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Taking the temperature of water-thirsty plants

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) engineer in Fort Collins, Colorado, is making it easier for growers to determine if their crops are water-stressed. Agricultural engineer Kendall DeJonge is trying to conserve irrigation water by using infrared radiometric thermometers (IRT)—sensors that can determine crop canopy temperatures and subsequently detect crop water stress.

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Beck’s collaborates with John Deere for seamless data transfer

Beck’s announced a collaboration between its secure, web-based precision ag tool, FARMserver, and John Deere’s Operations Center in MyJohnDeere.com to improve data flow and connectivity. The collaboration will allow users the ability to seamlessly transfer data and field prescriptions between their FARMserver account and John Deere equipment.

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Deadline for entering Precision Impact Award just days away

Entries are still being accepted for the 2015 Precision Impact Awards; the entry deadline is Aug. 31. The awards will be presented at the Agricultural Retailers Association Conference and Expo in Palm Desert, Calif. The conference runs Dec. 1-3. Two representatives of each award winner will receive free registration, hotel and travel to the conference.

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TerraGo partners with CHC Navigation

TerraGo announced a technology partnership with CHC Navigation that combines the mobile GPS collaboration platform, TerraGo Edge, with CHC’s rugged high-accuracy GNSS systems to meet the needs of the most demanding field positioning tasks.

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WSU engineers, scientists prepare to test apple-picking robot

Engineers and scientists at Washington State University Tri-Cities and the WSU Center for Precision and Automatic Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) are creating a practically adoptable robot that will pick apples as efficiently as people.

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