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Scientists propose improvements to precision crop irrigation.

A new study led by the University of Illinois identifies the barriers and the solutions to increase the productivity of the fields and to implement the watering decision-making tools.

According to a study, just a few farmers are using a science-based tool in the irrigation process. The researchers were first to develop a way to combine high-resolution and high-frequency data into one unified high spatial-temporal resolution product to help control soil and crop conditions.

Scientists say they can help farmers get a fully scalable solution remotely, which could be a revolutionary technology for farmers. “Not only in the U.S. …


95% of the world’s food is grown thanks to the nutrient-rich upper layer of the land — topsoil. That point is making topsoil the most crucial element in providing food for the global population. Topsoil — is the treasure trove of all the major nutrients and soil organic matter for the crops. Usually, around 5–10 inches (15–23 cm) deep into the ground, soil contains most of the vital nutrients that allow growing high-quality yields.

According to WWF, half of the planet’s topsoil has been lost in the last 150 years, mainly because of mechanical erosion.

Geologists also mention that now…


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Using corn crop leftovers to improve water quality

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Corn is the main crop of the United States, and about half of the crop — stems, leaves, husks, and cobs — remains as waste after the separation of the kernels from the cobbles. These residues, known as maize straw, are of little commercial or industrial use other than burning.

Engineers from Riverside University of California described an energy-efficient way to bring corn straw back into the economy, turning it into activated carbon for water purification.

“Finding applications for idle resources such as corn stover is imperative to combat climate change. …


Business Challenge

Our client is an organic corn fertilizer manufacturer.

His organic supplement is produced from the soybean (mainly from the production or consumption residues, like soybean meal), and the product resulting in rich yields and high-quality products for many farms.

He is a small local manufacturer within the State of Indiana, and now he wants to expand his market in the Upper Midwest of the United States. Therefore he needs to know about the market size and segmentation of the region, how to build the logistics in the initial stages of market penetration.

Since both corn and soybeans are critical to…


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On Earth Day 2021, Climate Neutral announced that it had signed 230 brands for its zero certification.

Yesterday, a non-profit organization from San Francisco announced that since its launch in 2019, it has certified 230 brands as «carbon neutral” to date — 14% of which are in the food and beverage industry. Each certified company must then compensate its emissions according to climate-neutral standards and develop an action plan to reduce its exposure within the next one to two years.

It is more than double the number of brands certified by Climate Neutral to date, which he estimates provides carbon offsets of 700,000 tons. …


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Killing weeds with a powerful laser

The EU-funded WeLASER project is developing an autonomous field robot that destroys weeds with a powerful laser. The project is looking to “develop a non-chemical solution for weed management based on pioneering technology.”

The robot will be equipped with artificial intelligence and intellectual vision and will be able to distinguish weeds from crops. Then it destroys the weeds with a powerful laser.

The project coordinator, Pablo González de Santos, said that an autonomous robot was nothing more than a mobile platform for moving weed-killing systems through crops. According to de Santos, the robot can be adapted to work with any…


What is Sentinel-1?

The Sentinel-1 mission is the European Radar Observatory for the Copernicus joint initiative of the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA). Copernicus is a European initiative for the implementation of information services dealing with the environment and security. It is based on observation data received from Earth Observation satellites and ground-based information. The mission is composed of a constellation of two satellites, Sentinel-1A and Sentinel-1B, sharing the same orbital plane. The orbit has a 12-day repeat cycle and completes 175 orbits per cycle. …


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Climate change has cut global farming productivity by 21% since the 1960s.

Cornell University study found that global agricultural productivity is 21 percent lower than it would have been without climate change. It is equivalent to the loss of about seven years of farm productivity growth since the 1960s.

A new study concludes that anthropogenic climate change has slowed agricultural productivity worldwide, published in Nature Climate Change, was led by economist Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, associate professor at Cornell.

«We find that climate change has wiped out about seven years of improvements in agricultural productivity over the past 60 years,» Ortiz-Bobea said.

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Beyond Meat opens its first factory outside the United States.

Beyond Meat announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility near…


Let’s see the factors and practices that affect crop input and how we can avoid it if it is possible.

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At the current time of rapid population growth, the primary aim of the farmers is to produce more, better and faster. The global population is predicted to reach 9.2 billion people by 2050. Based on those estimates, the FAO is considering total crop production to increase by 1.5 percent yearly. So, the growers don’t have much time to act wrong.

However, there are a lot of unpredictable factors influencing yield productivity beyond the farmers’ control.

The crop production sector plays a significant role in reaching food availability worldwide and achieving food security. In the countries where the population relies on…


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More than half of the world’s agricultural land is at risk of pesticide contamination.

The report from Nature Geoscience provided a global model mapping pollution risk caused by 92 chemicals regularly used in agricultural pesticides in 168 countries.

The University of Sydney Research Associate and the study’s lead author, Dr. Fiona Tang, said the excessive use of pesticides in agriculture while boosting productivity could harm the environment, human and animal health.

“Our study has revealed 64 percent of the world’s arable land is at risk of pesticide pollution. This is important because the wider scientific literature has found that pesticide pollution can have adverse impacts on human health and the environment,” said Dr. Tang.

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