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  • Ten Ways to Increase Your Farm's Profits in 2019

    By AgFuse Exclusive Content

    Published 11 months ago

    And Accompanying Crop Rotations What Is Equipment Efficiency? What Scale-Related Questions Do You Need to Ask Yourself? When Does It Make Sense to Add Equipment? Part 1: Know Your True Cost of Production Want to make more money farming in 2019? Step one is to know your true cost of production (TCOP)... I’d recommend taking this information and placing it in a Microsoft Excel file while referring to it often... Farming is a game of compounding that favors those who make the best series of little decisions over the long haul... But, oftentimes in farming, even the best operators only plan for large purchases like harvesters and tractors while ancillary items are an afterthought... Sometimes, despite there being plenty of macro fertility on a zone, the limiting factor is that of a micronutrient or an abundance of some other nutrient...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Marketing, Cover Crops

    Secrets you don't know about seaweed fertilizer

    By Darren Chan

    Published 3 months ago

    Seaweed fertilizer is a biological fertilizer produced by scientific processing of marine plant seaweed as the main raw material. The main component is the natural biological active material extracted from seaweed. Most seaweed can grow to lengths of over 50 meters... Apply on SoilSeaweed fertilizer can directly increase soil organic matter, activate various beneficial microorganisms, improve soil micro-ecological environment, and fertilize soil fertility... Such as microbial fertilizers like trichoderma,bacillus subtilis...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Specialty/Vegetable, Wheat

    Direct Driller Magazine Issue 3 is out now...

    By Chris Fellows

    Published 11 months ago

    It can be read here and you will see it has grown to 100 pages, which is where we expect it to stay going forward. Direct Driller Issue 3 Issue 3 Of Direct Driller magazine. The conservation agriculture magazine created by farmers for farmers... 30 Putting Grass back into your Farming System ... 34 Beneficial Microorganisms in Agriculture...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    When it comes to cover crops and nutrient management, a lot of the focus is on what cover crops can do for soil fertility... Pike explains that by broadcasting nitrogen — whether it’s in the form of urea treated with a stabilizer or a liquid — the soil microbes can tie up a portion of that applied nitrogen before the growing crop can use it, because they need it to break the down the cover crop residue, particularly those that have a high carbon-to-nitrogen ratio... He believes growers who have 8-10 tons or more of cover crop residue on the field may see some advantages to some of the starter fertilizer programs and other blends with micronutrients, because that cover crop may be holding even more nutrients that won’t be immediately available for the following cash crop... “Great innovations on a farming operation in Iowa might not work so well in southern Illinois and vice versa... “Like any new technology, there is a lot to learn, and while cover cropping is not a new concept at the basic levels, maximizing the benefits of better cover crop systems is leading many farming operations to understand their production systems at a higher level, resulting in profitability and improved resource conservation...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Soil Farmers of the Year 2018

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published 8 months ago

    FARM WALKS WITH THE SOIL FARMERS OF THE YEAR 2018The winners of the FCCT Soil Farmer of the Year competition opened their gates over four days and provided a veritable masterclass in managing soils. Spanning a range of soil types, management systems and enterprises, attending farmers gained insights into their award winning management and a better understanding as to why these farms had been picked as the top three in this year’s competition... The materials are layered up in rows and then turned using a compost turner, every day to begin with and then less and monitored by using a temperature probe to keep the material below 70 degrees C, to protect the beneficial microbes... I am farming for the long term rather than one year at a time... The focus of this farm walk was looking at how farming and the environment work together to create resilience, and looked at how to make the most of the assets on the farm...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    unique technology in ORGANIC AGRICULTURE- invention of Ukrainian scientist

    By Victoria Exportmanager

    Published 11 months ago

    Dear friends and colleagues! I would like to represent information about unique technology in the sphere of ORGANIC AGRICULTURE, which does not have analogues in the world!!! Who will be interested please contact me for more details (agroexport2015@gmail. com , WA,viber, telegram +380633196909)! The technology and products are 100% organic!!!!Scientific Research Institute of Noospheric Valeology presents its program of planetary ecological safety, inextricably linked with the problem of global warming. Our program returns epigenetic memory to plants, enhances the ability to capture by the plants high-energy photons (significantly increases the photosynthetic efficiency), contributes to the growth rate of chemical processes in the cell at the nanoscale level, that in application plan increases the regeneration of oxygen (О2) and fresh water (Н2О) by plants and disposal of CO2, leads to the reduction of greenhouse effect, significantly increasing crop yields, restores humus and biota in the soil, promotes improvement and remediation of lands... We want to offer cooperation in the exploration and use of molecular SMART technologies at the nanoscale and others micro scales in various industries... Gluten free – obtained results for elimination in food products pathogenic for human gluten, which has 42 and 28 chromosomes, as well as new harmful to human derivative gluten by derivatization method!As a result, intensive soil recovery with rapid build-up of humus, soil transfer under organic farming followed with cultivation of environmentally friendly products! Return to crops epigenome memory, high-quality sustainable photosynthesis with catching of long-photons from young and core executions with a lot of trains...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Organic

