China Develops Weather-Modification Network to Improve Agricultural Productivity

Find out how China is using weather modification to increase rainfall and snowfall.

It’s been a rainy spring in the southeastern U.S., but it’s no secret that drought happens – and, unfortunately, it tends to sneak up on its victims, with its impact often felt for months or even years.

The Chinese know this all too well. To combat the low rainfall and resulting drought-like conditions in the Tibetan plateau and increase harvest productivity and food production in the area, the Chinese government is launching the world’s largest weather-control machine. Read More

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Agritechnology and the Dairy Cattle Industry: Milking it for Everything its Worth

Dairy cattle technology offers the same key benefits as all other precision agriculture technologies:

Savings and Increased Yields.

Precision agriculture has proven itself when it comes to saving time and energy for the farmer, and increasing harvests, but what about precision dairy technology? It isn’t often that dairy cattle technology is discussed, but it offers the same types of benefits as precision ag tech that’s utilized in the field. Explore the advantages of technology used in the dairy industry below.Read More

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Drones Help Agriculture Reach New Heights

Find out predictions for drone use in agriculture in 2018.

Precision agriculture tools like unmanned aerial vehicles – also known as drones – are helping growers make smart, accurate decisions when it comes to their crops. Using this technology removes much of the guesswork that was previously unavoidable on the farm.

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AgriTechnology Focus: USDA NIFA Update on Collaborative Robotics Research

See how advancements in agritech and robotics are getting a leg up from the USDA.

The worlds of agritech and robotics are coming together as both the ag industry and agritech developers are seeing the benefits of utilizing collaborative robotics in agriculture. This fast-developing relationship got a leg up with an announcement in early January concerning support for collaborate robotics development through the joint National Robotics Initiative. Read more about the support for agritech and robotics below.Read More

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Don Harden Column: Precision Ag and Technology

Explore the details of precision ag and technology, especially when it comes to the financial savings.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed precision ag and technology. Truly, you’d be hard-pressed to work in ag and not have heard of precision agriculture. It’s a topic that is all over ag news, from the latest piece of technology to a review of the benefits of precision ag. One benefit that is always mentioned is the potential for savings and increased profits. However, you might wonder exactly what those look like. The exact savings and profits that precision ag and technology might deliver will depend upon your operation, your crop, and the precision ag tech you’re using, but I will share some general numbers from research AgAmerica collected for a report on precision ag. See the details below.
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AgAmerica on Precision Ag

Precision ag is the future of agriculture technology and will offer a wealth of ag data.

Agriculture and technology go hand-in-hand, and an AgAmerica article on precision ag shows why. Not only does agriculture technology make farming and ranching easier, it also makes it better. The possibilities for precision ag and other high-tech farming equipment are seemingly endless, offering a variety of data that can benefit productivity, profitability, and even environmental stewardship. According to the article, U.S. farms are expected to more than double their use of new technologies through 2019. Read a synopsis of the article below.Read More

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Ag Tech: Increasing Efficiency with Apps and Farm Technology

Discover how ag apps are the farm technology you already have in your back pocket.

Farm technology has always driven the advancement of agriculture; in today’s world that means agriculture apps that can be downloaded to a cell phone or tablet for easy access in the field. In a recent article by AgAmerica in Farm Flavor, we explored how farming and agriculture apps can improve your ag operation.Read More

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Agritech: How South Carolina Farmers Are Conserving Water with Weather Stations

South Carolina farmers are getting help battling drought and saving water with irrigation technology.

Technology has always been a force that moves agriculture forward, and it’s being harnessed by South Carolina farmers to fight drought and conserve water, thanks to Clemson University irrigation specialist Jose Payero.  According to a release by Clemson University, Payero is putting real-time information on the weather, soil, and crops into the hands of farmers so they can make better decisions about irrigation. Read the details below.Read More

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Agritech Update: Land lenders talk recent research on increasing crop performance with biotechnology

They say farmers grow more produce with far fewer inputs than they ever did before. Essentially, today’s farmers are growing and raising more with less, a feat that will likely need to be repeated if the world’s population is to be fed. A recent study found that farmers could increase crop performance with biotechnology. In simplest terms, researchers at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences and others believe they have discovered a way to enhance a plant’s tolerance to stress.

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AgAmerica-Recommended Apps for Farm Efficiency

Agriculture Apps for Farm Efficiency

As agricultural lenders, we understand for farmers and ranchers that time is money. By increasing efficiency with minimal overhead costs, you stand a better chance to walk away with a profit come harvest time. Keeping this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of smartphone apps that can help you do just that— increase efficiency, with minimal costs. Try these apps to improve your agribusiness:

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