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How precision agriculture cuts costs

Source: lanereport.com Agriculture technology is 10 to 15 years into a growth spurt that is revolutionizing the efficiency of grain crop operations and especially benefitting Kentucky farmers who raise corn, soybeans and wheat on rolling, irregular landscapes where conditions can vary not only from field to field but from row …

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Crops can do their own weed control

Tighter sowing in grid patterns reduces weeds, according to research. Results from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences show that weeds would have a tough time competing against crops such as corn, grains and beans if farmers were to alter their sowing patterns. Source: Science Daily …

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A farmer fertilizes crops at a rice field at Karang Malang village in Indramayu, Indonesia. Photo:  Antara Foto/Dedhez Anggara
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Back to the future: Scientists want ‘rewilded’ crops to boost agriculture

Important properties of wild plants, including varieties of wheat and rice, have been unintentionally lost during thousands of years of breeding. Scientists should “re-wild” food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study says. Source: …

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New biological herbicide from Verdesian

Verdesian Life Sciences has announced a new product that will soon give growers of cereal crops, grass seed, alfalfa and managers of rangeland and non-cropland areas access to a new biological herbicide for suppression of downy brome. Source: Verdesian Life Sciences  Discovered by scientist Ann Kennedy with the USDA Agricultural …

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New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster

Production must grow 70 percent over 35 years, but wheat breeders involved in the monumental global challenge of ensuring food security for 9.5 billion people by 2050 face enormous hurdles Author: Sanjaya Rajaram Source: CIMMYT Overall, we need to double the amount of food produced to meet demand as population …

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Updated Web Wheat Atlas 3.0 Prioritises user experience

Improvements include a redesign of site structure and navigation   Got a question about wheat? Whether you are a scientist, a researcher or simply interested in learning more about the vital staple crop that provides 20 percent of the world’s calories, the Wheat Atlas can help. The online resource developed …

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Wheat technology ‘packages’ transform food security in Arab Countries

 Improved wheat varieties plus implementation of appropriate practices has made a radical difference to the productivity of small small farmers  Source: CGIAR/ICARDA Sultan Ahmed Al-Othman, a young wheat farmer, struggled to increase the productivity of his small farm in Maru-Qusabat, a village located outside Irbid in northern Jordan. Even though …

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FAO food price index shows signs of stabilization

FAO’s monthly food price index was stable in October, as sugar and vegetable oil prices rose to offset declines in dairy and meat prices. Source: FAO The Food Price Index dipped to 192.3, its seventh consecutive monthly decline but only a marginal 0.2 percent drop from the revised September figure. …

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Bram Govaerts, Nele Verhulst, Manuel Lopez de Lara, Rodrigo Rascon, Ruben Flores Gonzalez (L to R) calculate the yield from farmer Lopez de Lara's field on the hood of a car in the Yaqui Valley in the Mexican state of Sonora. Photo: CIMMYT/Beatriz Martínez
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Taking it to the farmer: Q&A with Bram Govaerts

Conservation agriculture, which improves the livelihoods of farmers by sustainably boosting productivity, is becoming a vital part of the rural landscape throughout Mexico and Latin America, leading to a major World Food Prize award for Bram Govaerts. Source: CIMMYT As associate director of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program at the …

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Inocucor Technologies and McGill University to collaborate on bio-stimulants for large-scale agriculture

Inocucor Technologies, Inc. and McGill University have signed a research and licensing agreement to co-produce a new class of sustainable bio-stimulant products for large-scale agriculture that have the potential to increase crop yields by at least 10 to 15 percent. Source: Inocucor Inocucor’s patented technology, developed by founders Dr Maggie …

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