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John Deere unveils fully autonomous tractor at CES, says it’s just the beginning

'Today, the fully autonomous portion is just tillage; tomorrow it may be planting, and after that it may be spraying,' the manager of John Deere’s StarFire Network Al Savage told RCR Wireless News at CES The most impressive thing about the 40,000-pound tractor that John...

Well, technically… there’s a LOT of data in agriculture: John Deere’s Deanna Kovar (Ep. 43)

According to John Deere's Vice President of Production & Precision Ag Production Systems Deanna Kovar, farming is just like manufacturing, except, of course, that it's outside. This means it's subject to the whims of nature, making advanced technologies like spatial intelligence and real-time data processing crucial. Further, the pressure is on for farmers as higher yields will be necessary to feed and clothe the increasing population.

Nokia, Vodafone India Foundation deploy more than 400 sensors as part of SmartAgri solution

The deployment will benefit more than 50,000 farmers in India Nokia and Vodafone India Foundation, the CSR arm of Vi, have deployed a Smart Agriculture (SmartAgri) solution as part of a pilot that is being implemented in 100 locations in the states of Madhya Pradesh...

High-speed Wi-Fi at ag research center may be blueprint for rural communities

A newly installed Wi-Fi network at agricultural research center in California may enable researchers to view field data in real time while serving as a proof-of-concept for rural communities needing low-cost Internet access. PARLIER, California — Outside the small San Joaquin Valley town of Parlier,...

Agtech 5G use cases: Demo-day startups crave connectivity

Two agtech startups from demo day need 5G more than others. SALINAS, California -- Salinas — the "salad bowl of the world" — grows agricultural tech entrepreneurs. At the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas this week, nine nervous startup executives pitched their agriculture-related startups to...

Washington, D.C., suburb to become a lab for internet of things projects

A suburb of Washington, D.C., is growing into a living laboratory for "internet of things" technology projects. Set in Montgomery County, Maryland, Thingstitute is set to be an agricultural testbed to help farmers use data to become more "productive, prosperous and viable." The goal...

How machine learning can help bring fresh food to your plate

Fresh food: A growing use case for machine learning. Machine learning can help retailers address the challenges of offering fresh foods, which account for up to 40% of a grocers’ revenue and one-third of the cost of goods sold, according to a...

Senet partnership brings smart farming to LoRa-based LPWA network

Senet, a low power wide area network provider for North American LoRa-based "internet of things" applications, today announced a partnership with Paige Ag, a manufacturer and supplier of wire, cables, cable assemblies and electrical accessories, targeting smart farming and irrigation in agriculture. Poor wireless coverage...

Plastic bean-shaped sensors monitor crops for precision agriculture

The internet of beans Thumb-sized "plastic beans" are being filled with sensors and tossed into grain bins and storage facilities for precision agriculture, getting rid of the need for handheld devices or elaborate moisture monitoring systems, according to an article on Farm Journal's AGWeb. The sensor pods...

IoT helps Italy’s farms recover from drought with precision agriculture

A problem with corn production, and a precision agriculture solution Italy is one of the top maize grain producers in the European Union alongside France, Germany, Hungary and Spain, producing more than 7 million tons of corn in an area of 700,000 hectares in 2015, according to EuroStat...

Case study: Drones give data, visibility to French farming cooperative

Drones used in precision agriculture OCEALIA Group is a French farming cooperative with 7,200 members and nearly 900 employees. Since 2015, five drone operators have been flying the group's two AIRINOV multiSPEC 4C sensor-equipped SenseFly eBee Ag drones in order to gain valuable fertilization data. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du7wJX6hEP4 “The drone data is complementary to satellite...

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