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How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It

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Hotter and less predictable temperatures mean that much of the world’s premium wine regions are now under threat and new ones are emerging. How the wine industry is — and isn't &mda...
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Climate Corp. Announces Per Acre Rates For Field Management Platform

[SAN FRANCISCO] August 26, 2014 — The Climate Corporation today announced Climate Pro subscription advisory services for corn will be offered at an introductory price of three dollars an acre for 2015. The company also is creating a higher value premium product that integrates additional services beyond what’s available in Climate Pro today.

“We’re being aggressive in making this new technology service broadly available because we intend to be the operating system of choice for farmers, incorporating hardware, software and services in an integrated platform that helps them improve yields and use resources more efficiently,” said David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation. “This price point makes the service significantly more accessible for farmers.”

The Climate Technology Platform offers a suite of services harnessing the power of unique measurement capabilities, advanced data science, and an easily accessible user interface to provide online and mobile services at three different price points for farmers. Climate BasicTM is a free service offering that helps farmers optimize their daily decision making with field-level insights. Climate Pro is a subscription service that delivers valuable recommendations for farmers, such as the optimal timing and amount of nitrogen applications by field, and the best time to harvest their crop. The company’s new premium service will include additional higher value offerings. Each of these advisory services is offered through retailers with local expertise that can help farmers get the most value from these tools.

Brent Sharff, who farms in the Oelwein, Iowa area, has been impressed with the platform’s ease of use and the value it provides. “Using Climate Pro’s Advisors as they have been introduced has allowed us to work smarter, and I am looking forward to how this technology will help increase my yield,” said Sharff.

The Climate Corporation and Precision Planting, now operating as one unified organization, are also working to bring together precision equipment and software services into an integrated system.

“The power of this platform emerges from the integration of a farmer’s data with our unique measurement and data science capabilities to help deliver recommendations that can be seamlessly executed in the field,” said Friedberg. “Our unique measurement capabilities are further enhanced with our recent acquisition of Solum’s soil testing services and our ability to drive prescriptions back to the cab with the addition of the FieldScripts product team into the combined organization. This is an exciting platform that we believe can fundamentally transform agriculture.”

To sign up for Climate Basic or for more information about Climate Pro, visit www.climate.com.

About The Climate Corporation
The Climate Corporation aims to help farmers around the world protect and improve their farming operations with uniquely powerful software, hardware and insurance products. The company's proprietary Climate Technology Platform™ combines hyper -local weather monitoring, agronomic modeling, and high-resolution weather simulations to deliver Climate Basic™ and Climate Pro™, mobile SaaS solutions that helps farmers improve  profitability by making better informed operating and financing decisions. Through its exclusive relationship with OneBeacon t he company is also an authorized provider of the U.S. Federal crop insurance program, enabling authorized independent crop insurance agents to provide farmers with the industry's most powerful fullstack risk management solution. In the face of increasingly volatile weather, the global $3 trillion agriculture industry depends on the company's unique technologies to help stabilize and improve profits and, ultimately, help feed the world. For more information, please visit http://www.climate.com or follow the company on Twitter @climatecorp. Climate Crop Insurance Agency LLC is an equal opportunity provider.

- See more at: http://www.no-tillfarmer.com/pages/News---The-Climate-Corporation-Announces-Introductory-Price-of-Three-Dollars-an-Acre-for-Climate-Pro-with-Premium-Integrated-Service-Offering-in-Development.php#sthash.5CRFNXq7.dpuf

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The Extent to which Potential Benefits to EU Farmers of Adopting Transgenic Crops are Reduced by Cost of Compliance with Coexistence Regulations - McFarlane &al (2014) - AgBioForum

The Extent to which Potential Benefits to EU Farmers of Adopting Transgenic Crops are Reduced by Cost of Compliance with Coexistence Regulations - McFarlane &al (2014) - AgBioForum | Ag Publishing and Ag Business | Scoop.it

This article forecasts the extent to which the potential benefits of adopting transgenic crops may be reduced by costs of compliance with coexistence regulations applicable in various member states of the EU.

 

A dynamic economic model is described and used to calculate the potential yield and gross margin of a set of crops grown in a selection of typical rotation scenarios. The model simulates varying levels of pest, weed, and drought pressures, with associated management strategies regarding pesticide and herbicide application, and irrigation.

 

We report on the initial use of the model to calculate the net reduction in gross margin attributable to coexistence costs for insect-resistant (IR) and herbicide-tolerant (HT) maize grown continuously or in a rotation, HT soya grown in a rotation, HT oilseed rape grown in a rotation, and HT sugarbeet grown in a rotation. Conclusions are drawn about conditions favoring inclusion of a transgenic crop in a crop rotation, having regard to farmers’ attitude toward risk... 

