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Soil Health for Sustainability: Interview with Jamie Beyer

This time of year, soil health is on everyone’s mind. When looking ahead to the new season, the main focus is getting the operation just right to maximize quality and yield. Having healthy soil that’s as productive as possible is a key piece of that preparation. This week on the blog, we spoke with soil health expert and all-around ambassador of agriculture Jamie Beyer. She talked about ...

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Study Finds Remote Sensing Successful for Predicting Nitrogen Requirements in Rice

Rice Crop Imagery Study Results Show Highly Accurate Prediction of Rice Nitrogen Uptake at Panicle Initiation NDRE Image of a commercial rice field collected using Ceres Imaging aircraft based sensor at 0.5 m resolution Results of a new rice imagery study show successful prediction of rice nitrogen uptake at panicle initiation (2018 Rice R&D Update from AgriFutures). The study validates ...

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What's Next for Agtech?

Editor's note: Our very own head of Business Development Barclay Rogers's September article for AgFunder was just selected as one of the top three in 2018! Here we repost the article in its entirety. See the original at the AgFunder site. This article forms Part two of two-part series examining the evolving role of agtech in a changing agricultural economy. Part one explored the current ...

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Mechanization will be needed to maintain wine industry acres, says E. & J. Gallo Winery's Striegler

“Everybody in this room knows that labor is a big issue for us,” said Keith Striegler, grower outreach specialist at E. & J. Gallo Winery, addressing a crowd of wine grape industry insiders at a conference in Sacramento. Striegler said Gallo is investigating mechanization in response to that issue, and trying to improve quality in doing so. “The reality is it’s not going to get any bette...

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Precision technology to optimize nutrients and protect the environment

Fabián Fernández has history in Midwest ag research, having worked in Illinois before moving to the University of Minnesota, and he’s seen the challenges of improving nutrient practices. “When we make nutrient decisions, we don’t always think about availability,” Fernández said to a room full of precision agriculture professionals at the Info Ag conference in St. Louis this year. That me...

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Vineyard mystery: how do "red leaf" diseases spread?

To fight red leaf diseases in vineyards, UC researchers know what they need to figure out: what’s the vector? How do the diseases move? Unfortunately the latest research reveals how hard of a problem it is to solve that mystery. “We’re still not sure how this is moving around,” said UC Cooperative specialist Kent Daane. “We’re still not sure its effect on your crop.” So what has the late...

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Field evaluation of almond varieties

“The first thing we have to accept is there is no such thing as a perfect variety,” said Roger Duncan, the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Stanislaus County director. “Even nonpareil, around for over 100 years, the premium variety, we know it still has its problems.” Duncan, addressing a group of growers in Modesto this year, presenting research examining the pros and co...

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Efficient vineyard project tests limits of mechanization for grape growers

  It’s a long way from upstate New York, where Concord grapes grow on the banks of Lake Erie, to Fresno, where winegrape vineyards bake in dry heat. Terry Bates, a viticulturist from Cornell University, made that trip to discuss an issue close to the hearts of grape growers everywhere: labor scarcity for vineyards, and how precision ag and mechanization can help. “A lot of our Concord vi...

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"We just couldn’t find people to farm": Vineyard mechanization in Missouri

“I think the labor shortage hit the Midwest before it hit this part of the country,” said Missouri vineyard director Andrew Meggitt, speaking to a crowd of winegrape growers in Sacramento. “We just couldn’t find people to farm and we needed to farm.” That’s why Meggitt started mechanizing his vineyard, St. James Winery, more than a decade ago. He wasn’t always a fan of mechanization. “In...

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Nitrogen needs in almonds: Tips from UC's Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown is known for decades of work with tree nut crops, and insights about the almond industry. When he spoke in Modesto this year about nitrogen needs in almonds, some of what he shared was canon, while other tips offered growers a fresh take on traditional practices. “Really what you’re doing is balancing your supply with your demand,” Brown said. “If you can get that balance r...

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