• Farming Data - David Godding at GROW 2017 feat

    Farming Data supports subsistence farmers in creating market for surplus

    Smallholder farmers grow 80 per cent of the food produced in East Africa. A third are women, heading up a household of the old and young. If a surplus could be sold at higher prices – without too many intermediaries – it would make an immediate improvement in the quality of life for these women and their dependents.

    Farming Data was established to address this challenge and the Cambridge start-up won Agri-Tech East’s 2017 GROW agri-tech business plan competition.

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  • Agronomex - Pascale Martin at GROW

    Agronomex makes selling edible waste profitable

    Fresh vegetables that are surplus to orders are frequently left to rot in the field, as the cost of harvesting without a known buyer is too great. Concern about this…

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  • Data Granary - Nicholas Wigdahl at GROW 2017

    DataGranary sees potential for data to feed ‘fast food’ industry

    Data has great value to those who will benefit from it. DataGranary aims to pay farmers for their data and then collect, clean, aggregate and sell it in a format…

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  • Omnia Precision Agronomy - software connecting agronomy and precision farming

    Creating the optimum seed bed

    “Omnia Precision software mirrors the way farmers and agronomists think when they look at a field,” says Oliver Wood, Precision Farming Technology Manager at Hutchinsons. The company’s new precision agronomy…

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  • New wheat genome sequence is the most accurate yet

    New wheat genome sequence is the most accurate yet

    The wheat genome contains 17 billion bases – that’s five times the size of the human genome which has made it more difficult to sequence.  A major breakthrough has been…

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  • potato yield model

    Agrimetrics brings Potato Yield Model to farmers’ fingertips

    As consumer preferences for potatoes become more specific, with both small (salad) and large (bakers) premium products the number of potatoes that a farmer can produce of the required size…

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  • Dr Cristina Sargent

    It all adds up, says Dr Sargent of the Smith Institute

    Solving the problem starts with framing the right question. Dr Cristina Sargent of the Smith Institute believes that mathematics is a clear, objective way of resolving the type of complexity…

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  • 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…

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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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  • IEA joins cluster to develop environmental big data analysis

    The Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) was established last year to support the development of skills in environmental big data analysis. To strengthen its ties with the agri-food sector IEA has…

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