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  • Solar Pumping System at Full Belly Farm

    By Ernesto Montenero

    Published 1 years, 5 months ago

    This 27KW solar pumping system we installed at Full Belly Farm is a solution for pumping in areas not connected to the grid. It generates electricity without emitting greenhouse gases or air pollution. This system will power a 25 HP pump to an almond orchard on 12. 5 acres. Look for solar powered almond butter from Full Belly Farm soon! We also worked with them to make their operations more energy efficient...

    How to Source Farm Interns

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    The Keenans were up to their elbows in infrastructure projects, animal husbandry, and a burgeoning farmstay business, and needed help in a bad way. Balancing a post and beam, lime plaster home construction project against caretaking goats and chickens, while juggling four human kids to boot, left the Keenans with little time for their personal lives. So, the family turned to the outside world for help. As a recent college grad excited about farming, I responded to their advertisement, and soon found my way to the delightful Keenan homestead... Don’t pity the intern: a WWOOF-member olive orchard by the AegeanIf not money, what did I receive from the Keenans? I developed carpentry, bottle feeding, and cooking skills...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Marketing, Specialty

    Spring is about to pop - Benton City, WA

    By #SoilMatters

    Published 1 years, 5 months ago

    Soil temperatures have risen 4-6F in the past week. This has signaled these Chelan #cherry buds to swell. This is an early ripening variety... Last fall, many orchards were not fertilized as usual due to a late harvest (~3 weeks) and an early snow... If this happened in your orchard(s), you likely have a plant-energy deficit going into the bloom stage...

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  • Solar Pumping System at Full Belly Farm

    By Ernesto Montenero

    Published 1 years, 5 months ago

    This 27KW solar pumping system we installed at Full Belly Farm is a solution for pumping in areas not connected to the grid. It generates electricity without emitting greenhouse gases or air pollution. This system will power a 25 HP pump to an almond orchard on 12. 5 acres. Look for solar powered almond butter from Full Belly Farm soon! We also worked with them to make their operations more energy efficient...

    How to Source Farm Interns

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    The Keenans were up to their elbows in infrastructure projects, animal husbandry, and a burgeoning farmstay business, and needed help in a bad way. Balancing a post and beam, lime plaster home construction project against caretaking goats and chickens, while juggling four human kids to boot, left the Keenans with little time for their personal lives. So, the family turned to the outside world for help. As a recent college grad excited about farming, I responded to their advertisement, and soon found my way to the delightful Keenan homestead... Don’t pity the intern: a WWOOF-member olive orchard by the AegeanIf not money, what did I receive from the Keenans? I developed carpentry, bottle feeding, and cooking skills...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Marketing, Specialty

    Spring is about to pop - Benton City, WA

    By #SoilMatters

    Published 1 years, 5 months ago

    Soil temperatures have risen 4-6F in the past week. This has signaled these Chelan #cherry buds to swell. This is an early ripening variety... Last fall, many orchards were not fertilized as usual due to a late harvest (~3 weeks) and an early snow... If this happened in your orchard(s), you likely have a plant-energy deficit going into the bloom stage...

  • Posted By Gregory Heilers
    1 years, 3 months ago

    The legendary Joel Salatin weighed in on this article with advice on how to find the perfect intern! https://agfuse.com/article/how-to-source-farm-interns

    Posted By Ernesto Montenero
    1 years, 5 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/solar-pumping-system-at-full-belly-farm

    Posted By Accidental Agronomist
    12 months ago

    It could possibly be a magnesium deficiency. I've seen similar symptoms in other orchard crops and traced it back to that. However, the best way to accurately diagnose is with both soil and tissue tests. Also, look for any patterns you see such as the number of trees affected and the location of trees showing symptoms.

