Satellites Are Great, But They Don’t Beat U.S. Crop Forecasters

Alex Whitebrook/ April 13, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

For decades, government satellites have been taking detailed photographs of crops around the world that are now being tapped by traders like Cargill Inc. to gain an edge in global grain markets. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture — the benchmark in forecasting domestic crops — says the images by themselves still can’t be relied upon to predict annual corn, wheat or

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Technology helping East Africa unlock agriculture potential

Alex Whitebrook/ April 12, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Information technology is being utilised more than ever to improve agriculture in East Africa. The sector is responsible for 83.9% of imports and 80% of total employment in Ethiopia alone. Technology-led transformation promotes good business practise and encourages farmers to work collaboratively. On a larger scale, aerial images from satellites, weather forecasts and soil sensors are making it easier to

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Farms Could Turn to Robots to Cope With Climate Change

Alex Whitebrook/ April 11, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Industry is ‘fertile ground’ for technology, BMI Research says Climate change seen as major disruptor to firms, survey shows Agribusiness companies may be on the cusp of a buying spree in technology as climate change emerges as the biggest disrupting element for the business. Technological improvements from boosting crop yields to data-tracking systems will be required in coming decades as

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Brandon Batten uses drone to zero in on crop problems and answers

Alex Whitebrook/ April 11, 2018/ Press Releases/ 0 comments

When an image of a field causes a grower to ask more questions, that’s when they can improve. “If you’re questioning what you’re doing, then you are looking for a better way and if you can measure it, you can make it better,” said Brandon Batten, Johnston County, N.C., tobacco farmer and drone operator. One way farmers and ranchers are

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Going beyond the limits: future food security

Alex Whitebrook/ April 10, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Alternative, non-traditional crops and technologies can play an important role in contributing to future food security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This was one of the main points made during an open day and round-table discussions attended by H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, at International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, the winner of

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Upgrading crop adviser tech

Alex Whitebrook/ April 9, 2018/ Press Releases/ 0 comments

The changing nature of data acquisition on the farm creates an upstream challenge for those who support farmers — maximizing management information. Trimble has announced a new tool to help tackle that issue. Advisor Prime provides a crop adviser or agronomist a centralized location for bringing in farmer data; but more than a storage tool, the system also allows the

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US stock and crop futures down after China announces tariffs

Alex Whitebrook/ April 4, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Wall Street futures were down Wednesday after China announced that it is imposing tariffs on U.S. goods in response to President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs. China bumped up tariffs by as much as 25 percent on 128 U.S. products, from frozen pork and wine to fruits and nuts, in response to U.S. duties on imports of aluminum and steel. U.S.

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Wireless auto water

Alex Whitebrook/ April 3, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The researchers who developed it call their innovative breakthrough the Scheduling Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, or ISSCADA. It could well be termed Automatic Irrigation, as the system allows “applying the right amount of water at the right time and in the right location in a field,” explains Susan O’Shaughnessy, an agricultural engineer at the ARS Soil and Water Management

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Farmer sends message to space using cows and crop satellite technology

Alex Whitebrook/ April 3, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Farmer Derek Klingenberg is a YouTube sensation, with major hits including What Does The Farmer Say? Kansas farmer Derek Klingenberg is known around the world for his YouTube stunts, but now he has captured attention in space. Famous for his single What Does The Farmer Say?and for the time he serenaded his cow herd with a trombone, Mr Klingenberg has also made

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Use technology for timely payment of crop insurance claims

Alex Whitebrook/ April 2, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

INDIA – The Centre has asked the state governments to use latest technology to ensure timely settlement of this year’s insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), a senior Agriculture Ministry official said. In the current 2017-18 crop year (July-June), a sum of Rs 19,163.48 crore has been insured by 4.79 crore farmers under the PMFBY. The

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