Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence in Livestock Production!

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by Kristóf Nagy, CEO, Serket B.V., specialised in Computer vision and Artificial Intelligence.

Introducing problems and current trends in pig production and providing a possible solution with Computer vision and Artificial Intelligence!
Example: SERKET is an innovative and disruptive Animal Recognition Software for Livestock, tailored for the pig industry, which is based on deep learning algorithms able to detect animals in images and monitor their health. SERKET uses anomaly detection to identify animals’ abnormal behavior and support the farmers in the implementation of the most reliable and efficient solutions for livestock management.

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World’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot is delivered to its new owner

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World’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot is delivered to its new owner

The world’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot has been delivered to its new owner, a French asparagus grower. The robot is called Sparter and was developed and built by Dutch start-up Cerescon in close cooperation with Dutch and German asparagus growers.

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Google’s Alphabet pushes smart tech into farming

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Google’s Alphabet pushes smart tech into farming

Farmers could get a helping hand in the form of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at improving the production of food.

Or at least that the plan of X, the experimental tech and R&D division of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

It’s head, the excellently named Astro Teller, revealed the Alphabet’s latest AI ambitions at the EMTech Digital even run by MIT Technology Review, where he explained that machine learning could be used with drones and robots to figure out the best time to harvest crops and farm in parts of the world messed up by climate change, as well as better predicting how pests can affect food production.

“I’ve been saying for years that agriculture, food production [is] one of the biggest industries in the world, it’s one of the least digitally enabled, technology enabled industries in the world, and it’s one of the […] limiting steps for humanity,” said Teller. “So it has been true for a long time that X was like ‘we have got to do a moonshot, maybe several moonshots, in this space.” Continue reading “Google’s Alphabet pushes smart tech into farming”

Precision farming platform OneSoil launches survey

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Precision farming platform OneSoil launches survey

We analyze fields by processing satellite imagery using artificial intelligence. We help to apply fertilizers in a smart way and save money.

We dream of making the world’s newest approaches and techniques for precision farming available to every farmer, regardless of the farm’s size or the farmer’s experience. Free of charge. Continue reading “Precision farming platform OneSoil launches survey”

Delair is chosen as a John Deere partner to enable drone-to-tractor actionable insights

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The John Deere Operations Center is a portal to connect machines, operators and fields, allowing users to optimize agricultural data management.

Delair works with John Deere to enable drone-to-tractor actionable insights. Thanks to the integration between the two companies’ platforms, customers can directly transfer the business insights, such as scouting maps, precision ag maps for zone management, as well as field inventory maps, from the Delair platform to the JD Operations Center. The machines on the field can then use these insights to automate:

  • Precision replanting
  • Precise herbicide application
  • Farming with management zones

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Tiny mobile robots are learning to work with insects so they are accepted in the colony

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Tiny mobile robots are learning to work with insects in the hope the creatures’ sensitive antennae and ability to squeeze into small spaces can be put to use serving humans.

With a soft electronic whirr, a rather unusual looking ant trundles along behind a column of its arthropod comrades as they march off to fetch some food.

While the little insects begin ferrying tiny globules of sugar back home, their mechanical companion bustles forward to effortlessly pick up the entire container and carry it back to the nest.

It is a dramatic demonstration of how robots can be introduced and accepted into insect societies.

But the research, which is being conducted as part of the EU-funded CyBioSys project, could be an important step towards using robots to subtly control, or work alongside, animals or humans.

‘The idea is to be able to solve (a) problem with a better solution than they (the robots and insects) can produce individually,’ said Dr Bertrand Collignon, who is leading the research at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. Continue reading “Tiny mobile robots are learning to work with insects so they are accepted in the colony”

First entirely autonomous harvest, completed at UK robotic farm

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First entirely autonomous harvest, completed at UK robotic farm

It’s harvest season in many parts of the world, but on one farm in the United Kingdom, robots — not humans — are doing all the heavy lifting.

At Hands Free Hectare, an experimental farm run by researchers from Harper Adams University, in the village of Edgmond in the U.K., about 5 tons (4.5 metric tons) of spring barley have been harvested from the world’s first robotically tended farm. Everything from start to finish — including sowing, fertilizing, collecting samples and harvesting — has been done by autonomous vehicles on the farm, according to the researchers.

The team behind the project thinks that robotic technology could improve yields in agriculture, which is necessary if the world’s growing population is to be fed in coming years.

The researchers tackled this problem by using commercially available agriculture machines and open-source software that is used to guide hobbyists’ drones. Continue reading “First entirely autonomous harvest, completed at UK robotic farm”

Farmbot, an open-source automated precision farming machine (VIDEO).

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FarmBot is an opensource and scalable automated precision farming machine and software package designed from the ground up with today’s technologies. Similar to today’s 3D printers and CNC milling machines, FarmBot hardware employs linear guides in the X, Y, and Z directions that allow for tooling such as plows, seed injectors, watering nozzles, and sensors, to be precisely positioned and used on the plants and soil. Continue reading “Farmbot, an open-source automated precision farming machine (VIDEO).”