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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Crops and Clouds
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Farming by the sub-inch: What the future of food looks like

Source: cnbc.com Farmers for decades have relied on gut checks and generations-deep knowledge to make crop decisions. This tradition of land stewardship has meant preemptively wiping out an entire field to thwart what might be, for example, a small localized pest problem. But agriculture, like many industries, is increasingly digitized. …

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031115 Monosem equipment Deere acquisition
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Deere agrees to acquisition of Monosem

Source: chicagotribune.com Deere & Co. has agreed to acquire Monosem, the European leader in precision planter manufacturing, as the world’s largest producer of agricultural machinery seeks to boost technology that improves farmers’ productivity. Acquiring Monosem, which makes planters that can be customized for tillage style, inputs and row spacing, “positions …

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011015 Clemson Uni machine-in-use
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Clemson opens high-tech lab to digitize agriculture

Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center has added a laboratory to develop sensor technologies that will monitor the health of South Carolina farms. The high-tech sensor lab enables Clemson researchers to rapidly develop precision-agriculture technologies that once would take weeks or even months to build, test and refine. Products …

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280815 Melon farming
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Students recognized for important MESA lab projects

Professor YangQuan Chen has many reasons to be proud of his Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation (MESA) Lab. Besides being extremely popular — so popular the lab has to turn away applicants — the lab now has nine Federal Aviation Administration certificates to fly unmanned aerial vehicles around the Central Valley. …

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270815 Corn field precision agriculture
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How precision agriculture eats data and CPU cycles

Source: forbes.com Given their rural isolation, toiling miles away from the coastal centers of technology and finance, it’s easy to overlook the remarkable growth in productivity on the average farm. One look at a chart of corn yields, which have increased four-fold since the early 1950s, shows that farmers are …

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270715 Minnesota drones
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Minnesota students trial drones

At a field experiment last week, a drone leashed like a dog to a University of Minnesota graduate student slowly rotated, drifting mere feet above the group and capturing images of apple trees at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. A student nearby controlled the drone from a laptop, moving it slowly …

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240715 precision agriculture
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Why the industry should prepare for precision agriculture

Precision agriculture is the new frontier of environmentally sustainable development in the sector, experts invited by the Italian national research center CNR said at an Expo Milano 2015 conference on the subject. Drones, satellites, radiometry systems and geo-electric sensors can accurately measure and calculate the needs of plants and help …

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These three false-colour images demonstrate the application of remote sensing in precision agriculture: The left image shows vegetation density and the middle image presence of water (greens / blue for wet soil and red for dry soil). The right image shows where crops are under stress, as is particularly the case in fields 120 and 119 (indicated by red and yellow pixels)
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ICT-AGRI 2015: call for proposals – Precision Farming projects

Public and private institutions and companies are invited to submit pre-proposal applications for participating in transnational projects, which will contribute to enabling Precision Farming in practice. The call is open for pre-proposals until 24th April 2015. Source: ICT-AGRI National funding agencies from 13 European countries are offering €5,660,000 in total to applicants. Applicants …

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Healthier soils will give us – and the planet – a healthier century

The dirt beneath your feet is teeming with life. In any given tablespoon of soil, there may be more than 50 billion microbes – bacteria, fungi, nematodes, mites, and more. Ninety percent of all the organisms on earth live underground. In a handful of healthy soil, there is more biodiversity …

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