Precision Sprayer Can Reduce Herbicide Use

Ashley Robinson Technology, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Arnold Schumann, Nathan Boyd, Shaun Sharpe and Jialin Yu In the March 2019 issue of VSCNews, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) smart sprayer technology using machine vision for Florida vegetable and strawberry crops (VSCNews.com/smart-sprayer-technology-for-better-weed-control) was introduced. Subsequently, a series of herbicide spray trials were conducted to prove that the smart sprayer performs well …

Know the Rules for Agricultural Drone Use

Ashley Robinson innovation, Technology, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson The use of drones in production agriculture has become more prevalent in recent years as larger commercial models have become accessible. As these products become more popular, it’s important to remember that using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, comes with a strict set of rules and regulations created and governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). …

High-Performance Computing for Breeding Better Crops

Ashley Robinson Technology, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Tong Geon Lee Vegetable and specialty crop yields have steadily increased throughout the years as a result of advances in genetics and agronomic practices. Nevertheless, a significant improvement in crop performance remains necessary, particularly given the predicted shifts in climate, pathogen outbreaks and other challenges. The continued genetic improvement of crops is, therefore, a focus for crop researchers. During …

Advice for Drone Use in Agriculture

Ashley Robinson innovation, Technology, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) are studying new ways to help growers analyze their crops with the help of drone technologies. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are an emerging technology that a variety of companies and industries, including agriculture, are using to analyze various factors. Simerjeet Virk, research engineer at the UGA Tifton campus, …

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Drones Detect Two Tomato Diseases With 99 Percent Accuracy

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Technology, Tomatoes, Top Posts

(UF/IFAS) — New technology being developed by University of Florida scientists identifies two dangerous tomato diseases with 99 percent accuracy. This finding is critical because diseases can cost growers millions of dollars annually in the state’s third most valuable crop. Thus, the earlier farmers detect those ailments, the better their chances of treating them before the diseases cause excessive damage. …

What to Watch for in 2020 Crop Genetics

Ashley Robinson Technology, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Kevin Folta Two decades ago, we were waking up and celebrating that our computers didn’t melt down on New Year’s Day. We could still tote a bottle of iced tea through an airport security line, and we were on the front side of a stock market bubble bloated with tech stocks and ready to burst. At the same time, …

Sustainable Agriculture Systems in Organic Production

Karla Arboleda Alabama, Technology, Top Posts

By Ayanava Majumdar Organic farming, as part of a sustainable agriculture system, emphasizes profitable farming, good stewardship of natural resources (land, air and water) and high quality of life for everyone involved from production to consumption. Today, organic food is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors. In fact, organic food demand is currently outpacing availability of organic crops. So, …

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USDA Invests in Rural Broadband Infrastructure for Alabama Families

Dan Cooper Alabama, Industry News Release, Technology

(USDA/RD) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $62.3 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 8,000 rural households, 57 farms, 44 businesses, 17 educational facilities, 14 critical community facilities and three health care facilities in rural Alabama. This is one …