Atomation is an Internet of Things (IoT) company that connects agriculture equipment to the cloud making the object "alive or smart" and able to communicate previously unavailable data.
Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Agribusiness
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Published Jul 18, 2018
“It’s going to eat anything that is carbon based and basically turn it into carbon dioxide, thereby reducing soil carbon, and by definition, soil organic matter. So anything dead it’s going to decompose pretty rapidly and turn into CO2... In addition to organic matter increasing, Kloot discovered that nutrient levels and pH on the five farmers’ soils were quite stable — remaining practically unchanged, despite being in full production and not having any commercial fertilizer applied, except for nitrogen to grass crops, which Kloot says was typically applied at lower rates... 5% without any manure, while another working in a loamy sand soil saw his levels increase from 1% to 1... Kloot says that while species like grass crops tend to bring more carbon into the soil because they have more biomass, continuously growing grasses without any additional diversity will cause productivity in the soil to go down...
Categories: Cover Crops
Published Jun 4, 2018
Traditional agricultural skills that made civilization possible are still alive and in use today. At the same time, hundreds of farm technician job listings across the US, and the rise of precision agriculture and software, clearly evidence the need for technologically-savvy farm technicians in the 21st century agricultural industry. It’s no surprise that tech-friendly millennials interested in farming are encouraged by these developments, which may make farming less labor intensive than in generations past... ” Since that time, John’s family farm has not undergone any “fundamental change in the daily operation of the business... ” As Joel explained, these obstacles “keep many would-be farmers from being successful, because most of us hate paperwork and just want to farm...
Published Jun 15, 2018
You probably know that having a crop rotation is a good thing... Photo by George Wong, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Department of Botany... “And the next year we plant wheat and we don’t spray any grass killer, then we possibly end up with annual ryegrass in the wheat or malting barley or some other high-value crop... “Even the corn and bean guys need to be at least aware that they may choose not to use brassicas every single year, just because they don’t want to take any risk. ”By making these cropping decisions early, you can look out for any kind of risk that may occur down the road...
Categories: Cover Crops
Published Nov 2, 2018
But did you know that for many crops, those roots aren’t working alone?That’s because most plant species associate with mycorrhizal fungi... Although there are many different types of mycorrhizae, the only one crop farmers need to be concerned about is arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), as 65% of plant species associate with it... And barring anything extreme that’s happened to your fields — such as mining or a toxic spill — your soils should already have AMF in it, says Miranda Hart, a soil microbial ecologist at the University of British Columbia... 26,” explains that while root hairs can only extend a few millimeters, the hyphae of some AMF can extend many centimeters away... When Mycorrhizae Becomes ParasiticWhile AMF can provide many benefits for plants, Cahill says that in some situations the relationship can be parasitic...
Categories: Cover Crops
Published Apr 29
When disasters happen, damage can be minimized in many cases... Follow any specific procedures for disposal of chemicals or other hazardous materials to meet EPA requirements... This can include owners, family members, employees, employee family members, suppliers and anyone else who is on your farm or ranch on a regular basis... Keep copies of your emergency contact list in your home, your office, your glove compartment, with all family members, any key employees and in additional buildings... Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its employees make no guarantee of results and assume no liability in connection with any suggestions or information contained herein...
Published Jun 1, 2018
There are many factors that can influence corn yield. In fact, Fred Below, a plant physiologist at the University of Illinois, identified seven of them, which he dubbed the “Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World. ”The seven wonders, ranked in order of most influence on yield, are:WeatherNitrogenHybridPrevious cropPlant populationTillageGrowth regulatorsWhile Below was referring to the cash crop rotation in the fourth wonder, some farmers are taking it one step further by seeding cover crops... “If I can save those passes, I’m avoiding compaction and it’s not costing me anything... We farm about 4,000 acres and most of our fields are anywhere from 100-200 acres a plot...
By Cover Crops
Published Sep 14, 2018
It's a fact: cover crops tend to make good farmers into great farmers and average farmers into bad farmers. Cover crops work. But, management is key and the learning curve can be steep. If you've been sitting on the sidelines in the past but are interested in jumping on the cover crop bandwagon, don't be intimidated... It takes a lot less land, inputs and work to get the quantity of bushels produced for our cover crop needs with black oats than it does with any other alternative...
Categories: Cover Crops
By Darren Chan
Published Jan 2
Introduction of MycorrhizaExcessive dependence on chemical fertilizers can result in the destruction of a large number of beneficial microbial communities in the soil and a decrease in soil activity. To improve the current soil ecosystem with serious damage and improve soil fertility, it is imperative to supplement soil beneficial microorganisms... Around the roots of the plants, there are many free myceliums, which we call externalhyphae... Enhance plant disease resistanceMany studies have shown that some ectomycorrhizal fungi have obvious “antagonistic” effects on certain plant pathogenic bacteria... In addition, many studies have also shown that mycorrhiza can also improve other stress resistance of plants, such as drought resistance, cold resistance, salt and alkali resistance, and heavy metal pollution...
Published Oct 10, 2018
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)... You may not know what the markets are going to do in any given growing season, but knowing your TCOP can make sales decisions easier and more profitable... The good news is that, once you’ve done this exercise for your farm, you can review the numbers annually and make quick changes by tweaking any necessary information about your operation... There are so many emotional factors that come into play with marketing and these can cause you to miss the forest for the trees... If I don’t have any price alerts and a new marketing month has come into play, my calendar reminder helps with making any necessary defensive sales...
Published Apr 22
Many operators are always thinking about ways to increase revenues... Check federal, state and county laws and ordinancesCheck to see what building codes, permits or licenses may be needed prior to starting any new business or adding new construction2. Environmental impactBe a good land steward and consider any impact your expansion could have on the environment... Consider your neighborsWill an expansion of your operation impact your neighbors in any way? If you think the answer to that question may be yes, consider informing them early of your plans... You will need to post signs to warn visitors of any potential dangers...