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Making driverless farm equipment even smarter

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:36:00 EST

Driverless farm equipment is becoming more and more attractive to today’s farmers as they battle short growing seasons and rising fuel and equipment costs.Dr. Mehran Mehrandezh has his eye on improving crop yields through the use of automation and algorithms, focussing his efforts on making the entire tillage process more precise.(image)



New Study From the University of Halle: How Climate Change Alters Plant Growth

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:58:00 EST

Global warming affects more than just plant biodiversity - it even alters the way plants grow. A team of researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) joined forces with the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB) to discover which molecular processes are involved in plant growth. In the current edition of the internationally renowned journal "Current Biology", the group presents its latest findings on the mechanism controlling growth at high temperatures. In the future this could help breed plants that are adapted to global warming.(image)



As Cli­mate is Warm­ing Up, More Bird Nests Are Des­troyed in Finnish Farm­land

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:52:00 EST

Finnish farmers are adapting to the warming climate by anticipating the time when they sow their fields in the spring. At the same time, birds have also advanced the time of breeding as the spring temperatures are becoming milder in response to climate change.(image)



Blame it on the rain: Study ties phosphorus loading in lakes to extreme precipitation events

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:01:00 EST

While April showers might bring May flowers, they also contribute to toxic algae blooms, dead zones and declining water quality in U.S. lakes, reservoirs and coastal waters, a new study shows.(image)



Stanford researchers find major food retailer's sustainability program drives farmers' environmental practices

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:06:00 EST

When grocery stores tout sustainable products, consumers may take their claims at face value. Yet few studies have analyzed whether or not companies who claim to improve the sustainability of their products are actually changing practices in their supply chains.(image)



Major food retailer's sustainability program drives farmers' environmental practices

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:30:00 EST

In one of the first analyses of a company-led sustainability program in the food and agriculture space, Stanford researchers found a major grocery chain fostered increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm level.(image)



US rivers and streams are compromised by increasing salt loads

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:30:00 EST

Human activities are exposing US rivers and streams to a cocktail of salts, with consequences for infrastructure and drinking water supplies. So reports a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that is the first to assess the combined, long-term changes in freshwater salinity and alkalization across the country.(image)