Animal health company Zoetis has acquired Iowa-based data and analytics company Performance Livestock Analytics, which creates cloud-based solutions to help cattle producers improve their operations. The technology includes data collection capabilities to inform aspects of the business such as animal health and nutrition.
John Deere has unveiled its AutoTrac Vision system, which uses front-mounted cameras and GPS technology to guide tractors and self-propelled sprayers down rows automatically. The system can move machines up to 18.6 mph, allowing farmers to speed production, according to the company.
Agriculture equipment manufacturer Kinze will roll out an upgraded version of its Blue Vantage display next year. Blue Vantage features a 12-inch screen and the company promotes it as an easy, out-of-the-box solution for farmers.
Remote crop monitoring systems are increasingly important as farms and their consultants work to continue production amid the pandemic, according to Pessl Instruments CEO Gottfried Pessl. "Remote field monitoring systems can help farmers monitor their fields, while staying in quarantine most of the time," he writes.
A three-year project at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney explored innovations in the use of autonomous systems in growing vegetables. Researchers used lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower crops to develop machine learning algorithms to perform functions including telling weeds from crops and mapping soil properties.
Singapore will start growing crops on the roofs of public housing parking decks to increase local food production during the pandemic. "Local food production mitigates our reliance on imports, and provides buffer in the event of food supply disruptions," according to a statement from authorities.
The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research has created a solar-powered van that's delivering produce to customers parts of India during the COVID-19 lockdown. The vans use evaporating cooling technology to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for up to two days.