Agriculture Monitoring Articles

  • Should organic certification be banned for hydroponic crops?

    The USDA recommendation also includes banning aquaponics and aeroponics. The proposal would allow for some types of container production systemsthat meet the nitrogen formulas provided by the Crops Subcommittee. ...


    By Dosatron International Inc.

  • Northam Wheat Trial – NPK Reduction - Case Study

    First of a five year trial producing wheat at reduced rates of NPK (50% to 75%). At Northam in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia in 2013, wheat cv. Eradu was sown into a pasture paddock to evaluate the effects of various rates of fertiliser in combination with Hibrix BB. Agras fertiliser was banded below the seed at sowing at 0, 25, 51, 75 or 99 kg/ha whilst Hibrix BB was applied to half ...


    By NW Solutions

  • Corn Production in the Bowen Food Basin - Case Study

    In Bowen, Queensland, in 2010, Hibrix was compared with a high NPK mineral fertiliser program for the production of maize cv. Hycorn 675IT on an alluvial sandy loam soil irrigated via sub-surface drip tape. At commercial harvest, cobs from 20 randomly selected plants per plot from were harvested, weighed and the length, girth at the cob base and length of tip not filled with kernels was measured. ...


    By NW Solutions

  • Researchers model ways to control deadly maize disease

    Researchers have used mathematical modelling to develop techniques to combat two co-infecting viruses causing maize lethal necrosis (MLN) in Kenya. According to researchers who conducted the new study, because maize is a staple crop in Sub-Saharan Africa, the spread of MLN is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Measuring CO2 to Optimise the Bulk Storage of Food

    Meeting the food requirements of a growing global population is becoming increasingly difficult. Despite the need for additional food, it is estimated that 50-60% of grain is lost after harvesting, at a cost of about $1 trillion per year.1 One of the major reasons for lost grain is spoilage due to mould or insect infestation during storage.2 To provide a ...


    By Edinburgh Instruments 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: ...

  • 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: ...

  • 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: ...

  • 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: ...

  • The sanitation and urban agriculture nexus: urine collection and application as fertilizer in São Paulo, Brazil

    Separately collected urine is an attractive potential fertilizer because of its high nutrient content, low cost, and inherent linkage of urban wastewater management and peri-urban agriculture. Urine from waterless urinals was applied to corn and lettuce plants to examine the impact of urine application rates and frequency on plant growth and soil parameters. In both corn and lettuce ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Heap Leach Pad Monitoring - Case Study

    2D Electrical Resistivity Imaging Objective Study was performed at a Heap Leach Copper Mining site in Chile to determine the impervious zones for the irrigation. The first base survey is performed to locate the impervious zones to be able to improve irrigations. The second monitoring survey is performed after 50 days of irrigation through drilled ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • Protix Receives 45M€ in Funding to Scale Production of Insect Proteins

    Today, the insect supply industry reached a significant milestone with Netherlands-based Protix, the leading insect company, closing 45M€ in funding – delivered by Aqua-Spark, the first investment company focused on sustainable aquaculture, Rabobank, BOM and various private investors. Protix breeds insects for animal feed, as insects offer a low-impact protein alternative that ...


    By Protix

  • Taking the Guesswork Out of Precision Scouting Drones

    The Rise of Precision Scouting Drones A few weeks ago, I attended a summit at Louisiana State University regarding precision scouting drones and their application in agriculture. It was a wonderfully informational gathering of agronomists, producers, and a few lucky industry types like myself. Professors and agronomic experts from the LSU Extension Service presented their ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Rethinking Grant Making to Reach California’s Methane Requirements

    California’s stringent methane reduction requirements at dairies, combined with the significant public resources it’s preparing to dedicate to accomplish this mitigation without harming the dairy industry, present an enormous opportunity to apply new thinking in climate finance to leverage private capital. At the kick off meeting for the Dairy and Livestock Greenhouse Gas Reduction ...


    By The Climate Trust

  • Science for Environment Policy

    The  economic  impact  of climate  change  on European agriculture A new study has estimated how changes to climate might affect the value of European farmland. Based on data for over 41 000 farms, the results suggest that their economic value could drop by up to 32%, depending on the climate scenario considered- Farms in southern Europe are particularly sensitive to ...

  • Developing of DLI (Daily Light Integral) and Spectrum Control Systems for Scientific Cultivation in Agriculture

    Abstract: This study presents a DLI (Daily Light Integral) and Spectrum-Based Scientific Cultivation Control System (DAS) Development, Design and Application of Luminaire. Effective planning and monitoring of the environmental conditions of plant growth have vital importance in terms of efficiency and control. Nowadays, beyond the control systems that are mainly focused on climate and ...


    By StellarNet, Inc.

  • Tomra Helps Food Manufacturers Lower The Danger Of Lethal Aflatoxin

    The threat of deadly aflatoxin is being reduced by food manufacturers across the world, through the use of TOMRA’s innovative laser technology and sorting machines Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world, behind only heart disease, and rising mortality rates make it a significant public health threat. The World ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • 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

  • Tissue-Specific Transcriptomics reveals an important role of the unfolded protein response in maintaining fertility upon heat stress in Arabidopsis

    Abstract Elevated temperatures have a great impact on plant reproductive development and subsequent fruit and seed set, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. We used transcriptome profiling to investigate the effect of heat stress on reproductive development of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) seedlings and observed distinct response patterns in vegetative vs. ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

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