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

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

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

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


Brian Tischler demonstrates how he’s able to drive his tractor autonomously using software on a laptop.

Autonomous technology hamstrung by liability risks

Just about anyone can build a self-driving implement using open source software, but “your insurance company is going to puke”

For farmer and inventor Brian Tischler, the question isn’t whether autonomous tractors are cool, possible, or useful — it’s how to overcome the liability risk if something goes wrong. Tischler told farmers attending CropConnect in Winnipeg recently it’s possible to build your own self-driving vehicle for around $1,000 using open-source software. He’s done it. That’s […] Read more


Greenhouses are already high-tech places with automated produce movers and environmental controls.

Adding more tech to greenhouses

As the number of sensors for agriculture grows, a panel questions whether we even know yet what the sector really needs

Greenhouses are ripe for an explosion of sensors and artificial intelligence, but the ramifications could be many. Participants in a panel on artificial intelligence (AI) in the greenhouse sector at the recent Arrell Food Summit discussed technical and consumer challenges that need to be considered before wide-spread adoption of the technology in the sector. Why […] Read more

The big data dairy challenge

The dairy sector is showing how machine learning and artificial intelligence systems can convert raw data into insight

Dairy farm software and equipment is increasingly turning to the power of machine learning and big data sets to bring new tools to farmers. Large, established companies and startups are bringing their scale and creativity to bear on the challenge and the results are opportunities for on-farm management farmers haven’t seen before. Why it matters: […] Read more