Twenty-three teams from 10 countries recently competed at the International Field Robot event held during the DLG Field Days. This international competition brings international student teams and their autonomous field robots to Bernburg-Strenzfeld, Germany, to compete in five assigned tasks.
Started in 2003 by the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, the goal of the competition is to test new technologies in robotics and precision farming under real-world conditions.
The DLG (German Agricultural Society) Field Days 2014, held recently at the DLG Crop Protection Center at Bernberg-Strenzfeld, Germany, showcased many new innovations in crop production for German, and European, producers in attendance.
Last week I travelled to Cuba City, WI, where brothers Joe and Matt Schweigert and crew had just finished up planting corn and soybeans. They were testing out a new drive made by 640 Labs that plugs into the electronics of their tractors and farm equipment and records everything about how the machines are running....More
Silicon Valley startup company Blue River Technology, Mountain View, CA, got a lot of press in 2013 when it unveiled a prototype robot that would go through fields of lettuce and ferret out the weakling heads, a process called “thinning.” Well, now it is in the news again.
The company recently received $10 million in funding, led by Data Collective Venture Capital, to bring these robots here to the Midwest to weed row crops like corn and soybeans....More
On a recent trip to Florida, Team FIN farmer Jeff Ryan from Cresco, IA, explored an Asian market where he found an abundance of food items he had never before seen. Among his finds were live eels, chicken feet, roasted coconut juice, duck eggs and more.
Trimble announced in late January that it is adding a new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to its line of products for agriculture. The Trimble UX5 will be available for growers to use for aerial imaging and mapping in order to monitor crop health throughout the growing season....More
Data privacy is a growing concern, but companies are responding to the challenge. The American Farm Bureau Federation makes a statement about farmer data use. The Climate Corporation and Monsanto have set down new data privacy policies....More