Agri-technology

Farmlands invests in FarmIQ Systems

[6 December/ NZ Herald] Farmlands has taken a stake in farm software company FarmIQ Systems as part of a capital raising round. FarmIQ Systems joined Landcorp Farming, Silver Fern Farms Joint Ventures, and Veterinary Enterprises Group as shareholders in the company that developed and marketed software for farming and agribusiness. FarmIQ Chairman, John Quirk said...

Local tech in $19m ‘win-win’

[9 December/ Otago Daily Times] Research from Sainsbury’s has shown the use of technology developed by Techion Group in Otago could save farmers in its supply chain about $19 million annually. Techion Founder, Greg Mirams said the involvement of the United Kingdom’s second largest supermarket would put his animal parasite diagnostics company on the map....

New app to bring in water-allowance sharing

[24 November/ Radio New Zealand] Farmers and growers in Marlborough would soon have use of an online tool that told them how much water they could use on a given day. The council has been looking at solutions for an increasing strain on water supplies, as demand continues to increase. Marlborough District Council Environment Committee...

Rotorua agri-tech event focuses on digital technologies

[24 November/ NZ Herald] MobileTECH 2018 is one of New Zealand’s largest agri-tech events and would invite technology leaders from throughout the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors to discuss themes including artificial intelligence, machine learning and smart data. MobileTECH Programme Manager, Ken Wilson said the event would continue to be a platform for change and...

Mapping the shift to digital farming

[10 November/Rural News] AgResearch is starting a programme investigating the new era of digital agriculture. The goal of the programme is to develop a technology roadmap to support the industry as it transitions to digital agriculture, as well as identify barriers to technology uptake. AgResearch Research Director Greg Murison believed there was a huge potential...

Shaping the future of what we eat and grow through daring innovation

[17 October/Lincoln Hub Media Release] Lincoln Hub is teaming up with the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR), AGMARDT, Callaghan Innovation, Lincoln University and Creative HQ to bring a plant-based innovation hackathon to Christchurch in early December. The event, titled Feed the World 2030: Power of Plants Hackathon, will allow agritech food innovators, scientists, industry experts...

DNA feat could boost star forestry species

[18 October/New Zealand Herald] Crown research institute Scion have completed a draft assembly of the radiata pine’s genetic makeup, or genome, opening the door to a new era of precision forestry for the critically important species. The genome assembly began in 2013 and was completed last month, using the Rotorua-based institute’s newly acquired high-capacity computer...

Huge benefits from precision agriculture – farmers

[19 October/Radio NZ] Hamilton was host this week to an international conference on precision farming. Precision farming is farm management technology used to improve farm performance and efficiency. South Australian Farmer Mark Branson is a big fan of precision farming and said the technology has greatly improved his efficiency in areas such as focusing herbicide...

Small, light robotics to take over big tractors as future for farm machinery

[19 October/Stuff] Big tractors could be over if farmers are to meet tighter environmental goals. Agricultural Robotics Expert Simon Blackmore said that the industry would likely replace large farming machinery with more efficient systems in the future. While this change would be disruptive, it would be worthwhile. He estimated that 90 percent of energy going...

Synthetic foods to have ‘major impact’ within 10 to 15 years – Sir Peter Gluckman

[12 October/ Stuff] The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, said genetically modified crops presented by synthetic milk and meat is a big threat to New Zealand because of due to the country’s reliance on exports of the real thing. Sir Gluckman said most milk sold globally in 20 to 25 years might...

Sprout innovations company searches for best agricultural startups

[16 October/ Stuff] Agricultural innovations company Sprout is looking New Zealand-wide for up to eight Kiwi agritech start-ups to be accepted into a five-month Sprout Agritech Accelerator programme, giving them access to an over $500,000 pool in grants and investments, as well as mentoring from a team of experts said Sprout Business Strategy Advisor Stu...

Biodegradable miniature sensors a precision solution to agriculture’s variability problem

[17 October/ Stuff] Colorado State University Professor of Precision Agriculture, Raj Khosla says agriculture is embracing precision technology possibilities. Future sensor technology will be small, disposable and will allow farmers collect data to make their businesses more efficient and sustainable. The sensors emitted a small pulse that measured the parameter it was designed for and...

