Crop Management News

  • AUG secures precision agriculture project under AAFC’s AgriInnovation Program

    AUG crop growth stage estimation technology with AAFC: Prestigious project under AAFC’s AgriInnovation Program for crop management and disease risk assessment Project to provide a commercial tool to facilitate sustainable agriculture management, pest and disease mitigation and resource planning Project will benefit large and small farming operations and also strengthens ...


    By A.U.G. Signals Ltd.

  • Record Number of Farmers and Ranchers Certified Under 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that over 98.2 percent of producers have met the 2014 Farm Bill requirement to certify conservation compliance to qualify for crop insurance premium support payments. Implementing the 2014 Farm Bill provisions for conservation compliance is expected to extend conservation provisions for an additional 1.5 million acres of highly erodible lands ...

  • Predicting disease and improving crops through genetics

    Can scientists accurately predict when an individual will develop a disease? What if we could predict how to increase drought resistance in plants? Or offer patients personalized medicine? Researchers are looking for answers to these questions and more using a plant or animal’s obvious traits, called phenotype prediction, a field that will be discussed in a free workshop presented by the ...

  • USDA Implements Key Farm Bill Crop Insurance Provision

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield ...

  • USDA Reminds Farmers of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026). The Farm Bill relinked highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation compliance with eligibility for premium support paid under the federal crop insurance program. ...

  • Agricultural Subsidies Remain a Staple in the Industrial World

    In 2012, the most recent year with data, agricultural subsidies totaled an estimated $486 billion in the top 21 food-producing countries in the world. These countries—the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and seven other countries (Brazil, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Africa, and Ukraine)—are responsible for almost 80 percent ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Dow AgroSciences, John Deere Collaborate to Help Farmers Link Data with Expertise for Advanced Product Precision

    Helping farmers get more value per acre through the expert analysis of production data is the goal of a collaboration announced between Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and John Deere. The companies announced today that they will work together to develop approaches and technology that will deliver data and provide information to farmers that ...


    By John Deere

  • ASA Writes Farm Bill Conferees on Research, Crop Insurance

    ASA joined farm bill stakeholders in two letters to conferees this week. An unusual group of 42 stakeholders wrote in support of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), which is included in the Senate-passed bill. “The Foundation would complement USDA’s portfolio of intramural and extramural research programs,” the letter says. “Establishing a FFAR will ...

  • Senate passes half-trillion dollar farm bill

    The Senate on Monday passed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that expands government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts to food stamps. The bill passed on a bipartisan 66-27 vote. The legislation, which costs almost $100 billion annually, also would eliminate subsidies that are paid to farmers whether they farm or not. All told, it would save about ...


    By Associated Press

  • USAID, Syngenta Collaborate to Improve Global Food Security

    New commitment to enabling access to technology and capacity building will help smallholder farmers in developing countries. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Syngenta International AG to support agriculture and food security activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Under this MOU, USAID and Syngenta will ...


    By Syngenta

  • Crop performance matters when evaluating GHGs

    Measuring the emission of greenhouse gases from croplands should take into account the crops themselves. That’s the conclusion of a study in the September-October issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, which examined the impact of farm practices such as tillage on the greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide (N2O). Expressing emissions per unit of crop yield rather than on a more conventional ...

  • Transitioning to organic farming

    As the organic food trend continues to grow; more farmers are converting from conventional agriculture to organic production. One of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. is the production of organic milk. The growth of this industry has prompted many farmers to transition their land to organic feed grain production. With transition on the rise, it is necessary for these farmers to have ...

  • Crop management to reduce biofuels` carbon debt

    It is widely considered that using biofuels produces less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than using fossil fuels. However, there are concerns that the possible effects of land use change (LUC) may outweigh these benefits. New research looks at the effects of sustainable crop management as a means of reducing the negative impacts of LUC. Biofuels form an important part of the EU's strategy for ...

  • Researchers discover how to make green plastics from plants

    Australian researchers are a step closer to turning plants into ‘biofactories’ capable of producing oils which can be used to replace petrochemicals used to manufacture a range of products. Scientists working within the joint CSIRO/Grains Research and Development Corporation Crop Biofactories Initiative (CBI) have achieved a major advance by accumulating 30 per cent of an unusual fatty acid (UFA) ...

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