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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...

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...

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....

High-Tech Farming for Affordable, Sustainable Food

Agriculture and technology both drive Washington’s economy. Agriculture contributes more than $51 billion to the state’s economy. Now, advances in technology help farmers improve our state’s food production systems, so high-tech farming means more people have access to affordable...

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...

Defining What Sustainable Agriculture Really Means

If we go by the dictionary definition of sustainable, the meaning is pretty clear. When we start talking about sustainable agriculture, things get a little more complicated. SUSTAINABLE: Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level. As our culture...

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...

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...

Lose Weight with Whole Grains

It’s no secret that whole grains protect against a host of life-threatening conditions, from heart disease and cancer to diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight plays a key role in preventing chronic illnesses such as these. Now, new research...

Funding Agricultural Research for a Sustainable Food Supply

Wheat farmers in Washington breathe a small sigh of relief as Wheat prices come in at slightly above the record lows of the past two years—but not high enough. Many of our farmers are unable to break even financially...
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