    Organic Fertilizers Market to Witness an Outstanding Growth by 2023

    By Pradeep Z

    Published 9 hours ago

    The global market of organic fertilizers is expected to continue its growth during the forecast period, due to the growing agriculture land area for organic cultivation. Since this market’s growth is directly related to the scope of innovation as it is a highly competitive market so, key players are investing in R&D for innovating product lines. Moreover, leading players are also investing in partnership with various organic fertilizers manufacturers as well as research organizations, targeting this as the primary focus area to grow the consumer base... Organic fertilizers are rich in growth hormones and micro nutrients and help to reduce the risk of diseases in humans, as they are used in human food as well... Europe region dominates the global organic fertilizers market because of the ample availability of land for farming under organic cultivations as well as consumer willingness to pay for the organic foods...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    Farming Live United States, WI, Seymour

    Interests: Corn, Soybeans,

    Top 10 Accounting & Tax Benefits for Farmers & Farming Businesses

    By Tyler Davis

    Published 5 days ago

    Farmers and Agribusiness Companies are granted certain tax breaks and industry-specific deductions from the IRS. The service understands both the complexities and constraints of farmers as well as their essential role in our nation's economy. I have listed out the top ten most important tax benefits, accounting methods, and tax deductions related to farmers... Income Averaging OptionCertain qualifying farming businesses can elect to be taxed on an average tax rate of their running three years of income. This election, which is calculated on Schedule J of an individual's Form 1040 can have huge implications if a farming business has extremely high profits in one year compared to previous years where they were subject to a lower tax bracket...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

  • Farming Live United States, WI, Seymour

    Interests: Corn, Soybeans,

    Nitin Desale India, Maharashtra, Nashik

    Business Title: Agricos Farming Solutions
    Interests: Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Jacob Thompson United States, TX, Austin

    Interests: Cover Crops, Marketing, Agribusiness, Hemp, Hemp Farming

    Mike Coolidge Canada, Alberta, Calgary

    Interests: Wheat, Canola, Precision Ag, Organic, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Jay Lytle United States, OK, Shawnee

    Interests: Beef Cattle, Poultry, Marketing, Prairie Hay, Sustainable Farming

    Gerardo Lopez Germany, Lower Saxony, Gottingen

    Interests: Precision Ag, Marketing, Smart Farming

  • Small-scale farming and Homesteading

    Public
    This group is for people who are small-scale farming or homesteading to connect with each other and share information and experiences. CSA's, organic gardening, animal husbandry, etc.
    Interest: Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Organic, Irrigation

    Poultry Farming

    Public
    A group for poultry farmers to discuss all aspects of raising chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, etc.
    Interest: Poultry

    Urban Farming

    Public
    For growers in dense urban areas
    Interest:

    Dairy Farming

    Public
    A group for dairy farmers.
    Interest: Dairy

    Wisconsin Crop Farmers

    Public
    Looking to discuss farming in Wisconsin. Love to talk about food plots and crops. No livestock.
    Interest: Corn, Soybeans

    Sorghum Producers

    Public
    Here’s a place for sorghum growers to connect while exchanging information on everything from specific farming strategies to the industry at large.
    Interest: Grain Sorghum

    American Association Of Urban Farmers

    Public
    The American Association of Urban Farmers is an organization of individuals, companies, research institutions and universities focusing on advancing Indoor Urban Farming.
    Interest: Organic, Marketing

