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Future of CAP: Robots in the field?

At first glance, farming might not seem the most technically advanced profession: the image of the farmer toiling on the land remains the most persistent, and for many people, farm technology begins and ends with a tractor. But the reality is far from this, and the agri-food sector is just like any other.....

FIRA International Forum of Agricultural Robotics to return November 29th

After a successful first edition in 2016, the FIRA International Forum of Agricultural Robotics is back on November 29th and 30th in Toulouse, France.The agricultural robotics forum is being organised by the French farmbot specialist, Naïo Technologies, for the second time in a row. The event aims to unite.....

Belgium: Strawberry-picking robot gently picks the ripest berries

In a greenhouse in Belgium, a small robot moves through rows of strawberries growing on trays suspended above the ground, using machine vision to locate ripe, flawless berries, then reaching up with a 3D-printed hand to gently pluck each berry and place it in a basket for sale. If it feels that a berry isn’t.....

Developments in application technology for soil fumigation

Soil fumigants can be used to control plant pests pre-sowing or pre-planting. They aim to reduce very significantly the populations of nematodes (microscopic worms), soil-borne fungi and weeds whose development can cause major yield reduction or even the destruction of the crop. The application of these.....

TTA’s small-sized transplanter PackPlanter S now available

TTA released a small-sized transplanter that is now the youngest member of its PackPlanter family. With its 16 grippers, the PackPlanter S comprises a capacity of 10,000 to 20,000 plugs per hour in the smallest possible frame. Thanks to its small size and low price, the PackPlanter S is especially suited for.....

José Ramón Sánchez Gómez, CBDO of El Dulze:

"Futuristic technology for the agri-food sector is already outdated"

"Mechanization is an issue that every company in the horticultural sector should have started to consider and implement years ago, and if they have not yet done so, they should do so in the very near future," said José R. Sánchez Gómez, director of business development of El Dulze, a horticultural sector.....

Efficient steaming system for strawberry cultivation in bank-rows developed

A new steaming system by the company MSD (Möschle-Seifert-Dämpftechnik) saved over 50% of energy in heating oil savings on the 11th of September, 2017, near Bruchsal, Germany. The big advantage lies in stripe-steaming with spike-covers. This way, only the planting area that is relevant for cultivation is.....

Tong demonstrates EasyFill Box Filler at Potato Europe

UK potato handling equipment manufacturer, Tong Engineering, will once again be exhibiting at one of the world's largest potato events, Potato Europe, this Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th September. Exhibiting at this year’s event on stand V350, Tong will also be taking part in the event's new box handling.....

Plantalyzer:

This machine can index your tomato production

The Plantalyzer is a robot that automatically scouts the crop to give a grower objectively determined information about the quantity and ripeness of the fruit. HortiKey uses this data to expand the system to an accurate crop estimate.The company is contracting Wageningen University and Research Centre and Berg.....

US (FL): Will robot pickers save the strawberry industry?

Gary Wishnatzki, third-generation family owner of Plant City-based Wish Farms, isn't comfortable leaving his industry's future in someone else's hands.So Wishnatzki, working with engineer Bob Pitzer, created the company Harvest CROO Robotics in 2013 to develop an automated strawberry picker that's expected.....

UK: Exploring future opportunities for automation in horticulture

A research survey that will establish the current level of use of automation and robotics in horticulture and identify where future investment in technologies could be made to help address concerns about labour availability and costs, has been announced by AHDB Horticulture.Labour accounts for up to 70% of.....

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Live demonstration of strawberry picking robot during International Strawberry Congress

The third International Strawberry Congress is coming ever closer. The congress, which will last several days, takes place at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp in Belgium from 6 to 8 September. The aim of this event is to bridge the gap between commercialisation and science.Leen Matthé.....