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The Precision Agriculture Revolution

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"Thousands of years ago, agriculture began as a highly site-specific activity. The first farmers were gardeners who nurtured individual plants, and they sought out the microclimates and patches of soil that favored those plants. But as farmers acquired scientific knowledge and mechanical expertise, they enlarged their plots, using standardized approaches—plowing the soil, spreading animal manure as fertilizer, rotating the crops from year to year—to boost crop yields. Over the years, they developed better methods of preparing the soil and protecting plants from insects and, eventually, machines to reduce the labor required. Starting in the nineteenth century, scientists invented chemical pesticides and used newly discovered genetic principles to select for more productive plants. Even though these methods maximized overall productivity, they led some areas within fields to underperform. Nonetheless, yields rose to once-unimaginable levels: for some crops, they increased tenfold from the nineteenth century to the present.  

Today, however, the trend toward ever more uniform practices is starting to reverse, thanks to what is known as 'precision agriculture.' Taking advantage of information technology, farmers can now collect precise data about their fields and use that knowledge to customize how they cultivate each square foot."

 

Tags: technology, food production, agriculture, agribusiness, spatial, GPS.


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Landon Conner's curator insight, November 3, 2015 8:57 PM

Our world has evolved and changed many ways in agriculture than it used to be. We've changed from horses pulling plows to using tractors with mowers on the back. Planting seeds by hand one at a time to using machines that can plant ten at a time five times faster. Watering plants one at a time to using water hoses. Our generation has advanced in farming technology and is helping our agricultural community. LDC

Cade Johns's curator insight, November 5, 2015 7:49 PM

Over the years agriculture has changed for the better,production has increased, pesticides have helped development,and technology has helped speed up the production and make the quantity bigger. CJ

Cade Johns's curator insight, December 2, 2015 9:57 AM

Agriculture has evolved very much over time to many different methods of growing things and theyve changed the way we affect the soil.-CJ

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Knitting Tutorial for Beginners- 4. Purl Stitch

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Knitting Tutorial for Beginners- 4. Purl Stitch

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Clicker cheater for iPhone Arduino from the Cucumber Clicker maker

Clicker cheater for iPhone Arduino from the Cucumber Clicker maker | MakerTech, Makerspaces and DIY | Scoop.it
Once i made clicker for iPhone speed tapping from Arduino and Cucumber. Video got 48k views on Youtube and a lot of laughs. It's time to make somethin...

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RFID Controlled Door

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This instructable was created in fulfillment of the project requirement of the Makecourse at the University of South Florida (www.makecourse.com)Fumbl...

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'Creativity is a state of being, not a process' – Scott Ross, chief technology ... - The Drum

'Creativity is a state of being, not a process' – Scott Ross, chief technology ... - The Drum | MakerTech, Makerspaces and DIY | Scoop.it
Creative technologists are responsible for all kinds of weird and wonderful inventions to fuse the best of creativity and technology, so...

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Microsoft Patents Eye-Tracking Keyboard

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While some of us still prefer tapping out keys on the keyboard when typing on our smartphones and tablets, there are some who believe that using...

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Instructional Design Models and Theories: Action Learning

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The Action Learning Model was first introduced by Professor Reginald Revans in 1980. The Action Learning Model!

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The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014!

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2014 was an incredible year for green design – and here’s why. We’ve seen technological breakthroughs ranging from airborne wind turbines to Tesla’s first battery-swapping station and a floating device that could clean the world’s oceans.
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Multi-sensor data acquisition IC and open hardware kit for health monitoring - Electronics Eetimes

Multi-sensor data acquisition IC and open hardware kit for health monitoring - Electronics Eetimes | MakerTech, Makerspaces and DIY | Scoop.it
Belgian nanoelectronics research center imec and Holst Centre (the associated research centre that focusses on Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions and for Systems-in-Foil) have a development kit based on an open hardware platform using a...

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We Say We Like Creativity, but We Really Don’t

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People don’t actually like creativity.
In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. Online job boards burst with ads recruiting “idea people” and “out of the box” thinkers. We are taught that our own creativity will be celebrated as well, and that if we have good ideas, we will succeed.

