Measurements of canopy reflectance in the tree nut orchards are part of a three-year, Western state precision agriculture project called, “Precision Canopy and Water Management Study in Specialty Crops Using Sensor-Based Decision Making.” At the project’s core is discovering solutions for ever tightening and costly water supplies in the West and how cutting-edge technologies can help specialty crop growers produce more crop with less water. Read More
A brand new food calculator that gives a comprehensive water footprint of a full meal has been developed by scientists at Sustain as part of the World Water Day initiative (22 March 2013). Unlike other food calculators currently available, Sustain’s calculator allows the input of weight of the food item as well as specifying the country of origin as UK or global, giving the most accurate measure ever of the water footprint of a full meal.
A new interactive online map created by Montana’s Department of Agriculture paints a picture of the potential for improving Montana’s food system infrastructure and providing new economic opportunities for agriculture and locally-grown food products. Based on the outcome of a 2011 economic analysis commissioned by Lake County’s Community Development Corporation, Nancy Matheson and her team undertook the massive chore of coding and labeling each establishment that is part of Montana’s system of food commerce including producers, processors, distributors, retailers and more. Read More
Expanding on the John Deere Field Connect soil moisture monitoring system introduced last fall, John Deere will add new environmental sensors and features this spring to provide additional information to producers of all types of agricultural crops.