 

Of the established transgenic crops, only insect-resistant (IR) maize is approved for cultivation in the European Union (EU), and that crop is grown mainly in Spain and Portugal. Some of the other established transgenic crops could potentially be profitable for farmers to adopt in some parts of Europe, but it is likely that the improvement in gross margin relative to a conventional crop would be offset by the cost to the farmer of compliance with coexistence regulations... 

 

The way in which the cost of compliance with regulations for coexistence of transgenic crops with conventional crops in EU arable farming falls entirely on the adopter of the transgenic crop presents a significant economic disincentive for transgenic crop adoption... There are numerous crop rotation scenarios where weed and pest pressures are high, in which the aggregate economic outcome could potentially lead to greater profit for the farmer if established transgenic crop varieties replaced conventional equivalent crops.

 

http://agbioforum.org/v17n1/v17n1a05-mcfarlane.htm ;

 


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A Map Of Where El Niño Will Strike Around The World

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It's looking more and more likely that we're going to have another El Niño year starting this summer -- one that could possibly rival 1997's infamously bad event. But just what does that mean? As this map demonstrates, it can mean very different things around the globe.

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UCR Newsroom: Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture

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Ariel Dinar, the director of the Water Science and Policy Center at the University of California, Riverside, and Robert Mendelsohn at Yale University have co-edited a “Handbook on Climate Change and Agriculture” (Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., December 2011) that explores, as its title suggests, the interaction between climate change and agriculture.


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Latest NRCS Science and Technology Help Agriculture Mitigate Climate Change - Growing Magazine - The Latest from GrowingMagazine.com

Latest NRCS Science and Technology Help Agriculture Mitigate Climate Change - Growing Magazine - The Latest from GrowingMagazine.com | Ag Publishing and Ag Business | Scoop.it
Latest NRCS Science and Technology Help Agriculture Mitigate Climate Change http://t.co/M9qfwKdNTv

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Agricultural Nanotechnologies: What are the current possibilities? - Parisi &al (2014) - NanoToday

Agricultural Nanotechnologies: What are the current possibilities? - Parisi &al (2014) - NanoToday | Ag Publishing and Ag Business | Scoop.it

Nanotechnology is recognised by the European Commission as one of its six “Key Enabling Technologies” that contribute to sustainable competitiveness and growth in several industrial sectors. The current challenges of sustainability, food security and climate change are engaging researchers in exploring the field of nanotechnology as new source of key improvements for the agricultural sector. However, concrete contributions are still uncertain.

 

Despite the numerous potential advantages of nanotechnology and the growing trends in publications and patents, agricultural applications have not yet made it to the market... On the one hand, industry experts stress that agricultural nanotechnology does not demonstrate a sufficient economic return to counterbalance the high initial production investments. On the other hand, new nanotech regulation in the EU might create regulatory uncertainty for products already on the market and affect public perception.

 

However, recent studies demonstrate that public opinion is not negative towards nanotechnology and that the introduction on the market of nanotech products with clear benefits will likely drive consumer acceptance of more sensitive applications. The rapid progress of nanotechnology in other key industries may over time be transferred to agricultural applications as well, and facilitate their development.

 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nantod.2014.09.009

 


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Arduino, or a Raspberry Pi, What's better?

Arduino, or a Raspberry Pi, What's better? | Ag Publishing and Ag Business | Scoop.it
Well that question is like asking what's better, a hammer, or a saw? It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you are trying to read analog and digital inputs, make a decision, and control a device, the Arduino is the clear winner.

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Silicon Valley Bets on the Farm

Startups are cashing in on the increasing connection between agriculture and technology.

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Asia’s crops threatened by climate change - HortiBiz

Asia’s farmers are getting it on all sides. Who would have thought that Antarctic ice melt could flood crop fields in the Middle East and Asia? That’s what a new report by the Chicago Council on World Affairs claims could happen if nothing is done to prevent runaway climate change. Unfortunately, the collapse of the Western Antarctic ice sheet is already afoot and it’s resulting in sea levels that are rising faster than previously predicted. Two recent studies estimate that the sea could increase by as much as four meters in the next few hundred years.


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Cartels and Subsidies in Canadian Agriculture - The Market Oracle

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Cartels and Subsidies in Canadian Agriculture
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Predrag Rajsic writes: Canada, a federal state consisting of 13 federal units — ten provinces and three territories — has a relatively long history of agricultural policy.
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China's Stocks Advance as Agriculture and Technology Shares Gain - Bloomberg

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China's Stocks Advance as Agriculture and Technology Shares Gain
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China's stocks rose as agricultural companies rallied on speculation the government will introduce reforms to boost the industry.

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