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|

New project to deliver Agri-tech solutions

A new levy-funded project will look at using agricultural robots to measure tree canopy and flower density and deliver a more precise, variable spraying solution for apple flower thinning. Led by Queensland-based SwarmFarm Robotics, the Developing Agri-Tech solutions for the Australian apple industry project is tasked with developing a new system to measure tree canopy [...]