Field Crops News

  • Crow River Hosting Tour of Kadelbach Organic Farms on June 30

    Kadelbach Organic Farms, a 300-acre certified organic farm currently growing sweet corn, sweet peas, black beans and alfalfa/grass hay, is the site of a Crow River Chapter field day from 2 to 6 p.m. Sun., June 30, at 20364 210th St, Hutchinson. ...

  • Learn Alley Cropping, Silvopasture & More Sunday in Aitkin

    Greater Mille Lacs Chapter is hosting a demonstration of alley cropping – planting rows of trees at wide spacings with a companion crop grown in the alleyways between the rows – from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 9, at Christian and Jessy McShane’s Sleepy Willow Farm, 40730 Nature Ave, Aitkin. ...

  • BioSafe Systems Introduces PVent® Biological Fungicide

    BioSafe Systems announces the release of PVent® Biological Fungicide. An enhancement in microbial fungicide technology, PVent provides growers with an easy-to-use, versatile IPM tool. This innovative development was spearheaded through a strategic partnership between two family-owned businesses: BioSafe Systems and Lallemand Plant Care. Due to its active ingredient, a 93% Gliocladium ...


    By BioSafe Systems, LLC

  • Early Spring Pasture Management

    Having a blue moon is a rare sight that we were blessed with in January this year, but now as we creep slowly into spring, day length will lengthen, grass will start to take on a greener colour and temperatures will rise. This is a good time to prepare pastures for the year ahead. Grass that was ...


    By Abbey Machinery Ltd.

  • Easing the soil’s temperature

    Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won’t do well. Their seeds won’t germinate or their roots will die. “Most plants are sensitive to extreme ...

  • Intra-row weeding possible with vision systems

    Researchers of Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse horticulture, developed weeding machines which are able to do intra-row weeding. Our experts in robotics were responsible for the detection of weed based on camera images. This development brings great advantage in weed control on the field, improving crop size and quality. When growing organic vegetables on the field, one of the ...

  • Mineral content of soils key to physical and chemical behavior

    Many aspects of the physical and chemical behavior of soils are directly related to the minerals present. “This includes shrink-swell behavior, soil structure, availability of nutrients, and the fate of contaminants that enter the soil,” according to Judith Turk, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The “Soil Mineralogy” symposium at the Managing Global Resources for ...

  • New Manure Sidedress Method Lowers Fertilizer Costs, Increases Yields

    With corn needing nitrogen, and pigs and cattle producing a lot of it, anything that offers a better way to use their waste to fortify crops should intrigue farmers. Two agriculture experts at The Ohio State University have redesigned a metal tractor attachment so that it allows farmers to put manure on a field while crops are ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Selecting a Precision Ag Crop Scouting Solution: Use Near Real Time Data On and Off the Field

    Introducing the Ag Industry to Near Real Time Data When we discuss the benefits of near real-time data as it relates to agricultural applications, we are really talking about the ability of crop consultants to advise growers, of agronomists to recommend inputs, of seed dealers to analyze growth performance, and of growers to identify areas of stress — all while standing at the ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Biodiversity is the basis for Integrated Pest Management

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is now the norm in agriculture and horticulture. All stakeholders – national and European government agencies and public bodies, agriculture and horticulture organisations, businesses, universities and research institutes – agree with this statement. "More biodiversity and the use of resistant plants are crucial to the successful implementation of ...

  • New Frontier 3-point Mounted Sprayers Available from John Deere

    For the tractor-mounted sprayer market for 2017, John Deere introduces the Frontier LS11 Series 3-point Mounted Sprayers. These economical, efficient sprayers are ideal for making spray applications to pastures, small or large fields, road ditches, fence rows, specialty crops ...


    By John Deere

  • GMO crops could expect a brighter future

    One of the touchier areas of scientific research – in much of Europe, at least – is the genetic manipulation of food plants, seaweed and algae to try to produce more food or provide better rates of conversion into biofuels. But across the Atlantic genetically-modified crops (GMOs) are increasingly a different story. They are a deeply controversial subject ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Sentera Dramatically Increases Accessibility of Crop Health Data

    Sentera announces the release of AgVault™ Web, extending the power of the AgVault platform to any connected, browser-equipped device. Web users can easily view and share crop health data, and users on desktop, mobile and web can use the new toolset to quickly share field data with anyone, regardless if the recipient has an active account. AgVault Web makes remote collaboration easy and ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Sentera introduces revolutionary multispectral double 4k sensor

    Today, Sentera announced the release of its Multispectral Double 4K Sensor, offering five precise spectral bands: blue, green, red, red edge, and near-infrared (NIR). This sensor enables users to collect visual band imagery as well as vegetation indices based upon the addition of NIR or Red Edge, including normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and normalized difference vegetation red edge ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Sclerotinia alert in oilseed rape

    Varied establishment of oilseed rape (OSR) crops last Autumn, is likely to have resulted in a protracted flowering period in areas across the UK, leaving crops susceptible to Sclerotinia infection over the coming weeks. With AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds reporting that levels of Sclerotinia are medium to high in some locations, Chris Charnock, Certis’ arable product manager, warns of the risks ...


    By Certis UK

  • Pests, Weeds and Crop Diseases Arriving Early You are here

    A warmer than usual winter and wet spring are ushering in some crop diseases and weeds early in the season and could trigger a pestier summer. Ohio State University entomologists are keeping a close eye on insect species that survived the winter and may appear earlier and more abundantly. Particularly concerning are the pests that preyed on last year’s crops, including slugs, stink bugs and ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Sentera builds reseller network to over 350 agriculture store fronts

    Sentera today announced the availability of its precision agriculture solutions at over 350 retail locations across North America. By broadening the reach of Sentera’s precision agriculture offering, agronomists, crop consultants, and growers can leverage critical normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data starting day one of the 2017 growing season. Early adopters immediately see ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Sweeper (Sweet pepper harvesting robot) tested in greenhouse Belgium

    In the past week the Sweeper team has performed tests with their harvest robot in the greenhouse of partner Research Station for Vegetable Production at Sint Katelijne-Waver in Belgium. The data of the tests will be used for improving the vision algorithms for detecting ripe fruits and approach path of the robot. The goal of the Sweeper project is to develop a robotic harvesting system for sweet ...

  • Maize breeders benefit from using drones

    Using drone technology could cut labour and costs spent in collecting data for maize breeding by at least ten per cent, preliminary findings of a project shows.   With increased demand for better seeds to adapt to changing climate, breeders have turned to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) also known as drones for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • March 29 Soil Health Workshop Focuses on Benefits of Cover Crops

    Farmers who want to improve their soil’s health and cut input costs all while benefiting Ohio’s water quality may want to consider adding cover crops to their fields. Additional benefits for growers to add cover crops such as oilseed radish, cereal rye, Austrian winter pea and crimson clover include reducing soil erosion and nutrient losses, according to Alan Sundermeier, an Ohio ...


    By Ohio State University

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