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India: Machine-based smart farming helps tomato grower

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-02 Wed 13:22

A motion precision equipment and automation solution provider,  wanted to build an advanced, vison-based, smart farming solution to analyze the growth of plantations inside a greenhouse. After evaluating the available market options, the client selected LTTS (L&T Technology Services Limited) for this project.…

Temperature meter added for extra secured access control

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-26 Thu 13:22

Nowadays, you often can't just walk into a greenhouse or food processing company. First, you have to pass a turnstile or go through a hygiene sluice to get disinfected, and then you can access the company. LETS has added a new product to their hygiene equipment line: a body temperature meter. This…

Plant sensors promise savings

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-24 Tue 12:23

Large-scale industrial farms and greenhouses could potentially cut water use by up to 25% while racking up energy savings through less irrigation with a novel plant sensor technology built by newly formed Albuquerque startup Microceres LLC. Two researchers from the University of New Mexico’s Biology Department launched the…

New two channel real-time logger simultaneously monitors air temperature front and back of containers

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-19 Thu 10:39

FlashLink RTL Prime 3G-2T In-Transit Logger, Model 22367, is the first of its kind. With its unique 15m/50ft external and internal sensor combination, one logger can monitor supply air temperature in real-time, while also recording temperature at the back of the container. Additionally, this unit tracks…

Crop Height Measurement System Based on 3D Image and Tilt Sensor Fusion

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-29 Thu 12:56

Machine-vision-based crop detection is a central issue for digital farming, and crop height is an important factor that should be automatically measured in robot-based cultivations. Three-dimensional (3D) imaging cameras make it possible to measure actual crop height; however, camera tilt due to irregular ground conditions in farmland prevents accurate height measurements. In this study, stereo-vision-based crop height was measured with compensation for the camera tilt effect. For implementing the tilt of the camera installed on farm machines (e.g., tractors), we developed a posture tilt simulator for indoor testing that could implement the camera tilt by pitch and roll rotations. Stereo images were captured under various simulator tilt conditions, and crop height was measured by detecting the crop region in a disparity map, which was generated by matching stereo images. The measured height was compensated for by correcting the position of the region of interest (RoI) in the 3D image through coordinate transformation between camera coordinates and simulator coordinates. The tests were conducted by roll and pitch rotation around the simulator coordinates. The results showed that crop height could be measured using stereo vision, and that tilt compensation reduced the average error from 15.6 to 3.9 cm. Thus, the crop height measurement system proposed in this study, based on 3D imaging and a tilt sensor, can contribute to the automatic perception of agricultural robots.

Remote monitoring and control for the data driven cold container chain

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-16 Fri 06:36

Data is becoming increasingly important in our industry and no more so than now, but how can we collect that data and what do we do with it when we have it? Hanane Becha, Project Lead IoT Program, DCSA Digital Container Shipping Association, said that standards for containers and reefers are no longer…

DeltaTrak promotes ocean container data logger at Fresh Summit

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-14 Wed 22:15

DeltaTrak Inc. is promoting a data logger designed for ocean containers at the Produce Marketing Association’s virtual Fresh Summit.

The FlashLink RTL (real-time logger) Prime 3G-2T In-Transit Logger has an internal sensor to measure air temperatures when placed at the back of containers, and an external sensor on a 50-foot cable that measures supply air temperature, according to a news release.

The loggers help shippers:

Compare two sets of temperature data; Expedite inspections and insurance claims; and Verify that product was carried on the ship in correct temperature range.

Sensors and image analysis check the freshness of vine tomato

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-09 Fri 13:28

Consumers expect that the vine tomatoes they buy in the store are fresh. But how do you see or feel whether a tomato is fresh? And can that freshness be measured quickly and reliably? The Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research wants to develop a method…

Smart surveillance initiative aims to report accurate and timely pest and pathogen data

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-09 Fri 02:50

The smart surveillance initiative @iMapPESTS aims to report accurate & timely #pest & #pathogen data to industry to support pest management on-farm.

Sentinel 2 recently completed a trial beside a crop of #Brusselssprouts in SA: bit.ly/2Guibxg

NASA technology to reveal crop health insights for agriculture industry

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:42

A Georgia-based company called Cybercorps LLC plans to offer real-time agricultural data for farmers, resource managers, first responders, and other interested user groups with the help of a patented NASA technology. Cybercorps has signed a license agreement with NASA for the Compact Thermal Imager…

Sensors to spot the sweetest peach

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:39

How do you know if a peach is sweet without taking a bite? That is the challenge for researchers working on new hand-held sensing technology to measure the sweetness of any peach you point it at, and any nectarine, plum or apricot too, for that matter. The device is one of three technologies being…

15% profit increase thanks to Growing by Plant Empowerment principles

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-01 Thu 10:51

Growing by Plant Empowerment is paving the way for further automation in the greenhouse sector by combining data analysis with today’s technology. A two-year trial to compare the results of Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) principles against traditional commercial methods at United Farms in Mexico has…

Data-driven, connected and sustainable vegetable production is the future

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-25 Fri 10:04

Last year, Hoogendoorn Growth Management partnered with BASF Vegetable Seeds, so BASF could gain experieces with various automated growing software and hardware for hydroponic lettuce and tomato.

“Next to the extremely huge learnings we made in modern climate management we’ve seen massive opportunities to improve our own processes and to add value to our genetics. Using the principles of Growing by Plant Empowerment to control the plant balances and optimize photosynthetic activity, we were able to significantly increase the growth spead of hydroponic lettuce while improving crop quality at the same time,” explaines Martin Voorberg, R&D Capital Investment Venture Manager at BASF. “We had the same experience with high-tech tomatoes when production was higher during the winter months compared to references from professional growers. As a consequence, we will increase our investments in the facilities at ‘s-Gravenzande to make all greenhouse compartments ready for automated growing.”

Proprietary tomato plant that alerts farmer via iPhone when it's sick

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-18 Fri 12:27

InnerPlant, Inc., developer of genetically adapted living plant sensors, today launched its first sentinel plant, InnerTomato living sensor, a proprietary tomato plant that alerts farmers optically when it’s thirsty or sick. Farmers growing InnerTomatoes can photograph their fields with augmented reality…

Ecoation wins World in 2050’s Olympics of Innovation

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 09:08

After receiving 100+ nominations and applications, Diplomatic Courier has officially announced the World in 2050 Olympics of Innovation winners, naming Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. as a Society category winner in response to the company’s commitment to supporting growers through AI advancements.…

Data recording devices guarantee high product quality of Panama papaya

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:09

Papayas from Panama are well known. Their export volume is growing every year. However, this fruit easily spoils during transportation and storage. One of the main questions in this industry is how the papaya can best be kept fresh during distribution. The Panama papaya exporter Panafruit S.A. recently…