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Food & Agriculture

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Feeding the World: Why We Must Do More Than Just Increase Yields

A new paper published by the journal Science argues that to ensure sustainable food supplies for the Earth’s growing population, policymakers must focus on more than just food production. The paper urges a rethink of the increasingly popular policy goal of “sustainable intensification”, which aims to produce more food per unit area in ways that

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

ASETA Project to Treat Crops Autonomously

Conventional agricultural fields are sprayed uniformly to control weeds, insects, and diseases. ASETA focuses on early, localized detection of infestation and subsequent targeted treatment using automated, small, cooperating, unmanned helicopters and ground vehicles. This will reduce energy inputs and environmental pollution because 1) it allows local spraying of only the infested areas, and 2) small

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

GIS-Based Water Requirement Maps to Help Manage Drought Risk in Agriculture

In addition, a decrease in reliable sources of freshwater is having an enormous negative impact on agricultural production at a time when there is a global need to increase yield. According to How to Feed the World in 2050, a strategic report issued in 2009 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,

Monday, June 24th, 2013

CSIRO Helps Tackle Food Security in Australia

From monitoring soil moisture to measuring oyster heartbeats, a new CSIRO report has revealed Aussie farmers can help to tackle the global food shortage and significantly increase their productivity by taking advantage of new smart farming technologies enabled by next generation broadband networks.

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

AgSense President to Chair Industry Push to Provide Standardized Data for Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness of Agricultural Irrigation

Making irrigation water and energy conservation more efficient through technology is the goal behind a new project sponsored by AgGateway and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance known as PAIL (Precision Ag Irrigation Leadership). AgSense President, Terry Schiltz, will chair the new project and is joined by a cross-industry collaboration of leading agriculture and energy businesses.

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Bluesky Photomaps Help Keep Farmers in the Picture

Aerial photographs from Bluesky are helping farmers and rural estate managers gain a greater understanding of the environment in which they work. Working with Pear Technology, a developer and supplier of land and crop management software, Bluesky has supplied aerial photographs to enhance the overall digital mapping experience. The map accurate images provide an easy

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Soil Carbon Sequestration Viability Studied for Farmers

UWA research looking at the economic impacts of implementing soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration methods into farming practices, is showing that these impacts may prove impractical for farmers. One of the study’s authors Assistant Professor Marit Kragt says while SOC sequestration has been talked about a lot in public debate, there was little evidence of the

Friday, May 17th, 2013

National Assessment Shows Geographic Distributions and Trends of Pesticide Use, 1992-2009

For the first time, national maps and trend graphs show the distribution of the agricultural use of 459 pesticides for each year during 1992-2009 for the entire conterminous U.S.  The maps and supporting national database of county-level use estimates for each pesticide were developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for use in national and

Monday, May 13th, 2013

RapidEye Kicks off 2013 North American Agricultural Imaging Campaign

RapidEye, a leader in high-resolution, wide area repetitive coverage of earth through its constellation of five satellites, announced today that its 2013 North American Ag Imaging Campaign will begin May 15th. This is the second year for the campaign, which will task 2.9 million square kilometers covering most major agricultural areas in the US, including

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Sensors Assist with Optimizing Water Productivity for Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service researchers in Bushland, Texas, are helping farmers make the most of their water supplies in a region where they depend on the Ogallala Aquifer, a massive underground reservoir under constant threat of overuse.

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