Production technologies

Swing to automated agriculture in post-pandemic world

Sky-high vertical farms, more gene-edited foods in supermarkets, automated farming systems and robots working in abattoirs could all help guarantee food supply in the next pandemic…Read More

Grain Central, September 3, 2020

New farm initiative to provide ag-tech hub

Pacific Seeds has set up Foundation Farm near Allora on Queensland’s Darling Downs as an innovation hub for ag-tech that will provide a trial site for emerging technological and data-based solutions…Read More

Grain Central, 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

New app stops cotton pests flying under the radar

Researchers have employed artificial intelligence to develop an insect detection app to help Australian cotton farmers stop a major pest flying under the radar…Read More

Grain Central, July 10, 2020

What can be done to increase the adoption of precision technologies?

The rate of adoption of emerging technologies which could transform agriculture remains stubbornly low. Why is that and what can be done to encourage greater adoption?..Read More

Neil Lyon, February 17, 2020

To spray or not to spray: new app for mungbean disease management

A new app has been developed to help mungbean growers across Queensland and NSW better manage the problematic disease powdery mildew…Read More

Grain Central, December 3, 2019

Tweaking genes in wild plants can create new food crops

CRISPR gene editing has opened up new opportunities for developing higher performing crops, but as a society we need to work out how such technology and plants will be regulated to ensure safety and acceptability…Read More

James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis, University of Queensland, November 4, 2019

Smart irrigation model predicts rainfall to conserve water

A predictive model developed by Cornell University is designed to help irrigators make more informed decisions about when and how much to irrigate…Read More

Grain Central, August 9, 2019

New, portable device sniffs out plant disease in the field

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field…Read More

Grain Central, August 8, 2019

Irrigation on the way to an automated future

The assessment of a range of irrigation systems by the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association points to a future of automated, water-efficient, labour-saving systems taking over from traditional, hand-shift siphon irrigation…Read More

Neil Lyon, December 5, 2018

New centre for agricultural engineering at USQ

The University of Southern Queensland has opened a new Centre for Agricultural Engineering, building on the advances in farm technology and innovation the university’s agricultural engineering division has been renowned for over many years…Read More

Grain Central, November 12, 2018

BASF licenses CRISPR-Cpf1 for ag applications

BASF has attained a global, non-exclusive licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of CRISPR-Cpf1 genome editing technology to improve products in agricultural and industrial microbiology applications…Read More

Grain Central, October 30, 2018

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