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  • New crop sprayer is kinder on the environment

    An EU project has developed a new crop spray system for orchards that is precise, efficient and safer for the environment. It sprays pesticides according to the needs of the crop and local environment, and can reduce spray drift by up to 80 per cent. Preliminary field tests conducted in Poland have demonstrated its effectiveness. The EU has adopted a framework directive on the sustainable use of ...

  • Forage crop promising as ecologically friendly ornamental groundcover

    A new, ecologically friendly groundcover for warm-weather landscapes is on the horizon. Rhizoma peanut, a warm-season perennial native to South America, has been used almost exclusively as a forage crop in the United States since the 1930s, but a study in the July HortScience says the perennial has potential as an ornamental groundcover or turf alternative. "Rhizoma peanut is grown in U.S. ...

  • Crop management: how small do we go?

    The use of on-the-go crop and soil sensors has greatly increased the precision with which farmers can manage their crops. Recently released research in Agronomy Journal questions whether more precise management is necessarily more efficient. They discovered that the law of diminishing returns applies to precision agriculture, calculating how large of an application area is optimal for precision ...

  • Cardamom crops affect forests, studies say

    Cultivation of cardamom, a high value spice crop, can take a toll on evergreen forests in tropical countries, independent studies in Sri Lanka and India have shown. Apart from disturbing biodiversity, cardamom ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Dealing with difficult powdery mildew infections on ornamental crops

    We are now at the peak of the powdery mildew season and, with increasing temperatures and dry weather conditions, susceptible crops are likely to be at high risk of infection. The pathogen There are five different powdery mildew species which attack ornamental crops in the UK. Erysiphe ssp. – this pathogen is mainly ...


    By Certis UK

  • Weather Fluctuations Impact Soybeans Less Than Other Field Crops

    From freezing temperatures and snow flurries to sunny, 80-degree days in a span of a week — if this type of strange weather continues, growers across Ohio want to know, will this have a negative impact on soybean crops? Not really, according to a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.   Laura Lindsey, a soybean ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Rotating Trellis Boosts Profits for Blackberry Growers

    A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist developed a specialized trellis system to help blackberry growers boost profits. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) horticulturist Fumiomi Takeda of the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, developed a rotating cross-arm (RCA) trellis and cane-training system to help growers overcome environmental ...

  • Robot harvests autonomously first sweet-peppers in the greenhouse

    The robot to harvest ripe fruits fully autonomously is a result of the European FP7 project Clever Robots for Crops, CROPS, which is coordinated by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture. After 3.5 years of research the integration of the final modules was completed. The base of the robot consists out of a carrier platform on which a robotic arm with the end-effector to grip and cut the fruit, ...

  • The GeoInformation Group adds Near Infrared imagery to Cities Revealed portfolio

    Cambridge – The GeoInformation® Group, publishers of Cities Revealed aerial photography (www.citiesrevealed.com), announces today that it now offers Near Infrared (NIR) imagery as part of its geographic information and aerial imagery solutions. NIR imagery provides the perfect compliment to standard vertical aerial imagery, seeing beyond the visible spectrum. NIR imagery can be used for ...


    By The GeoInformation Group

  • Remote pest managment with automated traps

    A decade spent developing pheromones for pest management underscored the importance of these chemicals for Michael Gilbert, president and CEO of British Columbia’s SemiosBio Technologies Inc. But at a cost of up to $5,000 a kilogram, pheromones are also one of the costliest pest control products on the market, making targeted deployment key to cost-effectiveness. Ideally, growers would ...


    By Semios

  • Horn of Africa `should grow more climate-hardy cassava`

    Farmers in the Horn of Africa should focus on growing more improved cassava varieties, which are high-yielding and resilient to drought, according to researchers. The improved varieties developed by the Nigeria-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and tested in Ethiopia, may help tackle famine in the Horn of Africa, an area that was severely hit by ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Giumarra Reedley activates PureSense Soil Moisture Monitoring Systems and realizes immediate benefits

    One month after installing PureSense to manage irrigation for 80 acres of stone fruit trees, Giumarra Reedley, a division of the Giumarra Companies, is seeing promising results. Since PureSense's Field Monitoring Stations were installed, the orchard's root zone is already at least 12 inches deeper and trees are showing 8 to 14 inches of unexpected new growth. "In past growing seasons, we have not ...


    By PureSense Inc.

  • Weed Specialist: Try to Apply Fall Herbicide Treatments Before December

    Now is a good time for growers to apply herbicide treatments to their fields to control weeds and help ensure a good start for spring planting. In fact, anytime between now and the week of Thanksgiving is a good time for fall herbicide applications, according to a researcher from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Although growers may be busy ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Techniques to reduce spray drift pollution from vineyards

    Several mitigation techniques can greatly reduce spray drift pollution from pesticide spraying in agricultural systems, shows a new study. Researchers tested the effectiveness of several strategies; results ranged from a 38% reduction in spray drift using low-drift equipment to a 98% reduction when hedgerows are present alongside fields. When pesticides are sprayed on agricultural fields, some of ...

  • Report highlights conflict in agricultural research

    Efforts to increase food production are clashing with efforts to reduce agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions says a group of international scientists. Agricultural research to improve food security often depends on technology to increase yields and crop intensification -- resulting in greenhouse gas ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Proper Hay Storage Techniques Can Increase Value, Decrease Quality Losses

    Producers who follow the proper techniques for hay storage will find their crops will retain more value and suffer fewer losses, said a beef cattle expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Considering that hay production is very costly, producers may want to take special care to store hay correctly to ensure it retains quality, said ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Small Farm Advice: Stand & Deliver

    A roadside stand is a good entry into direct-marketing your crops. In addition to earning extra income without a middleman taking a cut, it’s a good way to promote your farm and test what sells with consumers in your area. Besides the bricks and mortar (or more likely wood and nails) of your stand, consider the “intangibles” necessary to pull off a successful farm stand ...


    By AGCO Corporation

  • Study reveals causes of apple skin spot

    For fruit crops such as apples, compromised skin appearance usually results in reduced market value. Identifying causes of fruit disorders and diseases can help producers modify growing strategies and increase profits. Researchers in Germany recently released a study of "skin spot", a disorder found in 'Elstar' (and occasionally in 'Golden Delicious') apples after CA storage that is characterized ...

  • Bronx Science Teacher Who Constructed a Green Roof and Tarrytown Teen Who Used Wasted Apples as a Fuel Source Win Presidential Recognition

    Nathaniel Wight, a science teacher at Bronx Design & Construction Academy in the South Bronx, New York, and Luke Colley, a high school senior from Tarrytown, New York both won top presidential honors for their dedication to environmental protection. Nathaniel and Luke were honored at a White House ceremony as winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation ...

  • Mastering Greenhouse Efficiency with Robotics at Vineland

    Imagine technology that could preemptively find disease in plants, allowing growers to address it proactively. Or sensors that could help irrigate more resourcefully. Or robots that could selectively harvest ripe crops. At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, it seems as though the future is now. Vineland’s Robotics & Automation team — comprised of 5 PhDs and 6 ...

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