A smart scanning system is in development to detect fruit size, colour and possible defects for the Ontario apple and tender fruit industries. The goal is to have more consistent, higher-quality fruit and less reliance on manual processes.
Koppert Biological Systems has expanded its Horiver sticky trap range with four new traps for monitoring and trapping pests such as leaf miners, whiteflies, thrips and other harmful insects in a wide variety of crops.
Based in the Netherlands, Certhon and its Japanese partner DENSO, are launching the Certhon Harvest Robot. This multifunctional robot can detect, cut and transport greenhouse-grown tomatoes to boxes without human help.
Based in Leamington, Ontario, South Essex Fabricating has signed a partnership agreement with Robovision for the research and development of deep-learning software and enhanced AI robotics for the agriculture industry.
The BC-based ag tech company will receive up to $3.9 million in repayable contributions to accelerate development of its system to limit crop losses in greenhouses. Ecoation’s tag line is “human knowledge plus machine precision.”
The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is pursuing four horticultural projects with federal financial assistance. One of those is $1.8 million to support the on-the-vine breeding program to produce high-yielding greenhouse tomatoes with improved flavour and production traits.