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Agriculture Business / Publications
« Last post by Ed on July 07, 2017, 06:39:47 PM »

Soybean and cotton acres surge in Arkansas;
rice production still expected to plummet

by George Jared (

Arkansas rice farmers will still likely harvest a little more than 1 million acres this fall despite damaging flood waters earlier this spring that impacted much of Northeast Arkansas. But yields will almost certainly be lower, and the projected acreage will be 300,000 acres less this year than in 2016, rice agronomist Dr. Jarrod Hardke told Talk Business & Politics.

State officials could have a tabulation about the totality of the damage from the floods this week, too, he said. It’s been estimated the damage totals could top $335 million.
Regional & Specialty / New York Wine
« Last post by Ed on June 24, 2017, 10:25:51 PM »

New York Wine

New York wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in the U.S. state of New York. New York ranks third in grape production by volume after California and Washington. Eighty-three percent of New York's grape area is Vitis labrusca varieties (mostly Concord). The rest is split almost equally between Vitis vinifera and French hybrids.
Regional & Specialty / Napa Valley
« Last post by Ed on June 24, 2017, 10:21:50 PM »
Napa Valley AVA Wine Region
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Napa Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Napa County, California, United States. Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world.  Records of commercial wine production in the region date back to the nineteenth century, but premium wine production dates back only to the 1960s

Regional & Specialty / Yakima Valley AVA
« Last post by Ed on June 24, 2017, 10:14:39 PM »

Yakima Valley AVA Wine region
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Yakima Valley AVA was the first American Viticultural Area established within Washington State, gaining the recognition in 1983. Part of the larger Columbia Valley AVA, Yakima Valley AVA is home to more than 11,000 acres (45 km2) of vineyards, giving the area the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in the state of Washington.


[Ed's Note: As an aside, the timing for creating the Yakima Valley Viticultural
Area was good. Investors have been buying investment grade productive farmland in the early  decades of the 21st century. Values are holding their
own or increasing. Management has been a positive thing.]
Regional & Specialty / Vineyards: Yakima, NY State, Napa....
« Last post by Ed on June 24, 2017, 10:11:52 PM »

List of American Viticultural Areas

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated wine grape-growing region in the United States distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), United States Department of the Treasury.[1] As of 2012, there were 206 recognized AVAs—several of which are shared by two or more states.
Agriculture Business / Robotic Laser-based Weed Control
« Last post by Ed on June 24, 2017, 10:31:52 AM »

[Ed's Note: Here's a development with exciting potential,
a development many have been talking about and
supposing it would be entirely possible.]

Weed recognition software may offer
alternative to  chemical herbicides

June 19th, 2017

Destroy Weeds With Laser Equipped Robots
German scientists are developing lasers that could be used by robots to kill weeds. Dr. Julio Pastrana and Tim Wigbels from the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation at the University of Bonn envision robots that could automatically identify weeds in a field and then destroy the weeds with a short laser pulse. They are pictured above happily working on their weed recognition software. Read more...
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All Rights Reserved

Home page of Escarda (Click on Technology)
Laser based weed control

Funded, in part, by Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany
Organic and Local / I Dig Healthy Soil
« Last post by Ed on June 21, 2017, 10:46:27 AM »
[Ed's Note:  Here's a great site, fun and informative, on the
topic of soil health. Produced by the USDA.]

Natural Resources Conservation Service
United States Department of Agriculture

Soil Health

From the web site:

Soil is a living and life-giving natural resource.
As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. By farming using soil health principles and systems that include no-till, cover cropping and diverse rotations, more and more farmers are actually increasing their soil’s organic matter and improving microbial activity. As a result, farmers are sequestering more carbon, increasing water infiltration, improving wildlife and pollinator habitat—all while harvesting better profits and often better yields.

The resources on this soil health section of our site are designed to help visitors understand the basics and benefits of soil health—and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from farmers who are using those systems.
Agriculture Business / Farming on the Edge
« Last post by Ed on June 17, 2017, 10:39:40 PM »

Farming on the Edge
The Nation’s Best Farmland is in the Path of Development

35 years ago, visionary farmland conservationists founded
American Farmland Trust. Our innovative policies and programs
 – and staff around the country – lead a national movement to
save the land, soil, water and people needed to feed America.
And the world.
Almost 20 years ago, we released the groundbreaking report,
Farming on the Edge,  which vividly demonstrated how
sprawling development was consuming America's highest quality
farmland in key regions of the country.

From: Farming on the Edge
Published by American Farmland Trust
Learn more:
Agriculture Business / American Farmland Trust
« Last post by Ed on June 17, 2017, 10:23:43 PM »
Home of the American Farmland Trust:

No Farms, No Food
American Farmland Trust Tackles the Biggest Threats
to our Nation’s Farmland and Family Farmers

Every meal on our plates…
Contains ingredients grown on a farm. We all need farms to survive.
Aside from energy from the sun, what else do we need in order
to have food for ourselves and our families?
We need land to grow the food... healthy soils to nourish the crops
and livestock... clean water on farms... and farmers to make it all happen.
But, the land, soil, water, and people we need to grow our food are ar risk.

35 years go, visionary farmland conservationists founded
American Farmland Trust.
Our innovative policies and programs – and staff around the
country – lead a national movement to save the land, soil,
water and people needed to feed America. And the world.
Join us. No Farms, No Food.

Agriculture Business / Information and Technology
« Last post by Ed on June 17, 2017, 05:03:50 PM »

New Tool Permits Farmers to Watch Crops by Satellite

Unlike us humans, soybeans and wheat can’t turn to acupuncture or aromatherapy when they’re stressed out.
And, yes, plants can certainly feel stress. Stress that’s caused by too little moisture and exacerbated by high temperatures. “Agricultural stress occurs when crops do not have adequate soil water during their growth cycle,” explained agricultural researcher Christopher Hain. “Even if the stress doesn’t lead to failure of the crop, it can have significant impacts on end-of-season yield.” Now a new tool is letting the U.S. agriculture

The U.S. is predicting droughts sooner with satellites

Christopher Hain leads this project. In 2016, Hain moved to
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center as a research scientist.
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