The growth in data in agriculture is being driven by many different new applications.

Artificial intelligence plays critical role behind the scenes in precision farming

Developing technology alongside farmers can mean a higher adoption rate

Reading Time: 3 minutes Artificial intelligence applications in agriculture continue to grow, driven by the increased demands of precision farming. This growth is due to increasing demand for agriculture produce, real-time livestock monitoring, and the need for enhanced decision making to optimize farm management. Other factors contributing to the rising interest in precision farming solutions are growing food demand […] Read more

“We have growers very interested in post-harvesting solutions…. If you look at it on the picking side, that’s a much more difficult challenge.” – Hussam Haroun.

Why farming systems lag in adoption of automation

Technology plus systems plus support infrastructure are needed before automation can take root on Canadian farms

Reading Time: 4 minutes Researchers around the world, including those in Canada, have been racing to create technology that can reduce the workers required on fruit and vegetable farms and in processing plants. But the pace has been slow and the big labour savings so far have been limited. Why it matters: Finding ways to get the job done […] Read more

Crop breeding enhanced through machine learning

Science Notes: Artificial intelligence analyzes large numbers of seeds from a single image

Reading Time: 2 minutes The establishment of a method to rapidly create elite crop varieties via selective breeding is a matter of urgency to maintain the food supply. In order to select such cultivars, it is necessary to define and evaluate how to identify superior varieties. The shape of seeds is a trait closely linked to the quality and […] Read more

Vineland hires new automation leader

Reading Time: < 1 minute Hussam Haroun has joined Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) as director of automation. In his new role, Haroun will oversee Vineland’s activities related to automation, artificial intelligence and digital agriculture technologies. He launched his own start-up after patenting and commercializing a new technology during graduate school. As CEO, he secured more than $3 million […] Read more

Dr. Xiuming Hao, left, AAFC/Harrow, Shalin Khosla, OMAFRA greenhouse vegetable specialist and Kenneth Tran, Microsoft Research principal applied scientist, at the Harrow Research and Development Centre.

Artificial intelligence could create efficiency and reliability in greenhouses

Canadian researchers say fewer managers are needed to run greenhouses with their system

Reading Time: 2 minutes Microsoft Research, with help from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, won the first Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge in 2018 with Project Sonoma — a system to operate greenhouses efficiently and reliably, while enabling greenhouse controls from remote areas. Wageningen University and Research, in Wageningen, Netherlands, and corporate sponsor Trencent challenged researchers, scientists and experts to build the […] Read more


A small drone scouts the corn plant population.

What’s new in the world of drone technology?

Machine learning making its way into the drone world

Reading Time: 5 minutes The shock and awe of drones may be less than it was a decade ago, but the agricultural potential of the technology continues to develop. Artificial Intelligence (AI), and a better understanding of scalability give drones and drone operators the ability to gather and usefully interpret field information down to the millimetre level. Why it […] Read more

IBM helps to overlay weather details to assist in making decisions.

IBM expands artificial intelligence platform into agriculture

Growers, food companies and agribusiness can boost production with better availability of weather data

Reading Time: 2 minutes International computer systems company IBM is moving further into the agriculture industry. It recently announced the global expansion of Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture in May in an effort to make weather a more predictable business consideration. IBM is combining predictive technology from The Weather Company, which it acquired in 2016 and Internet of Things […] Read more

University of Guelph’s Malcolm Campbell, left, who is vice-president of research, and Sherri Cox, right, executive director of research innovation and knowledge mobilization, flank pitch competition winner Sujeevan Ratnasingham, founder of LifeScanner.

DNA barcoding technology wins Guelph innovation competition

Gryphon’s LAAIR program helps bring research ideas, many connected to agriculture, to market

Reading Time: 3 minutes A food fraud detector won the top prize at the inaugural Gryphon’s LAAIR innovation showcase and pitch competition at the University of Guelph. LifeScanner was selected by an industry judging panel as the winner of the $7,500 grand prize from six corporations in the competition, all with University of Guelph research roots. It was hosted […] Read more


Poultry disease outbreaks can move quickly within a barn, and to nearby other farms.

Twitter may hold key to early poultry disease warning

Researcher aims to refine system for Avian Influenza outbreaks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Computer-based monitoring of social media posts could lead to early warnings about poultry disease outbreaks, according to work at the University of Guelph’s Department of Computer Sciences. PhD candidate Samira Yousefi was the sole non-poultry specialist out of 10 University of Guelph students featured during the annual research day of the Poultry Industry Council (PIC). […] Read more