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Mike Chapman, Horticulture New Zealand:

"Robots are horticulture's future"

"Robots are making a difference in fruit and vegetable pack houses already," says Mike Chapman, CEO of Horticulture New Zealand, and he believes this trend will continue."But the real step change will come from robotics out in the commercial vegetable gardens and orchards. For a number of years, there have.....

Automatic lettuce thinners reduce labour costs

Over the past few years, Californian agriculture has been affected by the lack of labour, so much so that finding new solutions for thinning, weeding, irrigation and harvesting operations became imperative for lettuce producers in the Salinas Valley. Thinning is an especially demanding operation, as it is.....

US (CA): Lettuce-weeding robots, coming soon to a farm near you

Blue River Technology isn't a typical Silicon Valley startup. The Sunnyvale, California-based company makes farming machines. "I bet we're the only startup with a tractor behind our offices," CEO Jorge Heraud says. Nevertheless, it is still very much a tech startup.Blue River's machines are robots that help.....

"Variable-rate fertigation can be simple and improve sustainability"

With many different pivot systems in use throughout the world, it would be natural to assume that equipping a given machine to deliver variable rates of nitrogen would be extremely challenging. While this can be the case, some injection management systems offer universal variable-rate fertigation.....

Harvest CROO Robotics make headway towards autonomous strawberry picker

Harvest CROO Robotics has announced the introduction of their autonomous vehicle. This is a major step towards the completion of the Alpha Unit, which is expected to be picking strawberries in Florida next winter.As part of Phase I of the National Science Foundation Grant, Harvest CROO Robotics is developing.....

Tom de Beer, Verhagen Leiden:

"No more pushing, dragging or sweeping thanks to automation"

It is clear that the internet has changed our lives and this development will go even further. The Internet of Things is about to take off and companies are preparing to adapt their organization in light of this. At Verhagen Leiden, this is one of the tasks they're facing. Tom de Beer, Operations Manager at.....

Advantages for automatic cutting transplanting, transporting and more uniformity:

"Autostix to set a new industry standard"

Visser developed a revolutionary system to automate the process of the sticking of cuttings: Autostix.Visser Horti Systems announces a cooperation with Ball for AutoStix. During the Visser Open Days, 12-16 June, Visser will launch the AutoStix program for the world market. Ball will be the exclusive owner of.....

"Farmers at low risk of being replaced by computers"

It’s a job-seekers’ market this year with the unemployment rate slowly declining and job creation at a high level, but how long will these jobs last? Computerization, robotics and artificial intelligence will bring a sea change to the workplace over the next couple of decades, creating new occupations and.....

Lunar robots used in agriculture

An Ontario company that developed lunar rovers for the Canadian Space Agency has adapted the technology for use on earth. The resulting vehicle – called Argo J5 XTR (Xtreme Terrain Robot) — has applications across a variety of industries, including agriculture.Ontario Drive & Gear Limited (ODG) is.....

CAN (ON): Proposed labour changes will impact agri-food industry

The Ontario government’s proposed changes to employment and labour laws could have significant impact on the province’s agri-food industry. The proposed changes were announced in response to the release of the final report from the Changing Workplaces Review.Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act.....

New roof cleaner fits below outside screen installation

With increasing wages and decreasing availability of skilled people, automation has become an important factor at greenhouse projects. Also outside maintenance work is subject to automation these days, in developed industries, but also in countries where high tech greenhouse development is just taking off.A.....

Seminars at Visser's 50th Anniversary Open Days:

Automation and smart concepts a necessity for the food and flowers of the future

If you are curious about the commercial possibilities of automation and the latest serious technical developments, the upcoming seminars that Visser is organizing during its 50th Anniversary Open Days will be a not-to-miss event for you.The Dutch developer and manufacturer of horticultural automation,.....

Complete packing line for snack bell peppers for German grower

Koppert Machines has developed a packing line for snack bell peppers for a German customer. The design came about after extensive talks with the customer, and existing and new techniques were used.The challenge was getting three colours of bell peppers in a 200 gram packaging, with a weight of no more than.....

US (AZ): Abby Lee Farms featured on Cronkite News

Each day, workers at Abby Lee Farms walk down the aisles – sometimes on stilts – to inspect, prune and hand pick tomatoes on the 3-acre, indoor facility in Phoenix.Each tomato gets physically touched by one of the 12 workers at least once, sometimes two or three times, a week, general manager Matt Sanchez.....