With new tech tools, precision farming gains traction
At Little Bohemia Creek Farm, the tractor pretty much drives itself, weaving through rows of corn using GPS technology as it injects carefully dosed amounts of fertilizer.
Consumer understanding needed more than ever in food production
The increasing rejection of farming technology like hormonal growth promotants (HGP) should be regarded as unethical according to a scientist whose paper was recently published in the journal of Animal Pr ...
When animal waste provides greener fertilisers
Reducing the environmentally damaging fertilisers is one of the challenges of modern agriculture. A solution based on animal waste could be an option.
Human transition from foraging to farming was a gradual co-evolution, not a rapid innovation
Research by SFI Professor Sam Bowles on the co-evolution of agriculture and private property features prominently in a review in Current Biology about scientists' current understanding of the factors leadin ...
SWiFT commissioned to study wind farm optimization
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Sandia National Laboratories and Texas Tech University commissioned the DOE/Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility today at the Reese Technology Center in ...
Monsanto suggests sabotage in modified wheat case
Monsanto Co. is floating the theory that some of the company's detractors may have intentionally planted genetically modified wheat discovered in an Oregon field last month.
An environmentally friendly battery made from wood (Update)
Taking inspiration from trees, scientists have developed a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin that shows promise for becoming a tiny, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly energy ...
Improving climate protection in the agricultural sector: Study reveals new avenues
Agriculture is responsible for around 10 to 12 percent of all greenhouse gases attributable to human activities. This raises the question of how these emissions could be reduced. A recent study has investigated—for ...
Farming arrived in Europe with migrants, isotopic data show
For decades, archaeologists have debated how farming spread to Stone Age Europe, setting the stage for the rise of Western civilization.
Escapes primarily caused by equipment failure
Equipment failure or operational error are behind three out of four farmed salmon escapes. Two out of three escapes are due to holes in sea cage nets.
Study finds growing evidence of global warming threat to future food supplies
(Phys.org)—Increasingly hot summer weather could cause a fall in crop yields over the next two decades unless farming techniques are improved more quickly, scientists at the University have found.
Researchers use stunt kites to generate energy
It may seem as though the German plains are all but tapped out when it comes to wind energy production. To refute this theory researchers are sending stunt kites into the skies to harness the wind and convert ...
Farming out dairy chores to robots
The boss cow saunters to the head of the line and, with a flick of her hip, cuts off two other ladies. She's itching to get at the tasty brown morsels waiting in the feed trough.
Friendships promote better farming in developing countries
A study that examined how rural farmers in Ethiopia learn new farming techniques and adopt them on their own farms discovered that learning from a friend was a stronger motivator than learning from neighbors in close proximity.