12 Smart Farming Companies Making Farmers Smarter
While the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to transform practically every aspect of our existence, the agriculture sector is only now starting to really benefit from technologies like sensors, according to an article on Nanalyze.com. Farmers are typically old-school and like clinging to age-old practices and rudimentary machinery, resulting in anxious guesstimates of crop yields each season as opposed to corporate farming operations that use precision agriculture to predict yields with a high degree of accuracy. To be a competitive farmer today, you need to know about the latest and greatest in smart farming technologies. To help us all out, the folks over at Finistere Ventures put together an awesome market map which listed out 12 startups working on sensors and smart farming equipment. Here’s a closer look at each one.
1) Robotics Plus. Home of the robot butcher, New Zealand plays host to many interesting tech companies that fly under the radar. One such company is Robotics Plus, a startup that’s taken in $10 million in funding so far to push its Aporo bruise-free robotic packers into commercial production. The apple packer can identify and position apples in display trays and can carefully handle up to 120 pieces of fruit every minute, a function that takes the place of 2 to 3 migrant workers.