If we could predict and control the weather, we could manage nitrogen perfectly,” says Cliff Snyder, nitrogen program director, International Plant Nutrition Institute. “Until then, 30-70% of our applied nitrogen may not be taken up and will go to waste.”
Three crop-canopy sensors use reflected light from foliage to calculate variable-rate sidedress N rates in real time: GreenSeeker (Trimble Navigation), OptRx (Ag Leader Technology), and Topcon (Topcon Positioning Systems).
As California limps through another nearly rain-free rainy season, the state is taking increasingly bold action to save water. On Tuesday, the California state government imposed new mandatory restrictions on lawn watering and incentives to limit water use in hotels and restaurants as part of its latest emergency drought regulations....
By fine-tuning irrigation to avoid saturated soils and managing fertilizer applications to minimize losses during critical growth stages, producers may be able to offset some of the weather adversities Mother Nature tosses at them, says Erick Larson
The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century and the need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
If Midwestern night temperatures rise by 9 degrees by 2100, as many climate scientists predict, the corn yield/July temperature relationship from Indiana suggests a yield decrease of 2.1 bushels per acre for every degree Fahrenheit increase
A collection of case studies from soil conservation to building resilience, including farmers' own innovative practices, that further develop this particular approach in East Africa aimed at a specific group of users- development managers, educators, local administrators and policy makers.
In this year’s letter, Bill and Melinda Gates are making one big bet for the next 15 years: The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history thanks to breakthroughs in health, farming, banking, and education.
Putting the spotlight on agriculture, the letter highlights that although Africa has the largest amount of unused arable land, African farmers are currently only getting one fifth of the yield that farmers in developed countries are able to achieve.
In the fiscal fourth quarter, Deere's results surprised the market. The company reported fourth quarter FY 2014 revenues of $8.96 billion, compared to Thomson Reuters consensus estimates of $7.75 billion, and earnings per share of $1.83, compared to consensus estimates of $1.57. However, Deere's weak guidance for FY 2015 overshadowed its better than expected results, as the company forecast a 15% year-on-year decline in overall sales.
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