Swift Navigation, Carnegie Robotics Form Partnership

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Swift Navigation is a San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology for autonomous vehicles. Their RTK technology offers 100 times more accuracy than traditional GPS solutions and at a more affordable price point. Carnegie Robotics supplies rugged, reliable robotics systems, transitioning the latest innovations to real-world working situations for agriculture and other industries such as the military. Recently the two …

Agribusiness, GPS, Robot, RTK

Planet, FarmShots Offer Free Trial to Deere Center Users

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Planet and FarmShots are working together with John Deere to provide their products to users of the Operations Center.  Planet offers global imaging with the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites.  FarmShots analyzes drone and satellite date for growers, reducing field scouting by up to 90 percent. Now anyone with a free MyJohnDeere account can use the FarmShot’s software to access …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Data, John Deere

Sentera Expands Products to 350 Store Fronts

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Sentera, a leading supplier of complete data solutions to the agriculture industry, is making its products available at more than 350 retail locations in North America. Agronomists, crop consultants and growers can now take advantage of Sentera’s solutions for collecting and interpreting field data with their normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI). Sentera’s complete precision agriculture data solutions include AgVault™ web, …

Agribusiness, Data

PrecisionHawk Partners with Corning for Research Data

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PrecisionHawk has announced that they will be collaborating with Corning Inc. to include the Corning microHSI 410-SHARK hyper spectral camera with PrecisionHawk’s drone platform. This sensor will offer calibrated, geo-reference hyper-cubes, which provide massive research potential. The companies look to create new spectral libraries of information that apply to agriculture, mining, construction, energy, and the insurance industries. “Historically, low-altitude data collection using hyperspectral sensors …

Agribusiness, Data Collection, drone

Starter Fertilizer is Key

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Nice weather in many parts of the country has growers already in the fields.  That comes with many advantages, but early planting also comes with challenges too.  Planting into cool, sometimes wet soils can prevent phosphorus (P) from being readily available to the crop, says Todd Carpenter of Verdesian Life Sciences.  Phosphorus leads to early root growth and development, creating a more robust …

Agribusiness, Nutrient Management

Three Patents Granted to Eco Agro Resources

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Eco Agro Resources three patents for N-YIELD®, N-BOUND® and the NEON™ family of nitrogen stabilizers. These three are the first of 15 patents currently undergoing the patent process that will protect hundreds of possible combinations of active ingredients like NBPT, DMPP, DCD, Nitrapyrin, and multiple solvent options. “These technologies offer new capabilities and …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer, Nitrogen, Nutrient Management

Trimble Introduces VRI Pressure Tech for Center Pivots

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Trimble has announced an industry-first technology that gets the right amount of water to the right places. Their new Irrigate-IQ optimal flow variable rate irrigation (VRI) solution allows farmers to use VRI on center pivot systems with a standard pumping system or limited well capacity. In the past a grower couldn’t use VRI on a center pivot without risking damage …

Agribusiness, Irrigation, Variable rate

ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta Approved by US and EU

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Both the European Union and the United States approved the acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina last week, and today it was announced that Mexico has also approved the deal. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) granted approval for the deal pending the divestment of three types of pesticides from ChemChina’s subsidiary, ADAMA, because Syngenta is a supplier of the same …

Agribusiness, Syngenta

Haagen-Dazs Brand Helps Bees Thrive

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The Häagen-Dazs Brand® is helping to support bee populations by working together with their farmer suppliers. The ice cream brand has planted one of the largest, privately-funded pollinator habitats on a almond farmer’s land in Chowchilla, California. The “Häagen-Dazs Loves Honey Bees” program was originally launched in 2008 and began with research and educational funding. This new six and a half …

Agribusiness, Bees, Honeybees, pollinators