An aerial soil moisture sensor that can provide a detailed map of the water status of a whole field in minutes is being developed by Bristol based SoilSense. The early stage start-up was the audience award winner of Agri-Tech East’s 2017 GROW agri-tech business plan competition.
The co-founders of SoilSense – Maciej Klemm, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol with specialist knowledge of antenna design and microwave technologies, and Dallan Byrne, an expert in remote sensing – developed the concept for the moisture sensor when investigating improved methods of detecting tumours in the body.
“What factors can I influence to improve yield?” This is the question that Jonathan Tole has frequently asked himself. This challenge – faced by farmers worldwide – was the inspiration…
Burden of traceability eased with Consus
Smaller vegetable, fruit and flower producers still using paper-based systems are struggling to meet the ever-increasing requirements of retailers for quality assurance and traceability, says Derek Thompson, co-founder of Consus Fresh Solutions, Bourne, Lincs. To address this the company has developed an intelligent software-based system to reduce the burden of audits and improve productivity. (more…)
With conference season upon us again, we’re revving up for the wealth of commentary, insights and opinions that will be shared across the industry. The recent World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London saw investors, entrepreneurs and agri-businesses converge to discuss the new trends, opportunities and challenges facing the industry – with the aim of “building agri-food systems fit for the global consumer.” (more…)