Drones and automated vehicles

Drones and AI detect soybean maturity with high accuracy

Researchers have been able to predict soybean maturity date within two days using drone images and artificial intelligence, greatly reducing the need for boots on the ground…Read More

Grain Central, December 11, 2020

Investigation raises ethical and policy challenges in using robots in agriculture

Monash University researchers have published the first-ever analysis of the ethical and policy issues raised by the use of robots in agriculture…Read More

Grain Central, November 23, 2020

Auto harvesters strip thousands of hectares in Russia

Harvesters fitted with Cognitive Pilot autonomous operating systems have harvested more than 720,000 tonnes of crops over 160,000 hectares in Russia this season…Read More

Grain Central, November 4, 2020

Autonomous ag machinery code of practice takes shape

A draft code of practice (COP) covering the development and application of autonomous machinery in agriculture has been drawn up and distributed to stakeholders for feedback…Read More

Neil Lyon, October 21, 2020

Weed robot sets sights on cane farms

James Cook University in Queensland will oversee the development of a smart weed spraying robot that could reduce herbicide usage on sugarcane farms in Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchment areas by at least 80 per cent…Read More

Grain Central, September 24, 2020

Drone-mounted weed sensor sets scene for cost-efficient spot spraying

An innovative farming family in north west NSW is using an air-borne weed sensor to rapidly detect and map weeds and combine the data with an on-farm boomspray rig to carry out low-cost spot spraying…Read More

Cindy Benjamin, WeedSmart, August 28, 2020

Monetising innovations holds key to driving technology uptake in agriculture

The adoption of cutting edge, advanced technologies in agriculture can only be progressed if the latest innovations present real value to a farmer and can be monetised by developers to realise a commercial return…Read More

Neil Lyon, August 21, 2020

Drones find rising role in precision agriculture

Agriculture continues to be one of the major growth sectors in the adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fuelling the development and release of drone systems tailored specifically to agricultural applications…Read More

Grain Central, July 16, 2020

Electric tractors and machinery – the time has arrived

A study into the future of electric vehicles and robotics in agriculture has found that the move is on to develop electric farm vehicles…Read More

Neil Lyon, July 10, 2020

SA farmer’s Nuffield study highlights precision ag value

A Nuffield Scholarship equipped South Australian farmer, Mark Branson, with the knowledge required to further explore precision agriculture technology on his farm at Stockport…Read More

Grain Central, July 9, 2020

Russia launches world’s largest self-drive machinery project

Russian machinery designers are set to begin the large-scale introduction of an autonomous driving system for agricultural machinery, including harvesters, tractors and sprayers…Read More

Grain Central, May 26, 2020

Innovative ag tech ideas showcased at AgTeCH2019 + PICS

The latest in high-tech innovations, from farming robots to precision earthworks controllers, were on display at this year’s AgTeCH2019 at Emerald in Central Queensland…Read More

Neil Lyon, November 14, 2019

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