Automating agriculture

Faster development and commercialization of new labour-saving technologies are the aim of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. The organization has applied for funding from the federal government’s Strategic Innovation Fund.


What’s new about Vineland’s proposal?  It calls for a collaborative network of Canadian companies, academic expertise, technology developers and equipment manufacturers from along the value chain.  Vineland terms it the ‘Canadian Network for Advancing Agricultural Automation Technologies’ or ‘A3T’.


With capacity in artificial intelligence and big data analytics, Vineland’s researchers say that technologies could be developed that make more informed economical production decisions. Technologies could include vision systems, end effectors, autonomous platforms and robotic systems, making Canada a global leader in agricultural automation.




Source: Government of Canada December 14, 2018 news release

If latest news: 
Check if it is latest news (for "Latest News" page)
Publish date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Click to leave a comment

For security purposes, please confirm you are not a robot!


Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

Automated agriplanter debuts on Ontario vegetable farms

Several Ontario vegetable farms are working together to trial new transplanting technology they hope will save time and labour.

First Fruit Logistica start-up day

Fruit Logistica hosts the first Start-up Day presenting 20 entrepreneurs in ten-minute intervals on February 8, 2019. One new technology is an indoor drone for insect control in greenhouses.

Strawberry fields forever

Day-neutral strawberries help meet market demands, but growers face new pest management obstacles.

Bringing European berry innovation back to Canada

The North American Strawberry Growers’ Association visited Europe in late 2018. Three major trends were evident:  driving excellence through specialization, driving efficiency through elevation and faster picking, driving savings through industry standardization.