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repairA battle is brewing in at least eight states over “right-to-repair” legislation. Tractors have gone high tech and often require software downloads to aid in the repair process. Continue reading

farming technology
Everett Griner talks about how farming technology continues to grow in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report, watch the video and learn more. →

Everett Griner talks about some good reasons for cellular agriculture in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

robot tractor
Everett Griner talks about what the mechanical engineers working on robot farming equipment in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report, watch the video and learn more. →

By Jan Suszkiw, Agricultural Research Service


USDA-NRCS rangeland scientist Emilio Carrillo tests the new LandPKS mobile app on his smartphone.
Photo by Jeffrey Herrick.

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 Las Cruces, New Mexico. Continue reading

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 part of consumers’ everyday lives with the science and technology happening on today’s farms and ranches. Continue reading

Vineyard Mechanization
Vineyard mechanization was a heavily discussed topic at the annual Sustainable Ag Expo in San Luis Obispo. One local vineyard has almost been forced to adopt the technology because of labor challenges. Continue reading

cyber crime
Everett Griner talks about agriculture now a cyber crime target in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Monitoring Plant Metabolism
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. Continue reading

by Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary

scienceWhat if I told you a scientist had recently discovered a way to remove up to 98% of the allergens in peanuts without affecting the flavor, thereby diminishing a severe health threat to some 2.8 million Americans who suffer from peanut allergies? Continue reading

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Investments in agricultural technology reached a record $25 billion globally last year, despite a softer global agriculture economy. A new report released this week by the Boston Consulting Group and AgFunder expects the figure grow again this year as well. Continue reading

Report from,David Schimmelpfennig, USDA Economic Research Service

What Is the Issue?

precision farm equipment adoption
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. Until the early 2000’s, the adoption rate of different PA technologies varied up to 22 percent across major U.S. field crops. After that time, adoption of some technologies began to outpace others. Yield mapping via Global Positioning System (GPS) grew faster for corn and soybeans than for other crops, while adoption of soil mapping varied substantially across crops. Tractor guidance systems have grown faster than variable-rate input application for all major field crops over the last 10 years. Continue reading

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With the numerous challenges facing the California agricultural community, it is understandable how rail crossing safety is not a subject of regular focus. However, raising rail safety awareness is a crucial component for California agricultural professionals and workers, to help them make good decisions when working or traveling near railroad tracks.
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Smelling Huanglongbing
Another early-detection method being developed works by smelling huanglongbing infections in trees. This method detects the different scents plants give off.

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SCR Dairy was at the World Dairy Expo and talked with AgNet West about its animal monitoring technology. SCR Dairy says the technology is like a fitbit for cows.

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rice field
Having reduced their plantings in recent years due to the drought, California rice farmers are harvesting a bigger crop this season—but they are also feeling the pinch of lower market prices.
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beef checkoff
Cathy Isom tells you about the new online tools designed to beef up your learning experience in the field and on the farm. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

Joint Strategy Follows Completion of America’s First Offshore Wind Farm, Showing Progress in American Offshore Wind Industry

Wind Energy offshore wind
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the publication of a collaborative strategic plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States, the National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States, which could help enable 86 gigawatts of offshore wind in the United States by 2050. The strategy details the current state of offshore wind in the United States, presents the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines, and provides a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry. Continue reading

Transplanting System
A company continues to test its automated lettuce transplanting system on the Central Coast. The Plant Tape system takes a lot of labor out of the transplanting process and company representatives say the process also increases yields.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an enhanced funding partnership with Israel to better leverage new agricultural research for mutual scientific benefit. The updated agreement is administered by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD). Continue reading

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