5 Wineries Using Cutting-Edge Technologies

19 September 2019. From robots and drones in the vineyard, to sophisticated new blockchain and cryptocurrency offerings, wineries are taking dramatic steps to update the level of cutting-edge technology they deploy in order to make higher-quality wines and boost overall profitability. In some cases, this embrace of technology has been driven by external factors – such as the extreme fluctuations in temperatures resulting from climate change. In other cases, the changes are being driven by the increasingly blurred line between the tech industry and the wine industry. Read more…


South African Agri sector set to underperform 2019/20

18 September 2019. The Agricultural Business Council (Agbiz) confidence index released yesterday rose to 46 in the third quarter, after easing to 44 in the second quarter, still at a level below the neutral 50-point mark, which implies that agribusinesses have a bleak view of business conditions in South Africa. Read more…


AI, changing the future of Africa’s food security

17 September 2019. According to GeoFarm South Africa, farms in the United States are 27% more productive than South African farms compared across the same area, moisture levels and soil types. While, superficially, this is because farms in the United States are more mechanised, a closer examination of what these agricultural machines are doing shows just how fundamentally AI has changed the way humans farm, and how dramatically these changes have increased agricultural yields. Read more…


Artificial intelligence is transforming the way we farm

26 July 2019. Technology represents the cutting-edge of agriculture. High-tech firms are using artificial intelligence to help famers decide when to plant, water, spray, and harvest their crops. As climate change worsens the technology could also help growers navigate more severe and volatile weather. Read more…


The role of nanotechnology in the future of wine research

15 July 2019. Research into ‘smart materials’ or magnetic nanoparticles to remove proteins and unwanted aromas has been promising, and researchers believe in the future the technology could be used to remove faults such as smoke or cork taint. Read more…


How the 4th industrial revolution and AI are changing winemaking

10 July 2019. Could the Fourth Industrial Revolution change the wine industry? It already has and will continue to just like it has changed just about every other sector from healthcare to manufacturing to retail. Read more…


South Africa’s first licensed crop-spraying drones take flight

25 May 2019. A crop-spraying drone has taken its first legal flight in South Africa – a big breakthrough which could radically transform farming in South Africa. Read more…


Robotics: Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

28 March 2019 -There’s the robot that harvests lettuce with a knife made of water. Now comes the apple-picking robot, a metallic farmer that just graduated from R&D and won a job in a New Zealand orchard. Read more…


10 Breakthrough Technologies 2019

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