Big Data and the Future of Risk Assessment

Could computers determine the safety of new GM crops? Algorithms do all kinds of behind the scenes work for us on a daily basis. Your last Google search is one example of this. Computers and their applications are things we rely upon daily to make our lives more manageable, more …

Google Crops

Artificial intelligence developed optimal crops Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) stagger the minds regarding what is capable today. This spring, a demonstration of Google Assistant, witnessed Google’s AI phoning a hair salon to book an appointment, all without the salon being aware they were talking with a computer. The computer …

Evolution of Plant Breeding

Moving from random, untargeted mutagenesis to specific, targeted mutagenesis Humans have been breeding plants for millennia. Our ancestors began to domesticate plants (and animals) at least 10,000 years ago, allowing nomadic tribes to become stationary and form communities as they no longer had to pursue their food. Only in the …

Our Canadian Agriculture Success Story

By Robert Wager, Vancouver Island University I’ve had the great pleasure of being a faculty member of the Biology Department of Vancouver Island University for the past 23 years.  My area of research is agricultural biotechnology with an emphasis on public outreach.  The world has seen a great change in …

CFIA PROTOCOL AND THE BEEF INDUSTRY

Is the Canadian Food Inspection Agency doing enough to prevent border closures?By Jade Marshall, University of Saskatchewan student The beef industry is a volatile business, heavily reliant on exports, according to a 2014 source Canada exports 40% of its beef production. This makes the Canadian beef industry extremely susceptible to …

Agricultural Drones, Saving your Crops and Your Time

By Carter Chute, University of Saskatchewan student Every grain farmer knows the importance of crop scouting, if a nasty bug or disease goes unnoticed that could mean a serious hit to profits. There are two major issues with crop scouting: time and coverage. Often farmers do not have the time …

Innovation and Farm Labour

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″]For as long as there has been innovation, it has displaced labour. Innovations often improve the efficiency of technology, reducing the cost of production and the labour required to produce the products. Agriculture is no different in this than any other industry sector. Following World War II was …

Robots in the Rhubarb

Technology Innovations are Transforming Farming Two weeks ago, I was in Melbourne, Australia participating in the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference. It was an excellent conference and I found one topic particularly interesting, the technical advancements in applying autonomous technology to farming. Did you know that every field in the United …