It’s all a lie. This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 12, 2014 12:41 PM

I have been reading Jacques Derrida about inventions and his thinking was there was not anything that was totally novel. Everything builds on what already exists, but even that disrupts our world. This is interesting in light of the idea that many School reformers are determined to have something that never existed before. Or is that really the case? We see little change. What we see is new tools in existing structures. Is that really creativity?

 

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margot roi's curator insight, November 14, 2014 10:10 AM

Are we taking the negative stand in education?

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DLP 3D Printing a Working Speaker - 3D Printing Industry

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The creators of the LumiPocket 3D Printer posted an Instructable on 3D printing a working mini speaker.

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Where Does the Creative Class Move? - CityLab

Where Does the Creative Class Move? - CityLab | MakerTech, Makerspaces and DIY | Scoop.it
D.C., Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Houston, and Dallas draw those with "symbolic knowledge."

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29 Ways to Stay Creative Infographic

29 Ways to Stay Creative

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What Programming Languages Should You Learn

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Learning to code in different computer programming languages will not only help you develop in-demand job skills but also start read more

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How to Get Back on Track After Disappointing Yourself

How to Get Back on Track After Disappointing Yourself | MakerTech, Makerspaces and DIY | Scoop.it
You've probably had at least one time when you know you could've done better. Whether you wanted to keep a resolution, reach a goal, or do better on a project, it's important to get back on track so you set the tone for all areas of your life .

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Pocket laser engraver.

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I have been trying to get my hands on a laser cutter for some time but they always seem out of reach. All the great things that can be done with a rea...

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Infineon aims Arduino shields at lighting and motors | Electronics Weekly

Infineon aims Arduino shields at lighting and motors | Electronics Weekly | MakerTech, Makerspaces and DIY | Scoop.it
Infineon has announced two shields for the Arduino design community. The shields target RGB lighting and motor control. Until the end of January, both Shie

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Raspberry Pi moniters penguin population!

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From the Raspberry Pi Foundation via the Raspberry Pi Pod: The Penguins Lifeline project, headed up by Dr Tom Hart, is a multi-organisation enterprise. ZSL are working with Woods Hole Oceanographic...

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9 Minimalist Boxes for Boxing Day

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Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated by aesthetes the world over. In order to purify ourselves after the rampant commercialism and visual over-stimulation of the past month, we devote this day to the...
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These Amazing Designs Are Helping People Tackle Rising Sea Levels

These Amazing Designs Are Helping People Tackle Rising Sea Levels | MakerTech, Makerspaces and DIY | Scoop.it
A photo exhibit asks whether the human race will sink or swim.

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Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts

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For Riz Boardshorts, the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic choking up the world's oceans is 5.25 trillion pieces too many. The British swimwear label wants to transform some of that dross into the world's first 100 percent recycled board short.
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Student Creates Bizarre Jewelry That Hooks into Your Veins and Turns Blood Flow into Electricity

Student Creates Bizarre Jewelry That Hooks into Your Veins and Turns Blood Flow into Electricity | MakerTech, Makerspaces and DIY | Scoop.it
If you think squeezing your feet into an uncomfortable pair of heels is painful, then Israeli jewelry designer Naomi Kizhner’s hardcore jewelry is probably not for you.

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Plater: 3D printer build plate generator - YouTube

Plater is an open-source 3D printer parts build plate generator It takes some STL files with orientation and quantity and try to generate the fewest plates c...

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People Are Using Crowdfunding Sites to Pay for Overseas Travel, Classes

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GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo Are Now Used to Crowdfund Honeymoons, Acrobat School

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Tuned: The rise of the creative entrepreneur -

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by Thabang Leshilo. There’s a generation of young individuals with real talent looking for additional avenues to express their creativity. But those very same creative-industry heavyweights, who’ve cultivated opportunities for us, are having to think harder about how they retain young creative entrepreneurs because, without a doubt, they intend on doing their own thing someday.

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