    Posted By Vegetable Production
    1 years, 3 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/profit-per-ways-to-think-about-measure-and-factors-that-impact-fruit-and-vegetable-profits

    Posted By Marc Suderman
    1 years, 4 months ago

    Different growing regions start at different times of the year, but cultural practices will be similar (based on plant physiology). The 2018 #cherry crop has been dramatic already. What will the next 90 days have in store?
    Being uncertain is not a good place to be, so focus on what you have and take care of that!
    Bud swell and bud break mean the roots are active.
    Start #soil fertility programs now and get a strong start for your cherry orchard.
    #CCAtip #soilmatters #CAAg #WAAg #cherries

    Posted By Irrigation
    9 months ago

    https://www.westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/secure-irrigation-lines-orchard-not-too-tightly

    Posted By #SoilMatters
    1 years, 5 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/spring-is-about-to-pop---benton-city-wa

    Posted By Irrigation
    2 years, 4 weeks ago

    http://www.westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-avocado-grower-powers-irrigation-solar
    Development of a Recognition System for Spraying Areas from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Using a Machine Learning Approach

    Authors: Pengbo Gao, Yan Zhang, Linhuan Zhang, Ryozo Noguchi and Tofael Ahamed

    Journal Title: Sensors

    ISSN: 1424-8220 (Online)

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based spraying systems have recently become important for the precision application of pesticides, using machine learning approaches. Therefore, the objective of this research was to develop a machine learning system that has the advantages of high computational speed and good accuracy for recognizing spray and non-spray areas for UAV-based sprayers. A machine learning system was developed by using the mutual subspace method (MSM) for images collected from a UAV. Two target lands: agricultural croplands and orchard areas, were considered in building two classifiers for distinguishing spray and non-spray areas. The field experiments were conducted in target areas to train and test the system by using a commercial UAV (DJI Phantom 3 Pro) with an onboard 4K camera. The images were collected from low (5 m) and high (15 m) altitudes for croplands and orchards, respectively. The recognition system was divided into offline and online systems. In the offline recognition system, 74.4% accuracy was obtained for the classifiers in recognizing spray and non-spray areas for croplands. In the case of orchards, the average classifier recognition accuracy of spray and non-spray areas was 77%. On the other hand, the online recognition system performance had an average accuracy of 65.1% for croplands, and 75.1% for orchards. The computational time for the online recognition system was minimal, with an average of 0.0031 s for classifier recognition. The developed machine learning system had an average recognition accuracy of 70%, which can be implemented in an autonomous UAV spray system for recognizing spray and non-spray areas for real-time applications.

    Illustration Photo: Spraying drone (CC0 Creative Commons from Pixabay.com)

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    UAV-Based Remote Sensing Technique to Detect Citrus Canker Disease Utilizing Hyperspectral Imaging and Machine Learning

    Authors: Jaafar Abdulridha, Ozgur Batuman and Yiannis Ampatzidis

    Journal: Remote Sens. 2019, 11(11), 1373;

    Publisher: MDPI

    A remote sensing technique was developed to detect citrus canker in laboratory conditions and was verified in the grove by utilizing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In the laboratory, a hyperspectral (400–1000 nm) imaging system was utilized for the detection of citrus canker in several disease development stages (i.e., asymptomatic, early, and late symptoms) on Sugar Belle leaves and immature (green) fruit by using two classification methods: (i) radial basis function (RBF) and (ii) K nearest neighbor (KNN). The same imaging system mounted on an UAV was used to detect citrus canker on tree canopies in the orchard. The overall classification accuracy of the RBF was higher (94%, 96%, and 100%) than the KNN method (94%, 95%, and 96%) for detecting canker in leaves. Among the 31 studied vegetation indices, the water index (WI) and the Modified Chlorophyll Absorption in Reflectance Index (ARI and TCARI 1) more accurately detected canker in laboratory and in orchard conditions, respectively. Immature fruit was not a reliable tissue for early detection of canker. However, the proposed technique successfully distinguished the late stage canker-infected fruit with 92% classification accuracy. The UAV-based technique achieved 100% classification accuracy for identifying healthy and canker-infected trees

    Figure: The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based data collection system that was used for regions of interest (RoI) collection from citrus canker-infected Sugar Belle tangerine trees in the orchard. (a) UAV-based data collection system; (b) random selection of twenty RoIs from citrus trees infected with citrus canker. (credits: Jaafar Abdulridha, Ozgur Batuman and Yiannis Ampatzidis)

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