Imagine being able to keep track of data on every member of your herd. OneCup AI’s Bovine Expert Tracking and Surveillance, or BETSY for short, uses facial recognition to first identify livestock, then monitor them. “After she identifies those animals, she begins to track a number of different things about those animals for health monitoring,… Read More

A new venture capital fund focused on Canadian ag tech and agribusiness innovation was launched by Conexus Venture Capital Inc. on August 23. The fund, called Emmertech, is funded in part by Libro Credit Union, the largest credit union in southwestern Ontario, and the credit union with the largest agriculture lending portfolio of any credit union… Read More

Autonomy in an agricultural setting is an exciting space to be in. There are a lot of definitions of autonomy out there, and for farming, the first one that applies or that people think of is the advent of auto-steer. But there’s so much more. Kara Oosterhuis recently caught up with Chris Morson, sales specialist… Read More

John Deere is set to acquire Bear Flag Robotics for US$250 million. The startup develops autonomous driving technology compatible with existing machines. “Deere views autonomy as an important step forward in enabling farmers to leverage their resources strategically to feed the world and create more sustainable and profitable operations,” says Jahmy Hindman, chief technology officer at John Deere. “Bear Flag’s… Read More

Precision Planting, a subsidiary of AGCO, has entered into an agreement to acquire the business and assets of Headsight, Inc., a precision agriculture harvesting company. Since 1998, Headsight has designed and developed harvesting row guidance and height sensing technologies. Headsight’s flagship product is the family of header height sensors used in corn and grain harvesting…. Read More

Thanks to science, Jay Curtis is alive today. The 58 year-old St. Thomas resident was told he was at risk for prostate cancer in his late 50s when a routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) test indicated he could have a problem. When the levels kept rising, a biopsy revealed the presence of cancer. But Curtis,… Read More

Lakeland College is set to receive $1 million in federal research funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in support of smart agriculture technology. The CFI’s College-Industry Innovation Fund investment will support the development of Lakeland’s new Agriculture Technology Centre, the central repository for all data collected on the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland (SMF)… Read More

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) announced July 20 their co-investment in a project that will improve data use within Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. The project is led by the Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI), in collaboration with the Alberta Data Institute (ADI), a program under Alberta Innovates, as well as a number of… Read More

Rabobank and TELUS Agriculture have announced the acquisition of Conservis, a company that integrates disparate farm technologies into one streamlined interface, to manage the business of farming. Together, Rabobank and TELUS Agriculture are bringing expertise, experience, and global presence to further develop the Conservis farm management platform, says TELUS Agriculture. Conservis enables farms to organize… Read More

Germany-based GeoPard is announcing their integration with the MyJohnDeere operations centre. MyJohnDeere customers can now upload their data into the GeoPard system, where they can do advanced data analysis, compare information to other data sets, and create detailed variable rate application maps for seeding, fertilizing, and spraying. Maps can then be wirelessly sent back to… Read More

A Quebec-based company that sells a digital platform for controlling environmental conditions in barns and automating tasks is set to be acquired by Ingersoll Rand. The owners of Maximus have entered an agreement to be bought by the global industrial company in an all-cash deal worth $135.4 million. Headquartered in Montreal, with around 100 employees,… Read More

Western Canadian farmers can now use an app to gain information about their grain’s quality. The VeriGrain app includes features that will allow farmers to get quantity and quality information from their bin contents. Farmers can create a record of their grain sample as it is loaded in or out of their bin to add… Read More

Saskatchewan-based Croptimistic Technology Inc. has announced $3.5 million in Series A investment from Forage Capital Partners to complement an additional $1.7 million in funding from the founders and institutional debt. The new capital will help accelerate the growth of Croptimistic’s SWAT MAPS technology, which provides farmers and partners with high resolution foundation maps to execute… Read More

 

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