Aftermarket kit gives existing tractors an autonomous mode

Although autonomous tractors may be well-suited to some applications, there are other times when a human driver is still required. That’s where a new kit comes in, as it allows existing tractors to be switched between autonomous and manual modes.Contin… Continue reading Aftermarket kit gives existing tractors an autonomous mode

World-first lab-grown rib-eye steak demonstrates new 3D bioprinting tech

A little over two years after Israel-based start-up Aleph Farms unveiled the world’s first lab-grown steak, the company has now revealed a much more complex, thick-cut rib-eye steak. Cultivated using a novel 3D bioprinting technology, the company sugge… Continue reading World-first lab-grown rib-eye steak demonstrates new 3D bioprinting tech

Food waste converted into bacteria-boosting liquid fertilizer

Everyone already knows that compost made from food scraps helps plants to grow. Now, however, scientists have fermented food waste to create a liquid fertilizer that boosts the number of beneficial bacteria within the plants themselves, and in their so… Continue reading Food waste converted into bacteria-boosting liquid fertilizer

German robot being designed to prune fruit trees

According to Germany’s University of Hohenheim, about 80 percent of the fruit trees in that country aren’t regularly pruned – despite the fact that doing so makes them structurally stronger and more resistant to disease. That’s why a team at the univer… Continue reading German robot being designed to prune fruit trees

South African startup Aerobotics raises $17M to scale its AI-for-agriculture platform

As the global agricultural industry stretches to meet expected population growth and food demand, and food security becomes more of a pressing issue with global warming, a startup out of South Africa is using artificial intelligence to help farmers manage their farms, trees, and fruits. Aerobotics is a South African startup that provides intelligent tools […] Continue reading South African startup Aerobotics raises $17M to scale its AI-for-agriculture platform

Pesticide alternative coats crops to hide them from insects

While pest insects can have a devastating effect on crops, pesticides can likewise cause a great deal of damage to the environment. That’s where CropCoat comes in, as it’s designed not to kill harmful insects, but to “hide” plants from them instead.Con… Continue reading Pesticide alternative coats crops to hide them from insects

Ground-penetrating radar may be an easier alternative to soil sampling

Ordinarily, if you want to know how soil properties change at different depths, you have to extract soil core samples. Scientists have now determined that the same data can be obtained much more easily, using ground-penetrating radar.Continue ReadingCa… Continue reading Ground-penetrating radar may be an easier alternative to soil sampling

Immunity-boosting silica nanoparticles could replace pesticides

Pesticides may indeed kill plant pathogens, but they’re also harmful to the environment. Newly developed nanoparticles may provide a more eco-friendly alternative, as they boost the immune systems of crop plants, then harmlessly dissolve.Continue Readi… Continue reading Immunity-boosting silica nanoparticles could replace pesticides

Plant-assessing leaf-clip sensor could be a big help to farmers

If crop plants aren’t receiving enough nutrients, they’ll typically have lower-than-normal nitrogen levels. A portable new device could allow farmers to check those levels on the spot, so they can start addressing the problem as soon as possible.Contin… Continue reading Plant-assessing leaf-clip sensor could be a big help to farmers