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Tractor
By Roger Burton: Thursday 9th March, 2017

Two sides of the same corn: in-soil nitrate sensing to reduce over-application of nitrogen

Up to 70% of applied nitrogen in agriculture is wasted. Integration of technology such as optical interrogation, drones and satellite imaging with agricultural equipment is showing increases in yield and decreases in operating costs. With new sensing technologies, robust implementations and intelligent data handling and analysis, it is possible to greatly reduce this wastage. Agricultural […]

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By Niall Mottram: Monday 21st November, 2016

The Art of the Possible, but Commercially Viable

What links Donald Trump, Rethink Robotics and John Deere? At first glance not much, but dig deeper and some common themes emerge, driven by cause and effect. Let’s start with the cause. There have been acres of print and digital coverage devoted to the election result of November 8, so this blog will steer clear […]

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By Simon Jordan: Monday 31st October, 2016

Personal Agriculture

It’s been clear over the last century that farms are getting bigger. The economics of a big scale farm are better, and the risk of failure is diluted. However, the level of manpower available to do the work is spread more thinly, meaning bigger and more effective machines are needed. The drawback, however, of driving […]

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By Chris Roberts: Monday 17th October, 2016

Apples vs Oranges… vs Lasers?

I gave a talk at the Agri-Tech East pollinator on Robo-Cropping last Tuesday (see slides below), and there were some really interesting contrasts at the conference. Before we went, one of my colleagues, Niall said “You’ll like this conference, they’ll be talking about using lasers to kill weeds”. I was definitely looking forward to it! One […]

Fruit farm
By Chris Roberts: Monday 10th October, 2016

Automated Harvesting – is the juice worth the squeeze?

I’m attending the Agritech East pollinator on Tuesday, all about the potential of precision robotics in agriculture. My talk is about automated harvesting, and where robotics is and isn’t relevant. It’s clear that agriculture has many tasks, currently done by humans, which are amenable to some level of automation. That human labour is becoming more expensive and […]

St-Louis
By Niall Mottram: Tuesday 30th August, 2016

A little goes a long way – precision use of resources

St Louis. The Gateway to the West. A city steeped in US history where the meandering Mississippi and Missouri rivers mark the path deep into the heart of America. And it’s here two centuries on from the Lewis and Clark Expedition that the launch-pad for another bold new chapter in the evolution of this great […]

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By Niall Mottram: Thursday 11th February, 2016

It’s not what you do; it’s the way that you do it

What do drug delivery technologies, Charles Darwin and modern day agriculture have in common? At first glance you can probably make a case for the latter two having a connection, after all, the variants of wheat, soy and maize that feed the mouths of billions daily are the result of clever breeding programs to accelerate […]

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By Tom Fry: Wednesday 9th December, 2015

You’re in for a soaking: when toys meet Agritech

When pulling together the technologies needed for our targeted crop spraying demonstration the mechanical engineering and fluidics presented some interesting challenges. The effect we needed was akin to that of an inkjet printer, capable of dispensing a precise volume of liquid with precise timing and direction. However, the volume and distance involved quickly ruled out […]

Hydroponics
By Dave Gladwin: Tuesday 1st September, 2015

A Tall Tale – Vertical Farming

Throughout the history of mankind we have had to evolve the way we feed ourselves, from hunter-gatherers, through subsistence farming through to the industrial scale farming of today. If we are to survive the next 50 years the next evolution will have to be another “green revolution”. To put the growth into perspective: if the […]

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By Chris Roberts: Tuesday 8th July, 2014

Insight into industrial sensing and control technology from North America sensors conference

I’m just back from Sensors Expo in Chicago, the largest dedicated sensors conference in North America.  Nathan Wrench head of our Industrial Campaign, and I went along to see what we could learn about the latest industrial sensing and control technology, and to work out if we should be presenting there next year. Being more […]

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