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Ukko Robotics founders Daniel Badiou and Katrina Jean-Laflamme.

Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes couple puts mechanical mettle to regenerative livestock farming

Faces of Ag: Ukko Robotics’ Rova Barn is blazing a trail towards automated pastured poultry and pigs

One could say the origin story of the robotic Rova Barn begins with a young kid on a dairy farm who wanted to go to the beach, or on a family road trip, or just to Grandma’s for Sunday dinner. But milking needs trumped adventure. “We didn’t go on holidays when I was a kid,”



(LakelandCollege.ca)

Alberta’s Lakeland to offer ag tech degree

College to launch first-in-Canada program in September

East-central Alberta’s Lakeland College is set to offer what’s billed as Canada’s first degree program in agriculture technology, as a two-year post-credential program, starting in September. The program, announced Wednesday, will consist of full-time studies at Lakeland’s campus at Vermilion, about 180 km east of Edmonton, plus “experiential learning practicums” off campus, en route to

“The robot reduces the presence of humans on the pig farms, and generates data that helps improve overall herd management.” – Giobani Molin, Roboagro director

Orders soar for Brazil pig-tending robot

Robots make feeding more efficient, but might also make pigs more relaxed by playing classical music

Sao Paulo – Orders for a Brazilian pig-feeding robot, which plays classical music while dispensing meals, soared this year as farmers strove to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The machine uses linear feeders which dispense the exact amount of feed needed for each meal. As it works, it plays classical music, which the company

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


Wheat leaf rust. (James Kolmer photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Digital supercluster backs precision fungicide development

Project aims at wheat leaf rust, reducing pesticide load

A West Coast ag tech company in the crop pest control business is setting its sights on wheat leaf rust, with support from one of Canada’s five research superclusters — but not the cluster you might expect. Out of the five federally-supported superclusters launched in early 2018, Protein Industries Canada has been most closely linked

The DOT lines itself up to attach to a SeedMaster branded attachment at Canada’s Farm Progress Show last year in Regina, Sask.

Move over Tesla, agriculture is where the real autonomy is at

DOT's autonomous platform to bring hands-free navigation to the field

We’ve heard lots about the coming revolution of self-driving cars. Some of the biggest tech giants on the planet like Google and Tesla are working hard to bring this to roads around the world. But closer to home, with far less fanfare, farmers are already bringing autonomy to the field in the form of SeedMaster’s

Opinion: Liability hampers autonomous ag

Opinion: Liability hampers autonomous ag

For farmer and inventor Brian Tischler, the question isn’t whether autonomous tractors are cool, possible, or useful — it’s how to overcome the liability risk. Tischler told farmers attending CropConnect in Winnipeg recently it’s possible to build your own self-driving vehicle for around $1,000. He’s done it. That’s made the Manville, Alberta farmer a popular


Farmers have newer and simpler rules for incorporating drones into their operations.

New federal drone rules will be a boon to farmers

Previous rules discouraged producers from using them to check crops and livestock

New federal rules for operating drones will make it a lot simpler for farmers to include them in their operations, says the president of a Winnipeg-based company that trains drone operators. Matthew Johnson, president and CEO of M3 Aerial Productions, said the move is a necessary one. “For a long time farmers have been testing

Norbert Beaujot, founder of SeedHawk and inventor of many seeding equipment innovations, 
observes the Seedmaster DOT at Ag in Motion 2018.

Farmers warming to autonomous farm equipment

Norbert Beaujot says more producers are overcoming their skepticism about driverless farm equipment such as DOT

While men in tractors pulled seeding and tillage implements over the ground at the July 17-19 Ag in Motion show, the DOT autonomous seeder laboured quietly on its own. DOT debuted last year at Ag in Motion, but farmer interest in seeing it operate was still strong this year, judging by the number of observers.