Production technologies

Crops in space: Aussie ingenuity could feed astronauts on missions to Mars

Crop monitoring and production systems developed in Australia could one day be providing the on-board food supplies that will be needed to sustain astronauts on future space flights to distant planets…Read More

Neil Lyon, November 29, 2021

Agtech data key to verifying ag’s sustainability credentials

The stockpile of data that farmers have been accumulating over the years will become an increasingly valuable resource as agriculture moves to meet the demands of a more sustainably-conscious world…Read More

Neil Lyon, November 10, 2021

Ag’s future on show at AgTech21 + PICS

The latest innovations at the intersection of agriculture and technology are being showcased today at the ‘AgTech21: Build it, Use it, Profit’ field demonstration and forum at Emerald in Central Queensland…Read More

Neil Lyon, November 3, 2021

Microwave machines set to sizzle resistant weeds, seeds

Hi-tech machinery that uses microwaves to scorch problem weed plants and destroy weed seeds is finding a niche in the horticulture industry and has potential for wider application in the broadacre cropping world…Read More

Neil Lyon, October 29, 2021

CSIRO releases updated farming app to assess carbon market options

Farmers can now better understand the potential opportunities from carbon-reducing activities using a farming tool developed by CSIRO…Read More

Grain Central, December 11, 2020

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

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