Cole Powers, left, Benjamin Davies and Michael Wu are three of four founders of IntelliCulture.

Bringing fleet analytics to agriculture

Waterloo startup looks to create app to harvest and analyse farm equipment data

Cole Powers says that farmers should have access to scalable agriculture data technology, with a low barrier to entry. He and three fellow fourth-year University of Waterloo students are working to create an app for farmers to help them efficiently collect data and then make efficiency recommendations on their farms. Historical data can help determine […] Read more

Camelina is gaining in popularity because of its high oil levels and presence of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Online sales can help drive specialty crop products

Camelina is being tested in Ontario to see if it works in crop rotations here

More often than not, the first instinct of consumers today is to head online when they’re looking to buy something. That’s less the case when it comes to the traditional agricultural market of inputs and supplies. And it certainly wasn’t on Jack Grushcow’s mind when his company, Linneaus Plant Sciences Inc., first discovered somewhat by […] Read more

Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, centre, announced $70 million in funding for agriculture research at the Harrow Research Station.

Federal government invests in scientist “succession planning,” more inclusive research

The investment in agriculture research includes some new ways of involving partners

The federal government recently announced a $70 million investment into Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) network of research institutions, including what is being called the Living Laboratories Initiative. The investment is separate from the Canadian Agriculture Partnership — the latest rendition of federal-provincial agriculture investment — with large portions allocated to finding new hires and […] Read more

It may be in the palm of your hands, but can you say with certainty that your data is yours and yours alone?

The legal mess of farm data ownership

Digital Data Control: Laws in many countries are of little help determining who owns agricultural data

Worldwide, more and more farmers are using big-data software systems to increase farm productivity and profitability. A major and often-cited barrier to more widespread adoption, however, is the lack of farmer trust when it comes to data ownership. That lack of trust can be warranted. According to some data law experts, ownership ambiguity can have […] Read more

John Steele uses data to determine many of the decisions on his farm, including selection of these ram lambs.

Data management solutions abound for sheep

Farmers can mix and match data readers, sorters and software for labour saving and management decisions

Norwood-area farmers John and Eadie Steele have been using electronic identification to identify and manage the data for their 2,000-ewe flock for 15 years. However, many other sheep farms, often smaller, are not yet using technology to reduce labour, and increase and improve their management information. That’s why the Large Flock Operators group featured a […] Read more

There are opportunities for farmers to use data on their own farm to improve their operations.

Putting a value on on-farm big data

Farmers aren’t finding enough value in sharing data, because there is a lack of independent ways to share it

If a technology improves efficiency and saves money, most business people would likely adopt that technology should its benefits be made clear. In the case of agricultural big data, however, some experts see the inability of developers to articulate value — specifically net savings and return on investment numbers — as one of the major […] Read more

The xarvio app helps crop scouts and farmers identify weeds, crop diseases and insect damage.

Crop scouting with your smartphone

Smartphone app uses machine learning to automatically identify crop diseases

An app that identifies weeds, insect damage and diseases could change the way crop scouting works. “The reality in field crop scouting for pests today is that looking for disease, weeds and insects is done often with textbooks and apps that make use of manual menus and you compare pictures,” said Warren Bills, business development […] Read more

John Van de Vegte with one of the sensors being used on farms.  Photo: John Greig

Simple, cheap sensors remaking farm data measurement

Farmers no longer need to turn to expensive technology companies for automation solutions. Open source technology and software mean that they can do it themselves. The bottom line: Sensor technology continues to drop in price, meaning for a reasonable investment, there are now solutions to farm issues that weren’t there before. The sensors are giving […] Read more