A realistic approach to robotic automation

12-axis robotic arms, drones, and mobile robots – these are just a few examples of ways startups are attempting to automate the farming industry. It is possible to verify the concept in a small lab setting, however, these concepts have yet to make an impact on the way food is grown. Why? Complexity and cost. […]

Farming Techniques: Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is a traditional agricultural technique that involves planting different types of crops on the same piece of land in sequenced seasons.[1] Planting two different kinds of vegetables together is called intercropping, or component cropping. The goal of crop rotation and component crops is obtaining the highest yields while keeping the fertility of the […]

History of Farming: Current Day Implications & Needed Changes

Farming is a symbol of humanity’s dominance over animals and plants to provide sustenance for survival. Early Neolithic peoples practiced agriculture as early as 20,000 BC, marking perhaps one of the most critical turning points in civilization. Since then, there have been dramatic changes in the way farming is practiced, but at its core is […]

Farming Techniques: Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management is a holistic, broad-based approach for managing pests. The goal of IPM is to keep the population density of pests at the lowest possible level to prevent damage to crops without completely eradicating them. Additionally, IPM strives to maintain healthy crops without disrupting the ecosystems in agricultural land using natural pest control […]

Farming Techniques: No-Till Agriculture

No-till agriculture, also called no-till farming, zero tillage, or direct drilling, is a method of traditional agriculture that focusing on growing crops season to season without disturbing the soil by tilling. When farmers use the no-till technique, they increase the amount of water that goes into the ground, retaining and cycling organic matter and nutrients. […]

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Farming

In 2016, the EPA estimated that U.S. agriculture contributed nearly $330 billion in revenue to the economy[1]. However, as the climate continues to change and become more unpredictable, coupled with the global concerns of a growing population, farmers will face difficulty keeping up with the demand for agricultural products in the coming years. One method […]

Innovative Farming Technology: Plant Factories

Plant factories are facilities that produce high-quality vegetables (mostly leafy greens) throughout the year by artificially controlling the light, temperature, humidity, CO2 concentration, and culture solution of the growing environment. This innovative farming method allows growers to better plan production and produces vegetables roughly two to four times faster than traditional farming. The high-tech, automated […]

Innovative Farming Technology: Indoor and Urban Farms

Urban farming is a hot new term for those seeking to bring quality, healthy, and affordable food to cities where it isn’t always easy to get. From everyday people to environmentalists to community groups, the interest is rising, although urban agriculture is nothing new. At its core, urban farming “is growing or producing food in […]

Farming 4.0 – A Revolution

Scientist estimates global population will rise from 7 billion to 9.7 billion people within the next 30 years. They also predict income increases for the average person, leading to a rise in food consumption that will increase the demand for produce by up to 50%. Traditional farming methods cannot currently meet this increasing demand, as several […]

The Global Vegetable Shortage, And How Katif Is Addressing It

Vegetables are great. They can help reduce our global carbon footprint, live healthier, and they’re delicious. But, did you know that research indicates we will face a global vegetable shortage within the next 4 years? By the year, 2050, the world population will reach about 9.7 billion people. Population growth, coupled with increased income and overall higher caloric intake requirement, […]