• WeFarm provides an SMS text platform for small scale farmers in developing countries that don’t have access to internet. Using a mobile phone they can receive peer to peer advice on their crops and livestock.

    Analysing text messages helps improve WeFarm advice

    WeFarm provides an SMS text platform for small scale farmers in developing countries that don’t have access to internet. Using a mobile phone they can receive peer to peer advice on their crops and livestock.

    Ahead of the Big Data SIG event on 21st March, we spoke with the CEO of the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA), Colin McKinnon, about the organisation’s work in the agri-tech industry and support of London-based start-up ‘WeFarm’.

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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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  • Revolutionary crop disease forecasting from fungal spore trap

    A new crop disease warning system being developed by Bayer CropScience can detect disease at the point of infection up to three weeks before the symptoms are seen. This early…

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  • Berwyn Clarke, PBD Biotech, at REAP

    A more effective test for TB delivers results in 6 hours

    A ground-breaking test for tuberculosis that can deliver results within six hours is on the cusp of commercialisation, says Dr Berwyn Clarke from PBD Biotech. The current method of testing…

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  • Sunny outlook for Prodata Weather Systems

    Sunny outlook for Prodata Weather Systems

    “Having your own personal weather station provides multiple benefits if you are a farmer,” says Peter Palmer, Sales and Development at Prodata Weather Systems. “Knowledge of wind speed and direction…

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  • Nanotechnology to boost drone capabilities and increase spray coverage

    A new aerial applicator for agrochemicals will extend the flight times for unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), allowing them to cover a greater crop area more cost-effectively and with greater precision….

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  • Sunculture - irrigation as a service

    Irrigation as a service to unlock African potential

    Less than 20% of the land area in Kenya is suitable for rain fed agriculture and irrigation technology is prohibitively expensive. Using the M-PESA, the mobile money service developed by a…

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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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  • Farmscan AG

    Aussie Farmscan brings open tech from outback

    A technology company that has helped Australian farmers remain profitable, even in the harsh environment of the outback, is opening an office in Cambridge to become part of the Agri-Tech…

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  • Abby Schlageter from tech.vidacycle at REAP 2015

    Meeting at REAP 2015 leads to business opp

    Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager at Elveden Farms, was looking for a way to track produce from field to store electronically to replace paper records. When he heard Abby Schlageter of…

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