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hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques




image: precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper by richard sowers, a professor of engineering and of mathematics at... view more credit: photo by l. brian staufferchampaign, ill. -- timing the h...



hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques




precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper. a researcher has developed a mathematical model that determined the optimal time for transporting a grower's strawberries from the field to cold storage....



hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques




precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper by richard sowers, a professor of engineering and of mathematics at the university of illinois. recent illinois alumnus devasia manuel, currently a machin...



specialist crops to boost farm margins




arable farmers could maximise returns by including specialist crops in their rotations – and they can find out how at the cereals event 2017.as pressure to diversify and increase profits mounts, this year’s cereals event (14-15 june) will see the addition of the brand new specialist crop zone. ...



sheikh's death throws $135m specialty fashion takeover into doubt




a former qatari ruler's death has thrown a $135 million takeover bid for millers and rivers owner speciality fashion group into doubt.despite the company reporting a 37 per cent rise in half-year profit, shares in specialty fashion tumbled after it said it was unclear if investment company al alfia,...



give sugar beet a boost with green cover




the uk sugar beet crop is set to increase by up to 25% this year as the sugar surplus has eased and quotas are due to end. however, yields will suffer if sugar beet is sown into poor soils and despite many growers taking an interest in improving soil health and structure, there is plenty still to be...



crops in france found to thrive despite reduced use of pesticides




(phys.org)—a team of researchers with members affiliated with several institutions in france has found that lowering the amount of pesticides applied to crops does not have to mean lessening expected yields. in their paper published in the journal nature plants, the team describes their study of h...



dutch paint and coatings group akzonobel rejects offer from us rival ppg




photo: akzo nobeldutch paint, coatings and chemicals group akzonobel has rejected a €54 per share offer from us-based paint and coatings company ppg.instead, akzonobel is considering hiving off its specialty chemicals division, the company said in a statement on thursday.ppg’s offer is €54 per...



experiment suggests potatoes really will grow on mars




the current potato experiment is inside a cubesat, a small, modular satellite that can be sealed against the hazards of space. it allows the experimenters to create a mars-like environment without going to the red planet itself."growing crops under mars-like conditions is an important phase of this ...



the makeshift challenge: save a farm from drought




[this “makeshift challenge” column originally appeared in make: volume 04, 2006.]this makeshift challenge is brought to you by dean kamen and the creative team at deka. dean and his team will also be participating in the analysis and winner selection. and remember: don’t be afraid to kiss frog...



arctic seed vault grows as defense against food crisis




the svalbard global seed vault, a gene bank located about 800 miles from the north pole, is largely to thank for that. it bolstered its reserves two days ago when it received nearly 50,000 seeds, according to crop trust, a nonprofit that works closely with the vault.institutions from the us, the uk,...



video: the farm of the future?




there's a new trend in agriculture called vertical farming. as humans learned to farm, we arranged plants outside in horizontal fields, and invented irrigation and fertilizer to grow bumper crops.



alec baldwin signals an end to his donald trump impersonations on snl




los angeles: it's an impersonation so biting that us president donald trump himself has publicly, and repeatedly, criticised it – and one that has coincided with a ratings revival for saturday night live. but alec baldwin says he won't be donning that blond wig and giant red tie much longer.baldw...



adele's hilarious reaction to mosquitoes during australian tour




australians learned two things about adele over the weekend: that the award-winning artist is in fact married to her longterm partner, and that she is very, very afraid of bugs. while introducing her song skyfall - written for the 2012 james bond film of the same name - the award-winning artist s...



carson kressley on why a 'queen' will snatch the crown




what's the first thing a reality television star does after eating a scorpion, headbutting a cake full of maggots and being booted off i'm a celebrity ... get me out of here?well, if you're carson kressley, you devour a large bowl of spaghetti bolognese before sprinting to the nearest hot shower...



farmers turn to sunscreen for crops as season ‘rapidly turning to sh--’




pineapples and dragon fruit are fruit synonymous with summer, but even these tropical crops have been suffering in queensland's blistering heat."we do a lot of praying, we're praying for rain all the time," said bruce wallace, a dragon fruit and sugarcane farmer from bundaberg. bruce wallace said pr...



farmers turn to sunscreen for crops as season ‘rapidly turning to sh--’




pineapples and dragon fruit are fruit synonymous with summer, but even these tropical crops have been suffering in queensland's blistering heat."we do a lot of praying, we're praying for rain all the time," said bruce wallace, a dragon fruit and sugarcane farmer from bundaberg. bruce wallace said pr...



want more crop variety? researchers propose using crispr to accelerate plant dom




this figure shows how during the domestication of ancestral crops, plants carrying spontaneous mutations in domestication genes were selected for. the same genes can be targeted in wild plants by genome editing, resulting in a rapidly domesticated plant. credit: palmgren et al./trends in plant scien...



'i've been reincarnated as donald trump!'




los angeles: actor alec baldwin says his impersonations of us president donald trump on saturday night live have revived his comedy career, which had been "dead" since he wrapped up sitcom 30 rock in 2012."i didn't realise in the comedy terms that i was dead," baldwin said on monday when asked if h...



'i've been reincarnated as donald trump!'




los angeles: actor alec baldwin says his impersonations of us president donald trump on saturday night live have revived his comedy career, which had been "dead" since he wrapped up sitcom 30 rock in 2012."i didn't realise in the comedy terms that i was dead," baldwin said on monday when asked if h...



researchers propose using crispr to accelerate new crop plant domestication




out of the more than 300,000 plant species in existence, only three species -- rice, wheat, and maize -- account for most of the plant matter that humans consume, partly because in the history of agriculture, mutations arose that made these crops the easiest to harvest. but with crispr technology, w...



study examines pesticides' impact on wood frogs




a new study looks at how neonicotinoid pesticides affect wood frogs, which use surface waters in agricultural environments to breed and reproduce. neonicotinoids are widely used insecticides that are applied to a variety of crops and are relatively persistent in the environment.



george michael died of heart condition, says coroner




london: singer george michael died of a heart condition, according to a coroner's statement released on tuesday.darren salter, the senior coroner for oxfordshire county, said michael, 53, who was found dead on christmas day at his home in goring-on-thames, natural causes: dilated cardiomyopathy...



george michael died of heart condition, says coroner




london: singer george michael died of a heart condition, according to a coroner's statement released on tuesday.darren salter, the senior coroner for oxfordshire county, said michael, 53, who was found dead on christmas day at his home in goring-on-thames, natural causes: dilated cardiomyopathy...



new smart radish recycles and builds soil nutrients




after seven years of research and development, norwest is in its final year of testing a new cover crop radish in 2017, and if the results are as expected, the company will have seed for sale in 2018. today’s cover crops mixes include brassicas, grasses, legumes and non-legume species, and mixes ...