Current activities

What we are working on

At Innovation Farms, EMILI showcases ag demonstrations, tests and validates agtech solutions, and shares data and insights to enable farmer-centric innovation across the prairies. 

Testing and validating technology solutions

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Plant response and yield sensing
EMILI, AIRM (2023, 2024)

AIRM's Crop Sentry systems collect daily multispectral point cloud and other sensor data throughout the season on soil conditions, weather, and plant health. Computer vision and machine learning models provide real-time information to predict crop yield and quality outcomes to optimize decisions and inform best practice standards.

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Automated Grain Tracking System
EMILI, Alterra Innovation (2024)

EMILI is working with Alterra Innovation to validate its GrainTracker system, which provides track-and-trace technology to digitize grain inventory and harvest records for farms. Post-harvest, their software uses machine learning algorithms and provides advanced analytics on each batch of grain.

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AI for weed management
EMILI, Geco Predictive Weed Control (2023, 2024)

We are working with Geco Predictive Weed Control to assess the performance of their techniques for proactive weed management including predicting weed locations and detecting emerging herbicide resistance. We are using drone flights and satellites to collect imagery on kochia and wild oat.

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Tracking crop residue
EMILI, University of Toronto (2024)

EMILI is working with researchers from University of Toronto's Aerospace Team - Space Systems Division to conduct a technological demonstration of crop residue mapping from the low-earth orbit using hyperspectral short wave infrared satellite remote sensing.

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Computer vision/phenotyping peas
EMILI, UWinnipeg, NRC (2023-2024)

We are developing image collections of pea plants and their root systems in order to apply machine learning to prairie crops and test the associations between Rhizobium inoculation and pea growth. Rapid phenotyping pipelines will allow pea breeders to select for increased resilience and higher yields faster than previously possible.

Showcasing agtech demonstrations

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Imaging of prairie crops and weeds
EMILI, UWinnipeg, UManitoba (2023-2024)

We are developing a publicly accessible database of labelled plant and weed images which will train machine learning models for Prairie-centric plant phenotyping, disease assessment, and weed management.

iSCOUT® insect trap
iScout ROI
EMILI, Metos (2023-2024)

EMILI uses an iSCOUT® mobile app to monitor insect traps and identify specific insect species on the farm. We pay particular attention to the presence of diamondback moth and wheat midge, which can damage canola and wheat crops throughout the growing season.

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Environmental Monitoring
EMILI, Ukko Agro (2023, 2024)

Live and predictive information from Ukko Agro's weather station on Innovation Farms provides insight into weather (temperature, precipitation, and wind speed), crop growth stages, and disease incidence to determine optimal spraying windows.

Metos weather station and soil sensor
Yield Prediction Modelling
EMILI, Metos (2024)

Live and predictive information from seven METOS® weather stations placed across Innovation Farms provides EMILI with insight into disease forecasting, yield predictions, and local weather events that influence crop production.

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IoT sensors and weather stations
Multi-partner activity (2024)

Weather stations, soil sensors, crop cameras, and insect monitoring stations set up across Innovation Farms allow us to remotely monitor crops to inform sustainable and profitable crop production decisions from field to field.

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MyFarmConnect Integration
EMILI, AgExpert (2023-2024)

Importing years of operation data from John Deere Operations Center into AgExpert Field unlocks a wealth of historical information, enabling EMILI to gain valuable insights and optimize farm management practices.

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Digital agriculture advancement
EMILI, MacDon (2023-2024)

Having access to MacDon’s high-performance harvesting equipment and related resources, technical knowledge, and strategic guidance increases EMILI’s capacity to test, validate, and demonstrate the powerful capacity of ag tech tools on Innovation Farms.

Sharing data and insights

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AgExpert field data and accounting
EMILI, FCC

EMILI uses AgExpert Field and Accounting software to provide valuable insights as part of our testing, research, and technology development. AgExpert is designed to simplify record keeping from field to finance - providing farmers timely information to make good business decisions.

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Innovation Farms sensor network
EMILI, Metos

We have set up weather stations, soil sensors, crop cameras, and insect monitoring stations across Innovation Farms to remotely monitor crops. These Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provide vital insights to inform sustainable and profitable crop production decisions from field to field.

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Innovation Farms field tours
Multi-partner activity

EMILI hosts field tours and demonstrations on Innovation Farms throughout the season to showcase new agricultural technologies, expand innovation opportunities, and increase understanding and adoption of digital tools.

Connect with us

Working together, we can increase integration of intelligent technologies, empower people with digital skills, support scale-ups to grow in the prairies, and accelerate Manitoba's growth as a leader in digital agriculture. Whether you are from industry, academia, or leading a start-up, we'd love to connect with you about collaborating on a project. Connect with us by email to start a conversation. For more information, see an archive of past activities and view all Innovation Farms news.