Indoor farming market

Alex Whitebrook/ May 18, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The “Indoor Farming Technology Market by Growing System (Hydroponics, Aeroponics, Aquaponics, Soil-based, Hybrid), Facility Type, Component, Crop Type (Fruits & Vegetables, Herbs & Microgreens, Flowers & Ornamentals), and Region – Global Forecast to 2022” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The indoor farming technology market is projected to reach USD 40.25 billion by 2022 from USD 25.40 billion in 2017, at a CAGR

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Companies Chase Yield

Alex Whitebrook/ May 18, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

For many years, advances in crop technology have focused on specific production traits like herbicide tolerance or insecticide production. Photosynthesis — the driving force behind all plant life — was long viewed as too vast and complex to be effectively altered by genetic engineering. That may be changing, as agricultural biotechnology companies begin work on crop traits that tweak a

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Formulation technology matters with high-activity sulfonylurea herbicides

Alex Whitebrook/ May 17, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Herbicide formulations and sprayer clean-out are top of mind for many farmers, applicators, and retailers because of issues with dicamba herbicides damaging sensitive crops and the trend for larger, more complex sprayers that make herbicide clean-out problematic. Sprayer clean-out is a major concern with sulfonylurea (SU) herbicides, in particular, due to their very high activity at very low concentrations and

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Companies Chase Yield

Alex Whitebrook/ May 16, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

For many years, advances in crop technology have focused on specific production traits like herbicide tolerance or insecticide production. Photosynthesis — the driving force behind all plant life — was long viewed as too vast and complex to be effectively altered by genetic engineering. That may be changing, as agricultural biotechnology companies begin work on crop traits that tweak a

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Hands-Free Hectare Project: Humans not needed for crop farming

Alex Whitebrook/ May 15, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

A world-first project in the West Midlands of England has opened the door to the future face of farming — and Australia has been given the inside story. The “Hands-Free Hectare Project” (HFHa), based in Shropshire, set out to demonstrate that a crop could be successfully prepared, sown, grown and harvested without a human being ever setting foot in the

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Technology uses condensation and renewable energy to irrigate crops

Alex Whitebrook/ May 15, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

A Perth-based company has developed an irrigation system to grow crops using just renewable energy and humidity from the air. The system is called Irrigation By Condensation (IBC), and is the invention of Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies co-founder Boaz Wachtel. Having lived in the Middle East, Mr Wachtel said he was aware of the constant struggle farmers faced with water

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Smart drones and deep learning deliver low-cost precision agriculture for Aussie farmers

Alex Whitebrook/ May 14, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

New aerial drone technology could change the landscape of Australia’s billion-dollar wheat industry by delivering cost-effective mechanisms for farmers to plan and deliver precise water and nutrients to their crops on a need-by-need basis. Developed by the University of South Australia with the Plant Accelerator at the University of Adelaide and LongReach Plant Breeders, the drone senses a vegetation index—signifying

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Why data is an essential nutrient for AeroFarms crops

Alex Whitebrook/ May 11, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Urban agriculture pioneer AeroFarms eschews pesticides and herbicides. It gets away with using considerably less water than traditional growers of the leafy greens in which it specializes — it squeezes out almost 95 percent of what’s traditionally used. But there’s one ingredient it can’t go without: data. That imperative drove the well-backed startup’s partnership with information technology giant Dell. Two

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Get good crop data first, then invest in technology

Alex Whitebrook/ May 10, 2018/ Press Releases/ 0 comments

The path some farmers take in their strip-tillage journey is to quickly adopt — and heavily invest in — RTK farm-by- the-inch technology. But for Tom Cotter at Cotter Farms near Austin, Minn., he would rather first get research need vs. want and properly develop prescriptions before going to deep, too fast. “I’m working closely with a crop consultant who

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Good or bad? What drones mean for farming and the countryside…

Alex Whitebrook/ May 10, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Already used by more than 18% of UK agricultural businesses, drones are changing the way we can grow crops and tend livestock, but what are the long-term implications? What are drones? Drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – are, as the name suggests, essentially sophisticated remote-controlled aircraft. They can range in size from just a few centimetres up to

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