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Italy: First methane tractor now being testedNew Holland's methane tractor will be tested during one month at the Agrosfera cooperative. It's a prototype that is constantly being monitored according to user suggestions. Mass production is expected for 2020.Sales director Andrea Leonardi delivered the tractor together with collaborator Francesco.....
Dutch government finances Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping CentreOn April 12, the Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Sciences announced the funding of Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) as part of the National Roadmap for Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure of the Dutch government. The NPEC facility is an initiative of Wageningen University &.....
Brexit offers challenges for automationThe possible import duties that might apply as soon as Britain closes the door on Europe is not the biggest problem. This is according to Martin Meacock of the Descartes. His background at the automation company has highlighted the issues with customs formalities and digital processing, in particular. It is.....
Automated transplanting system to host open houseAfter a year of successful trials, automated transplanting system, PlantTape, is hosting an open house that the company says will highlight the systemís success in transplanting tomatoes. The event will be held in Five Points, CA, on April 10th from 9:00 AM Ė 3:00 PM. Experts from PlantTape are looking.....
Strawberry-picking robots not yet up to human standards, but getting thereAny 4-year old can pick a strawberry, but machines, for all their artificial intelligence, can't seem to figure it out. Bob Pitzer, an expert on robots and co-founder of Harvest CROO Robotics, says the hardest thing for them is just finding the fruit. The berries hide behind leaves in unpredictable.....
CAN (ON): Agricultural water pump rebate program launchedHydro One and Niagara Peninsula Energy announced the AgriPump Rebate Program, the first program of its kind in Ontario to offer instant rebates to customers who purchase a high-efficiency pump kit. The program is ideal for all farming applications, including livestock, greenhouse and vineyards. Upgrading to.....
Eurobrain: joint venture to combine smart software and laboursaving hardwareEurotec and IT Partner are offering a new, all-encompassing solution for the AGV (Automatically Guided Vehicle) market by founding joint venture Eurobrain. Thanks to their collaboration, the Lowpad Ė an ultra-low AGV introduced by Eurotec (subsidiary of Eurogroep) last November Ė is now even better equipped.....
strengthened technical support and service set-up in Asia and Latin America
Ellepot steps up global serviceNursery growers in Asia and Latin America can look forward to a continued fast and reliable service from environment-friendly plug systems and consumables supplier, Ellepot. The company has opened two new service centers in those regions, providing customers with on-site installation, training, service and.....
Final exam for crane operatorsThe training to become a crane operator isn't what it used to be. A video by recruitment company Van Laere shows a student crane operator preparing a hot dog. Not with his hands, but with a crane. Kudos to the crane operator, he passed with flying colours.Source: LinkedIn Van Laere
Agriculture robotics ease the farm labor crunchSome farmers are responding to the worsening farm labor shortage by turning to automated harvesting equipment and other advanced technology that perform tasks such as pruning, seeding and weeding.Robotic harvesting vehicles are being tested in Florida and California to pick strawberries and replace.....
Labor costs a concern for growers in New ZealandThe future of farming seemed to be a consistent theme on the second day of the International Fruit Tree Associationís (IFTA) New Zealand tour, writes Christina Herrick on GrowingProduce.com. This was the first day of orchard tours in the Nelson, NZ, area. Advancements made on in the orchard are all in the.....
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