  • Ten Ways to Increase Your Farm's Profits in 2019

    By AgFuse Exclusive Content

    Published 11 months ago

    And Accompanying Crop Rotations What Is Equipment Efficiency? What Scale-Related Questions Do You Need to Ask Yourself? When Does It Make Sense to Add Equipment? Part 1: Know Your True Cost of Production Want to make more money farming in 2019? Step one is to know your true cost of production (TCOP)... I’d recommend taking this information and placing it in a Microsoft Excel file while referring to it often... Farming is a game of compounding that favors those who make the best series of little decisions over the long haul... But, oftentimes in farming, even the best operators only plan for large purchases like harvesters and tractors while ancillary items are an afterthought... Sometimes, despite there being plenty of macro fertility on a zone, the limiting factor is that of a micronutrient or an abundance of some other nutrient...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Marketing, Cover Crops

    Secrets you don't know about seaweed fertilizer

    By Darren Chan

    Published 3 months ago

    Seaweed fertilizer is a biological fertilizer produced by scientific processing of marine plant seaweed as the main raw material. The main component is the natural biological active material extracted from seaweed. Most seaweed can grow to lengths of over 50 meters... Apply on SoilSeaweed fertilizer can directly increase soil organic matter, activate various beneficial microorganisms, improve soil micro-ecological environment, and fertilize soil fertility... Such as microbial fertilizers like trichoderma,bacillus subtilis...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Specialty/Vegetable, Wheat

    Direct Driller Magazine Issue 3 is out now...

    By Chris Fellows

    Published 11 months ago

    It can be read here and you will see it has grown to 100 pages, which is where we expect it to stay going forward. Direct Driller Issue 3 Issue 3 Of Direct Driller magazine. The conservation agriculture magazine created by farmers for farmers... 30 Putting Grass back into your Farming System ... 34 Beneficial Microorganisms in Agriculture...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    When it comes to cover crops and nutrient management, a lot of the focus is on what cover crops can do for soil fertility... Pike explains that by broadcasting nitrogen — whether it’s in the form of urea treated with a stabilizer or a liquid — the soil microbes can tie up a portion of that applied nitrogen before the growing crop can use it, because they need it to break the down the cover crop residue, particularly those that have a high carbon-to-nitrogen ratio... He believes growers who have 8-10 tons or more of cover crop residue on the field may see some advantages to some of the starter fertilizer programs and other blends with micronutrients, because that cover crop may be holding even more nutrients that won’t be immediately available for the following cash crop... “Great innovations on a farming operation in Iowa might not work so well in southern Illinois and vice versa... “Like any new technology, there is a lot to learn, and while cover cropping is not a new concept at the basic levels, maximizing the benefits of better cover crop systems is leading many farming operations to understand their production systems at a higher level, resulting in profitability and improved resource conservation...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Soil Farmers of the Year 2018

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published 8 months ago

    FARM WALKS WITH THE SOIL FARMERS OF THE YEAR 2018The winners of the FCCT Soil Farmer of the Year competition opened their gates over four days and provided a veritable masterclass in managing soils. Spanning a range of soil types, management systems and enterprises, attending farmers gained insights into their award winning management and a better understanding as to why these farms had been picked as the top three in this year’s competition... The materials are layered up in rows and then turned using a compost turner, every day to begin with and then less and monitored by using a temperature probe to keep the material below 70 degrees C, to protect the beneficial microbes... I am farming for the long term rather than one year at a time... The focus of this farm walk was looking at how farming and the environment work together to create resilience, and looked at how to make the most of the assets on the farm...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    unique technology in ORGANIC AGRICULTURE- invention of Ukrainian scientist

    By Victoria Exportmanager

    Published 11 months ago

    Dear friends and colleagues! I would like to represent information about unique technology in the sphere of ORGANIC AGRICULTURE, which does not have analogues in the world!!! Who will be interested please contact me for more details (agroexport2015@gmail. com , WA,viber, telegram +380633196909)! The technology and products are 100% organic!!!!Scientific Research Institute of Noospheric Valeology presents its program of planetary ecological safety, inextricably linked with the problem of global warming. Our program returns epigenetic memory to plants, enhances the ability to capture by the plants high-energy photons (significantly increases the photosynthetic efficiency), contributes to the growth rate of chemical processes in the cell at the nanoscale level, that in application plan increases the regeneration of oxygen (О2) and fresh water (Н2О) by plants and disposal of CO2, leads to the reduction of greenhouse effect, significantly increasing crop yields, restores humus and biota in the soil, promotes improvement and remediation of lands... We want to offer cooperation in the exploration and use of molecular SMART technologies at the nanoscale and others micro scales in various industries... Gluten free – obtained results for elimination in food products pathogenic for human gluten, which has 42 and 28 chromosomes, as well as new harmful to human derivative gluten by derivatization method!As a result, intensive soil recovery with rapid build-up of humus, soil transfer under organic farming followed with cultivation of environmentally friendly products! Return to crops epigenome memory, high-quality sustainable photosynthesis with catching of long-photons from young and core executions with a lot of trains...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Organic

