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India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping

Sher Singh, a farmer from India's desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new satellite crop monitoring system working in time for the peak of this year's monsoon in July.


Trimble introduces new CenterPoint RTX correction service

Trimble announced a new version of its CenterPoint RTX correction service that delivers convergence to 4 centimeter horizontal accuracy in less than 5 minutes. The service is ideal for a variety of precision agriculture operations and is available for use with the Trimble CFX-750 display.


Topcon acquires Digi-Star

Topcon Positioning Group announced the acquisition of Digi-Star, a company involved in weight sensors and control systems for feeding, planting, fertilizer and harvest equipment manufacturers.


Spreading the seeds of big data

Michigan State University is spreading the seeds of big data to improve agricultural practices around the United States. Through a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, MSU will lead a team of scientists to develop big-data approaches to better manage water and fertilizers and to adapt to changes brought on by climate variability.


U.S. FAA plans new steps to speed up commercial drone use

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.


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