ARS Hydrologist Honored for Bringing Accuracy to Soil Moisture Satellite Work

Dan Industry News Release, Soil, Technology

Research hydrologist Dr. Michael H. Cosh with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, was honored with an Arthur S. Flemming Award for using satellites to improve soil moisture measurements. The enhanced accuracy stemming from Cosh’s work allows for better crop yield projections. It also improves weather forecasting, drought and flood predictions, and wildfire …

Smart Water Deters Ag Theft

Taylor Hillman AgNeTVideo, Technology

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s agriculture crime unit are using new technology to thwart ag theft. The product is called SmartWater CSI. Detective John Nicholson said equipment owners can use the liquid to mark their tools, much like an invisible serial code. The water has a mineral code in it that can be changed. Owners are given a water …

PMA: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Taylor Hillman Labor and Immigration, Technology

“Work smarter, not harder” was an often-said phrase at the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Tech Knowledge Symposium. The annual event is in its fourth year and aims to establish relationships between entrepreneurs and members from all aspects of the food chain. Labor challenges in agriculture are only getting worse with less available workers and increasing costs. PMA’s Chief Science and …

Smart Phone App Balances Conservation and Production

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By Jan Suszkiw, Agricultural Research Service New mobile phone applications (“apps”) are helping farmers and land managers balance productivity with conservation. Known as the “Land-Potential Knowledge System” (LandPKS), the suite of apps identifies and delivers information about specific soils to anyone with a mobile phone, according to Jeff Herrick, a soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in …


New Communications Concept – SMART Farm Debuts at CES ®

Dan Industry News Release, Technology 29 Comments

SMART Farm brings to the forefront advanced technology and innovative practices that help farmers and ranchers grow and raise food sustainably At the CES® (Consumer Electronics Show), the largest consumer electronics show in the world, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA) introduced a new communications concept, called SMART Farm, aimed at bridging the gap between the acceptance of innovation that’s a …

Monitoring Plant Metabolism to Detect HLB

Taylor Hillman Citrus, Technology 26 Comments

Huanglongbing (HLB) pre-screening through analyzing plant metabolism holds potential to be a relatively inexpensive option for growers. Caroline Slupsky, professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and the Department of Technology at the University of California, Davis, is looking at the metabolism of citrus trees and analyzing changes as indicators of stress and disease.

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Farm Profits and Adoption of Precision Agriculture

Dan Industry News Release, Technology 21 Comments

Report from,David Schimmelpfennig, USDA Economic Research Service What Is the Issue? How and whether farm managers decide to adopt new technologies is complex, but most account for the full costs and benefits of the proposed investment. Precision agriculture (PA) technologies require a significant investment of capital and time, but may offer cost savings and higher yields through more precise management of inputs. …