Author: Matt Peskett

For over 23 years Matt has worked in digital media with global companies in the science, technology, food and agricultural sectors. With a lifelong passion for growing his own fruit and veg, Matt also exhibits 300kg/700lbs pumpkins and is an RHS Flower Show volunteer. He has a sizeable horticultural social media presence and has been a finalist in the Garden Media Guild's blog of the year and social media awards. Matt is an individual investor in agritech start-ups like Small Robot Company, Breedr and Drone Ag as well as AppHarvest Inc, Agronomics Ltd and Hydrofarm Holdings.

Awarded a Silver Award in the Agricultural Innovation of the Year at the British Farming awards 2019, Breeder is a new online livestock tool designed to help beef farmers and processors. By gathering animal information directly from farms and making it available in the cloud (using blockchain technology), beef supplies will be more easily predicted nationwide. How does Breedr work? Breedr connects to a farm’s own management system and collects data per animal to create a picture of how quickly each is growing and when it might be ready for sale. When aggregated across entire herds this make it easier…

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Sony Electronics is to add AI-based imaging capabilities to the latest version of its Smart Agriculture Solution. Version 2.0 of the software, which is planned for roll-out in March 2020, will comprise a drone-mounted multispectral sensing unit and Fast Field Analyzer image analytics software for in-the-field crop management, monitoring and insights, alongside Sony’s imaging and AI-based technology for stand counting. Stand counting allows growers to assess planting quality, enabling replanting decisions to be made earlier and with greater accuracy, especially when analysing large areas. Sony, which entered the agriculture space in February this year with the launch of the Smart…

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If farmers ever wished for a ‘per plant’ view of their crops then UK based Small Robot Company (SRC) could be the genie in the agricultural lamp. Following their success in 2018 with the IET’s Horizontal Innovation Award (thanks to ‘Harry’ their drilling and planting robot), SRC went on to raise £1.17 million in a crowd funding exercise. 12 months later a commercial weed mapping service is set to roll out at four trial farms. The robotic monitoring vehicle ’Tom’ will traverse fields with a focus on recognising broad leaved weeds such as thistles, chickweed and fat hen. The information…

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