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  • Australian vegetable farms could be fully automated by 2025

    Australia could see fully automated vegetable farms by 2025, according to top robotics researchers, with the ability to automate the entire production process for some crop commodities emerging through targeted research and development in the industry. The latest edition of the InfoVeg Radio R&D podcast, developed specifically for Australian vegetable producers, features the developer of the ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Selective broccoli harvester increases uniformity and quality of the product

    Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture is developing a harvester for broccoli. This robot is different from other mechanical harvesters by adding a selectivity feature: an intelligent Computer Vision system registers and selects only the broccoli of a pre-determined exact size and leaves the remainder until another optimal harvesting moment is reached. A broccoli crop does not grow in an uniform ...

  • Improved Energy Harvesting Technologies boost efficiency in buildings, finds Frost & Sullivan

    Heating, cooling and lighting are the main energy expenditures in buildings today. A building automation system (BAS), which is powered by batteries, can assist in reducing and optimizing these energy expenses, while maintaining a comfortable environment for occupants.  The key in making a BAS function in terms of relaying data related to temperature, occupancy, wind flow, light intensity, ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • Ambient Energy Harvesters Market to 2016 - Replacement of Batteries for Low Power Applications Creates Growth Opportunities

    GBI Research’s report, Ambient Energy Harvesters Market to 2016 Replacement of Batteries for Low Power Applications Creates Growth Opportunities, provides key information and analysis of market opportunities in the ambient energy harvesters (AEHs) market. The report provides information on industry dynamics, key suppliers, and the sales revenue and sales volume of AEHs. The report also ...

  • Exciting News for Vineland with FedDev Investment Announcement

    Member of Parliament Vance Badawey, Niagara Centre and Member of Parliament Chris Bittle, St. Catharines announced $5.76 million in FedDev Ontario funding for Vineland’s new Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre at a special event June 3. Hon Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair were also present to discuss the ...

  • John Deere Introduces Feature Enhancements and a 36` Track Option to the S-Series Combine Line-Up

    The S-Series Combines are the most productive harvesting machines ever designed and built by John Deere. For model year 2014, new features will be offered to optimize performance and provide more comfort and control for the operator. "We continuously look at our harvesting line-up, gain feedback from our customers, and test new features to bring more productivity to our machines and headers," ...


    By John Deere

  • EnOcean Alliance and S4 Group to Exhibit at 2012 NFMT Conference in Booth 2551 Green Tech Center

    At this year's NFMT Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center, March 13-15, EnOcean Alliance and The S4 Group will collectively showcase the benefits of EnOcean-enabled technology for reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings. They will be exhibiting in booth 2551 at the Green Tech Pavilion. The EnOcean Alliance is a consortium of over 250 leading companies working to establish ...


    By Marketwire

  • DOE selects biofuels projects to receive up to US$21m in funding

    U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $21 million will be made available for the selection of five projects that will develop supply systems to handle and deliver high tonnage biomass feedstocks for cellulosic biofuels production.  The awards announced today are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, spur the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Mastering Greenhouse Efficiency with Robotics at Vineland

    Imagine technology that could preemptively find disease in plants, allowing growers to address it proactively. Or sensors that could help irrigate more resourcefully. Or robots that could selectively harvest ripe crops. At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, it seems as though the future is now. Vineland’s Robotics & Automation team — comprised of 5 PhDs and 6 ...

  • EnOcean`s Wireless Technology Is International Standard

    The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard -- ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 -- for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption. It is the first and only wireless standard that is also optimized for energy harvesting solutions and, therefore, for EnOcean's self-powered wireless technology. Together with the EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEPs) drawn up by the ...

  • Precision Fertiliser Project Underway

    Always a good source of farming related news and information, The Western Morning News reveals how a consortium of British businesses led by GrowHow UK has won funding to support the development of an automated system for the precision application of nitrogen fertiliser and plant growth regulators. The £1 million kitty required to develop the precision technology is funded through ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Eaton’s LumaWatt Wireless Lighting Management and Control System Brings Energy Savings to Outdoor Area, Roadway and Parking Garage/Canopy Projects

    Power management company Eaton today announced the introduction of the LumaWatt™ Outdoor Wireless Control and Monitoring System from its Cooper Lighting Division. The ...


    By Eaton Corporation

  • Internet of Things – Improving Animal Welfare and Reducing Use of Water

    It’s been a buzz word for some time now; the internet of things (IoT), which sees the adoption of technologies including sensor-controlled rooms for growing lettuces, cows connected to the internet to improve milk, and even bees receiving a boost from automated heaters. A report by Beecham Research, as detailed in The Guardian, examines how the use of IoT has real potential to cut costs and ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • AgroFresh introduces LandSpring technology, an innovative pre-planting application that reduces transplant shock in tomatoes and peppers

    AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, has introduced its new LandSpring product, a 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) technology for use on transplanted vegetable seedlings.  LandSpring, currently registered for use on tomato and pepper crops, reduces transplant shock resulting in lower seedling mortality and faster crop establishment, which ...


    By AgroFresh

  • Study shows potential for sweetpotato production in Pacific Northwest

    Sweetpotato, a warm-season root crop grown across the world, needs heat and humidity to flourish. In the United States, commercial sweetpotato production occurs predominantly in the southeastern states and California, while production farther north is limited. Recently, Oregon State University researchers discovered cultural practices that could help to increase sweetpotato production in the ...

  • Floating Farms in the Future – Water Storage Tanks Would Play a Role

    A lot of things might sound far fetched at first, but in no time at all they find themselves being implemented and being totally the norm. Could that be the case with the floating farms we read about in this week’s Daily Mail? A team from Barcelona has designed floating farms that could feed the world in forthcoming decades. Multi-levelled structures would be used to, not only catch fish, ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Spraying made Easy with AutoGuide

    The AutoGuide steering assist system and section control features available on Valtra tractors make spraying crops much easier, as Jyrki Rantsi, a pig farmer from Varpaisjärvi in the North Savo region of Finland, can attest. Automated steering is often thought of as a tool designed for working on massive fields, but in fact like the section control feature too, it is of most use on small ...

  • Laser beams and robots to feature in veggie grower seminar

    Laser beams, robots and mid-air vegetable cultivation will be on the agenda for over 100 of the country’s leading vegetable growers at the 2015 Global Technologies in Horticulture Seminar to be held on Thursday 25 June at Jupiters Gold Coast. The Seminar aims to educate Australian growers on the futuristic technology they can employ on-farm, and builds on a highly successful series of ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Preventing forest fires with tree power

    MIT researchers and colleagues are working to find out whether energy from trees can power a network of sensors to prevent spreading forest fires. What they learn also could raise the possibility of using trees as silent sentinels along the nation's borders to detect potential threats such as smuggled radioactive materials. The U.S. Forest Service currently predicts and tracks fires with a ...

  • John Deere Announces Allied Agreement with Dawn Equipment Company

    John Deere announced today an alliance with Dawn Equipment Company, Inc., a manufacturer specializing in ground engaging tools and active control systems for planters. The alliance allows John Deere to sell and support Dawn hydraulic-controlled down-force systems, row cleaners, and closing wheels for planters. "With this agreement, we will be able to collaborate with Dawn to distribute ...


    By John Deere

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