    Organic Fertilizers Market to Witness an Outstanding Growth by 2023

    By Pradeep Z

    Published 9 hours ago

    The global market of organic fertilizers is expected to continue its growth during the forecast period, due to the growing agriculture land area for organic cultivation. Since this market’s growth is directly related to the scope of innovation as it is a highly competitive market so, key players are investing in R&D for innovating product lines. Moreover, leading players are also investing in partnership with various organic fertilizers manufacturers as well as research organizations, targeting this as the primary focus area to grow the consumer base... Organic fertilizers are rich in growth hormones and micro nutrients and help to reduce the risk of diseases in humans, as they are used in human food as well... Europe region dominates the global organic fertilizers market because of the ample availability of land for farming under organic cultivations as well as consumer willingness to pay for the organic foods...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    Top 10 Accounting & Tax Benefits for Farmers & Farming Businesses

    By Tyler Davis

    Published 5 days ago

    Farmers and Agribusiness Companies are granted certain tax breaks and industry-specific deductions from the IRS. The service understands both the complexities and constraints of farmers as well as their essential role in our nation's economy. I have listed out the top ten most important tax benefits, accounting methods, and tax deductions related to farmers... Income Averaging OptionCertain qualifying farming businesses can elect to be taxed on an average tax rate of their running three years of income. This election, which is calculated on Schedule J of an individual's Form 1040 can have huge implications if a farming business has extremely high profits in one year compared to previous years where they were subject to a lower tax bracket...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    Recent College Grad? Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Pursue A Career In Farming

    By Cortney Farmer

    Published 1 years, 5 months ago

    Fickle consumers, climate changes, growing conditions, and a slew of other factors beyond our control can prompt the closure of existing farms as well as deter would-be growers from launching a farming career... Why Now Is The Right Time To Consider FarmingDespite the relatively low numbers of current young farmers in the U... Beyond the significant gap between current open agricultural jobs and available candidates, there are several other compelling reasons why many young professionals are beginning to view farming as their post-college career of choice:Increasing Populations (a... For young, healthy college graduates searching for a non-sedentary, highly active profession (and lifestyle), farming proves an ideal solution. Big City Opportunities Do you love the idea of farming, but worried you won't love a full-time rural existence? Fortunately, you don't have to...

    What The Intelligent Investor Can Teach Us About Farming

    By The Crossover

    Published 1 years, 5 months ago

    Here are some lessons from The Intelligent Investor that have crossed over into the way I think about farming... In farming, we are selling commodities rather than buying pieces of a business but the idea is still the same... For example, a 100 acre field that you plan on farming for the next 50 years should be valued differently than one you plan on selling to a neighbor in 5... Investing is most intelligent when it is most businesslike: This could easily be changed to, Farming is most intelligent when it is most businesslike. If you are actively engaged in farming, you likely don't have the luxury of being a passive investor in your operation...

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    2 years, 4 months ago

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    Posted By Christopher Keen
    1 years, 4 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/groaloe-is-not-just-for-organic-farming
    Call for Proposals: Increasing the speed at which carbon dioxide is sequestered in cropland soils

    The benefits of accelerating soil carbon sequestration in farm soils are numerous. Carbon-rich soils hold more water, are less prone to runoff, and offer more minerals and nutrients to plants. These physical properties make them more resilient to drought, flood, or heavy rain, ultimately reducing climate-based risks to grower productivity and profitability. Carbon-rich soil is more likely to produce healthy food – creating downstream benefits for consumer health and well-being. Additionally, sequestering carbon in soils can lead to higher profitability for growers through participating in carbon credit markets like Indigo Carbon.

    Unfortunately, until now, there has been no clear motivation for growers to view carbon as a critical output of their farming efforts. As such, there’s been limited focus and little effort within the agricultural industry to optimize the performance of cover crop seeds, amendments, and other technologies and practices that maximize carbon production.

