Crop Water News

  • Open-access database will help water-scarce countries get more crop per drop

    A new open-access data portal to be developed by FAO will use satellite imagery to help water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa better manage this precious resource.  Currently all countries in North Africa and the Near East suffer from severe water scarcity, with significant consequences for irrigated agriculture, the region's largest water user. ...

  • Pakistan needs a new crop forecasting system

    Pakistan's outdated crop yield forecasting system needs a revamp, says Ibrar ul Hassan Akhtar. Like most developing countries, Pakistan is staring at the spectre of food insecurity, with its food production out of sync with population growth. The food availability scenario is further ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Crop water use efficiency

    Crop water use efficiency (WUE), or yield per unit of water used, can be improved through irrigation management and methods, including deficit irrigation (irrigating less than is required for maximum yields) and supplemental irrigation (irrigating to supplement precipitation so as to avoid crop failure or severe yield decline). Thus, WUE is key for agricultural production with limited water ...

  • It never rains in California...

    They came by the thousands, united in one common goal - to protest reduced water deliveries to one of the world’s major agricultural regions. Growers, farm workers, community leaders, politicians and environmental activists participated in a four-day, 50-mile 'March for Water' in California’s Central Valley last week to protect an industry vital to central and southern California. One clear ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Crops and soil threatened by floods in the Midwest

    Here, in some of the best soil in the world, the stunted stalks of Dave Timmerman's newly planted corn are wilting in what sometimes look more like rice paddies than the plains, the sunshine glinting off of pools of collected water. Although time is running out, he has yet to plant all of his soybean crop because the waterlogged soil cannot support his footsteps, much less heavy machinery. Mr. ...

  • Moss holds the key to crops surviving droughts

    Scientists from the University of Leeds, with colleagues from Germany, Japan and the US, have unravelled the genome for Physcomitrella, the first non-flowering or 'lower' plant to be sequenced. The group have published their findings in the journal Science. Researchers will now be able to study the moss’s DNA to identify which genes enable the plant to survive environmental stress. They then ...

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