Agriculture Monitoring Articles

  • Introducing Dr. Beatrice Amyotte, Small Fruit Germplasm Development Program

    The berry breeding program at the Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC) Kentville Research and Development Centre in Kentville, Nova Scotia, is now the Small Fruit Germplasm Development Program. The new approach to plant breeding will allow the fruit industry to be more involved in the release of new Canadian varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and grapes that are developed ...

  • Studying the Effect of Global Warming on Tropical Crops

    Researchers have long been using impact studies to study the effects of climate change on cocoa growth. These studies mimic conditions predicted at the end of the century1 such as higher levels of drought and higher levels of atmospheric CO2. Studies have shown that increased levels of CO2 may help offset the negative effects of reduced water availability on the ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Plant growth and nutrient uptake in treatment wetlands for water with low pollutant concentration

    The objective of this study was to determine how macrophytes commonly used in treatment wetlands (TWs) respond to water with low pollutant concentration. We measured pollutant removal efficiency and compared growth and nutrient uptake of five macrophytes in demonstration scale units (volume >40 m3) irrigated by water with pollutant concentrations representative of average urban stormwater ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Plan your fruit frost protection

    Planning your fruit frost protection for the winter and spring is simple enough to do. With a few methods and tips for understanding what is the best kind of protection your crops need, you can survive the winter with little stress or worry. With our article, you will discover these very tricks for how to best use water irrigation for your crops to keep them from freezing. It is essential to keep ...


    By Kim Engineering Solutions

  • How a Grower Used Granular to Uncover an 11% Profit Difference in Two Varieties

    Learn how Granular helped a real farm discover that their variety choice was costing them $800 per acre ...


    By Granular, Inc.

  • Actuation & Networks - Digital control goes wireless

    A major valve automation upgrade performed by Rotork’s Mexican office at a large petroleum tank farm has taken advantage of simplified installation, reduced costs and increased functionality offered by wireless flow ...


    By Rotork plc

  • December Composting Roundup

    Houston, Texas: Composting Sites Weather Hurricane Harvey The LETCO Group LLC, which does business as Living Earth™, is a Dallas-based composting and mulch production company with 18 processing facilities that include retail yards located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth region and Houston, and 3 stand-alone retail yards. BioCycle contacted Mark Rose, president and CEO of The LETCO Group, to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Comparison of hybrid models for daily streamflow prediction in a forested basin

    Accurate forecasting of daily streamflow is essential for water resource planning and management. As a typical non-stationary time series, it is difficult to avoid the effects of noise in the hydrological data. In this study, the wavelet threshold de-noising method was applied to pre-process daily flow data from a small forested basin. The key factors influencing the de-noising results, such ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Hydrophobic Soils

    Water is the driving force of all nature. “Hydrophobicity” (  ...


    By Soil Doctors

  • Human excreta: a resource or a taboo? Assessing the socio-cultural barriers, acceptability, and reuse of human excreta as a resource in Kakul Village District Abbottabad, Northwestern Pakistan

    Sustainable reuse of human excreta in socially and religiously conservative societies is extremely difficult. People's perceptions and acceptability regarding the reuse of human excreta is mainly linked to their culture. In addition, certain societies regard the cultural and social barriers more than the religious barriers. The aim of this study is to understand the perceptions of people about ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Brian Xu, M.D., PH.D., DABT®, Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Registration Delays Expected as China Launches Pesticide Regime”

    Brian Xu, M.D., PH.D., DABT®, Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Registration Delays Expected as China Launches Pesticide Regime” On October 25, 2017, Brian Xu, M.D., PH.D., DABT®, toxicologist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding China’s updated pesticide regulations. ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Evaluation of the impacts of climate variability on rainfed maize production over the Wami-Ruvu basin of Tanzania

    In this study, the impact of inter-seasonal climate variability on rainfed maize (Zea mays) production over the Wami-Ruvu basin of Tanzania is evaluated. Daily high-resolution climate simulations from the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment_Regional Climate Models (CORDEX_RCMs) are used to drive the Decision Support System for Agro-technological Transfer (DSSAT) to simulate ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cannabis Irrigation-Israel

    Getting to Know Cannabis Farming Israel’s agricultural industry is ripening for the beginning of medical cannabis export, with the expected passage of medical export legislation by the end of the year. The timing is particularly fruitful for growers who are interested in succeeding in a new venture that is still in its infancy. The rewards are also high: Israel’s Health and ...


    By Kim Engineering Solutions

  • 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.

  • AMETEK Land `World Fertilizer` - A Clearer Picture

    Thomas Fortinberry, Business Development Manager Industrial Gas, AMETEK Land, details fixed thermal imaging for steam methane reformers and how effective monitoring of process temperature data can provide better asset management.  Within a hydrogen plant, continuous reliable running of equipment is essential for optimising production and reducing energy usage. Many plants choose to sacrifice ...


    By AMETEK Land

  • Prevalence and types of Campylobacter on poultry farms and in their direct environment

    To study whether broiler and layer farms contribute to the environmental Campylobacter load, environmental matrices at or close to farms, and caecal material from chickens, were examined. Similarity between Campylobacter from poultry and environment was tested based on species identification and Multilocus Sequence Typing. Campylobacter prevalence in caecal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Wheat Trial Report (2014/2015) - Case Study

    At Northam in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia in 2014, wheat cv. Eradu was sown into a wheat stubble 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 of each plot as a broadcast soil spray at 2.5 L/ha two days after sowing. ...


    By NW Solutions

  • 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

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