170815 Soil Analysis
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New technology to track Zimbabwe’s soil nutrients and minerals

Source: scidev.net Zimbabwean agricultural researchers have developed a remote control technique that could enable African farming communities to identify nutrients needed by crops in an agricultural field. The technology could assist farmers to ascertain the exact quantities of nutrients a crop needs and predict yields using the satellite imagery developed …

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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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Agbotic building greenhouse to ready for rollout of agricultural robot

Source: watertowndailypress.com Envision a 15,000-square-foot greenhouse with an automated robot that spans its 52-foot width, sliding back and forth on tracks to water vegetables and till soil to prevent weeds. That vision will soon be a reality for Agbotic Inc. of Potsdam, a startup business that has been testing a prototype …

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Soil scientists enthusiastic about future of sustainable agriculture

Source: abc.net.au We are halfway through the International Year of Soil, and Australian soil scientists are brimming with enthusiasm, a contrast to the doomsayers. The World Food and Agriculture Organisation issued a warning that the world’s soils have only 60 years of harvests left, because they are becoming degraded. The local soil …

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CropX drives agriculture efficiency through technology

One thing Israel is widely respected for is the advances it has made with regards horticulture in general, and irrigation in particular. There are numerous examples throughout the country where land that was either malarial swamp or desert has been transformed to be a productive resource. Much of this change …

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Soil in Northern China is drying out and farming, not climate change, is culprit

Source: phys.org An important agricultural region in China is drying out, and increased farming may be more to blame than rising temperatures and less rain, according to a study spanning 30 years of data. A research team led by Purdue University and China Agricultural University analyzed soil moisture during the growing …

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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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Can dung beetles make organic food safer?

Dung beetles can help suppress E.coli in soil, say researchers Source: Entomology Today For farmers — especially organic farmers, who are increasingly challenged by food safety guidelines — dung beetles could provide an elegant solution to a vexing problem. Entomologists at Washington State University are investigating whether the insects could …

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