• 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, CEO of Hummingbird Technologies, says: “Septoria is one the main diseases that affects wheat and there are many different species. With our technology, it is possible to detect the disease in early May, allowing key decisions to be made about crop protection.”

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • Raspberry Pi offers a DIY approach to sensing

    Dan Maclean at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) has been using a tiny, affordable Raspberry Pi, consumer digital cameras and a ‘kit drone’ to create a DIY crop imaging system. Using expertise in…

  • RemSens SIG - Sensing in the Air

    Imaging moves to new heights

    ‘Eye in the sky’ technology is becoming more affordable, but what is the most useful type of imaging and is it best to work with an experienced contractor or invest…

  • Some of the sensing opportunities to be discussed at the SIG

    Ideas gained in Cambridge lead to ‘Uber’ aerial imaging business

    A chance conversation in Cambridge has led to the development of a new aerial imaging service for agriculture that now supports farmers across the USA.