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

John Deere

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”

APIS, the pollinator drone – Presented by Anthony Van der Pluijm & Aleksandar Petrov, Delft University of Technology

Micro Air Vehicle Lab

APIS, the pollinator drone – Presented by Anthony Van der Pluijm & Aleksandar Petrov, Delft University of Technology, Micro Air Vehicle Lab, at the Smart Farming Conference, Jun 29, 2017, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Pollination, typically done by bees, is in some cases insufficient or ineffective. For this reason, a proof of concept of a fully autonomous micro air vehicle is being designed for greenhouses. Both a market study and an investigation into the engineering challenges were performed. Indeed, the technological advances that have been made in indoor navigation, miniaturization and precise vision based control have allowed the opportunity for this project. The combination of aspects such as safety, sustainability and efficiency have led to a unique design, the APIS (Autonomous Pollination and Imaging System). Continue reading “APIS, the pollinator drone – Presented by Anthony Van der Pluijm & Aleksandar Petrov, Delft University of Technology”

Smart Dairy Farming: a cooperative perspective – Presented by Ynte de Vries, Foundation SmartDairyFarming

Ynte de Vries

Smart Dairy Farming: a cooperative perspective – Presented by Ynte de Vries, Foundation SmartDairyFarming, at the Smart Farming Conference, Jun 29, 2017, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

SmartDairyFarming is developing a digital highway for farm-generated data. With the farmer’s consent, a data hub is used as a platform to release this data for a variety of applications. This information is retrieved from various sensors and other technological devices on the farm. The data can be applied in decision-making models, process descriptions and advisory products that farmers can use to take better-informed management decisions relating to animal health, fertility and nutrition. Making better decisions will in turn lead to healthier, longer-lived cattle with higher lifetime production.

About Ynte de Vries

Ynte de Vries is Program Manager at Foundation SmartDairyFarming.

About Foundation SmartDairyFarming

SmartDairyFarming is developing a digital highway for farm-generated data. With the farmer’s consent, a data hub is used as a platform to release this data for a variety of applications. The data can be applied in decision-making models, process descriptions and advisory products that farmers can use to take better-informed management decisions relating to animal health, fertility and nutrition. Continue reading “Smart Dairy Farming: a cooperative perspective – Presented by Ynte de Vries, Foundation SmartDairyFarming”

Natassa Antoniou, EARSC, will speak at Smart Farming Conference

Natassa Antoniou

Natassa Antoniou, EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies), will speak at the Smart Farming Conference about “Smart is the New Green – Earth Observation Technologies for a Sustainable Agriculture”. The conference takes place on Jun 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, The Netherlands.

Modern agriculture relies ever more on the availability of accurate and constant information from a variety of data and services. Farmers want to know the condition of their crops and livestock and forecast correctly the yield etc. Earth Observation has a clear potential to help address these agricultural needs providing precise information from soil quality monitoring to agriculture draught assessment. Meanwhile, governments want to make sure modern agriculture does not have a contrary impact on natural resources. Using Earth Observation technologies for observing and providing evidence of environmental compliance is a great tool to monitor and enforce environmental legislation. This presentation will illustrate how Earth Observation technologies contribute to a more sustainable agriculture and improve the regulatory compliance and enforcement of environmental laws.

About Natassa Antoniou
Natassa supports the Market Development activities of EARSC by developing links with other organisations representing market sectors for EARSC members. Throughout her career, she has been focusing on raising awareness about benefits and applications of geospatial technologies for governance, businesses and citizen and closely cooperating with several Inter-Governmental organizations (eg. GEO, UNSPIDER, ESA, EC). Continue reading “Natassa Antoniou, EARSC, will speak at Smart Farming Conference”

Mind Commerce is Media Partner of Smart Farming Conference

Mind Commerce is Media Partner of Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on Jun 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Mind Commerce
Mind Commerce is your trusted source for research and strategic analysis focused on digital technologies and the telecommunications industry.  Our reports provide key trends, projections, and in-depth analysis for infrastructure, platforms, devices, applications, services, emerging business models and opportunities.Key focus areas for Mind Commerce include:Cloud Computing, Data Technologies, and the Internet of Things. Contact us today for an initial discussion and/or briefing about our research. Continue reading “Mind Commerce is Media Partner of Smart Farming Conference”

Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by E. (Lenny) van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Science

E. (Lenny) van Erp-van der Kooij

Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by E. (Lenny) van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Science at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on Jun 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, The Netherlands.

With increasing farm sizes and more animals for the farmer to take care of, giving each individual animal the attention it needs is becoming more difficult. Precision Livestock Farming uses (sensor) technology to monitor the health and behaviour of all animals in the herd, thus assisting the farmer in his management. The purpose of this monitoring is to detect deviations from the expected values and improve animal health, animal welfare and efficiency of animal production. In this presentation Lenny van Erp will give an overview of current and upcoming technologies in precision livestock farming.

About E. (Lenny) van Erp-van der Kooij
Lenny van Erp has an MSc in Animal Science and a PhD in Veterinary Science, with farm animal health and behaviour as field of expertise. She focuses on precision livestock farming, with projects on (sensor)technology and data in farm animals. At HAS University she initiated the Precision Farming Platform and the Minor Smart Farming. Continue reading “Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by E. (Lenny) van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Science”

The role of drone mapping in agriculture: the value behind the Index Maps – Presented by Jorge Fernandez, Pix4D

Jorge Fernandez

The role of drone mapping in agriculture: the value behind the Index Maps – Presented by Jorge Fernandez, Pix4D at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on Jun 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, The Netherlands.

Drones are going to play a key role in the Precision Agriculture Industry. As the world’s population increases exponentially, while most arable land is already in use, agriculture needs to become more efficient to supply after this increasing demand. The goal of the presentation is to show the behind the scenes of the Index maps, as well as showcase several key use cases that illustrate the potential of this technology.

About Jorge Fernandez
With a background on Image Processing from ITC,  Jorge is responsible for the vision of Pix4D in the Agriculture industry. Advancing product strategy by managing internal engineering resources, and coordinating communications with key stakeholders and media. Continue reading “The role of drone mapping in agriculture: the value behind the Index Maps – Presented by Jorge Fernandez, Pix4D”

The real value of drones is not in drones – Presented by Bert Rijk, Aurea Imaging

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The real value of drones is not in drones – Presented by Bert Rijk, Aurea Imaging  at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on Jun 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, The Netherlands.

Drones have the potential to change the way we look at agriculture forever. The birds eye view, combined with infrared sensors allows us to see the invisible. Value of using such technology however does not lie in the technology, but in the analysis which it enables. Combining agronomy, remote sensing and data science with integrated sensing will enable the future of farming.

About Bert Rijk
Growing up on a farm, Bert learned to harvest the result of hard work. During his study in Wageningen, he learned to combine agriculture with technology on the balance of practice and science. Currently developing a worldwide drone service network for agriculture and building advanced analytics.

About Aurea Imaging
Aurea has been actively involved in the drone sector since 2008. A deep understanding of agriculture allows Aurea to be effective in this booming sector. Currently developing a network of service providers in Europe and Latin America to enable global, standardized data acquisition for our corporate clients. Continue reading “The real value of drones is not in drones – Presented by Bert Rijk, Aurea Imaging”