UF/IFAS Researchers Creating an ‘Artificial Intelligence Connoisseur’

Jim Rogers Research, Technology

A computer may not be able to taste a tomato or blueberry, but it can tell University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural (UF/IFAS) scientists which volatiles in those fruits make them taste good. UF/IFAS breeder and geneticist Marcio Resende wants to create what he calls an “Artificial Intelligence Connoisseur,” a model that tells researchers which chemical compounds produce …

‘Smart’ Greenhouses Could Cut Power Expenses

Jim Rogers Research, Technology

An internet-connected lighting system for greenhouses could reduce a farmer’s power bill, according to University of Georgia research. The study showed that a predictive lighting control system could optimize lighting for plants by predicting sunlight and only utilizing lights when necessary. Farmers could reduce their greenhouse electrical costs by as much as 33% by optimizing their lights. Plants are given …

Blueberry App Puts Information at Growers’ Fingertips

Jim Rogers Berries, Florida, Technology

By Doug Phillips The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) blueberry breeding program has developed a phone app resource that includes several tools for Florida blueberry growers. It is available for download on both iOS and Android systems. Blueberry breeder Patricio Muñoz developed the idea for the UF/IFAS Blueberry Growers Guide app. He had a vision …

Intelligent Disease Identification

Clint Thompson Florida, Technology, Top Posts

By Yiannis Ampatzidis and Pamela Roberts Accurate and rapid disease identification at the beginning of an outbreak is essential for implementing effective management tactics. Diagnosis based on visual symptoms is often compromised by the inability to differentiate among similar symptoms caused by plant pathogens and abiotic disorders. Recent technological advances in sensors, machine vision, mechatronics, big data analytics and artificial …

Smart Spray Technology for Weed Control in Row Middles

Clint Thompson Florida, Technology, Top Posts

By Nathan Boyd and Arnold Schumann Would you be willing to reduce herbicide inputs if it did not negatively impact your bottom line, required no additional labor, and weeds were still adequately controlled? For most growers, the answer would automatically be yes if it was possible. How the Technology Works University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) …

The Future of Precision Weed Control

Ashley Robinson Technology, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By Yiannis Ampatzidis Farmers use mainly agrochemicals for weed control and follow conventional crop protection strategies that use a vast amount of chemicals, despite some negative impacts on the environment and human health. More than 90% of the acreage of crops in the United States is sprayed with herbicides. It is estimated that around $31.5 billion was spent on herbicides …

Smart Irrigation Tools for Blueberry Growers

Ashley Robinson Berries, Georgia, innovation, Irrigation, Technology, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Vasileios Liakos One of the goals of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (UGA CAES) is to develop new irrigation methods and tools for crops. Researchers, including myself, Erick Smith, George Vellidis and Wes Porter, have been developing smart irrigation scheduling tools for blueberry growers in Georgia since 2015. Smart irrigation is a new method …