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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

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

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


This example from one of the Ag in Motion fields combines an electroconductivity map, with an elevation and water map, and a topography map.  Together these layers produce the SWAT map.

Bringing agronomy into high resolution

High-resolution agronomy is looking for the fine print in what field conditions are telling the farmer

Producers are always looking for the best way to maximize their return on investment and the big brains of the agricultural industry are doing everything they can to make that proposition easier and easier. To that end, a growing trend in agriculture is concerned with pinpointing and targeting smaller areas of a field to more

Crop scouting still requires boots on the ground

Imagery helps identify problem areas, but it doesn’t replace the need for field visits

Farmers have access to an expanding range of eyes in the sky to monitor their crops, but high-tech aids are not a replacement for boots on the ground, says Matt Fagnou, manager of Precision Ag/Echelon Canada. “Imagery can guide to where to scout and sample but there’s still no replacement for us being in the

Brandt buys GeoShack’s Ontario business

Deal makes equipment firm the exclusive Topcon dealer for Canada

Farm, forestry and construction equipment maker Brandt is about to buy itself a lock on the market for Topcon GPS equipment in Canada. The Regina-based Brandt Group announced Wednesday it has reached a deal to buy the assets of GeoShack Canada Co. and the Canadian assets of Inteq Distributors, both owned by Dallas-based Ultara Holdings.


Are farmers ready to seize the day when it comes to smart ag?

Investing in next-generation agriculture would pay big dividends, but investment dollars will be in short supply

The pandemic has revealed critical weaknesses in the country’s agriculture and food systems — and the need to invest in their future, say experts. “It’s continuing to show the importance of technology, and adopting technology, on the farm,” said Remi Schmaltz, CEO and co-founder of Decisive Farming, a digital ag and farm management company. “We

Turning precision ag data into higher profits

Seeding and Tillage: The fast-evolving technology can bring a lot of value if you know how to manage it

Adam DeVisser is a recent convert to using precision agriculture, but he’s practical about its application. “The value is not in computers making decisions for us, but in us making more informed decisions,” he said at a recent crops conference in Ontario. DeVisser and his fellow panellists — farmer Mark Brock and Brandon Dietrich of