John Deere has announced a joint venture with orchard and vineyard spraying technology company GUSS.

John Deere claims a joint venture between it and California-based technology company GUSS will assist horticulture producers achieve greater on-farm efficiency.

Orizzonti manufactures a range of specialised range of mowers and mulchers for the orchard sector.

Orizzonti is well known in the viticulture and orchard sectors for its specialised range of mowers and mulchers.

Most attempts to alleviate soil compaction problem centre around the tractor - usually fitting larger section tyres or reducing pressure.

While farmers and growers are familiar with ground compaction and soil damage, most attempts to alleviate the problem centres around the tractor - usually fitting larger section tyres or reducing pressure.

Nobili has produced what is believed to be the world's first 100% electrically-operated crop sprayer aimed at orchards and vineyards.

While the auto industry seems to be galloping into electrification, the agricultural sector seems to be a little more reserved in adopting plug in and play.

Yamaha Corporation has recently invested in Advanced Farm Technologies (AFT), a Californian company that is active in robotics.

Yamaha is made up of two separate companies - Yamaha Corporation, famed for musical and electronic products, and the Yamaha Motor Company, which started producing motorcycles in 1954.

Leon Power and his wife Lauren Oehme have founded start-up company Nanobubble Agritech.

Following a decade playing at Super Rugby, NPC and Top 14 level in France, Leon Power decided to hang up his boots and put his life experiences – and a Massey University degree in Agricultural Science – to good use.

The NZ designed and built Pollensmart is an interesting development in the mechanical pollination of orchards.

With kiwifruit being the "go to" good food of the 21st century, it was inevitable that orchard prices would skyrocket.

With more than 40 years of two and four-row self-propelled harvester production behind them, the latest Dewulf harvester - imported by Ashburton-based New Zealand Tractors - puts that expertise to good use in the shape of the RCA 3060.

While global player John Deere and German manufacturer Horsch are believed to be well down the track with autonomous field robots, it looks like Dutch start-up company AgXeed will be the first to enter series production with the aptly named AgBot.

Having got throught the ravages of PSA, kiwifruit production has bounced back delivering record harvests and record prices for orchards.

Probably better known in the viticulture sector, Tractor Repairs and Spares (TRS) is now expanding into the horticulture area - with a focus on apple - after purchasing the FMR business in late 2020.

Claimed to have some of the most revolutionary spray technology to enter the Australasian market, the BA Smart Sprayer is now available in New Zealand.

With the gradual rise in horsepower of tractors being used in orchards, Power Farming NZ has introduced a duo of heavy-duty mulchers aimed at capitalising on this extra power.

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