Agriculture Monitoring Articles

  • Agricultural Knives: Thermal Spray Case Study

    Adding thermal spray hard-facing to the cutting edge of an agricultural machinery knife is a tried-and-true method of extending the useful life of the product. However, not all thermal spray hard-facing is created equal, as we discovered when we went head-to-head with the competition. The Comparison. It’s common practice in this industry to test machine components under typical field ...


    By Kondex Corporation

  • Agricultural Knives: Thermal Spray Case Study III

    Since implementing our Thermal Spray Hard-face process, Kondex has been involved in numerous field test projects with its customers. The purpose of these tests is two-fold: •Set benchmarks for comparing Kondex technology to existing material/coating technology •Evaluate new material/coating technologies as a means of improving wear resistance and or improving the cost of agricultural ...


    By Kondex Corporation

  • Agricultural Knives: Thermal Spray Case Study II

    Recently, Kondex was faced with a field testing requirement that the OEM was unable to execute for cost reasons, though it was critical to our ability to supply thermal sprayed cutting components for its combine harvester. A great deal of scrutiny is placed on cutting components utilizing thermal spray hardfacing; if the hardfacing process is not carried out properly, the cutting edge will lose ...


    By Kondex Corporation

  • Simulating the Effect of Climate Change on Agriculture

    Increased atmospheric CO2 levels and climate change are believed to contribute to extreme weather conditions, which is a major concern for many. And beyond extreme events, global warming is also predicted to affect agriculture.1,2 While climate change is expected to affect agriculture and reduce crop yields, the complete ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Eridania (ITA) Agricultural Plant - Case Study

    Digester: 3.250 m³ beet chips, corn 1 x 999 kWel scope of delivery:  detailed design, agitators, gas handling equipment, instrumentation, control, plant start-up Start-up: ...

  • Livorno Ferraris (ITA) Agricultural Plant - Case Study

    Digester: 2 x 3.250 m³ pig manure, energy crops 2 x 999 kWel scope of delivery:  detailed design, agitators, gas handling equipment, instrumentation, control, plant start-up Start-up: ...

  • Pfiel (A) Agricultural Plant - Case Study

    Digester: 2 x 2.000 m³ pig manure, energy crops 2 x 500 kWel scope of delivery: permit application, detailed design, tendering, project awarding, project management supervision, agitator equipment, un-pressurized gas holder, tent-roof gas holder, gas handling equipment, instrumentation Start-up: ...

  • BioKW (A) Agricultural Plant - Case Study

    Digester: 2 x 1.380 m³/h, 2 x 500 kWel; 1 x 1.000 kWth Manure, fruit- and vegetable waste, energy crops, fat sludge, slaughter house waste, food leftovers Scope of delivery: permission planning, detailed planing, tendering, project awarding, project management supervision, mixing technology, gas handling equipment, instrumentation Start-up: ...

  • Jezera (SLO) Agricultural Plant - Case Study

    Digester: 3.250 m³ pig manure, energy crops 1.000 kWel scope of delivery:  detailed design, agitators, input technology,  gas handling equipment, instrumentation, plant start-up Start-up: ...

  • A novel system of indicators for evaluating system resilience of regional agricultural water resources

    Constructing a reasonable evaluation index system is important for characterizing water and land resources and for ecological restoration. To solve random and incomplete problems using a traditional evaluation index system, a novel model for evaluating regional agricultural water resources using a resilience index system was proposed. In addition, a new method for an evaluation index system ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Comparing RGB-based vegetation indices with NDVI for agricultural drone imagery

    Abstract Agribotix conducted a post hoc test of two vegetation indices, VARI and TGI, that used only the three visible-band signals from an unmodified CMOS camera. The results were compared to NDVI, which is generally considered to be a reliable measure of field health and the underlying RGB image. While the results are somewhat encouraging in limited cases, it is clear that neither VARI nor ...


    By Agribotix LLC

  • How a new way of thinking about soil sparked a national movement in agriculture

    For three weeks every month, Ray Archuleta captivates audiences with a few handfuls of soil. He begins with two clumps, dropping them into water. The soil from a farm where the soil isn’t tilled holds together, while the tilled soil immediately disperses, indicating poor soil structure. Next, volunteers from the audience — mostly farmers and ranchers — pour water over a soil ...


    By Ensia

  • Opportunities for saving and reallocating agricultural water to alleviate water scarcity

    As water scarcity worsens globally, there is growing interest in finding ways to reduce water consumption, and for reallocating water savings to other uses including environmental restoration. Because irrigated agriculture is responsible for more than 90% of all consumptive water use in water-scarce regions, much attention is being focused on opportunities to save water on irrigated farms. At ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessment of groundwater vulnerability to nitrate pollution caused by agricultural practices

    Environmental risk assessment is a step towards identification, analysis, and classification of risk factors and thus reduction of the possibility of adverse consequences. In this research, a novel approach for environmental risk assessment on groundwater pollution is applied. By combination of aquifer vulnerability DRASTIC map, pollution severity and prioritizing of the plain regions by the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The world needs our journalism. We need your support.

    Do you think the world needs more high-quality, trustworthy environmental reporting? Stories that bridge partisan divides and move beyond problems to explore solutions? And guidance for tomorrow’s environmental communicators? If you answered yes to these questions, then we need your help today! Your ...


    By Ensia

  • Sentera Launches Disruptive Technology with Quad-Rotor Omni UAV

    Sentera Launches Disruptive Technology: Omni UAV Sentera, LLC brings game-changing aerial data-capture capabilities to the industry with the revolutionary Omni™ Quad-Rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Omni naturally partners with a gimbaled Sentera Double 4K Sensor, creating an easy-to-use, precise ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Operating A Drone Legally in the U.S.

    Beginning in August 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration enacted their “Part 107 rules,” which put an end to the legal limbo that commercial drone operators previously found themselves in. This document outlines the steps commercial operators need to carry out to become fully compliant. There are basically two steps: (1) register your drone with the FAA and (2) pass an FAA ...


    By Agribotix LLC

  • Connections: New Green Revolution

    We are in need of a new revolution in how food is grown. A growing population in combination with climate change has put heavy pressure on our current system. The last time this happened (about 50 years ago) we had the Green Revolution to save the day. Major improvements in crop breeding and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides resulted in enormous yield gains in farms across Asia, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • ASTM International Updates Standard To Determine Biobased Content Of Bioproducts

    ASTM International's Committee on Plastics recently approved revisions to standard D6866, Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis. This standard was originally approved in 2004, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Estimation of the degree of soil P saturation from Brazilian Mehlich-1 P data and field investigations on P losses from agricultural sites in Minas Gerais

    The degree of phosphorus saturation (DPS) of agricultural soils is studied worldwide for risk assessment of phosphorus (P) losses. In previous studies, DPS could be reliably estimated from water-soluble P (WSP) for European and Brazilian soils. In the present study, we correlated measured WSP and Mehlich-1 P (M1P) from soils of Minas Gerais (MG) and Pernambuco (PE) (R2 = 0.94, ...


    By IWA Publishing

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