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TECH 04 Dec 2018 | 1:00 AM

Robots in the field: farms embracing autonomous technology

Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler is trying out a new worker on his 450-acre farm in England’s Hampshire countryside.

TECH 21 Nov 2018 | 1:00 AM

Finding fakes: Mobile phones help detect counterfeit seeds in Kenya

Besides more unpredictable weather and changing crop diseases, Kenyan farmers face another worry: counterfeit seed.

TECH 20 Nov 2018 | 4:00 AM

Videogame releases: ‘Battlefield V’, ‘Wreckfest’, more

Explosive World War II action game Battlefield V storms PS4, Xbox One and PC with a wide release, Bendy and the Ink Machine brings its stylish, tense survival exploration to consoles, where crash-friendly car racer Wreckfest also lands, Farming Simulator 19 embraces modern agriculture with a horse-riding twist, and management sim A Mortician's Tale considers life's greatest certainty on iOS.

TECH 02 Nov 2018 | 1:00 AM

Biotech company aims to help candy giant Mars make a more resilient cacao tree

The world loves chocolate. But keeping pace with global cravings can be a tall order for chocolate producers – a challenge made even tougher as climate change and disease threaten the world's cocoa supply.

TECH 31 Oct 2018 | 9:30 AM

Chocolatiers need more cocoa, and they want millennials to help

The maker of chocolate M&M’s and Snickers sees a growing risk on the horizon: sliding cocoa supply from one of the world’s top growers. The answer? Comics and WiFi.

TECH 05 Oct 2018 | 4:00 AM

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

Iron Ox wants to open robot farms near metropolitan areas across the US to serve up fresher produce to restaurants and supermarkets.

TECH 24 Sep 2018 | 12:30 AM

At this high-tech farm, the boss is an AI-powered algorithm

Each morning when she gets to work at Bowery Farming Inc, Katie Morich changes into a clean uniform, puts on a hairnet and cleans her hands with sanitiser. Then she consults a computer monitor displaying all the tasks she needs to accomplish that day.

TECH 30 May 2018 | 12:30 AM

Weekly PC download charts: PUBG deposed by Dark Souls: Remastered

The 14-month reign of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds at the top of the Steam charts has come to an end, with Dark Souls: Remastered taking the crown.

TECH 22 May 2018 | 9:22 AM

Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

TECH 15 Mar 2018 | 7:00 AM

Walmart patents hint at future where its drones tend the farms

Walmart Inc's patent filings hint that it may see a future where farmers use its drones to not only spot crop problems but selectively apply chemicals or even disperse pollen to bring shoppers the freshest and cheapest food possible.