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  • African soil diversity mapped for the first time

    A team of international experts has drawn up the Soil Atlas of Africa — the first such book mapping this key natural resource — to help farmers, land managers and policymakers understand the diversity and importance of soil and the need to manage it through sustainable use. They say that despite soil's importance, most people in Africa lack knowledge about it, partly because ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Mapping and modeling eastern US food production

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are mapping an array of county-level data from Maine to Virginia on weather, soil, land use, water availability and other elements. Then they'll use their map to model potential crop production and find out where local food production could meet current and projected demand—and where it won't. Until recently, low fuel prices have contributed to the ...

  • Greater focus on soil health needed to feed a hungry planet

    More attention to the health and management of the planet's soils will be needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping with climate change and increased scarcity of natural resources, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo today told a group of leading soil scientists and research organizations gathered at the UN agency's Rome headquarters to mark World ...

  • A new method for evaluating threats to soil biodiversity

    Little is known about the organisms that live within soil, although they play a vital role in the biological processes that support life on Earth. In a recent study, researchers calculated the relative risk of pressures caused by human activity on soil biodiversity in the EU, showing that intensive land use has the greatest impact. There is a lack of baseline data regarding soil biodiversity, ...

  • Using genetic mapping to save wheat production

    Stem rust disease has the potential to devastate wheat production worldwide. In the 1950s, large epidemics spread across North America and through other parts of the world. Developing a stem rust resistant gene stopped the spread of the disease. In 1999, a new race of stem rust was discovered in Uganda and identified as Ug99. Previously developed stem rust resistant genes are no longer effective ...

  • USDA launches new version of the web-based Soil Survey

    The latest version of the Web Soil Survey 2.1 (WSS) was recently launched by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation (NRCS). The web-based program provides anyone with computer access a wealth of soils information including soil maps, properties, and interpretations aimed at helping its visitors with land use decisions. The web site, originally launched in August 2005, continues to be improved ...

  • Lessons from the Critical Years of Agricultural Development in the Lower Mekong Basin

    Jeffrey A. MCNEELY, Chief Scientist of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and Willem VAN LIERE launch a new book: Agriculture in the Lower Mekong Basin –Experience from the Critical Decade of 1965-1975 Bangkok, Thailand, 31 October 2005 (IUCN) – A new IUCN book describes agricultural development and natural resource management in the Lower Mekong Basin in the early days of the region’s ...

  • New satellite sensing tool for improving agricultural land use observation

    FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) data indicate that annually 2500 km3 of freshwater are used for agricultural production, which amounts to 70% of the water resources the whole of humanity consumes in a year. With the global population continuing to grow at a high pace, it is essential to optimize the use of water resources and to increase agricultural production in ...

  • USDA loans designated soil to Smithsonian Institution for `Dig It!` exhibition

    Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today announced that USDA has loaned 54 designated state and territory soil samples to the Smithsonian Institution for a new soils exhibition that opens July 19 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W. The 5,000-square foot exhibition is called 'Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.' In addition to the soil samples, 'Dig It!' ...

  • Traditional knowledge `can enable precision farming`

    Farmers in developing countries could take advantage of the emerging field of precision farming without needing the expensive technology usually associated with it, a geostatistics expert says. Crop yields could be improved by applying ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • FarmMaps (Akkerweb) launched

    Fields used by growers contain a treasure trove of data. These data are registered and recorded for use by various (trade) partners, but rarely used actively by growers themselves. This was the idea behind the launch of Farm Maps on 12 February: to establish an independent and open platform on which companies can share data and applications that allow growers to obtain added value from their data ...

  • Abandoned farmland widespread in central and eastern Europe

    A new study suggests that abandoned farmland is widespread in Europe and that not all land that has been abandoned is unsuitable for farming. Understanding how abandoned farmland is distributed may be important for making land management decisions – for instance, recultivation versus reversion to forest. To meet the future demands of a growing population, it may be necessary to increase the ...

  • Maryland, Michigan Farmers Keep Soil, Environment Healthy

    As farming practices increasingly attract interest from the general public, two farmers are ensuring they meet public approval. They use proven management practices that focus on improving soil quality and maintaining a quality natural environment. In fact, getting the right nutrients to where they belong and in the right amounts when they’re needed enables them to improve yields while ...

  • High gold prices drive expansion of mining activity in the Amazon forest of Peru

    Gold mining areas in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest expanded from under 10 000 hectares in 1999 to over 50 000 hectares by 2012, and now destroys more forest than agriculture and logging combined, new research has shown. Using high-resolution satellite imaging, researchers estimated gold mining areas to be twice as large as estimated by previous studies, which did not include the combined effects ...

  • Demand for innovative solutions for Sustainable Agriculture drives Bayer CropScience

    Bayer CropScience expects market for agricultural inputs to grow to EUR 100 billion despite increasing volatility / Company continues to invest significantly in innovative solutions for continued growth / Long-term innovation program to enhance global wheat productivity / New public dialogue program to foster communication with society about modern agriculture Bayer CropScience is ...


    By Bayer Crop Science AG

  • Namibia`s satellite centre to warn of disaster threats

    A new satellite data centre in Namibia will help farmers prepare for droughts, floods, bushfires and pests. The Earth Observation and Satellite Applications Research and Training Centre (EOSA-RTC), was launched this month (6 July) in collaboration with the African Monitoring of the Environment for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year; significant portion potentially avoidable

    Report shows county-by-county analysis of impacts in the ten states with highest crop insurance losses due to extreme weather: Extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year, much of which could have been prevented using water-smart strategies, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Payments ...

  • Keeping an eye on water use… from space!

    As food shortage weighs heavily on the minds of many, several countries recognise the key role irrigation can play in this issue. A team of EU-funded researchers teamed up to assess how the latest satellite imagery can be applied not only to make water use more efficient, but also to boost farming output in the process. Researchers from Europe, North Africa and North America are using the ...

  • New software helps farmers manage nutrients

    University of Missouri Extension has released a new Web-based application to help farmers manage soil nutrient needs on farms. Nutrient management helps farmers set rates and timing of fertilizer applications, said John Lory, MU Extension nutrient management specialist. Plans are required for some farms in cost-share programs and permitted animal feeding operations. The free MMPTracker tool is ...

  • 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 ...

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