Genetics programme new tool to improve breed

[17 October/New Zealand Herald] Holstein Friesian New Zealand and CRV Ambreed announced their new tool, Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders Superior Female Programme, to increase the standard of black and white genetics in New Zealand. The programme, launched this October, will find superior registered Holstein Friesian females can produce superior male progeny to be offered to...

Time for farm talk over as agricultural leaders ratchet up market connections

[13 October/ Stuff] New Zealand Primary Industry Executives plan to maximise story-telling opportunities, and heavily endorse New Zealand’s natural assets and charm during the Te Hono Summit at Stanford University in July. Primary Industry Chief Executives have represented the New Zealand companies behind 80 percent of the country’s exports at six summits. New Zealand Merino...

Farm moving into new technology

[12 October/ New Zealand Herald] Waikato Dairy Farmer Grant Coombes said it’s time for farmers to embrace new technology to achieve sustainability. Mr Coombes runs a large-scale operation with 2000 milking cows, plus dairy support and dry stock cattle, over 750 hectares. Mr Coombes, a Dairy New Zealand Board of Directors Candidate, is phasing out...

Future Farm for red meat sector

[9 October/ Rural News Group] Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) plan to establish a Future Farm to trial new technologies and farm systems. These trials are part of B+LNZ’s strategy to support farming excellence and increase farm productivity and profitability. The farm will be a sheep and beef property with around 6,000 stock units...

Ravensdown maps out its future direction at Timaru AGM

[3 October/ Stuff] Ravensdown Chairman, John Henderson said it was both satisfying and a boost to the organisation’s confidence to record a third successive good result. Mr Henderson added that he cooperative had recorded a $53 million profit and was able to pay its shareholders a rebate of $49.3 million. Ravensdown Chief Executive, Greg Campbell...

New app for farmers

 [21 September/ New Zealand Herald] DairyNZ has developed an app, EnviroWalk, to make it easier for farmers to assess their fertiliser use, effluent, waterways, races, cropping, water utilisation and irrigation, and establish an action plan on their smartphone. About 1500 farmers have downloaded the free app since it was launched in July. DairyNZ North Island...

CIDR technology improves herd’s fertility

[NZ Farmer/ 19 September] Trinity Lands In-house Vet, Richard Tiddy said the business had identified that reproductive performance was a major area of opportunity for the business to lift its performance overall. Last season the farm used controlled Internal Drug Release (CIDR) Cattle Inserts as a tool for improving their herd’s reproductive performance. This coming...

Muir steps down as Tru-Test boss

 [11 September/ National Business Review] Tru-Test Managing Director Greg Muir has resigned after over eight years in the role. Mr Muir said it was time for a refresh for the company as rejuvenation of executive teams is valuable and important in any organisation. The handover to a new Chief Executive would begin this week. Mr...

National’s promises of more money for ag science ‘theft’: Greens

 [11 September/ Stuff] The Green Party have accused National of attempting to gain an advantage on them with a promise to turbo-charge investment in agricultural science and innovation. The Greens announced it would create a $136 million fund to clean farming and support organic production. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said National would change the...

Tech-savvy agrifood sector ‘unprepared for major disruption’

[1 September/ National Business Review] A study funded by Microsoft and prepared by Massey Business School researchers examined the impact of cloud computing and the collection of big data. Researchers interviewed food technologists and agrifood industry members and found a gap between how the two groups see the future. Lead researcher Professor Stephen Kelly said...

New Zealand to host international high-tech farming conferences

[22 August/Precision Agriculture Association of New Zealand Press Release] The International Tri-Conference for Precision Agriculture 2017 (PA17) will be held in Hamilton between 16 and 18 October this year. The event which encompasses the inaugural Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Pastures and Livestock Farming, the 7th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture and the Digital Farmers and...

Tweeting all the way to Cape Reinga

[20 July/ Otago Daily Times] A large gumboot called Welly has been dispatched from Bluff on a journey to Cape Reinga, where it will be reunited with Galosh, its soulmate. However, only Twitter can be used to secure rides to move Welly to its destination. The initiative was created by TracMap- a technology company that...