    Potential solutions
    Soil amendments
    Novel crops or crop varieties (including perennial crops)
    Optimized cover crop seeds
    Microbial technologies
    Technologies that reduce the use of chemicals and fertilizers
    Farm management practices
    On-farm or in-field biochar solutions

    Application Deadline: October 1, 2019

    Illustration Photo: Crops grown in soil enhanced with biochar and chicken manure grow faster and larger than crops grown in regular soils, according to FoST's experiments (credits: Rob Goodier / Engineering for Change / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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    An Urban Based Smart IoT Farming System

    Authors: Njoroge Mungai Bryan, Ka Fei Thang and Thiruchelvam Vinesh

    Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd
    IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Volume 268, conference 1

    Recent technological developments have led to the emergence of new trends in agriculture to ensure increased production through sustainable utilization of resources. One of the new trends is Precision Agriculture (PA). However, like many new emerging trends, PA is faced with a number of uncertainties and hurdles. One of the major issues and hurdles in precision agriculture is the uncertainty of optimum application of resources necessary for optimum yield production while minimizing resource wastage for sustainable agricultural production. Therefore, this paper presents a fuzzy based Decision Support System (DSS) to intelligently allocate water and fertilizer used in crop production based on the age of the plant and data collected from the soil and surrounding environment with the aid of a network of sensors. An embedded hardware system consisting of a Cartesian robot has also been implemented to ensure effective application of the fuzzy derived decisions. Two Fuzzy Inference Systems (FIS) consisting of linear, non-linear Membership Functions and a 149-rule base for the PA system have been developed in MATLAB, implemented using Arduino microcontrollers and tested on spinach plants whereby results show that the linear FIS is able to achieve more accurate results in terms of the quality of yield realized and resource utilllisation. Resource utilllisation comparison with other systems in literature reviewed is also done whereby the DSS is able to save up to 2031 ml and 524 ml of water and fertilizer respectively.

    Figure: Embedded robotic system (credits: Njoroge Mungai Bryan, Ka Fei Thang and Thiruchelvam Vinesh)

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    Agroforestry and Biodiversity

    Authors: Ranjith P. Udawatta, Lalith Rankoth and Shibu Jose

    Journal Title: Sustainability

    ISSN: 2071-1050 (Online)

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    Declining biodiversity (BD) is aecting food security, agricultural sustainability, and environmental quality. Agroforestry (AF) is recognized as a possible partial solution for BD conservation and improvement. This manuscript uses published peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews, meta-analysis, and federal and state agency documents to evaluate relationships between
    AF and BD and how AF can be used to conserve BD. The review revealed that floral, faunal, and soil microbial diversity were significantly greater in AF as compared to monocropping, adjacent crop lands, and within crop alleys and some forests. Among the soil organisms, arbuscular mycorrhizae fungi (AMF), bacteria, and enzyme activities were significantly greater in AF than crop and livestock practices. Agroforestry also creates spatially concentrated high-density BD near trees due to favorable soil-plant-water-microclimate conditions. The greater BD was attributed to heterogeneous vegetation, organic carbon, microclimate, soil conditions, and spatial distribution of trees. Dierences in BD between AF and other management types diminished with time. Evenly distributed leaves, litter,
    roots, dead/live biological material, and microclimate improve soil and microclimate in adjacent
    crop and pasture areas as the system matures.

    Photo: Floral diversity of different agroforestry practices, Iberian Dehesa system in Extremadura, Spain (A), Silvopsature system in southeastern US (B), Alley cropping in UK (C), Forest farming with medicinal herbs (D), Silvoarable agroforestry system in UK (E), Alley cropping in Kenya (F), Cocoa based agroforest in Talamanca, Costa Rica (G) and Kandian Home Gardens in Sri Lanka (H)(credits: Ranjith P. Udawatta, Lalith Rankoth and Shibu Jose)

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    EU Call for Proposals: Produce components for various materials, including for food and feed, from microalgae

    Harvesting of microalgae is challenging and expensive due to small cell size and relatively low concentration. Several pre-treatment methods are employed, depending on the feedstock and desired products (chemical, enzymatic, physical, involving ionic liquids). The wide variability of microalgal feedstock composition and optimal growth conditions means that there is no one-fits-all solution; cultivation, harvesting and processing must be tailored to each species and targeted product.

    The specific challenge is to scale up and lower the costs of microalgae cultivation combined with downstream processing towards commercial valorisation of marketable products.

