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You need to look closely but this still from a Blue River Technology video shows “robotic nozzles” drenching a weed with a herbicide while leaving the adjacent cotton plants untouched.

Farm automation just over the horizon

The earliest models are already here and the future is closer than you think

Glacier FarmMedia – Just picture it: You’ve been watching your crop get rained on all week from your kitchen window, and it’s about time to do some crop scouting to see if you need to spray. But your farm is way ahead of you. Soil sensors have been monitoring moisture levels, and they’ve already called

New tech in agriculture can make a farm more efficient and sustainable, but strong connectivity to the internet is essential to make it work.

Opinion: Universal internet helps make food more sustainable

Urban consumers could become great advocates for rural internet

Consumers wanting to reduce the carbon intensity of their food should advocate for better rural internet. Most agricultural towns have broadband, but in the country cell service fades. Telematics produced by farm equipment has to be stored, getting pushed to the cloud at the farmyards while IoT devices use networks, like LoRaWAn. Network-controlled automation is


“COVID-19 has put us on a digital fast track, farmers are going online. They are rapidly innovating, creating ways of selling their products to keep themselves afloat.” – Alison Sunstrum, CNSRV-X.

More technology needed for post-COVID agriculture

A silver lining of the pandemic is that it has jump-started agriculture’s digital evolution, observers say

Experts speaking at the virtual Toronto Global Forum say a meaningful economic recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic should emphasize the need for technology in the agricultural sector. Alison Sunstrum, founder and CEO of CNSRV-X, said she hopes there is a digital response to the pandemic. “COVID-19 has put us on a digital fast track, farmers

Assiniboine Community College snags digital ag donation

Farm Credit Canada says need for digital support for farms is growing

Assiniboine Community College has received a $15,000 donation from Farm Credit Canada (FCC) to enhance its digital agriculture offerings. “As the agriculture industry evolves toward an increased focus on technology and precision agriculture, so comes an increased demand for digital agriculture knowledge and training,” Chris Budiwski, ACC’s chair of agriculture and environment said in a

Data can help farmers make better decisions, but collecting that data has to be part of a plan.

Making the most of ag data collection

Planning ahead and knowing what you’re trying to capture will set the stage for next season

Analyzing the kind of growing season they’ve had has always been an important way for farmers to continually improve their operations. This could be as simple as documenting yield data and for many farmers, that may still be all they are doing. But as we move into a more precision-based agriculture, the more data points


Farms collect a large volume of data these days and this data
is expected to grow exponentially in the near future.

Artificial intelligence plays critical role in precision agriculture

Greater adoption means creating new technology alongside farmers

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications in agriculture continue to grow, driven by the increased demands of precision farming. This growth is due to increasing demand for agriculture produce, real-time livestock monitoring, and the need for enhanced decision-making to optimize farm management. Other factors contributing to the rising interest in precision farming solutions are growing food demand and government assistance to farmers. India, for

Climate Corp. has launched a new tool within its web-based field management system.

FieldView getting into the zone on crop protection

Climate FieldView has expanded its scope of zone-based variable-rate mapping from seed and fertilizer to crop protection products

Climate Corporation argues that every spray droplet should land where it’s going to do the farmer the most good, and it says new features of its Climate FieldView management system are letting producers do exactly that. The company has launched a new tool within the web-based field management system; one that allows the producer to create customized variable-rate

Pumping up efficiencies in ag with autonomy

Those developing the technology say farmers will increasingly harness unmanned equipment to increase global productivity

By this point, the ag sector is getting used to watching the Dot Power Platform trundle various implements around farm show demo fields. The technology is a sign of the future as farmers confront the challenge of producing more food with fewer resources, Wade Robey, executive director of Raven Autonomy, told viewers taking in the


Face to face from the comfort of home

AGvisorPRO wants to make its free Tech Direct platform the new ‘go-to’ for ag advice

Robert Saik, founder and CEO of AGvisorPRO, wants to displace the 1-800 number when it comes to agriculture. Farmers will be well familiar with the frustrations of long-distance service, from the challenge of describing or diagnosing problems over the phone, to the trials of navigating number-option phone systems and automated messages. The result, Saik argues,

Xarvio Field Manager goes mobile

Field Manager was web based only until recently. Now the company has gone app based

BASF’s digital branch, Xarvio Digital Farming Solutions, is putting more and more of its services in the palm of the hand. Farmers may already be familiar with Xarvio’s Field Manager, previously launched as a web-based service for collecting, analyzing and making data-driven decisions at the field level. Now, however, the company wants to make that