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Drones Can Help Farmers Grow Better Crops

The tools available for farming have come a long way since Dale Cope was a boy.<p>“One of my chores for my parents is to go weed the garden with a hoe. …

The way plants get nutrients could fight weeds

Researchers have figured out how plants harness microbes in the soil to get nutrients, according to a new study.<p>What they learned could help boost …

Herbicides

Brutal map shows why U.S. farmers want Trump to 'end the trade war'

The ongoing battle over tariffs between President Trump and China is negatively affecting farmers across the US.<p>The conflict is expected to worsen as …

Donald Trump

How machine learning and sensors are helping farmers boost yields

Software that optimizes seed selection, reduces fertilizer use, and detects early signs of disease is revolutionizing agriculture.<p>Agriculture is …

Farming

Transcriptomic Profiling of Pearl Millet for Salinity Stress Response

Posted 17th August 2018 by Kate Barlow<p>In an article which discussed the exploration of the ‘orphan crop’ pearl millet, Amibka Dudhate concluded that …

Ag Startup FBN Was Stymied Selling Others' Seeds Online, So It Launched Its Own

Agricultural startup Farmers Business Network tried to break into selling other companies’ seeds online and found itself stymied. So today FBN launched its own seed brand, called F2F, which it will sell direct to farmers through its low-frills online store, where it already sells herbicides and …

Selling

The Willy Wonka of Urban Agriculture

Ben Greene of The Farmery discusses his revolutionary approach to urban farming.<p>-Advertisement-<p>The self proclaimed “Willy Wonka of agriculture”, Ben …

Blockchain's Impact on Food and Farming, Explained

Blockchain could make it easier to discover the journey that agricultural products take, reduce the frequency and severity of food safety scares, and …

Agriculture

Big data reveals how corn reacts to stress

A new study describes the genetic pathways at work when corn plants respond to stress brought on by heat. The findings could lead to crops better …

‘Patterns in the noise’ could predict how crops perform

New research identifies clear patterns in how plants react to different environments, which could lead to new ways of predicting crop performance.<p>The …

The Five Biggest Startup Opportunities In Agtech Today

Venture investors poured more than $4 billion* into agtech last year, and we are on pace to match or exceed that this year. The convergence of AI, cloud computing, big data and gene editing, with applications from soil to plants, foods to medicines, farm to table are driving investments. Discerning …

Genetics

Indigo Agriculture holds the secret to pesticide-free crops and the future of food

Indigo Agriculture CEO David Perry grew up raising corn and cows on his family's farm in Arkansas. While he wasn't the type to set up a lemonade …

How cover crops help keep soil healthy and productive

• Spring 2018<p>Food production is a leading driver of habitat loss, overfishing, and freshwater consumption. Yet the habitat under the most direct …

Farming

A Major Staple Food For Billions of People Is at Risk of Becoming Less Nutritious

We must act now.<p>Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions threaten to make rice less nutritious, scientists said in a study released Wednesday, raising a …

Climate Change

New robots set to transform farming

Development of precision farming techniques is a very active area of research, so the goal of Flourish was to bridge the gap between the current and …

18. Indigo Agriculture

<b>Founders:</b> Noubar Afeyan, David Berry, Geoffrey von Maltzahn<b><br>CEO:</b> David Perry<b><br>Launched:</b> 2014<b><br>Headquarters:</b> Boston<b><br>Funding:</b> $400+ million<b><br>Valuation:</b> $1.4 …

Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.<p>Undergoing final tests …

Herbicides

As farmers store and sell more crops themselves, here's how Cargill stays in the middle of the grain trade

Cargill's use of digital technology helps it remain a key player.<p>Cargill Inc. started out as a grain trading company by building thousands of …

Pesticide resistance needs attention, large-scale study

To slow the evolutionary progression of weeds and insect pests gaining resistance to herbicides and pesticides, policymakers should provide resources …

‘2020 to 2030 Will Be The Decade Of Agri-Tech’

Eleven villagers sit under the shade of a marula tree, in the heat of midday, deep in the KwaZulu-Natal bush in a village called Gazini. They have …

Should You Be Using CRISPR for Your Ag Business?

Management teams in plant genetics companies have likely been asked by at least one well-intending board member: “Are we using CRISPR? I sat next to …

Genetics

Meet the robots that can pick and plant better than we can

It seems there are few jobs robots can't do these days, even the most delicate jobs, like picking asparagus or potting plant seedlings.<p>But they're only needed because humans can't - or won't - do the work, farmers say.<p>BBC Click's Jen Copestake investigates the world of robo-farming.<p><b>See more at</b> …

With a Precious Crop Under Threat, Scientists Scramble for Solutions

Wheat provides about one-fifth of all calories consumed by human populations worldwide. A virulent crop fungus could impact billions of people.<p><i>The</i> …

Vital Plant Communication with Bacteria and Fungus

<b>Several of the most important factors needed for plant survival are very dependent upon extremely complex back and forth, multi-layered communication</b> …

Nitrogen

High temps pose double threat to crops

New research links changing weather and plants’ ability to fend of disease.<p>The findings are relevant to the anticipated shortage of agricultural …

Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.<p>The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, …

Swiss scientists pioneer 3D printing with live organisms

Research into three- and four-dimensional printing methods has been advancing rapidly in recent years, but materials scientists at the Swiss Federal …

Gene breakthrough

RESEARCHERS from The University of Queensland have discovered that a key gene that controls flowering time in wheat and barley crops also directs the …

Fall armyworm is threatening half of Africa's corn harvest

Two years ago, the voracious caterpillar emerged in southern Africa. Since then, it has spread to 38 countries on the continent. The World Food and …

Emertec: The Next M&A Revolution in Agrifood Tech Will be in Robotics

We caught up with Eric Marty, investment manager at Emertec Gestion since 2004, to find out why his firm is betting on farm robotics.The post …