Crop Cultivation News

  • Creating Better Soybeans

    In rows of petri dishes, soybean roots bathe in fluorescent light, an unremarkable site unless you work in the laboratory where they grow. The simplicity of the setup belies the complexity of the research that went into creating the roots. For decades, the genes of the seeds that produced these roots have been tinkered with to create a plant that resists a common and highly destructive soybean ...


    By Ohio State University

  • ISO-9001 recertification for Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

    After the annual external audit by Kiwa, Eijkelkamp Soil & Water is again ISO-9001:2008 certified. The auditor also noted that Eijkelkamp employees are very involved and gave a compliment to the entire organization for the way the company is implementing the new NEN-EN-ISO 9001:2015. The new NEN-EN-ISO 9001:2015 is scheduled to be implemented by June 2018 Eijkelkamp Soil & Water received ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • Promising solution to runoff issues ahead

    At Thanksgiving, many Americans look forward to eating roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and tangy red cranberries. To feed that appetite, cranberry farming is big business. In Massachusetts, cranberries are the most valuable food crop. The commonwealth’s growers provide one-fourth of the U.S. cranberry supply. Water plays a big role in cranberry farming. At harvest time, cranberry growers ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • World premiere for Grain Cloud

    At the Agritechnica exhibition in Hanover on November 12, the app Grain Cloud is presented as Skandia Elevator’s first software. It facilitates harvesting and storage as it provides a complete overview of all units and processes at the grain plant. The app collects information from the plant’s control system and shows, among other things, the transport systems and machines that are ...


    By Skandia Elevator

  • 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 ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • App ‘trained’ to spot crop disease, alert farmers

    Researchers win grant to further test app for smallholders App diagnoses deadly cassava diseases in field, sends alerts Roll-out in Africa needs engagement with farmers, says expert A team of scientists has received US$100,000 grant to refine a mobile application (app) that ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

    A Brazilian scientist who developed a method that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from sugarcane cultivation has been awarded a prize that each year recognises a researcher whose work has excelled in the area of fertiliser use. Heitor Cantarella received the International Fertilizer ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • Altering crops can exploit changing climate

    US and Italian scientists have worked out a strategy to feed an extra 825 million people – by altering crops and where they are grown. Their new menu for the global table could serve up 10% more calories and 19% more protein, while reducing the use of rainwater by 14% and cutting irrigation by 12%. ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Portuguese potato trader Oliveira improves quality and productivity with the TOMRA Sentinel II

    Last June, Oliveira Pinho & Filhos, a family business located in the municipality of Mira (Portugal) dedicated to the trade of bagged potatoes and onions, purchased a Sentinel II optical food sorter from TOMRA. This machine is equipped with the latest pulsed LED technology for sorting food at a higher speed than earlier models. "Some farmers in France spoke very highly of the TOMRA ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • 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 ...

  • Upcoming webinar will focus on legal issues with pesticides

    Pesticide use and subsequent damage to neighboring crops is an ongoing problem for producers across the country this year. For example, farmers in Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois have sued biotech companies specifically over dicamba damage. (The dicamba herbicide is used to control weeds in genetically modified cotton and soybeans). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently  ...

  • Global programme seeks to contain serious threat to the world’s bananas

    A fungus poses major risks to the world's banana production  and could cause vast commercial losses and even greater damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who rely on the world's most traded fruit as a staple food or source of income. FAO and its partners Bioversity International, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the World Banana Forum have launched a ...

  • Kurita Europe acquired a new production plant for Wet Strength Agents in Ambès (France).

    Kurita Europe is pleased to announce the acquisition of a wet strength agent (WSA) production plant from Akzo Nobel in Ambès (France) on October 2017 (CST). The acquisition will reinforce the presence of Kurita in the WSA market in South Europe for tissue and specialty papers products. The plant is located in Ambès in France and has a capacity of 25.000T/y. This plant was part of ...


    By Kurita

  • High levels of glyphosate in agricultural soil: ‘Extension of approval not prudent.’

    There has been a great deal of discussion about the use and extension of the approval of use of glyphosate as a herbicide. Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in Europe. In 2016 the approval by the European Commission for the use of this agent expired. However, an extension of approval of use is currently being discussed. One of the conditions of this is that the agent cannot have a negative ...

  • Chinese space programm use the W.E.T. Sensor to help grow lettuce in space

    The multi-parameter W.E.T. Sensor is in use by Chinese astronauts aboard the Tiangong-2 Space Lab. Tiangong-2, which translates into “Heavenly Palace”, was launched on the 15th of September 2016. This space station is designed to allow Chinese scientists to test life support ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • Establishing interdisciplinary approaches to agriculture and fundamental biological processes

    Original story at MIT News From optimizing food production to feed a growing population to discovering the fundamental behaviors and processes of biopolymers, faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) are leveraging the interdisciplinary nature ...

  • 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 ...

  • Aviko Snowvalley Teams Up With Tomra Sorting Food For Its State-Of-The-Art French Fry Plant In China

    SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group, invested by the joint venture between the two leading potato product brands, have decided to once again team up with their long-term processing partner TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility. Both SnowValley and Aviko listed sustainability, quality and processing ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

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