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April

More than just cotton

4/24/2017

Conservation practices are a growing part of cropping systems in the Rolling Plains, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists who are helping producers look at the big picture, instead of just crop to crop.  Read More

Source: AgriLife Today     By: Kay Ledbetter

Better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production

4/21/2017

Many companies want to know how the creation of their products affects the environment. Scientists have now found a way to better predict & quantify environmental impacts.  Read More

Source: Science Daily     By: Stanford University

Cover crops may be used to mitigate & adapt to climate change

4/17/2017

Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching & improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture.  Read More

Source: Science Daily     By: Penn State University

Irrigation, Innovation Saving Water in Kansas

4/17/2017

Through the state’s water vision, the Kansas Water Office is teaming up with forward-looking farmers to develop Water Technology Farms. The concept emerged as an action item within the vision, which Governor Sam Brownback called for in 2013 to address the state’s water supply issues. The farms are designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the latest technology in irrigation water management without sacrificing yield.  Read More

Source: Agriculture.com     By: Laurie Bedord

How technology is going to shape farming of the future

4/14/2017

The recent introduction of “smart” technology into farming practices provides a new way for farmers to manage natural resources & hence, the economic profitability of the farm. Smart farming practices based on data collection will prove to be beneficial for water conservation & soil longevity.  Read More

Source: The Hill     By: Betsy Huber

8 Critical Cover Crop Best Practices

4/10/2017

More farmers are using cover crops on their operation, notes Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. That also means it’s as important as ever to share best practices so they can gain the maximum benefits from this production practice. The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa State University, Iowa Learning Farms & USDA’s Agriculture Research Service worked together to assemble some best practices for using cover crops. Here are their top eight pieces of advice.  Read More

Source: AgWeb     By: Ben Potter

Drought or not, PG&E assists farmers with new water management technology

4/10/2017

In support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for all customers to make water conservation a new way of life, even as he declared the official end to the current drought, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is announcing new water management tools for agricultural customers. One of the most significant energy uses on farms is moving & pumping water. Wexus remotely connects pumps, buildings, PG&E electric SmartMeters & water flow meters via cloud technology. This gives agriculture customers another option to track, interpret, & manage their water & energy use effectively.  Read More

Source: Gridley Herald     By: NA

Water & Agriculture Experts Convene to Examine Sustainable Irrigation Solutions & the Future of California Agriculture

4/10/2017

Supporting California’s vital agricultural sector, policymakers, water management experts, environmental leaders & growers convened at the University of California, Davis last week to examine innovations, strategies & actions being taken to support California’s water conservation efforts through sustainable irrigation.  Read More

Source: Business Wire     By: NA

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