251115 New Zeraland farming air fertilizer
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New remote sensing air fertilizer technology tested

Source: stuff.co.nz The latest aerial top dressing technology is being trialled at Manawatu by Ravensdown and Massey University. During the trials the hopper opens automatically to spread fertilizer from the air, allowing the pilot to concentrate solely on flying. An aircraft was flying over Pickwick Farm near Whanganui to test …

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121115 irrigation in Africa
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The online tool to meet irrigation and fertilizer needs

Source: scidev.net Farmers in Africa are set to benefit from an online tool offering advice on services such as irrigation and fertilizer use. The internet portal known as Smart Irrigator computes crops’ daily water requirements. According to Peter Okoth, Kenya-based consultant in research and agronomy and one of the brains behind …

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191015 Scarecrow for iPads
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The modern scarecrow works on an iPad

Source: asia.nikkei.com Farmers in Asia can now flip out their iPads to see how their crops are faring. They can know exactly how many more days a crop needs until harvest. Like some people checking to see how many “likes” they get on Facebook, farmers can take the pulse of their …

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240815 Algie research
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Algae nutrient recycling undertaken by Sandia biologists

Source: labmanager.com LIVERMORE, Calif. — Nitrogen and phosphate nutrients are among the biggest costs in cultivating algae for biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories molecular biologists Todd Lane and Ryan Davis have shown they can recycle about two-thirds of those critical nutrients, and aim to raise the recycling rate to close to …

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How technology could change the future of farming

Source: grist.com Farmers are looking for information to help them grow more with fewer resources and less environmental impact. The “Internet of Things” — in the form of cheap sensors to measure water and soil composition — could help them do that. You’d have to work hard to make a …

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040815 Uni of Florida
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How to cut costs, save water AND help the environment

Source: agprofessional.com Sanjay Shukla looked out over row upon row of tomato and pepper plants and had an idea: What would happen if he made the compacted soil rows taller and more narrow? Would the plants need less water, fertilizer and fumigation? Would the plants grow as tall? Would the …

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A fire in a coal seam has kept the earth under Centralia, Pennsylvania, smouldering for six decades. Now scientists think its hot soil may hold bacteria that could be used to increase crop yields. Photo: Teake Zuidema, Hollandse Hoogte/Redux
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Why tiny microbes mean big things for farming

A bacterium that can fix nitrogen without needing the presence of oxygen could revolutionise fertilizer production. Author: Peter Andrey Smith. Source: National Geographic On a frigid day last February, Maren Friesen drove eight hours across snow-covered plains to Centralia, Pennsylvania. A fire ignited a seam of coal below the town …

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Earthworms- nature's free fertilizer
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Earthworms: nature’s free fertilizer?

Earthworm presence in the soil increases crop yield, shows a new study. “This is not unexpected”, says Jan Willem van Groenigen, associate professor in the Soil Biology group of Wageningen University, and lead author of the study. “People have known for millennia that earthworms can be good for plant growth. …

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