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Food & Agriculture

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

UAVs for Agricultural Weed Control

Precision Agriculture is a hot topic these days as researchers look for ways to reduce the massive amounts of chemicals that are currently sprayed on food crops. A new research paper describes one of the ways robots may help in Early Season Site-Specific Weed Management (ESSWM). In the study, a UAV equipped with a multispectral

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A New Tool to Measure and Reduce Emissions from Agriculture

Agriculture is a major actor in spurring global climate change. The sector is already responsible for at least 10-12 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and agricultural emissions are expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2030.

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Water Issues Drive Precision Agriculture Solutions

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

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The World’s Most Comprehensive Water Footprint Food Calculator Launched By Sustain

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

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Mapping Montana’s Food System

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

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Leica Introduces SteerDirect ES, A New Electric Steering Solution for Farmers

Leica Geosystems announces the new retro-fit electric steering system Leica SteerDirect ES. The easy-to-install solution allows farmers to add assisted steering to the majority of tractor, sprayer and harvester models without removing the steering wheel.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

John Deere Adds Array of Environmental Sensors to Field Connect

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.

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

USDA Releases Reports on Climate Change Impacts to Forests and Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released two comprehensive reports today that synthesize the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture and forests. The reports, entitled Climate Change and Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation and the Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest Sector,

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Trimble’s Connected Farm App Further Automates Use and Efficiency of GreenSeeker Handheld

Trimble introduced  a new feature of the Connected Farm app which automatically calculates the recommended nitrogen rates for crop readings taken by the GreenSeeker handheld crop sensor, an easy-to-use measurement device designed to assess the health of a crop.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Global Leaders Take Action to Strengthen Food Security

Saying it is time to “step up to scale up”, global leaders convened at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting called for intensified efforts to improve the productivity and sustainability of the world’s food systems.

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