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Food & Agriculture

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Remote Sensing, Variable Rate Technology are Hot Topics

Anymore, agronomy seems in large part to be about elaborating on a simple concept for farmers: Making the most of the land they have. Tom Ryan and Joel Wipperfurth, two master agronomists with Winfield Solutions LLC, explained how farmers can turn electronic data from their farms into land value during the Agro-Nomics conference in Indianapolis, an

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Topcon, Vatican Cooperate on Global Agriculture Program

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), in cooperation with the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI, is developing a global agriculture initiative – Person and Technological Innovation. The program is designed to introduce young people in developing countries to technologies and applications of precise positioning in the global agriculture markets. Initial training will be conducted at the Topcon training

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Trimble Adds New Features to its Connected Farm Solution to Enhance Farming Operations

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today several new features to further enhance its Connected Farm™ solution. Connected Farm is an integrated operations management solution that provides information exchange across the entire farm. New features include additional viewing capabilities between vehicles operating in the same field, and reports on the productivity and delay of field equipment.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Astrium’s GRAIN Service Shows US Corn Yields are Lower than Expected

Astrium, Europe’s leading space company, estimates 2012 U.S. corn yield at 116.0 bushels per acre which is at thelower end of current industry expectations.  This forecast announced during Global Grain Geneva 2012, the world’s premier agricultural industry congress, is based on Astrium Services’ GRAIN (Global Risk Agricultural Intelligence), a unique technology combining satellite imagery processing, agronomic

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Hyperspectral Sensors Provide Data-Rich Feedback for the Food Industry

Headwall is pleased to announce the production of a new precision hyperspectral collaboration to be used in grain, seed and bean sorting by QualySense(Dübendorf Switzerland). The Hyperspec Extended VNIR sensors, which operate in the spectral range of 550-1650nm, will provide a higher level of precision during the analysis of seeds and grains.

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

NASA Maps How Nutrients Affect Plant Productivity

A new analysis led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has estimated how much the growth of plants worldwide is limited by the amount of nutrients available in their soil. The maps produced from the research will be particularly useful in evaluating how much carbon dioxide Earth’s ecosystems may be able to soak up

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Autonomous Robot Swarm Takes Over Farm Work

A new robot developed by David Dorhout and colleagues from Dorhout R&D is designed to plant seeds in a field while coordinating with a gang of other robotic farmhands, according to New Scientist. The robot can walk in any direction while avoiding obstacles, using a sensor underneath its body to detect where seeds have already been planted. Once it

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Sensors Aid Farming Decisions in the Vineyard

Thibaut Scholasch, who’s crouched in the vineyard, gently parting clusters of blueberry-sized cabernet sauvignon grapes. Scholasch and fellow French expat Sébastien Payen are cofounders of a small Oakland-based consultancy called Fruition Sciences. The company deploys arrays of sensors like this one to monitor dozens of vineyards around the world, the majority of them here in Napa

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Report Warns of Regional Food Security Challenges

The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) today released its 3rd annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa before an audience of global thought leaders, agricultural industry experts, farmers, and international development professionals.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Automated Weed Mapping Guides Herbicide Application

PATCH spraying of weeds can deliver clear economic and environmental benefits but difficulties associated with creating weed maps have slowed adoption of the technique. That is according to Dr Alistair Murdoch of Reading University, who told the meeting weeds such as black-grass, wild oats, barren brome and cleavers often occurred in patches in arable fields. He said:

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