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  • Spray tests with unprecedented accuracy

    Wageningen UR’s test fields in Lelystad can be used to test various pesticides simultaneously, with almost surgical precision. This is thanks to computer-controlled sprayers that are linked to a Real Time Kinematic GPS. “This lets us dose up to ten agents at the same time on different sections of a test field, with an accuracy of two centimetres,” says Pierre Bakker, director of ...

  • Spray tests with unprecedented accuracy

    Wageningen UR’s test fields in Lelystad can be used to test various pesticides simultaneously, with almost surgical precision. This is thanks to computer-controlled sprayers that are linked to a Real Time Kinematic GPS. “This lets us dose up to ten agents at the same time on different sections of a test field, with an accuracy of two centimetres,” says Pierre Bakker, director of ...

  • Spraying made Easy with AutoGuide

    The AutoGuide steering assist system and section control features available on Valtra tractors make spraying crops much easier, as Jyrki Rantsi, a pig farmer from Varpaisjärvi in the North Savo region of Finland, can attest. Automated steering is often thought of as a tool designed for working on massive fields, but in fact like the section control feature too, it is of most use on small ...

  • 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 ...

  • Sustainable crop protection - what’s around the corner?

    With sustainable usage likely to be a continued focus following the Brexit result, stringent safety criteria is only likely to increase the pressure on pesticide use in the UK, explains David Chandler from the Crop Centre at the University of Warwick. “We’ve experienced ten years of decline in the number of actives available to the industry, and products are not getting easier to ...


    By Certis UK

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • How to Keep Specialty Crops Safe from Herbicide Drift

    Ohio’s corn and soybean growers could soon be spraying a lot more of two powerful herbicides on their fields. That’s why agricultural experts from The Ohio State University are offering tips on how to keep those herbicides from getting onto other crops, especially valuable specialty crops such as grapes. Doug ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Europe rejects GM crops as new report highlights 20 years of failures

    All 19 government requests for bans of GM crop cultivation have gone unchallenged by biotech companies, pathing the way for two thirds of the EU’s farmland and population to remain GM-free [1]. The growing opposition to GM crops coincides with a new Greenpeace report reviewing evidence of GM environmental risks, market failures, and increased pesticide use [2]. Greenpeace EU ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • ASTM publishes new volume of publication on pesticide formulations and delivery systems

    STP 1520, “Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems: 29th Volume, Application of Formulation and Adjuvant Technology,” is now available from ASTM International. The newest volume in this continuing series provides the latest advances in crop protection technologies and the latest updates on regulatory issues related to the use of pesticides and drift reduction technology. The 29th volume ...


    By ASTM International

  • Strawberry monitoring system could add $1.7 million over 10 years to some farms

    A University of Florida-developed web tool can bring growers $1.7 million more in net profits over 10 years than a calendar-based fungicide system because it guides growers to spray their crop at optimal times, a new UF study shows. The Strawberry Advisory System, devised by an Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher, takes data such as temperature and leaf wetness and tells ...

  • Hops Conference to Feature New Harvester, Prototype Trellis System

    The hops industry is booming in Ohio, and organizers of The Ohio State University Hops Conference and Trade Show on Feb. 24-25 have brewed up a program that will keep the learning flowing for beginner and advanced growers alike. “There was an estimated 200 acres of hops planted in Ohio on 80 farms in 2016, up from 10 acres on four farms in 2014,” said Brad Bergefurd, horticulture ...


    By Ohio State University

  • MagGrow, a Global Leader in Food System Innovation, Announced as a 2016 Global Cleantech Cluster Association Award Winner

    Irish AgTech company MagGrow has been named by the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) as a Top 10 winner of its 2016 GCCA Later Stage Awards. MagGrow has developed a crop-spraying product that reduces spray drift by more than 80 per cent which helps to produce more food, for less. This pioneering technology has led the way for MagGrow to be one of just 10 companies from around the world, ...


    By Agricultural Magnetics Ltd

  • EPA Launches a Voluntary Star-Rating Program to Reduce Pesticide Drift and Protect People, Wildlife and the Environment

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss. “Every year state and local agencies receive thousands of complaints about the impacts of pesticide drift on people, wildlife ...

  • Southern soils mitigate manure microbes

    That swine manure sprayed on to fields adds valuable nutrients to the soil is well known. But what is not known is whether all that manure is bringing harmful bacteria with it. A new study looks at the levels of nutrients and bacteria in soils of fields that have been sprayed with manure for fifteen years or more. The research team, composed of scientists from the USDA-ARS Crop Science Research ...

  • Seaweed extract benefits petunia, tomato transplants

    Seaweed extracts are used widely in agriculture and horticulture production systems. Benefits of the extracts can include early seed germination and establishment, improved crop performance and yield, increased resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, and enhanced postharvest shelf life. A study in the August 2015 issue of HortTechnology determined the effects of rockweed extract, applied as a ...

  • Does pasture irrigation increase groundwater contamination?

    Concern about microbial contamination of groundwater from foraging dairy cows has increased as spray irrigation practices in New Zealand have increased over the years. Bacteria capable of living in both animals and humans are commonly found in cow manure. Addressing the lack of research on the topic, a team of New Zealand researchers studied the transport of microbes from two spray irrigated ...

  • Fighting selenium deficiency

    Approximately 1 billion people worldwide suffer from a deficiency of selenium, an essential nutrient for liver, heart, thyroid, and immune function. Since selenium deficiency is prevalent in Southeast Asia, researchers are studying the best biofortification for lowland rice production. In a study funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, the soil retention of three types of selenium was ...

  • 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

  • Clove Oil Tested for Weed Control in Organic Vidalia Sweet Onion

    Weed control is one of the most challenging aspects of organic crop production. Most growers of certified organic crops rely heavily on proven cultural and mechanical weed control methods while limiting the use of approved herbicides. A new study of herbicides derived from clove oil tested the natural products' effectiveness in controlling weeds in Vidalia sweet onion crops. "Cultivation with a ...

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