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Food & Agriculture

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a Supports for Sustainable Agricultural and Plantation Programs in Malaysia

Supergeo, a leading global provider of complete GIS mapping software and solutions, announced that local agricultural institution, Koperasi Ladang Pekebun-Pekebun Kecil Malaysia Berhad, employed SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a to assist the management in reaching feasible decisions with integrated and visualized spatial data on developing sustainable agricultural and plantation programs.

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Trimble Introduces New Agriculture App for Fleet Management

Trimble announced today the Connected Farm Fleet app built to serve managers and technicians by enabling them to access their fleet information from any location. Using smartphones and tablets, the app enables the fleet management portion of Trimble’s industry-leading Connected Farm Web solution to go mobile. With the app, managers can track the location of

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Climate Forecasts Shown to Warn of Crop Failures

Climate data can help predict some crop failures several months before harvest, according to a new study from an international team, including a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Scientists found that in about one-third of global cropland, temperature and soil moisture have strong relationships to the yield of wheat

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The UK to Invest £160m in Agricultural Science and Technology

The UK will become a world leader in agricultural science and technology following the launch of a new strategy to deliver sustainable, healthy and affordable food for future generations. Breakthroughs in nutrition, informatics, satellite imaging, remote sensing, meteorology and precision farming mean the agriculture sector is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

New App Keeps Cows Cool and Profitable

A new product that can help animal farmers reduce a billion dollar problem in heat-related losses was recently released by the University of Missouri. ThermalAid is a smart phone app that monitors heat-related stresses on beef and dairy cattle and alerts farmers when there is a health problem. The app also recommends which intervention strategy

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Digitizing Our Agricultural History; 77 Years of Annual Statistics Now Online

Every year, the Department of Agriculture releases a reference book of major agricultural statistics for the United States and countries around the world. It is a one-stop location for annual production, consumption, trade, and price data for all sorts of crops and livestock, as well as spending for government programs, farm economics, and lots of

Monday, July 15th, 2013

New Crop Mapping Tool Factors Weather and Crop Progress

A new weather utility can now give you a bird’s-eye view of what’s happening to your specific area’s corn crop on a much more detailed level than ever before. The Climate Corporation has rolled out a crop progress mapping tool that shows the development of the corn crop, from planting to the R2 growth stage.

Monday, July 15th, 2013

AgGateway Launches Data Exchange Initiative SPADE2

AgGateway’s Precision Ag Council is building on its successful work to date on the Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Project by launching SPADE2. While the first phase focused on seeding, the second phase will cover crop protection and harvest operations. SPADE2 will also build infrastructure to source the machine and product reference data needed

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Robots Could Revolutionize Farming

Researchers are now designing robots for these most delicate crops by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies. Most ag robots won’t be commercially available for at least a few years. Read More

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Vital Signs Monitoring System to Track Agricultural Impacts in Africa

Vital Signs, a monitoring system for agriculture, ecosystems and human well-being, announced Esri as its first corporate partner today at the annual International User Conference for the geographic information systems (GIS) software developer. Vital Signs will use Esri applications and software to help policy-makers visualize outcomes of different agricultural decisions as part of the monitoring

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