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GPS Increases Efficiency

Farming is probably the oldest industry known to man, with techniques passed down through generations. It is, by its very nature, dependent on seasons, along with intuition and toil. When one thinks of farming in the “old fashion” sense, technology...

The Role of Seed Treatments

Seed treatments, dressings and coatings can be used as a successful tool in pest management. These methods are agro-friendly since they target the pests and diseases with smaller amounts of active ingredients and are not introduced into the atmosphere....

The Benefits of Pesticides

The benefits of pesticides include higher quality food production, increased profits for farmers and the prevention of diseases. Although pests consume or harm a large portion of agricultural crops, without the use of pesticides, it is likely that they...

GPS Steering Tops Readers’ Poll of Best Farm Technology

GPS steering was voted the best recent farming innovation in a survey of technical advances to promote this weekend’s Open Farm Sunday.  Robotic milking machines took the runner-up spot, followed by smartphones. “For centuries, farmers have looked for ways to...

Plants Respond to Attacks by Insects

Plant behavior. Plants respond to attacks by insects with complex changes in their metabolism, including the production of toxic and anti-digestive chemicals as well as odors. In other words, plants taste and smell differently after an insect attack. These...

Using Natural Plant Defenses

Using natural plant defenses for sustainable agriculture.  Self-defense in plants may be part of an effective solution to sustainable agriculture, in particular, growing some crops without chemical pesticides. All plants contain poisons, for example, the sharp spice of horseradish and wasabi,...

Alternatives to Pesticides

Alternatives to Pesticides and Integrated Pest Management Many sustainable farms use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a compliment or alternative to the use of pesticides.  IPM is a growing movement among farms of all sizes that incorporates a variety of...

Drone Captures Vineyard Irrigation Data

Here's a cool article re-posted courtesy of Washington State University: Originally posted July 5th, 2016 Drone Captures Vineyard Irrigation Data by Scott Weybright scottweybright@wsu.edu Source contact: Lav Khot, WSU biological systems engineering 509-786-9302, lav.khot@wsu.edu PROSSER, Wash. – People may notice a small, unmanned helicopter flying over Washington...

How to Beat the Weather, Precisely

Weather not only affects how crops grow, but also determines the logistics around harvesting and transportation. When harvesting sugar cane, for example, the soil needs to be dry enough to support the weight of the harvesting equipment. If it’s...

Join the GMO Conversation

Advances in Genetic Engineering Are Changing the Field Genetic engineering has evolved dramatically since the first GMO Flavr Savr tomato hit grocery store shelves in 1994. Today, we’re way past the “Frankenfoods” of the ‘90s, when we worried about genetic...
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