Crop Yields News

  • AgBiome Granted Multi-year Award to Discover Biological Solutions to Diseases Affecting Subsistence Crops of Sub-Saharan Africa

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded AgBiome a new multi-year grant, entitled “Broad-Spectrum Biological Control of Fungal Diseases,” which will fund the evaluation and development of lead, proprietary biological fungicides in the fields of African smallholder farmers. The aim of the project is to identify and validate biological fungicides to control one or more of ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • PotashCorp Supports School Nutrition Programs for Sixth Year Running

    Saskatoon’s school divisions are celebrating their partnership with PotashCorp, which has seen the company contribute more than $2 million to school nutrition programs since 2011. Students from both school divisions enjoyed a picnic-style snack this morning at Caroline Robins School after PotashCorp announced a $280,000 donation for this school year. “It’s critical that school ...


    By PotashCorp

  • PotashCorp helps nourish student potential in Regina Catholic Schools

    PotashCorp is providing $50,000 to support nutrition programs in Regina Catholic Schools this school year, bringing its total contribution since 2013 to $230,000. “School nutrition programs are an extremely effective way to provide good, healthy food to the children who need it most. We know how important this is – our products help farmers grow crops that ...


    By PotashCorp

  • Added bonus for grass weed control

    Certis' straight flufenacet herbicides, Sunfire and System 50 have been granted an Extension Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMU) on Rye and Triticale, for the control of black-grass and annual meadow grass. Already widely used in barley and wheat crops, and showing good control of black-grass and other significant grass weeds, this comes as a welcome addition for growers of Rye and Triticale as ...


    By Certis UK

  • AgriTechNews Money Saving Rice Crops to a New Innovative Fertiliser Approach

    Another week, another agri-tech development taking progress to the next level. From rice crops that can save farmers money and cut pollution to an innovative approach to a new fertiliser, here’s four articles that caught our eye. It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a USDA Aerial Cover Crop Seeding Helicopter ...


    By Rethink Events Ltd.

  • DNA of banana fungus unravelled for more sustainable banana crops

    An international consortium led by scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) has unravelled the DNA of Pseudocercospora fijiensis, the fungus that causes the much-feared black Sigatoka disease in bananas. The findings provide leads for increasing the sustainability of banana cultivation, for instance through the development of a resistant banana plant. The results were ...

  • GODAN Action - Enabling practical engagement with open data in agriculture and nutrition

    As the world’s population grows, global demand for food is predicted to nearly double. The number of people at risk of hunger in the developing world is estimated to grow to more than a billion people by 2050. New data-driven solutions in agriculture and nutrition are increasingly being seen as a way to tackle this challenge. GODAN Action is a three-and-a-half-year programme led by Alterra ...

  • DroneMate Reselling Sentera Solutions Throughout New Zealand

    Drones, Sensors, and AgVault Software Sentera, LLC, a global provider of remote sensing hardware and data management solutions has signed a reseller agreement with DroneMate, New Zealand’s premier agriculture and inspection drone and sensor distributor. The agreement gives New Zealand’s agriculture industry access to Sentera’s proven end-to-end ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Remain vigilant for rising aphid numbers

    According to the most recent AHDB aphid alert summary, although a marginal increase in activity has been recorded in recent weeks, total aphid numbers still remain relatively low for the time of year.   However, it’s possible that aphids may still be present in potato crops as they head towards maturity, and with the hot weather seen recently, aphids could become an increasing threat ...


    By Certis UK

  • ISRIC releases upgraded SoilGrids system: up to two times improved accuracy of predictions

    ISRIC – World Soil Information has just released a major update of its global predictions of soil properties and classes, now available at a spatial resolution of 250 m. The previous SoilGrids system at 1 km resolution has been systematically upgraded and the accuracy of the predictions has been improved (up to two times) compared to the previous predictions. The new version of SoilGrids ...

  • Application for the calculation of C02 balance in olive farming

    We now have evidence that, when the appropriate agricultural practices are applied, the carbon sink effect (or carbon sequestration) of olive trees through the biomass and soil is much greater than the greenhouse gas emissions for one production unit (one litre of virgin olive oil). According to Environmental Product Declarations for olive oil and published research, on average 1.5 kg of CO2e is ...

  • Taller, thinner crop beds save money, water, other resources

    Looking out over thousands of acres of tomatoes, Miguel Talavera, director of East Coast growing operations at Pacific Tomato Grower, Ltd., marvels at the narrow lanes of fruit that are thriving in the hot Florida sun. Talavera credits increase in yield and a decrease in the use of fumigants to a collaboration with researchers and Extension faculty at the University of Florida Institute of Food ...

  • Mobile app for rain forecasts raising farmers’ yields

    A mobile phone-based innovation that can predict rain is helping farmers in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries sow, fertilise and harvest crops at the optimum time. The innovation is being used in Cote d'Ivoire, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Farm Labor Shortage Vexes Farmers

    A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation shines a spotlight on the frustrations of the nation's farmers in finding workers to harvest their crops. While the video highlights peach production in Georgia, it also outlines the scope of the farm labor problem across the U.S. ...

  • NCC: Cost Share Program Provides Much-Needed Assistance

    The National Cotton Council expressed sincere gratitude to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for providing a one-time $300 million program that offsets a portion of a cotton producer’s 2015 crop season ginning costs. The Cotton Ginning Cost-Share (CGCS) program, announced today by USDA, resulted from the agency utilizing its administrative authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation ...

  • USDA Unveils New Improvement to Streamline Crop Reporting

     U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location. This new ...

  • Vineland Creating Opportunities with Okra

    Coupled with growth in demand for local food and exotic vegetables, diversification can provide Ontario growers with profitable alternatives to conventional crops. According to Statistics Canada, over six million kilograms of okra are imported into Canada every year, yet domestic production is limited. The ability to develop local production systems to supply this emerging market can help promote ...

  • GM crops can thrive as climate warms

    Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much higher yields on the same amount of land and help to stave off the prospect of widespread hunger as human populations increase. Researchers at ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Independent variety trials show productivity of wheat varieties continues to increase

    Nowhere in the world is the average grain yield as high as in the Netherlands, where it is over ten tonnes per hectare. Research by Wageningen UR shows that the introduction of new varieties has caused yields to increase by approximately 8 to 10 per cent per decade. Converted to a hectare of winter wheat, this represents an increase of 800 to 1,000 kilograms; a huge achievement for breeders of ...

  • Herbicide reduction can preserve crop yields as well as biodiversity benefits of weeds

    Pesticide-sparing approaches to farming do not have to compromise on crop yields, new research suggests. A study that explored the impact of reduced herbicide use across a variety of different farming contexts found that herbicideefficient systems could be just as productive as conventional systems — and more so than organic systems — whilst having other important environmental ...

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