Agriculture and Weather News

  • VISCA “Vineyards´ Integrated Smart Climate Application”

    Climate change is threatening different varieties of agriculture species; the wine-grapes are especially sensitive to subtle differences in micro-climate impacts causing changes in the crops (i.e. decrease of the grape quality and quantity, changes in alcohol, acid, sugar, etc.) which directly affects the European wine industry. VISCA (“Vineyards´ Integrated Smart Climate ...


    By Meteosim S.L.

  • A step forward to making crops tolerant to severe drought

    An international consortium of researchers led by Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, has sequenced the genome of the ‘resurrection plant’ Xerophyta viscosa. Today the team publishes the DNA sequence in Nature Plants. In their paper, the team reveals a genetic ‘footprint’ of the amazing ability of this plant to tolerate severe drought for long periods ...

  • Rainfall changes threaten food production

    The UN’s latest State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report warns that rainfall patterns will have changed so drastically by the end of this century that agriculture, forestry and fishing will all be seriously affected. “It will become more and more difficult to harvest crops, rear animals and manage forests and fisheries in the same places and in the same way as before,” says ...


    By Climate News Network

  • RainWise, Inc., Spotlights Importance of Agricultural Weather Data

    RainWise, Inc., www.rainwise.com, believes monitoring weather data can assist farmers in making smarter decisions on the farm, especially with planting, harvesting, insect and disease control, irrigation, fertilization rates and crop selection. ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Mobile app for rain forecasts raising farmers’ yields

    A mobile phone-based innovation that can predict rain is helping farmers in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries sow, fertilise and harvest crops at the optimum time. The innovation is being used in Cote d'Ivoire, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Weather Underground and RainWise partner at Brazilian sustainable agriculture summitt

    RainWise is a leading global manufacturer of reference-grade, innovative meteorological measurement and monitoring solutions for professional, industrial, consumer and custom applications. In business for over 41 years, RainWise is an industry pioneer with patents for the original tipping bucket rain gauge, the first digital weather station and the first wireless weather station. Director of ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Weather extremes slash cereal yields

    Climate change may have already begun to take its toll of agriculture. New research suggests that drought and extreme heat in the last 50 years have reduced cereal production by up to 10%. And, for once, developed nations may have sustained greater losses than developing nations. Researchers have been warning for years that ...


    By Climate News Network

  • WTO trade ministers move to eliminate agriculture export subsidies, but differences remain on other measures

    FAO has welcomed an agreement by World Trade Organization (WTO) member states through the recently adopted "Nairobi Package" to move towards eliminating export subsidies involving agricultural products. However, it also noted that differences remain over other measures aimed at creating fairer global trading conditions, in particular for developing countries. A declaration issued on 19 December ...

  • Reliance on trade makes food systems vulnerable

    Boosting international trade may not be the best way to improve food security, as it makes many countries vulnerable to food shortages caused by market fluctuations, according to new research. A ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Wageningen researchers share knowledge during third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture

    “Something that began in The Hague four years ago as a political discussion has since developed into a large international research community,” said Professor Martin Kropff, Rector Magnificus of Wageningen University and vice chairman of the Wageningen UR Executive Board, at the opening of the third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture. This conference drew some 750 ...

  • Controlling Weather Extremes – Turning Rainfall to an Advantage

    Shropshire and the surrounding areas are well known to experience seasonal flooding, according to the Shropshire Star.  Whilst wet ground conditions can be a burden, triggering increased costs, lower output and extra work, the advantages of rainfall certainly outweigh the opposite extreme of the weather spectrum. Shaun Jones, rural professional director of Halls, Shrewsbury, explained that ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Climate’s threat to wheat is rising by degrees

    Climate change threatens dramatic price fluctuations in the price of wheat and potential civil unrest because yields of one of the world’s most important staple foods are badly affected by temperature rise. An international consortium of scientists have been testing wheat crops in laboratory and field trials in many areas of the world in changing climate conditions and discovered that ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Climate change accelerates maturing of grape in wine production

    “The increase in temperatures and of CO2 levels – the consequences of climate change – accelerates the maturing of grapes in wine production, affecting colour and possibly aromas”. This was the conclusion of the PhD thesis defended by Johann Martínez-Lüscher, undertaken jointly by the University of Navarra and the University of Bordeaux. The biologist ...

  • Forests around the world affected by climate change

    Around the globe, forests are found to be undergoing strong changes due to human influence already today. Degradation of woods due to man-made climate change cannot be ruled out for the future, a Special Feature to be published next week in the Journal of Ecology, led by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), now shows. To understand and improve the ...

  • RainWise Names New Director of Global Sales

    RainWise is pleased to present our new Director of Global Sales, Alex Birdsall. Alex has over 6 years of global technology business development experience with strong client relationships in many industries, including meteorology, agriculture, engineering, forestry, transportation and energy. His enthusiasm, knowledge and creative mind are a perfect match for assisting our customers to ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Climate renews famine risk to Africa’s Sahel

    The Sahel, the arid belt of land that stretches from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and separates the Sahara desert from the African savanna, is no stranger to drought and famine. Now scientists in Sweden say the Sahel faces another humanitarian crisis even than in the recent past − with the changing climate partly ...


    By Climate News Network

  • EPA Announces Final Decision to Register Enlist Duo, Herbicide Containing 2, 4-D and Glyphosate/Risk assessment ensures protection of human health, including infants, children

    The EPA is registering the herbicide, Enlist Duo with first-time ever restrictions to manage the problem of resistant weeds. The pesticide is for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically-engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D and glyphosate. The agency’s decision reflects a large body of science and an understanding of the risk of pesticides to human health and the environment. ...

  • How vulnerable to climate change is agriculture in the Black Sea region?

    The impacts of climate change in the Black Sea region are likely to affect agriculture in Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey, new research suggests. The number of days of plant growth was reduced in these countries as a result of reduced precipitation, increased temperatures and low capacity for irrigation to supplement water needs. A strong legal framework is necessary to ...

  • Warming threatens to cut crop yields

    Projecting the impact of climate change on global food production is no easy task. A warming climate might result in better crop yields in one region, but cause drought and crop failure in another. A new US study, published in the journal Environmental Letters, assesses the odds of a major slowdown in global food production over the next 20 years. Overall, the study’s authors say, the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Warming Threatens to cut Crop Yields

    Projecting the impact of climate change on global food production is no easy task. A warming climate might result in better crop yields in one region, but cause drought and crop failure in another. A new US study, published in the journal Environmental ...


    By Climate News Network

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