Crop protection as we know it today is on borrowed time. Technological, agronomic, and societal changes are reshaping what businesses will look like in the next five years for the entire value chain – manufacturers, formulators, trading houses, import/export companies, distributors, and retailers. Every business is susceptible to broader disruptions. The Precision Application Asia Conference…

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Standing onstage in an ornate conference room at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in downtown Saskatoon, former Saskatchewan premier Dr. Grant Devine pitched the agri-food industry on a new idea: a wheat tube. More specifically, a hypothetical hyperloop Devine says could fire shipments of wheat from Moose Jaw to Langley, B.C. at hundreds of kilometres an…

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Precision.ai wants to replace conventional crop sprayers with a fleet of AI- and sprayer-equipped drones. Dan McCann credits an ultimatum from his wife for his latest business venture, which he hopes will “lay waste” to how things have been done on Saskatchewan farms for generations. “Get rid of this stuff or I’m going to get…

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Radicle Growth, an acceleration platform for early-stage ag and food technologies, revealed the eight Canadian-based entrepreneurs who will compete at the first-ever Nutrien-Radicle Challenge Pitch Day Competition in Saskatoon on October 1-2, 2019. One growth-stage company will receive US$1 million in funding and an early-stage company will receive US$250,000. More than 100 of Canada’s most…

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Boy, I started the first day at the Ag In Motion farm show walking behind a manure spreader so there was really no where for the day to go, but up. Actually I kept a bit of distance behind the Dutch Industries Biospreader. It is large capacity, spreader with Dutch Industries Bio Speader at fertilizer…

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Daniel McCann and his team were working on an artificial intelligence (AI) app that could automatically write an online sales listing for objects that were photographed on your phone.  As they worked on the idea, they continuously tested their technology on a houseplant in their office.  They discovered that although the AI was okay at…

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A wide range of new concepts were on display in Canada’s Farm Progress Show’s Innovation showcase hall this month. A total of 22 inventions were submitted to the show this year, with one innovation winning gold, and two others tied for the sterling award. Saskatchewan-based Precision AI was one of the two sterling award winners.…

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Two Canadian entrepreneurs beat out nearly two dozen of their peers to win a trip to the U.K. courtesy Prince Andrew. O2 Canada and Proof were named the winners of the first Canadian leg of the prince’s Pitch@Palace campaign and will head to London to compete against the winners of other Pitch@Palace events from around…

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Two dozen regional finalists from across the country converged in Toronto on May 27 at the BMO Institute for Learning to showcase their innovations to HRH The Duke of York and an esteemed panel of judges at the first Pitch@Palace Canada 1.0 Boot Camp. Founded by the Duke of York, Pitch@Palace is a prestigious international pitch competition for entrepreneurs…

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Following a successful launch in Halifax, Pitch@Palace Canada 1.0 headed west this week to the Prairies. Gathered at beautiful Government House in Regina, entrepreneurs from fifteen companies from the region spent the morning workshopping with mentors and hearing from the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan. In the afternoon, the entrepreneurs took the…

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