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Variable rate phosphorus uncertainties can't be ignored, says Kentucky's McGrath

What’s the difference between accuracy and precision? It might not seem like a big deal outside of a spelling bee, but to Joshua McGrath, an extension specialist in agricultural soil management at the University of Kentucky, it’s a huge deal. McGrath spoke to precision agriculture professionals in St. Louis about accurate and precise agriculture, and how to implement variable rate phosph...

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Black widow spiders: Understanding behaviors is key to getting this arachnid out of vineyards

  The newsreel plays, and a stricken-looking woman sits at her spacious dining room table, hands interwoven, as she describes the terror she felt finding a black widow spider in a bunch of grapes. “Every single year I can find local news media programs somewhere in the United States—it’s always the same venue…the woman showing it in the kitchen, the husband sitting on the sideline,” says...

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Soil sampling problems hinder variable rate application for phosphorus

  Iowa State’s Antonio Mallarino came to the Info Ag conference in St. Louis with a gauntlet to throw down: “We have lower grain prices, stable fertilizer prices,” he said, “and real or perceived serious agricultural impacts on water quality.” Mallarino’s pitch: Better soil testing pays. Yield levels must be considered. “Yield can vary greatly in fields,” Mallarino told the crowd. “It va...

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Wildfires and Wine: Loss prevention, mitigation & management

California winegrape growers battened down the hatches when fires swept through Sonoma and Napa last year, and 2018 looks to be another year where fires will be a concern to monitor for vineyards in California and Washington State. Here’s a look at what vineyard managers can do to mitigate damage and manage vineyards affected by fire, with advice from Washington State University experts ...

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Managing basin water: A look at SGMA's challenges for the Kaweah Subbasin

SGMA: These are four simple letters, but they stand for regulations that pose a monumental challenge to growers and water authorities around the state. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, or SGMA, was the topic of conversation among key players in the Kaweah Subbasin water scene earlier this year at a conference. Already, they said, SGMA is affecting land values and changing the ...

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UC advisor Blake Sanden retires after decades of research in almonds and pistachios

Blake Sanden, a University of California advisor for almond and pistachio growers since the 1990s, officially retired as of June (for more on Blake’s career achievements, see this blog on the UC site). But if you talk to Sanden, you can hear the same passion as ever for research projects that inform California growers. Sanden talked with Ceres Imaging about his career working with tree n...

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Traditional nitrogen calculation methods like MRTN don't tell whole story, warns Missouri's Newell Kitchen

Speaking to a crowd of hundreds of precision agriculture professionals, University of Missouri professor Newell Kitchen called roll, asking how many were from a corn-growing region. About half the crowd stood. Then he asked the audience to remain standing if they’re from an area with too much water, the bulk of them did, naming home areas including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Manitoba. “Th...

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Info Ag kicks off with Lowenberg-DeBoer's global view on precision adoption

  On day one of Info Ag, 1,150 attendees from 23 countries gathered together at Union Station in St. Louis. “As we travel around the world, we’re all aware there are many definitions of precision ag,” said moderator Steve Phillips of the International Plant Nutrition Institute. “The society is working on a common definition of consumer ag, which is very important—that we’re all speaking ...

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PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence for Majarian, Wright, Erickson, Kitchen

For growers and crop advisors who care about precision ag techniques, Info Ag in St. Louis is a must-attend event. This year the conference delivered with panels, cutting-edge vendors, and awards recognizing the best of the best. Here are the Awards of Excellence, presented by Info Ag’s Paul Schrimpf. First up was the Crop Advisor / Entrepreneur Award presented to Nish Majarian, founder ...

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Meet the Ceres Imaging team at Info Ag

Our team is packing bags and the Ceres booth and heading to Info Ag in St. Louis! We look forward to meeting with growers of corn, soybeans, potatoes, sugar beets, and other crops at the conference. A little about Ceres: Founded in 2013, Ceres Imaging serves the largest tree nut growers in the world in both Australia and California Ceres flies large acreage operations with better quality...

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