Smart Grow-Bots Put to Work on the Farm, Increasing Yield Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable autonomous robots to grow, analyze, and harvest produce in greenhouse environments. Robots reduce labor costs, increase crop yield, and improve sustainability.  
New Podcast: SMBs Turn to IoT, Smart Systems to Survive Pandemic California businesses are dealing with many adverse conditions this year, including severe drought affecting agriculture operations and ongoing COVID-19 workforce disruptions. Fortunately, IoT can help with those challenges, with automation tools that can maintain ideal growing conditions and thermal solutions that can monitor workforce well-being. In our podcast, our editors sat down with solution integrator Luis Alvarez, who describes how IoT is hard at work in the Golden State.  
IoT-Controlled Transport Containers Keep Food at Peak Freshness RipeLocker shipping containers use IoT to help reduce loss of fresh produce and flowers. The portable, high-tech containers precisely manage atmosphere variables and help suppress pathogen growth to fight against decay during transit, so producers can reach more distant markets via ocean and truck instead of more expensive air transport.   
Booming IoT Use in Agriculture Leads to Blooming Orchids Orchids need a specific climate and environment to grow, so one California nursery turned to a system capable of monitoring and quickly adapting to environmental changes. The KMC Commander system automates activities and monitors environmental stimuli to ensure Matsui’s orchids successfully bloom and grow.   
IoT Reduces Food Loss Through a Smarter Supply Chain Internet of Things technologies are emerging to combat unnecessary food waste. 3D-printed shipping crates, smart packaging labels, and mobile apps are providing timely information to suppliers and consumers with the end goal of reducing food waste and conserving our natural resources.   
IoT Technology Helps Farmers Meet Global Food Shortage Challenges The fast increasing world population will become even more reliant on the agriculture industry to meet the growing need for food. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced analytics are helping small-scale farmers increase yield, minimize risk, and discover efficiencies to help feed the planet's humans today and in the future.  
Aquaculture Thrives as IoT Improves Production Fish farmers deploy technology to gain real-time information about water quality, fish health, and feeding patterns under murky waters. Machine learning and computer vision are transforming the process and sustainability of fish farming.  
Planting Seeds of Efficiency: Robots and Drones on the Range The future of farming lies in sensors, cameras, robotics, and automation. Precision farming and Smart Ag 4.0 technologies help growers simultaneously address the increasing demand for food and the labor shortage.  
The Internet of Turkeys: Smart Ag on the Rise at the Poultry Farm This November, remember to give thanks to the IoT technologies that improve turkey production. From operational management to disease detection, IoT and artificial intelligence technologies help drive efficiencies in farming.  
Data-driven Agriculture 4.0: How IoT is Modernizing the Food Chain Artificial intelligence is automating farm operations as environmental sensors, digital images, and computer vision impact everything from planting to harvesting, and farmers are reaping the profits.

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