Plant discovery could lead to wider use of bee-friendly pesticides

It’s a sad fact that even though bees are essential to pollinating crops, they’re also harmed by the pesticides used on those very same plants. Thanks to a new discovery, however, a bee-friendly pesticide could soon be cheaper and easier to produce.Con… Continue reading Plant discovery could lead to wider use of bee-friendly pesticides

Study shows how mixed-grain crops can thrive where others falter

When most people think of a grain crop, they picture a field full of one type of plant. A new study, however, indicates that crops made up of mixed grains are both more resilient and higher-yielding than their conventional counterparts.Continue Reading… Continue reading Study shows how mixed-grain crops can thrive where others falter

SentiV robot inspects crops by rolling its way through fields

When we think of agricultural robots, we tend to picture things that pick produce or apply chemicals. The SentiV is different, though, in that it’s designed to check crops for problems while autonomously wandering the fields.Continue ReadingCategory: R… Continue reading SentiV robot inspects crops by rolling its way through fields

SentiV robot inspects crops by rolling its way through fields

When we think of agricultural robots, we tend to picture things that pick produce or apply chemicals. The SentiV is different, though, in that it’s designed to check crops for problems while autonomously wandering the fields.Continue ReadingCategory: R… Continue reading SentiV robot inspects crops by rolling its way through fields

Pepper-picking robot moves through crops on overhead wires

According to Japanese robotics firm Agrist, there’s a shortage of farm workers in that country, resulting in lower yields than would otherwise be possible. The company is offering a partial solution to the problem, though, in the form of a pepper-picki… Continue reading Pepper-picking robot moves through crops on overhead wires

Herbicide GUSS autonomously – and judiciously – sprays orchards

If fruit is going to be grown using herbicides – which is still largely the case – then the fewer of the chemicals that are used, the better. The Herbicide GUSS autonomous robotic spray vehicle was designed with just such concerns in mind.Continue Read… Continue reading Herbicide GUSS autonomously – and judiciously – sprays orchards

Apple waste may find use in health-boosting chicken feed

In the commercial production of apple juice and cider, large quantities of fibrous waste – known as pomace – is generated as a byproduct. And while that material is currently just discarded, new research suggests that it could be used to boost the heal… Continue reading Apple waste may find use in health-boosting chicken feed

Monarch launches first commercial “driver-optional” electric tractor

After two years of development, California startup Monarch Tractor has launched the AI-packing, all-electric MK-V Founder Series, and announced deliveries to its first customer – wine and spirits producer Constellation Brands.Continue ReadingCategory: … Continue reading Monarch launches first commercial “driver-optional” electric tractor