Syngenta has announced a new soil health mapping service called Interra Scan. The service, which offers precision soil analysis to help growers and agronomists with crop nutrition and soil health decisions, will be initially available to continental and Eastern European growers. Interra Scan has a key Canadian connection — the soil scan begins with Tavistock,… Read More

Trimble has signed an agreement to purchase Bilberry, the France-based company that specializes in selective weed spraying systems. Bilberry, which was founded in Paris in 2016, has developed an artificial intelligence platform and camera system that identifies weeds in real-time, allowing certain sprayers to be retrofitted with technology to target weeds in a growing crop… Read More

Statistics Canada is pivoting away from farmer-answered surveys and is utilizing various technologies to provide agriculture-related information about crops across Canada. The AgZero program uses alternative data sources including Earth observation data and satellite imagery to create reports regarding Canada’s agricultural production, reports that were usually compiled from data farmers provided. Omar Youssouf, unit head with… Read More

An Alberta-based company is offering a solution for feedlots who are looking to manage the inflow and outflow of livestock through use of ultra-high-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID). The system combines software and hardware and allows users to track when an animal arrives and when it leaves. Glen Kathler, director and partner of Cattle… Read More

Work continues on training computer algorithms to unlock the potential of green-on-green spot spraying systems to identify and target the weeds found on Canadian farm fields. The goal of green-on-green spraying systems is to detect and apply herbicide to weeds that are growing within a green crop. Where green-on-brown spot spraying systems used for burnoff… Read More

A steam-sprayer company is currently conducting trials researching the efficacy of steam-spraying to new depths, which so far, has produced promising results. The X-Steam-inator is a spraying system that utilizes steam to kill weeds and thanks to research being done in Yuma, Arizona, could produce a sizeable increase in production. Ron Gleim, founder and CEO… Read More

With more investments than ever being pushed into the ag-tech sector, companies are bringing together resources and technology to not only increase efficiency, but also keep environmental targets in mind. Precision AI is one of those companies. Precision AI’s current endeavour is bridging two emerging technologies, drone technology and green-on-green technology, the latter which is… Read More

An Edmonton-based autonomous agriculture start-up is developing a camera-based system that allows self-driving tractors to recognize and respond to changes in their surroundings. Mojow Autonomous Solutions was incorporated in early 2020. “We’ve developed an autonomous navigation and control kit that uses a camera for its main sensor,” explains founder and CEO Owen Kinch. “It allows… Read More

TELUS is changing the name of its agriculture division to reflect an additional focus of the unit. TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods will “deliver data insights and a wide range of integrated digital solutions to customers beyond the agricultural sector,” it says. Through this added focus, TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods says it will now… Read More

 

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