surveillance in Vineyards and Crops Using UAV-Based Hyperspectral and Spatial Data

We describe the technology used, the sensors, the UAV, and the flight operations, the processing workflow of the datasets from each imagery type, and the methods for combining multiple airborne with ground-based datasets.
a year ago

Canada invests $5.9 million to support a precision agriculture platform for irrigation management

This investment in Hortau supports a precision agriculture platform, composed of hardware, software and communication systems, that can provide a more complete approach to managing crops and irrigation.
a year ago

Motorleaf Reveals World’s First Artificial Intelligence Powered Yield Prediction For Commercial Greenhouses

Motorleaf reveals world’s first artificial intelligence/machine learning powered Yield Prediction for commercial greenhouses, cutting greenhouse forecasting error rates by nearly half.
a year ago

Using Big Data for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing new solutions for the responsible and sustainable use of the resources of agriculture, forestry and fishery.
a year ago

Detection of Corn and Weed Species by the Combination of Spectral, Shape and Textural Features

This study used an imaging spectrometer system, which supports micro-scale plant feature analysis by acquiring high-resolution hyper spectral images of corn and a number of weed species in the laboratory.
a year ago

Monitoring and Precision Spraying for Orchid Plantation with Wireless WebCAMs

Through processing images taken from wireless WebCAMs on the low altitude remote sensing (LARS) platform, this research monitored crop growth, pest, and disease information in a dendrobium orchid’s plantation.
a year ago

MIT Engineers create plants that glow

By embedding specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant, they induced the plants to give off dim light for nearly four hours.
a year ago

Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture Market Worth 2,628.5 Million USD by 2025

Machine learning-enabled solutions are being significantly adopted by agricultural organizations and farmers to enhance farm productivity and to gain a competitive edge in business operations.
a year ago

Call for Applications for Cutting-edge food, food tech and agtech startups in Canada

FoodBytes! was created as part of Rabobank's Banking for Food (B4F) vision to produce more food sustainably to feed a growing global population by 2050. The two-day event begins with a mentoring boot camp for the selected startups led by experts on branding, PR, legal, funding, consumer trends and supply chains on Tuesday, May 15.
Applications are closed
a year ago

American Robotics Unveils Fully Autonomous Drone System for Precision Farming

American Robotics, an industrial drone developer specializing in agricultural automation, today unveiled its flagship product ScoutTM. It is a self-charging, self-managing drone system capable of autonomously carrying out daily scouting missions.
a year ago

European Commission gives new support for EU regions working together on high-tech projects

The aim of this pilot action is to help these partnerships scale up their projects in priority sectors such as big data, bioeconomy, resource efficiency, advanced manufacturing or cybersecurity.
a year ago

Assessment of In-Season Cotton Nitrogen Status and Lint Yield Prediction from Unmanned Aerial System Imagery

The present work assessed the usefulness of a set of spectral indices obtained from an unmanned aerial system (UAS) for tracking spatial and temporal variability of nitrogen (N) status as well as for predicting lint yield in a commercial cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) farm.
a year ago

Bosch generates 1 billion euros in sales with Agricultural Technology

From powertrain systems for tractors and hydraulic solutions for agricultural machinery to connected products for smart farming, the company is transferring automotive technology to agriculture, and is already generating sales worth 1 billion euros as a result.
a year ago

Sensors applied to Plant Leaves warn of Water Shortage

MIT engineers have created sensors that can be printed onto plant leaves and reveal when the plants are experiencing a water shortage. This kind of technology could not only save neglected houseplants but, more importantly, give farmers an early warning when their crops are in danger, says Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and the senior author of the new study.
a year ago

Modelling the Smart Farm

Smart farming envisages the harnessing of Information and Communication Technologies as an enabler of more efficient, productive, and profitable farming enterprises. Such technologies do not suffice on their own; rather they must be judiciously combined to deliver meaningful information in near real-time.
a year ago

Tereos introduces the First Connected Sugar Beet

Placed in the field to be harvested by machine, the connected sugar beet follows the usual path of sugar beet in the digger, passing through the turbines up to the hopper and then to the silo.
a year ago

New Generation Fertilizers Based on Metal Nanoparticles Increased Crop Productivity by 25%

A group of NUST MISIS scientists, in cooperation with researchers from both Ryazan State Agrotechnological University (named after P.A. Kostychev) and Derzhavin Tambov State University, have presented their research results of the application of a new generation of innovative fertilizers based on nanopowders of transition metals.
a year ago

Internet of Things is taking Precision Irrigation to the Next Level

The concept is now being enhanced by data-enabled technologies: smart irrigation systems monitor crop and soil water needs in real time based on a network of wireless captors, storing and processing data in cloud applications.
a year ago

Smart & Connected Agrifood: Beyond Precision Agriculture

The digital revolution refers to changes sweeping the consumer goods and services sector made possible by advances in cheap, fast and reliable data acquisition and processing, sophisticated analytics, cloud computing services, wireless technologies, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
a year ago

Israeli Smart Farming Winning Outsized Share of Global Funding Report by Start-Up Nation Central

Israeli Smart Farming solutions in IoT systems, machine-learning algorithms, and big-data analytics are being deployed to analyze soil, water, and plant tissue; in solar-powered, wireless sensors that enable crop/livestock monitoring and precision agriculture; in drone-mounted sensors for analysis of fields; and in ultra-sensitive smart irrigation systems that assess crop conditions.
a year ago

mnubo brings AI-driven IoT insights to Join Yanmar’s Next-Generation Horticulture Initiative

mnubo, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, is working with Yanmar Corporation, a recognized global leader in industrial equipment, in its IoT Smart Greenhouse initiative to transform Japan’s agriculture industry.
a year ago

System Development for Potato Crop Growth Management

In order to improve the information service levels of potato crop growth management, a potato crop growth management system was developed to monitor potato crop growth information and provide expert guidance and assistance to users for potato cultivation.
a year ago