RoamIO working in a vineyard where it cuts grass, watches and counts grapes and fertilizes.

Robot automates hard-to-fill jobs in agriculture and turf

The RomeIO robot is being tested in many uses in agriculture where labour is scarce

Reading Time: 3 minutes A local start-up has developed a compact, rugged autonomous robot that can automate a wide range of agricultural tasks, like soil sensing, applying inputs, and harvest yield prediction for grapes. Korechi Innovations’ RoamIO features an expandable platform that is compatible with different functional attachments — similar to the DOT technology from western Canada —has a […] Read more

For agriculture to become a future pillar in Canada’s economy, it will be essential that the sector evolves in the area of labour.

Editorial: Watching for the next great leap in agriculture

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agriculture has been the productivity star of the Canadian economy for the past 50 years, says John Stackhouse of the Royal Bank. But he also says that predictable productivity improvement seen almost every year is flagging and he’s not sure why. He told the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s annual meeting that for agriculture to become […] Read more

Precision irrigation requires good soil moisture and weather information.

Agriculture technology aimed at many farm levels

Large technology companies aren’t just targeting North American farms with innovations

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agriculture technology and solutions are increasingly driven by the need to solve problems in poorer and less-food-secure areas of the world. Companies developing technology are keeping both traditional farms and developing farms in mind because it is the socially responsible thing to do and because both are serious business markets. Why it matters: A focus […] Read more

Panelists discuss blockchain at the Sustainability and Digitalization Leaders in Agriculture conference.

Editorial: Finding new ways of thinking

Reading Time: 3 minutes It pays to get out of your comfort zone sometimes, pushed to think a bit differently — especially if it’s about your line of work or something about which you are passionate. I recently attended a conference called the Sustainability and Digitalization Leaders in Agriculture. When the organizers first reached out to me — likely […] Read more

George Madjitey, the chief executive officer of GEM Industrial Solutions, demonstrates how a drone works in Asutsuare village, Ghana, August 2, 2019.

Drones helping farmers control pests, and keep kids in school

In addition to helping farmers map fields and fertilize more efficiently, they also annoy pests

Reading Time: 3 minutes Thomson Reuters Foundation – Ephraim Kofi Kenney does not like to work in the fields scaring pests away. But today he must. A flock of migratory birds has repeatedly invaded his parents’ rice plot outside Accra, Ghana’s capital, and the 16-year-old has been tasked with keeping the invaders away from the young crop. If he […] Read more

Abisola Omoniyi and Ornwipa Thamsuwan from the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan hook an exoskeleton to Ron Swan of Glenside, Sask., who volunteered to test the unit on the farm.

Mechanical exoskeletons may one day reduce effort, injury risks for farmers

Researchers are looking to test the technology on farmers doing their daily tasks

Reading Time: 5 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farming is a real pain in the back. But a bolt-on solution is on the way. Years of prolonged bending, lifting and shovelling contributes to back pain and is typical of many tasks in agriculture. “We know that farmers get very high rates of back injury. Even higher than in some other […] Read more

Emmanuel Adou, an Ivorian farmer, looks a drone spraying his oil palm plantation in Tiassale northern Abidjan, Ivory Coast May 21, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/

Researchers work together to find high-tech solutions to deal with hotter climate

Scientists are looking at everything from improved genetics to robots to help farmers maintain productivity as the world heats up

Reading Time: 3 minutes London | Thomson Reuters Foundation – In decades to come, African farmers may pool their money to buy small robot vehicles to weed their fields or drones that can hover to squirt a few drops of pesticide only where needed. Smartphones already allow farmers in remote areas to snap photos of sick plants, upload them […] Read more

The base is a container called the We-V, designed to be picked up with one hand and featuring an easy-to-remove lid that doesn’t require the user to set down tools they are already holding, which speeds up a process called subculturing —transferring cells from a previous culture to a fresh growth medium.

Plant tissue culture growth system wins award

University of Guelph innovation simplifies plant propagation

Reading Time: 3 minutes A tissue culture growth system was recently awarded the People’s Choice Award at the first annual Gryphon’s LAAIR innovation showcase and pitch competition. We Vitro, a new company that evolved out of research at the University of Guelph’s Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP), received $5,000 to further commercialization efforts. Its growth system is […] 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

Premier Doug Ford announced $315 million in funding for high speed internet improvements.

Province makes internet investment promise official

Conservatives commit to improve rural internet and cellular phone service

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario government is investing $315 million over five years to expand internet access and cell phone service to more rural and remote families in the province. Premier Doug Ford made the announcement July 23 in Lucan, with several cabinet ministers in attendance. “Twelve per cent of communities don’t have cell signal or high speed […] Read more