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  • Satellite data plus conservation equals better crop yields

    Combining remote sensing technology  with water and soil conservation techniques can help raise crop yields in South Asia, scientists have reported. Satellite data can help identify specific problems on farmlands ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Satellites help keep Chesapeake Bay clean

    Space-age technologies to help Maryland implement and monitor an expanded winter cover crop program that is vital to the Chesapeake Bay's health are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Beltsville, Md. Soil scientist Gregory McCarty and colleagues Dean Hively, Ali Sadeghi and Megan Lang with the ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville are ...

  • Satellites help map soil carbon flux

    Changes in soil carbon occur with changes in land management. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee investigated quantifying soil carbon changes over large regions. They integrated remote sensing products with a national carbon accounting framework in a project funded by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Earth Science. Results ...

  • 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

  • New satellite imaging to better forecast locust plagues

    Information from satellites is being used in a new way to predict favourable conditions for Desert Locust swarms, as part of an early warning collaboration by scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Desert Locust experts at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The new technology will help to ...

  • 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 ...

  • Satellite mapping reveals agricultural slowdown in Latin America: UBC study

    For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continent’s agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to UBC research. “Nearly every agricultural region across Latin America slowed down in expansion from 2007 to 2013, compared to the previous six years,” says Jordan Graesser, the study’s lead author. ...

  • ALERT: Congressional briefing on anniversary of landsat satellites, future importance

    Forty years ago, Landsat Satellites began a vigilant watch, protecting and enhancing the quality of life on Earth by tracking changes on the surface over time, and creating a vast global record of amazing land images and data.  But could this effort become even more significant during the next forty years, and beyond? The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and ...

  • Your ideas for ‘Farming by Satellite’ could make you money

    Students and young farmers in Europe and Africa have less than one month to go to register their details for a major competition about how using satellite technology in agriculture can improve production, efficiency, and reduce environmental impact. Organisers say that so far 10 countries are represented and they want more! Total cash prizes of €13,000 are on offer in ...


    By CLAAS Group

  • Assessing crop damages after extreme weather

    Original story at MIT News Producing torrential rain and wind gusts exceeding 180 miles per hour as it made landfall in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan left more than 6,000 dead and 4 million homeless. The November 2013 storm also obliterated thousands of ...

  • Rising heat hits Indian wheat crop

    Researchers in the UK have established a link between changing climate and agriculture that could have significant consequences for food supplies in South Asia. They have found evidence of a relationship between rising average temperatures in India and reduced wheat production, which was increasing until about a decade ago but has now stopped. The researchers, Dr ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Pakistan needs a new crop forecasting system

    Pakistan's outdated crop yield forecasting system needs a revamp, says Ibrar ul Hassan Akhtar. Like most developing countries, Pakistan is staring at the spectre of food insecurity, with its food production out of sync with population growth. The food availability scenario is further ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Crop-mapping drones win MIT $100K

    Original story at MIT News Drones are positioned to change people’s lives, with tech giants building unpiloted aerial vehicles to deliver packages to homes or provide Internet access across the globe.   Using that idea as a jumping-off point, RaptorMaps, an MIT team ...

  • Syria: Poor crop prospects reflect the impact of continued conflict and drought conditions

    Drought conditions combined with continued conflict are adding pressure to an already dire food security situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, raising the prospect of further severe reductions in wheat and barley production in key areas, along with increased food import needs and higher prices for 2014, FAO reports. Wheat and barley are the country’s two most important food crops. The ...

  • Open-access database will help water-scarce countries get more crop per drop

    A new open-access data portal to be developed by FAO will use satellite imagery to help water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa better manage this precious resource.  Currently all countries in North Africa and the Near East suffer from severe water scarcity, with significant consequences for irrigated agriculture, the region's largest water user. ...

  • What is NDVI?

    What is NDVI? For more than 40 years agronomists and scientists have used Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) to assess the health of crops and plants. But what is NDVI? And how do you know you’re getting the real deal? How does NDVI relate to crop health? NDVI was created when scientists learned that a plant’s unique reflection of a ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • High temperatures `make wheat old before its time`

    Global warming can cause premature ageing in wheat, according to computer modelling studies of the crop's response to growing conditions in northern India. The effects of warming on wheat growth and grain size are far worse than previous crop models indicated, David Lobell, assistant professor in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Australia chosen as first country to launch Manna Irrigation Intelligence

    Australia has been strategically chosen to be the first country to release Manna Irrigation Intelligence solution (a subsidiary of Rivulis), a revolutionary sensor-free software system designed to assist growers make better irrigation decisions. Using advanced satellite imaging technology, combined with real-time hyper-local weather, Manna Irrigation Intelligence ...


    By Rivulis Irrigation

  • AUG secures precision agriculture project under AAFC’s AgriInnovation Program

    AUG crop growth stage estimation technology with AAFC: Prestigious project under AAFC’s AgriInnovation Program for crop management and disease risk assessment Project to provide a commercial tool to facilitate sustainable agriculture management, pest and disease mitigation and resource planning Project will benefit large and small farming operations and also strengthens ...


    By A.U.G. Signals Ltd.

  • 11 percent of disappearing groundwater used to grow internationally traded food

    Wheat, rice, sugar, cotton and maize are among the essential internationally traded crops in the global economy. To produce these crops many countries rely on irrigated agriculture that accounts for about 70 percent of global freshwater withdrawals, according to the United Nations Water program. One freshwater source is underground aquifers, some of which replenish so slowly that they are ...


    By ScienceDaily

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