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Food & Agriculture

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Drone Used to Drop Beneficial Bugs on Corn Crop

April 20, 2015—University of Queensland agricultural science student Michael Godfrey has developed a drone that spreads beneficial insects onto crops, potentially saving farmers time and money.

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Multimillion-Dollar Project Using Unmanned Aerial Systems to Detect Emerging Pest Insects, Diseases in Food Crops

MANHATTAN, Kansas, March 19, 2015—Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems — or UAS — as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before outbreaks happen.

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Study Finds Climate Change May Dramatically Reduce Wheat Production

MANHATTAN, Kansas, Feb. 20, 2015—A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world’s wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Technology Points African Herders in Right Direction for Forage

Space-age technology is coming to the aid of rural herders in Kenya, helping them deal with drought, climate change, civil unrest and land-use pressures that threaten food security in the region.

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

AgJunction Integrates GeoVantage Precision Agriculture Imagery

Peabody, Mass., Feb. 9, 2015—AgJunction has teamed up with GeoVantage to put on-demand color, infrared and NDVI imagery in the hands of its precision agriculture focused customers. The AgJunction platform now has a direct connection to GeoVantage’s automated operations software that tasks planes nationwide to capture and deliver “actionable” farm field imagery within days of

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Calculating Corn Crop Growth with Help from High Throughput Computing

MADISON, Wis.. Feb. 9, 2015 — When Edgar Spalding crunches data on Wisconsin corn, the numbers boggle the mind. Four million acres are planted annually, with 30,000 seeds planted per acre, producing about 120 billion seedlings sprouting skyward each May.

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Trimble Introduces Land Forming Solution to Optimize Field Surfaces for Agricultural Irrigation and Drainage

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 9, 2015—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today the launch of the WM-Form™ land forming solution for leveling, surface drainage and irrigation. WM-Form is an end-to-end agriculture solution for field survey, topography analysis, design creation, reporting and cost estimation, land forming and verification. With easy-to-use surface design tools and flexible parameters, growers and earthworks contractors

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

New Map Offers a Clearer View of Global Agriculture

Knowing where agricultural land is located is crucial for regional and global food security planning, and information on field size offers valuable insight into local economic conditions.  Two new global maps, released today in the journal Global Change Biology, provide a significant step forward in global cropland information on these two topics.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Pilotless Aircraft Will Play Critical Roles in Precision Agriculture

Comparing an unmanned aerial vehicle to a magnetic resonance imaging machine may seem odd, but that is how the director of the Mississippi State University Geosystems Research Institute sees it.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Trimble Adds Analytic Tool for Determining Field Profitability in its Connected Farm Solution

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it will be adding a profit and loss reporting feature to its Connected Farm™ Field application—a Web-based field data management tool where growers can manage field boundaries, task data, crop health maps and precipitation data. With the new feature—which includes a user-friendly graphical interface—it is now possible

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