AgTech News: Top 100 Innovators & Wearable Computers

Summer fruit sensor search

An ambitious, 2.5-year initiative is helping to develop and test new technologies to quickly, easily and nondestructively determine maturity and other quality characteristics of peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots.

The initiative, called Sensors for Summerfruit, includes two seasons of trials in the field — one just completed — followed by comprehensive analyses to assess the performance of three advanced-sensing products. Launched by Australia’s Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre and led by Agriculture Victoria, Sensors for Summerfruit targets the export market, according to the project leader and Agriculture Victoria research scientist Ian Goodwin. 

Read the whole story on Good Fruit Grower.

The List: Top 100 Innovators

Australian innovation is at an inflection point. The next generation of founders and companies are coming through, and they're bringing our economy - and Australia's future - along with them.

Here are 100 of Australia's top innovators compiled by The Australian alongside a world-class panel of experts, including agtech companies Regrow, Bardee, Goterra, DIT AgTech, SwarmFarm Robotics, AgriDigital, Laconik, The Indigenous Mapping Workshop, The Yield, BioScout and Sustinet.

Read the whole story in The Australian Business Review

Wearable computers RealWear HMT-1 proves its worth in feedlots, on farms

With the pandemic amplifying skills shortages in the livestock business, and lockdowns making any ability to get jobs done remotely very attractive, agtech adoption on farms and in feedlots appears to be ramping up.

Head-mounted computers is one area where substantial benefits are emerging, from less downtime to more effective knowledge succession and remote communication of special knowledge.

Read the whole story in Queensland Country Life.

AgTech NEXT launches 3-part conference series to tackle climate change

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced AgTech NEXT 2021, a three-part conference series that will discuss three powerful intersections where ag innovation can move the needle on climate change. For the first time, AgTech NEXT is offering registration for free.

This conference is all about action. Lasting roughly one to three hours, each conference will cover a specific topic related to the intersection of climate change and agriculture:

  • September 1: The Beginning of the End Game for Carbon & Environmental Markets 

  • October 6: The Game-Changing Confluence of AgTech and Geospatial 

  • November 18: The Consequences of Coming Up Short on Climate 

Register for AgTech NEXT.

Evolutions in Imaging

Cheaper cameras and faster processing capabilities open a world of opportunities for orchard imaging, but which approaches will pay off?

Today’s imaging systems are beating not just their pilot-project predecessors but also the workers who hand count buds before pruning or fruitlets before thinning, showing true promise for the future. Green Atlas’ technology delivers zone maps, showing areas of relatively higher and lower bloom density, for example. The zoned maps can be connected to a variable-rate sprayer with existing technology. 

“Data intrinsically has no value. It’s what you do with it,” Scheding said. “What will you do differently? That’s where the value is derived.” 

Read the whole story on Good Fruit Grower.

How AI, smart sensors, and lettuce-picking robots are transforming agriculture on this 'hands-free' farm

Technological innovation isn't just spreading to smart cities, intelligent buildings, or new hybrid work models; robots are also revolutionizing agriculture with artificial intelligence, autonomous tractors, sensors that monitor crops in real-time, drones, or fruit and vegetable-harvesting robots. In Australia, innovators have just presented the country's first fully automated farm.

It cost $20 million to set up, according to ABC News. Conducted by researchers at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia in partnership with the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre, the project could see farmers sat behind screens while the robots pick the crops.

Read the whole story on iGrow News.