    Illustration Photo: Microalgae farming (credits: Texas A&M AgriLife / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

    Dateline for proposal submission: 4 September 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time

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    Precision Livestock Farming in Swine Welfare: A Review for Swine Practitioners

    Authors: Madonna Benjamin and Steven Yik

    Journal: Animals 2019, 9(4), 133

    Publisher: MDPI

    The burgeoning research and applications of technological advances are launching the development of precision livestock farming. Through sensors (cameras, microphones and accelerometers), images, sounds and movements are combined with algorithms to non-invasively monitor animals to detect their welfare and predict productivity. In turn, this remote monitoring of livestock can provide quantitative and early alerts to situations of poor welfare requiring the stockperson’s attention. While swine practitioners’ skills include translation of pig data entry into pig health and well-being indices, many do not yet have enough familiarity to advise their clients on the adoption of precision livestock farming practices. This review, intended for swine veterinarians and specialists, (1) includes an introduction to algorithms and machine learning, (2) summarizes current literature on relevant sensors and sensor network systems, and drawing from industry pig welfare audit criteria, (3) explains how these applications can be used to improve swine welfare and meet current pork production stakeholder expectations. Swine practitioners, by virtue of their animal and client advocacy roles, interpretation of benchmarking data, and stewardship in regulatory and traceability programs, can play a broader role as advisors in the transfer of precision livestock farming technology, and its implications to their clients.

    Illustration Photo: Hog Farm (credits: United Soybean Board / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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    Posted By Chris Fellows
    11 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/direct-driller-magazine-issue-3-is-out-now

    Posted By Ag Sustainability And Innovation
    1 years, 4 months ago

    A promising trend for field information collection: An air-ground multi-sensor monitoring system

    Authors: Yawei Zhang, Du Chen, Shumao Wang, Lei Tian

    Journal Title: Information Processing in Agriculture

    ISSN: 2214-3173 (Online)

    Publisher: Elsevier

    Society/Institution: China Agricultural University

    Timely identifying and quantifying significant spatial and temporal variability in agricultural field has been a crucial factor for improving agricultural production and management. This paper focuses on the mainstream techniques and applications can be adopted to improve the field information collection method. In this paper, the development of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and remote sensing (RS) technology were reviewed, especially the micro unmanned aerial vehicle (mUAV)-based WSNs and mUAV-based RS by analyzing its applications in field information collection, and pointed out its existing benefits and limitations. A system encompassed multiple technique approaches was proposed in this paper which is called air-ground multi-sensor monitoring system. With the diversification methods of in-field information collection and the improvement of detection precision, an in-field information collection system will play an important role in controlling the farming operations of mechanized agriculture and optimizing the management of agricultural machinery group. In the future, the combination of mUAV, WSNs and RS for crop and soil monitoring will become a powerful tool to obtain field information, increase production, optimize the overall farming practices and input of resources and provide comprehensive reference for the study of soil-crops-machine relationships.

    Photo: The overall air-ground multi-sensor monitoring system (credits: Yawei Zhang, Du Chen, Shumao Wang, Lei Tian)

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    Posted By Ag Sustainability And Innovation
    1 years, 5 months ago

    Smart System for Bicarbonate Control in Irrigation for Hydroponic Precision Farming

    Authors: Carlos Cambra, Sandra Sendra, Jaime Lloret and Raquel Lacuesta

    Journal Title: Sensors

    ISSN: 1424-8220 (Print)

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    Improving the sustainability in agriculture is nowadays an important challenge. The automation of irrigation processes via low-cost sensors can to spread technological advances in a sector very influenced by economical costs. This article presents an auto-calibrated pH sensor able to detect and adjust the imbalances in the pH levels of the nutrient solution used in hydroponic agriculture. The sensor is composed by a pH probe and a set of micropumps that sequentially pour the different liquid solutions to maintain the sensor calibration and the water samples from the channels that contain the nutrient solution. To implement our architecture, we use an auto-calibrated pH sensor connected to a wireless node. Several nodes compose our wireless sensor networks (WSN) to control our greenhouse. The sensors periodically measure the pH level of each hydroponic support and send the information to a data base (DB) which stores and analyzes the data to warn farmers about the measures. The data can then be accessed through a user-friendly, web-based interface that can be accessed through the Internet by using desktop or mobile devices. This paper also shows the design and test bench for both the auto-calibrated pH sensor and the wireless network to check their correct operation.

    Picture: Network architecture (credits: Carlos Cambra, Sandra Sendra, Jaime Lloret and Raquel Lacuesta)

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