TerrAvion’s hi-res imagery data now lets growers do stand counts on corn, soybean, and other analytics on the Agremo platform. TerrAvion, supplier of high-resolution imagery data, announced a partnership with Agremo. TerrAvion’s data now lets growers do stand counts on corn, soybean, and other analytics on the Agremo platform. Accurate stand count options for fields or trees “Many of our customers have been asking for accurate stand count options for their fields or trees,” says Steven Son, Regional Vice President at TerrAvion. “We are very excited that our imagery data provides the needed detail to power a broad range of Agremo analysis. Their capabilities based on our high-resolution imagery data are just in time to take advantage of in the 2020 growing season.” “To be able to do accurate stand count in corn and soybeans, based on affordable TerrAvion imagery shows the quality of their data”, says Maja Brac, Head of Sales at Agremo. “We are very pleased that our analysis can be provided to TerrAvion customers to advance their digital agronomy.” Besides plant/stand count services, Agremo delivers other analytical reports based on TerrAvion imagery such as: Crop stress Weed analysis Waterlogging Nitrogen status The Agremo analyses are an on-demand service that can be added to a TerrAvion imagery subscription as needed.
Fertigation allows for simultaneously applying the necessary water and fertilizers via irrigation systems. It offers significant advantages compared to other traditional methods, though it requires precise calculations in order to be ideally used and managed, without using more fertilizer than the crop actually needs. The Hydraulics and Irrigation research team at the University of Cordoba has just launched a mobile app called Reutivar App that lets farmers control and measure the ideal amount of water and fertilizers to be used in these kinds of irrigation systems. The purpose of this tool is to equip fertigation with scientific criteria and aims, a practice that is becoming more and more common but that, at times, can result in excessive use of fertilizers, such as nitrogen, which have a negative impact on the environment. The research, carried out as the basis of PhD work for researcher Carmen Alcaide and on which also participate researchers Rafael González, Irene Fernández, Emilio Camacho and Juan Antonio Rodríguez, is focused on olive orchards, key in southern Spain's economy and the crop with the largest area to irrigate in addition to being the crop with the largest water demand in the Guadalquivir basin. Besides, the research is based on using reclaimed water for agricultural use. This reclaimed water already has some macronutrient content and reusing it has become a strategic course of action in the EU within the bioeconomy, enabling us to deal with water shortages, among other things. The application, developed with real data on water quality at a pilot plant located in Montilla (in the province of Córdoba), offers water users an irrigation and fertilizing calendar in real time, including the ideal amount of manure recommended. In order to do so, a series of calculations must be done using baseline data such as development and nutritional condition of the tree, past records and even weather forecasts. The tool "lets us reduce the use of fertilizers, apply a controlled form of irrigation and properly distribute resources throughout the season", points out Professor Juan Antonio Rodríguez, so "not only will this provide environmental benefits but also financial ones for water users", he concludes.
When it comes to nifty farm gadgets and technology, there are many neat tools. Tractor guidance is definitely one of them, thanks to how it helps farmers better use their resources.Tractor guidance allows farmers to be more precise when using a tractor to perform tasks in the field. These tasks include planting, spraying herbicide, and applying fertilizer. But how does this precision turn into savings for a farmer?Amanda Ashworth of the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and a team of researchers worked to find out. Their results point to benefits for small farms, many of which do not currently use this tool."Precision agriculture technologies improved the on-farm efficiencies by up to 20% based on our work," Ashworth says. "There is a lot of room for more adoption of the technology on small farms. This would possibly lead to economic and environmental savings."
Scientists have found a way to control different plant processes -- such as when they grow -- using nothing but colored light. The development reveals how colored light can be used to control biological processes in plants by switching different genes on and off. The researchers hope that their findings could lead to advances in how plants grow, flower, and adapt to their environment, ultimately allowing increases in crop yields.
As COVID-19 spreads in more low- and middle-income countries, we see a range of responses and effects. In this blog post, Xinshen Diao and Michael Wang assess the direct and indirect impacts on Myanmar’s economy after a two-week lockdown. Almost all households have reduced income from disrupted domestic economic activity or lost remittances. The authors explore immediate policy actions to support poor and vulnerable groups and look at longer-term implications for fiscal stimulus and economic changes post-COVID.—John McDermott, series co-editor and Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).