EarthSense is excited to partner with major Food and Agriculture industry leaders through the Rabo Bank led TERRA Accelerator -
TERRA, the leading Food and Agriculture Accelerator, is kicking off its third cohort next week, bringing onboard 17 of the most innovative startups from around the world to work alongside industry giants. TERRA founding partners RocketSpace, a Silicon Valley-based external innovation consulting company, and Rabobank, the leading provider of financial services in the food, agribusiness, and beverage industry, are joined by a group of the world’s most influential companies: AgroFresh, Beta San Miguel, GrainCorp, Griffith Foods, Grupo Azucarero Mexico/CULTIBA, Nestlé USA, OSI and Tate & Lyle. Read more from Globe Newswire here.
EarthSense has received a Small Business Innovation Research (Phase I) Award from the National Science Foundation. This funding will enable us to demonstrate the feasibility of using ultracompact autonomous robots for field data collection.
We will be working with the Distributed Autonomous Systems Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to improve the field autonomy and data collection of EarthSense’s revolutionary ultracompact agricultural robots.
EarthSense is excited to deliver 5 TerraSentia robots to a major Early Adopter Customer today. This customer will use TerraSentia for under-canopy data collection in field-crop breeding sites as well as provide feedback on improving the EarthSense system for field phenotyping.
Traveling autonomously between crop rows, the robot measures the traits of individual plants using a variety of sensors, including cameras, transmitting the data in real time to the operator’s phone or laptop computer. A custom app and tablet computer that come with the robot enable the operator to steer the robot using virtual reality and GPS.
EarthSense has received the 2018 Edwin Moore Family Agriculture Innovation Prize. Moore family members Penny DeYoung and Ed Moore presented the award to EarthSense during the Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit on Feb. 28 in Champaign.
The award honors the legacy of Edwin E. Moore (1924), who graduated from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture and began farming in Will County. Throughout his agricultural career, he and wife, Iva, used innovative farming practices for both crop production and livestock management. Two of their four children became farmers, Edwin and Thomas (1953, College of Agriculture), and continued use of innovative farm practices. Subsequent generations of Edwin Moore's family have continued to pursue farming and agriculture related careers capturing the same innovative spirit.