In the United States, federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food grow on arable land? Recent research shows farmers can successfully, and sustainably, grow both.
AgReliant Genetics, LLC announced its collaboration with Weather Trends International, a leader in weather forecasting and trends that provides accurate predictions day-by-day, week-to-week, 11 months ahead for 6.4 million locations around the globe.
Iteris, Inc., a leader in providing information solutions to the transportation and agriculture markets, announced the general availability of ClearAg, a decision support application for precision farming.
Farmers that have not completed corn planting may be considering switching from corn to soybean or keeping corn, but switching to an earlier hybrid. Both of these decisions can be complicated and depend on yield and other information that are imprecise estimates and highly dependent on weather conditions the crops experience throughout the rest of the growing season.
Soil testing is a common practice for cropland grain fields as it still is the best method to determine soil fertilizer and lime requirements. It is less commonly used on pasturelands but still is highly recommended if farmers and ranchers are considering nutrient amendments to those fields to increase forage yields and/or stocking rates.
Jackie Rudd, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeder, and Srirama Krishna Reddy, Ph.D., assistant research scientist, both in Amarillo, said their new walk-behind phenotyper is still a work in progress with respect to data analysis and management, but strapping new technology with old technology is certainly making the process quicker and more reliable.
Multirotor service-drone announces the upcoming availability of its Recon One multirotor Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Specifically developed for reliable, autonomous long-duration flights of up to 90 minutes, the Recon One is capable of carrying payloads of 500g and up under special configurations.
Using Norac's Standard Control technology, boom height control is now available for TerraGators with Airmax Precision 2 and Benson Booms. This newly released system controls wing lift using TerraGator’s existing on/off valves while utilizing the same core components as Norac’s UC5 and UC4.5 Spray Height Control systems.
Forecasts of unusually low temperatures in late May or early June can set off warning bells for corn growers and lead to fearmongering about frost damage to young corn. Even if frost does not form during these cool nights, minor leaf surface damage can still occur as a result of radiational heat loss from the leaves during cool, calm, clear nights. Such leaf damage results in a curious leaf symptom that may remind you of freezer burn.