Technology and robotics

Win a drone with Industry Pulse survey

The future is brimming with artificial intelligence, new varieties, foreign investment and access to new and booming markets. These present some exciting opportunities for Australian apple and pear growers, but also a great deal of uncertainty. That’s why we’ve launched our Industry Pulse survey to understand how you will manage your orchard business into the [...]

By |June 12th, 2019|APAL, News, Opportunities, Technology and robotics|

Data and traceability pave the way for export quality

Data is the future, and increasingly the present. Tie Up Farming is a startup aiming to consolidate data activities for labour intensive industries with the goal of improving efficiency across the board, especially when it comes to preparing fruit for export. Tie Up Farming’s proposition is simple: make farming smarter. They do this by using [...]

By |June 11th, 2019|R&D updates, Technology and robotics|

Snapshot of CSIRO’s report on megatrends

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz You can’t choose whether or not the change happens, but you can control how you react to it. Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, director of the CSIRO Data61 Insight Team, provides a snapshot of the upcoming report “Our Future World” which outlines the megatrends reshaping our global landscape. The concept of 'megatrends' [...]

What type of connectivity is right for me?

Dr Hugo Britt continues his two part series on connectivity in Australian agriculture by delving into the different options available for growers. Read part 1 here. Without connectivity, there can be no digital enablement across Australian orchards. Growers who are looking to invest in AgTech and reap the benefits of real-time data must first ensure [...]

No AgTech without Connectivity

Dr Hugo Britt explores a KPMG report and its implications for AgTech in Part one of a two-part series. Read part 2 here. The agricultural world is abuzz with talk of Agri 4.0: the opportunity to supercharge agricultural productivity through digitisation with the potential to grow Australian agriculture into a $100 billion industry by 2030. [...]

Woolworths back supply chain revolution

Woolworths is launching a bold plan to stop food waste and reshape the supply chain with the use of technology. Partnering with independent start-up Escavox, the primary goal is to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables in all retail outlets by tracking and monitoring the produce from the farm gate to the supermarket. [...]

Don’t collect orchard data for data’s sake

Written by Hugo Britt. Remember the agricultural drone craze? Five years ago, there was a lot of excitement around the potential of drones to help farmers and growers monitor their operations from above. Drones were relatively inexpensive and frankly kind of fun – but after the initial excitement of piloting a buzzing drone wore off, [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Industry Data, Technology and robotics|

Harvesting the sun to reduce energy costs

Rachele Group Fruit packing shed's new solar panels. A third generation pear growing family is harvesting the sun to cut its energy use by one-third after installing solar panels across its two cold storage sheds. The Rachele Family has been growing, packing, and transporting pears, nectarines, plums and peaches to supermarkets shelves from [...]

Farm technology Q&A with Jesse Reader

Technology is changing fast, and the orchard technology as fast as any. Growers looking to keep up to date need to keep an eye on what's up and coming in the tech sphere and how  best to prepare themselves for challenges and opportunities. APAL caught up with Jesse Reader, the Agriculture Sector Specialist at Robert Bosch [...]

Fresh produce on the Blockchain

When it comes to blockchain, most growers don’t know what to believe or how to prepare but early trials with mangoes indicate this technology could transform the fresh produce supply chain and create value to all participants in the supply chain.  The ability to trace the origin of an apple or pear from tree to [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|Technology and robotics|