Weed Spotting By Drone

Jan 01, 18 Weed Spotting By Drone

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies, Tech

By J. Kim Kaplan When ARS agricultural engineer Yanbo Huang hears a drone in a field, he is not hearing the droning of bees pollinating plants nor the thrum of a tractor or combine. Huang and his technician Ryan Poe are just out flying their DJI Phantom drones. They are flying the drones—formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles...

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Solar energy entrepreneur invests in Florida 4-H youth

by Samantha Grenrock When Brandon Bing got up to speak in front of a crowd of 4-H alumni and supporters at the annual Florida 4-HGator Soiree last month, he admits, he was a little nervous. Not that he’s shy. Quite the opposite. The outgoing entrepreneur was jittery with the knowledge his company was about help more Florida youth...

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UF web tool helps South Carolina, Florida strawberry growers

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season....

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UGA Extension studying effect of PlantTape technology on planting onions

Jan 01, 18 UGA Extension studying effect of PlantTape technology on planting onions

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By Clint Thompson As Georgia Vidalia onion producers plant next year’s crop, they are transplanting the onions, or physically placing the plants into a hole dug in the ground. Farmers may soon be using a new method that literally rolls the plants into the soil. PlantTape technology could make planting by hand a thing of the past,...

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From farm fields to flight paths: Researchers working to turn a novel oilseed crop into jet fuel

Nov 01, 17 From farm fields to flight paths: Researchers working to turn a novel oilseed crop into jet fuel

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By Merritt Melancon Researchers have produced biofuels from corn, switchgrass and even algae, but researchers at the University of Georgia will soon study a new source of renewable biofuels: the lesser-known crop of carinata, also known as “Ethiopian mustard.” Through a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of...

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Chlorine Dioxide Pouches Make Produce Safer

Aug 01, 17 Chlorine Dioxide Pouches Make Produce Safer

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By Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Florida are helping a company develop a small plastic pouch designed to make produce safer. The pouch releases chlorine dioxide gas, which eliminates Escherichia coli bacteria and other pathogens from the surfaces of fruits and...

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New Sensor System for Peanut Drying

By Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) engineers in Georgia have developed a network of sensors that will save thousands of dollars in drying costs for peanut growers and processors. When peanut farmers in Georgia sell their crop, they bring it to a buying point to be graded and...

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As UF/IFAS CREC turns 100, it celebrates decades working with Florida Department of Citrus

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center celebrates its 100th anniversary, administrators are praising a decades-long relationship between researchers with CREC and the Florida Department of Citrus...

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Saving Costs with Cover Crops

May 04, 17 Saving Costs with Cover Crops

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By Dennis O’Brien Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found a cost-saving strategy for cotton growers in Alabama who use cover crops. Cover crops are gaining popularity because they suppress weeds and help soil retain moisture and nutrients. Farmers typically plant cover crops in the fall and kill them in the...

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Catfish Genome: A New Tool to Help Improve Catfish Products

May 04, 17 Catfish Genome: A New Tool to Help Improve Catfish Products

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By Sandra Avant A fish named “Coco” is at the center of the first genome sequence for any catfish species. Catfish is an important dietary protein source and is the third most commonly farmed fish worldwide. While more than 2,500 species of catfish are known to exist, the channel catfish dominates U.S. aquaculture, accounting...

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A New Way To Pasteurize Eggs

By: Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Pennsylvania and his colleagues have developed a technology that rapidly pasteurizes eggs and could sharply reduce the number of illnesses caused each year by egg-borne Salmonella bacteria. The device invented by David Geveke, a...

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Crop scientists and engineers team up to help improve crops with robotic technology

Mar 01, 17 Crop scientists and engineers team up to help improve crops with robotic technology

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By Mike Wooten It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combine harvesters on farms, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world’s rapidly growing population. At the University of Georgia, a team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and...

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Solar panels help poultry farmers to conserve energy

Nov 30, 16 Solar panels help poultry farmers to conserve energy

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By Kyle Dawson University of Georgia Cooperative Extension poultry scientist Claudia Dunkley believes solar panels are a way to help poultry farmers become more energy-efficient. “Since the bounceback from the economic downturn, poultry production has been steadily on the rise,” Dunkley said. “As a part of our greenhouse gas...

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FeedMix poultry feed mixing app aims to help small farmers optimize flock health

Oct 03, 16 FeedMix poultry feed mixing app aims to help small farmers optimize flock health

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock, Tech

By Merritt Melancon Whether you are working with three laying hens in a backyard coop or a farm full of broilers, chickens need proper nutrition to live healthy, low-stress lives. Providing the correct balance of protein, vitamins and other nutrients can be challenging for those mixing their own feed, and that can lead to...

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UF/IFAS researchers to study how to reduce carbon dioxide in ranch soil

Jul 06, 16 UF/IFAS researchers to study how to reduce carbon dioxide in ranch soil

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers hope to reduce possible pollutants emanating from soils in Florida cattle ranches by using a $710,000 federal grant to study soil microbes. In the new study, UF/IFAS researchers will use lab and field studies...

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New Sprayer Technology Reduces Pesticide Use

Feb 25, 16 New Sprayer Technology Reduces Pesticide Use

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By Sharon Durham An experimental variable-rate spraying system that helps growers efficiently apply chemicals to trees was developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the agency’s Application Technology Research Unit in Wooster, Ohio. The new sprayer reduced average pesticide use between 46 and 68 percent, with...

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Bringing Up Biofuel

Feb 01, 16 Bringing Up Biofuel

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By Rosalie Bliss The idea of replacing fossil-based fuel with a renewable source of sustainable energy is enough to get any environmentalist excited. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have advanced a process to produce a crude liquid called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. The team is headed by Agricultural...

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UGA poultry experts release first app to help farmers ventilate poultry houses during cold weather

Aug 03, 15 UGA poultry experts release first app to help farmers ventilate poultry houses during cold weather

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By Merritt Melancon University of Georgia poultry housing experts have released the state’s first app to help poultry farmers determine how much they should ventilate their houses during cold weather. With thousands of birds living in a single house, keeping the air warm and fresh without spending a fortune on fuel during the...

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New UF/IFAS-developed avocado app helps guide irrigation

Jun 01, 15 New UF/IFAS-developed avocado app helps guide irrigation

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By: Brad buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty have developed a new app for avocado growers that provides an irrigation schedule so users save an estimated 20 to 50 percent on the water they apply to their orchards. “Weather changes...

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UF study shows seafood samples had no elevated contaminant levels from oil spill

May 01, 15 UF study shows seafood samples had no elevated contaminant levels from oil spill

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Writtten by Kimberly Moore Wilmoth, cell – 321-302-9369, k.moore.wilmoth@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A sampling of more than 1,000 Gulf of Mexico fish, shrimp, oysters and blue crabs taken from Cedar Key, Fla., to Mobile Bay, Ala., between 2011 to 2013, shows no elevated contaminant levels, according to a seafood safety study...

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