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Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Long-Term Ag Change Impacts Stream Water Quality

In the early 1990s, Acton Lake in southwestern Ohio had a muddy problem. Large amounts of sediment from nearby farms were entering the lake’s watershed. These sediments traveled through streams draining the landscape and were filling up the lake. So the USDA gave local farmers incentives to change some of their farming practices. One of

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Drones Aid Precision Agriculture in Brazil

Portal Produtos Agropecuários Ltda in Brazil is using SimActive photogrammetry software in its precision agriculture efforts. Drone data are transformed into useful and pertinent information for farmers with Correlator3D, leading to optimized yields and reduced costs for the agricultural season. The identification of the presence and damage caused by centipedes was one such example. When

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Smarter Soil Intelligence Platform Features Deep Sensors and Satellite Connectivity

The agricultural industry is in the midst of a smart farming evolution, and the Internet of Things (IoT) era has the potential to dramatically improve farming practices. For example, CropX unveiled its latest soil intelligence platform, a combination of cloud-based Ag analytics software and advanced soil sensor technology. CropX delivers the soil intelligence farmers need

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Satellites Predicting Locust Plagues

Satellites are helping to predict favorable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. Desert locusts are a type of grasshopper found primarily in the Sahara, across the Arabian Peninsula and into India. The insect is usually harmless, but when they swarm they can

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

NASA Maps Earth’s Croplands from Space

It takes a lot of land to grow food for the world’s seven billion people. About a third of Earth’s terrestrial surface is used for agriculture. And about a third of that, in turn, is used to grow crops. Now, a new NASA-funded effort aims to map crop fields worldwide, identify what’s growing where, and

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

World Wetlands Day Focuses on Agriculture

The 2014 World Wetlands Day highlights the need for wetlands and the agriculture sector to work together. ESA’s GlobWetland II project assists Mediterranean countries in the sustainable use of these areas and demonstrates the evolution of wetlands and agricultural patterns over time.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Proba-V Begins Delivery of Land Cover and Vegetation Growth

Less than seven months after launch, Earth-watcher Proba-V is ready to provide global vegetation data for operational and scientific use. Launched by a Vega rocket from French Guiana in the early hours of 7 May, the Proba-V miniaturised satellite is designed to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Satellites See Pastoralism Patterns in Niger

Satellites see defined lines of nomadic pastoralism in one of the world’s poorest countries. Landlocked in western Africa, Niger is one of the world’s poorest nations. With less than 4% of the country’s land arable and prone to drought, food security is a major concern for the population of over 17 million.

Monday, September 30th, 2013

From the Corn Belt to Canada, RapidEye Completes Its North American Agricultural Imaging Campaign

RapidEye announced today that its North American agricultural imaging campaign has been completed successfully. The campaign, which ran monthly from May 15, 2013 through September 14, 2013, generated more than 16 million km² of cloud-free imagery over 3 million km² spanning twenty-eight US states and three Canadian provinces.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

GIS Field Survey Application for Agriculture Planning and Development

Inaccurate data collection may result in unwise decisions. To avoid this problem decreasing the operational efficiency, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia used GIS to precisely record and publish the agricultural data for operating agriculture and funding Schemes.

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