Trend of automation and robotics technology in agriculture

By Micheal Boehlje and Michael Langemeier, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University Recent articles from farmdoc discussed the importance of new technologies for crop farming (March 5, 2021), the value and role of information in technology adoption (March 12, 2021 and March 18, 2021) and the possible benefits of precision agriculture. (March 26, 2021 and…

Farmobile receives US patent for its agricultural data and collection system

Farmobile has obtained a US patent for its “agricultural data exchange system”. The cloud-based system is able to capture, process and share machine-generated data while being used for operations such as fertilizing, planting, spraying or harvesting crops. It includes a relay device installed in the machine that automatically receives, stores and processes detailed machine and…

What awaits agriculture?

Four executives from major OEM companies that sell farm equipment in North America gathered for a panel discussion on what farming will look like in 20 years, during a virtual version of the Commodity Classic. Their predictions are nothing new, however, the magnitude of the change they predict could raise eyebrows. Bill Hurley of Agco…

South African farm workers in high demand in the United States after exemption from travel ban

(Getty Images) The H-2A visa – for temporary workers performing agricultural services – allows South Africans to enter the United States despite the current travel ban. After Mexico, H-2A visa holders from South Africa are the most in demand. South Africans who have experience driving tractors, trucks and combines on farms are particularly in demand.…

Drivers are reminded to be vigilant during the Nebraska planting season

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) – With Nebraska’s planting season underway, authorities are warning drivers to watch for farm implements on state roads. “Our agricultural producers across Nebraska do an exceptional job of feeding America year after year,” said Col. John Bolduc, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “As they return to the field for the planting…

China able to provide food security for 1.4 billion people (Ministry of Agriculture)

Farmers load harvested rice in Gangkou Township, Yueyang County, central China’s Hunan Province, July 11, 2020 (Photo: Xinhua) China’s staple grain supply can be guaranteed if the country is able to protect the “rice bowl” of 1.4 billion people, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Tang Renjian said Monday on Monday. during a press briefing. He…

Who has the right to repair farm equipment? Right to Repair Statutes webinar addresses

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Advanced technology has provided farmers with modern tools to help increase yield and reduce costs. However, as agricultural machinery becomes more advanced, legal questions arise as to a farmer’s ability to perform routine maintenance and other repairs on his equipment. Much of the advanced technology built into today’s farm equipment cannot be…