A Japanese research institute has developed a machine that uses ultraviolet rays to protect mikan -satsuma- against rotting. Researchers at the Saika Technological Institute Foundation, which produces food quality inspection equipment and devices, and other parties, including the Shizuoka prefectural government, discovered that ultraviolet ray application causes stress to the fruit, stimulating its self-defense function.
Taranis, an Israel-based ag-tech company, announced Thursday that it plans to spend $10.5 million to relocate its global headquarters from Tel-Aviv to Westfield, IN, and expand its operations over the next three years. The 5-year-old company uses imagery from light aircraft and drones to survey farmland and proprietary software to analyze and preemptively address farmers’ potential crop losses.
A new University of Florida app will help the state’s blueberry growers identify and manage disease and insect injuries commonly encountered in Florida before their crop is ruined. Collectively, blueberries are a $60 million-per-year crop in Florida. Patricio Munoz, the UF/IFAS blueberry breeder and an assistant professor of horticultural sciences, came up with the vision for, and supervised the development of, the UF/IFAS Blueberry Growers Guide phone app, released on December 1.
There are many executives, experts, and analysts that fully believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will forever change that human beings interact with each other, and how businesses operate. This doesn’t apply to just one sector or industry. Many companies are already using AI for all sorts of applications — whether it applies to digital marketing, automating tedious processes, or improving customer service.
Banks in Ghana have traditionally been reluctant to lend to agriculture because of the perception of its high-risk nature and the lack of adequate risk management tools in connection with existential risks such as disease, pests and changes in climatic factors. However, Emmanuel Appiah, farming at Nsadwi in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abbrem district has now found immense hope in technology, courtesy of drones and precision agriculture to transform his production to a higher level.
Selecting the citrus fruits in the field at the time of harvesting in order to meet a specific demand is difficult to plan and very expensive when most of the farms are organized under a smallholder model, as is the case in Spain. The Spanish citrus sector is facing increasing competition from third countries, so cost efficiency is vital for the survival of a sector that has been hit hard in recent years, and digitization of the field may be key.
This summer after the derecho event in Iowa and Illinois, the team at RCIS and Zurich assembled a cadre of 19 people to go out and address the damage claims. In a six day period, the team covered 52,000 acres. What enabled the speed and effectiveness for the RCIS team is their growing use of drones.
Iprosurv, the UK’s leading aerial survey, inspection and mapping provider, has entered into a partnership with US-based agricultural surveying specialists, Sentera, in a move that will change the way agricultural risks are managed and insured in the UK. The deal sees the full Sentera suite of sensors, software and analytics made available to Iprosurv’s existing fleet of over 400 drones.
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