Hotel Weingut Pacherhof in Varna (Bolzano) uploaded a video showing a helicopter trying to mix the upper and warmer with the lower and cooler layers of air. As explained by meteorologist Pierluigi Randi, this represents a (partial) solution to avoid frost on fields. In addition to the helicopter, torches were also lit - as they burn, they increase the temperature by a few tenth of a degree. What we see in the video is a vineyard, but the same technique was used for the many apple orchards in the area.
We live in a changing world and farming is changing with it. Our growing population and a greater environmental awareness means farmers need to produce more food, more sustainably from the same amount of land. It’s ultimately technology that will make the difference. CNH Industrial set out to take technology in a different direction that would allow farmers to integrate new technology into existing fleets and give them access to real time data wherever they are. The company believes this technology will, in the future, change the face of farming for the benefit of all.
Over two centuries, little has changed in the way apples are harvested; by and large, it is still a manual process. But now, SRI Ventures, a kind of startup incubator within the Menlo Park research and development firm SRI International, is investing in and spinning out a startup called Abundant Robotics Inc. to automate apple harvesting with agricultural robots currently in development. The robots, as yet unnamed, were designed to be strong and fast enough to remove one fruit per second from a tree, but gentle enough not to damage trees or the fruit, according to Abundant Robotics’ CEO and co-founder Dan Steere.
Beautiful Anatolia the cradle of civilizations has always been a fertile and attractive habitat for humanity with a high agro-strategic value due to its climatic conditions allowing to experience four seasons all at once water resources and its location surrounded on three sides by water. Connecting Asia and Europe like a bridge, it has also been a home to several civilization. Based on such reasons as the fulfillment of the populations need for foods prevention of external-dependence and its significant and positive influences over balance of payments along with the export of agricultural products agricultural is among the most prominent strategic industries in social and economic terms in Turkey as much as in the entire world.
Southwest Oklahoma wheat farmers are dealing with empty pockets, and feeling jinxed by Mother Nature after hailstorms cut an unpredictable path of destruction through their crops. The storm spread about 10 miles long in Jackson County, destroying a little more than 1 million bushels in its path. An estimated $6 million was lost in crops so far in the area. The exact word Eldorado farmer Brian Thompson used was "devastating."
Hail damaged some Kansas farmer’s wheat crop on Sunday night. “Well, this is the worst case scenario for wheat farmers,” said Farmer Josh Patterson. It was supposed to be one of the best Kansas wheat crops in decades. On Thursday, the state Wheat Tour of 2016 called this year’s crop ‘uplifting’ and it looked that way too. That all changed for Patterson on Sunday evening. “I heard it hitting the tin on the shed, and I thought oh man, that is big hail,” Patterson said.
In what is becoming a worldwide trend in agriculture, the process of apple picking is set to be revolutionized by the invention of an autonomous robot that can replace the need for manpower and improve harvest results. The developers of the robot have been working on it for nearly two years and have registered it as a global patent. While it is still under development, the final robot will have 12 arms, 6 on each side, and will be able to pick hundreds of tons of fruit per day. A major advantage of automating the harvest process is that the robot could operate continuously with minimal supervision and work under various weather conditions.
While harvesting is one of the final steps in the production of cotton crops, it is one of the most important. The crop must be harvested before weather can damage or completely ruin its quality and reduce yield. In about 140 days after planting or 45 days after bolls appear, cotton bolls will begin to naturally split open along the bolls segments and dry out. When enough bolls have opened naturally, harvest aids are applied to the plant to help speed up the maturation process. This, also, is done either by ground or air application. Defoliation helps the leaves to dry and fall off and to help any of the remaining unopened cotton bolls to open.
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