Mapping technology to boost agricultural yields

Alex Whitebrook/ February 7, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Different Cambodian agricultural products displayed at a local trade fair. KT/Chor Sokunthea A new MoU signed between the government and a Korean firm will enable the application of advanced information and communication technology in agriculture, particularly precision agricultural mapping. The agreement was signed on Monday by Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon and by the chairman of Korea Land and Geospatial InformatiX Corporation,

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New technology to assess crop yields on trial basis

Alex Whitebrook/ February 6, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Telangana Government is planning to take the help of technology, perhaps for the first time in the country, in estimating crop loss for the purpose of settlement of insurance claims in a transparent and swift manner. This they believe will be acceptable to all stakeholders to avoid delays in settlement of claims as also rectifying anomalies. The existing process of

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Centre to teach advanced agriculture established in Kostanai region

Alex Whitebrook/ February 5, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

An agrotechnical hub for specialists in that field will be created in the Kostanai region, Deputy Akim (Governor) of Kostanai region Meirzhan Myrzaliyev told a Jan. 26 expanded meeting on digitisation issues, according to the region’s press service. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will allocate a $341,000 grant for the initiative. The region is implementing new technologies in agriculture, according

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Scientists speed-breeding plants in a race to beat climate change

Alex Whitebrook/ February 5, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Some years ago, NASA bred wheat in space with the goal of providing an unending food supply for astronauts. To help the plant along, astronauts shined light on the plant continuously. As far as the crop was concerned, the sun never set. It was always noon on a cloudless day. The extra light fueled its rapid growth. Researchers are now

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Food and Agriculture Startups Address Soil Microbiome

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

Next-generation pitch competition announces 20 startups selected to participate in 11th event Rabobank announces the 20 startups to pitch at FoodBytes! San Franciscoon Thursday, March 1 at The Village. These game-changers are working at the cutting-edge of food innovation; analyzing the soil microbiome to produce food more sustainably, disrupting the fish oil supplement industry with algae, tackling farm labor shortages with fruit-picking robots and more. Part

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Get an edge scouting fields with drone technology

Alex Whitebrook/ February 1, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Drones are higher in quality and lower in price than they were just a few years ago when farmers began using them, says University of Missouri Extension natural resources engineer Kent Shannon. Shannon gave an update on drone technology at MU Extension’s annual Crop Management Conference, Dec. 18-19 in Columbia, Mo. Shannon has taught farmers and Extension educators how to

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Ag Tech doubles down on farming’s future

Alex Whitebrook/ January 31, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

More money went into funding agricultural technology startups last year than the previous two combined, as battle lines were drawn between traditional Big Ag companies and some of the Silicon Valley venture capitalists looking to upend the multibillion-dollar industry. Investors plowed more than $700 million into agricultural tech companies in 2017, according to research firm CB Insights, a big step

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Farm Dog, John Deere launch variable-rate spray technology project

Alex Whitebrook/ January 31, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Since 2016, Farm Dog and John Deerehave been working together to reduce pesticide use, increase yields, and promote environmental sustainability. As the two companies enter the next stage of their partnership, they will work to develop variable-rate spray technology to combat pests and to manage disease. The joint project is supported, in part, by a $900,000 Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation grant. “This

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Debate ensues over move to adopt GMOs

Alex Whitebrook/ January 30, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The number of hungry people around the world grew from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016, according to Food and Agriculture Organisation. And, with the world’s population expected to hit the nine billion mark in 2050, up from 7 billion currently, the threat of hunger will remain, at least for the foreseeable future. It is in this

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Drones have their limitations

Alex Whitebrook/ January 29, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Greg Adelman, owner of Crop Command Agronomy at Southey, Sask., says UAVs provide researchers with a great tool for assessing small research plots, but when it’s necessary to cover thousands of acres, they can’t deliver the scale and efficiency needed. “The biggest fail that drones will have in agriculture is scaleability and efficiency because if you’re only able to fly

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