Farmers will find a lot of options for cloud-based computing in this year. Easier access to data for sharing with others, or for yourself, is one key benefit. Understand the relationships with companies that offer services....More
Ever since Raven unveiled its multi-hybrid planter control system last summer, the company has been trying to find a planter company to incorporate the technology. Today Raven announced it has found one.
The collaborating company is Kinze Manufacturing, which just last month announced it is has developed a multi-hybrid planter but declined to disclose the technology provider. The announcement puts those story lines together....More
Is your shiny new smartphone from the holidays being put to use? While there is still some downtime until planting, now is the perfect time to fire it up and download some agricultural apps that may help you out a lot this growing season. But where do you start?
The rapid rise of land prices has a lot of people crying “bubble,” with some sales hitting astronomical amounts for typical Iowa farmland. Higher crop prices, along with solid yields, bolstered buyers’ efforts to expand their operations, but could things be changing in 2014?...More
MakerBot, manufacturer of desktop 3D printers, today took another step toward what it calls the “Next Industrial Revolution” by authorizing Ingram Micro Inc., the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor, to sell its products. The partnership will make 3D printing products like the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the recently released MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, and MakerBot MakerWare Software, available in more resellers’ storefronts....More
Printing parts in 3D is getting increased attention because of its novel applications. Farm machinery manufacturers use 3-D printers to make prototypes of parts overnight. And 3-D printers are reaching a price point that the average consumer can afford....More
As part of the IFAJ pre-Congress tour in Urugay, a group of 20 journalists from around the world visited a very high-tech dairy farm. The Talar dairy company in Uruguay was started by Juan Carlos López Mena, who had a dream of helping to provide food to the world. In 2006, construction on the dairy farm began and by 2008, they started milking cows. The farm occupies about 6,800 hectares (about 16,800 acres) for dairy and feed production.