VanderSat, which joins a growing number of remote sensing startups targeting the agriculture sector, is taking a different approach to others, namely in its use of microwave sensors.
Descartes Labs has raised an oversubscribed $30 million Series B round led by new investor March Capital, with Cargill, Crosslink Capital, and Cultivian Sandbox also participating.
Solyent, Thymox, Propel, Hectare Agritech, Smart Earth Seeds, Taranis, Abundant, Calysta, Ceres, and Territory have all raised funding in the past two weeks.
Modern sensing instruments have advanced far beyond simple photographic film. Today’s devices measure light, radiation, and heat by capturing different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, writes Joe Byrum.
A bumper two weeks of funding saw 14 startups raise $184m across on-farm biotech, biotech, satellite imagery, India, 3D printing, including Instacart's $400m Series D. There was also an ag data acquisition in the UK.
The startup will use the funding to accelerate the launch of Astro Digital’s Landmapper constellation - it is planning eight launches for 2017 - and its analytics platform.
Geosys' Matthieu Hyrien explains four key concepts in remote sensing in agriculture from a recently released a whitepaper on the topic.
A bumper week of fundings includes startups offering satellite imagery analysis, drones-as-a-software, milk products, wine e-commerce and more.
The South African media group led the round for data analytics and record-keeping tool FarmLogs, joined by existing investors.
Sperm sexing technology, hi-tech glasses for drones, and an aerial imagery company working with John Deere make up a very diverse and exciting Ag Industry Brief this week!
IntelinAir, the aerial imagery analysis company for the agriculture industry, yesterday announced the addition of two board members and some agronomy and robotics experts to its advisory committee.
FarmShots Raises Seed Round
After just completing the Y Combinator accelerator program, North Carolina-based satellite imagery startup
FarmShots has closed a seed round after attracting local angel investors. Founder Josh Miller said that keeping the investor base local avoided any potential investor demands to move the company to the expensive West Coast.
ProducePay, Leaf Space, KisanHub, Agrivi, Holachef, and Chefmarket contributed to this week's fundings-in-brief.
On a quest to understand the forces at play in the agricultural economy, and to assess the role that agtech could play in this economy, Rogers has written a two-part in-depth analysis for AgFunderNews
Despite recent average rainfall, California continues to cope with water scarcity. The state may be eyeing water tech to help get its farmers back afloat.
Over $60m of agtech fundings this week include Engender Technologies, Inocucor, WiseRG, Planetary Resources, MastiLine, Chef'd and Kazzit.
Satellite and sensing startup Planetary Resources raised the funding from a group of high-profile individuals and venture capital investors.
A UK satellite imagery company, Google Ventures' investment in a sensor technology, and a flower delivery company attracting capital from an agtech VC contribute to this week's Fundings-in-Brief.
Slantrange has raised the funding from a wide range of investors including venture capital firms, angel syndicates, and a farming organization.
The USDA's lacking regulation of gene-edited mushrooms has raised criticism while citizens in China protest Chem China's acquisition of Syngenta over GMO Concerns in this week's industry-in-brief.