• Start-Up Showcase - Small Robot Company feat 2

    Small Robot Company previews its farming as a service model at REAP

    Robots are to be made available in a ‘Farming as a Service’ model, it was announced at REAP by the Small Robot Company. The agri-tech start-up is to offer a subscription service, which will see the farm ‘digitised’ and with the feeding, seeding and weeding managed by robots.

    The service links together a series of robots with a clever ‘operating system’. It starts by collecting accurate and up-to-date information about a crop, plant by plant. Eventually, each process – from knowing when to plant, to all aspects of crop care, to knowing when to harvest – will be automated.

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  • Start-Up Showcase - Agrilytix feat

    Agrilytix making satellite sourced data accessible to farmers

    Agrilytix Ltd is developing an agricultural monitoring system that uses satellite imagery and machine learning to provide enhanced decision support for smaller farmers in challenging environments. Co-Founder Nilesh Mistry developed…

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  • 30MHz to show smart sensing toolkit at REAP

    30MHz to show “smart sensing toolkit” at REAP

    “There’s this perception that with the Internet of Things everything has to be very lofty and large scale, but there are so many very basic challenges or questions in agriculture…

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  • Hummingbird takes flight with early crop health monitoring

    Hummingbird takes flight with early crop health monitoring

    The main diseases that affect wheat each have their own spectral signature, which means they can be detected remotely, even before there are significant impacts on the crop. Will Wells,…

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  • The robots are coming! Robots emerging as agricultural co-workers

    Robots emerging as agricultural co-workers

    Advanced engineering could be the solution for the sustainable intensification of agriculture, as technology for producing service robots reaches maturity. Experts in robotics from University of Cambridge, University of Lincoln,…

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  • Farm map on your smartphone supports connected farm

    Hertfordshire farmer Mark Faure Walker was so frustrated by how much time and money he was wasting trying to manage data about his crops that he decided to design an…

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  • Farmers’ correct GPS to allow connected farm

    “We are very close now to a true ‘connected farm’. I believe the technology and software is there, it is now just a matter of working out the bugs,” says…

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  • One farm’s experience of controlled traffic

    Norfolk farmer Robert Salmon has had a life-long interest in soils and has made a significant investment in a12 metre controlled traffic system. N E Salmon Limited is an arable…

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  • Sentinel-3A launch - copyright ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

    Sentinel satellites offer agri-tech business opportunity

    The recent launch of the new Sentinel satellites, part of the European Union’s ‘Copernicus’ Earth observation programme, has the potential to help farmers take precision agriculture to a new level,…

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  • Engineers rising to the GROW challenge

    The Department of Engineering at University of Cambridge is actively supporting GROW this year, as agri-tech applications are becoming an area of increasing interest for the group. Helen Francis, Research…

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