The Secret in the Soil

Kelly Marshall

Agriculture’s efforts to better manage water have taken as step forward with the work of Daniel Hirmas, a professor at the University of Kansas.  He and his team are using MLT scanners to predict water movement within the soil– a study which could lead to correct predictions of recharge rates of aquifers, predict how areas will react to climate change, …

Nutrient Management, Research, Soil, water, Water Management

HydroBio Earns Patent for Irrigation Technology

Kelly Marshall

HydroBio began in 2013 with an innovative algorithm.  Today they are an emerging global leader in precision technology with a newly awarded patent for a targeted irrigation management system. The system estimates the water needs of a crop using satellite imagery and weather data.  Each plant becomes a mixture probe, giving growers actionable data and allowing for precise irrigation. HydroBio …

Agribusiness, Irrigation, Satellite, Water Management

Discovery Farms Program Puts Farmers in Driver’s Seat

Kelly Marshall

The Discovery Farms program was a big topic of interest at the recent Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. AgWired’s Lizzy Schultz spoke with Mike Daniels of the University of Arkansas Extension about the program. Arkansas faces many water issues, Daniels explains, from decreasing ground water levels due to irrigation to nutrient runoff into the Gulf of Mexico. The Discovery Farms …

Nutrient Management, residue management, Resources, Water Management

AgSmarts Helps the Environment & Bottom Lines

Kelly Marshall

AgWired is on the ground at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, seeking out all the stories on the latest precision technology.  Lizzy Schults had the chance to talk with AgSmarts founder and CEO, Brett Norman about his company’s environmental sensing products. AgSmarts focuses on providing producers with decision-making tools using sensors in the field that measure conditions like soil temperature, rainfall and …

Agribusiness, Cloud, Remote sensing, technology, Water Management, weather

New Watersheds Added to NWQI Program

Kelly Marshall

An allocation of $25 million by the USDA is being used to improve water quality in rivers and streams throughout the U.S.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will help agriculture producers in 187 watersheds integrate conservation practices to improve downstream waters through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) program. “Clean water is in everyone’s interest, and the National Water Quality …

Government, USDA, water, Water Management

HydroBio & Monsanto Partner for Sustainability

Kelly Marshall

HydroBio, Inc., a company with expertise in remote sensing analytics and irrigation management, has form a partnership with Monsanto Company to further increase sustainability and supply chain productivity. HydroBio will use satellite imagery and advanced agronomic modeling to increase farm productivity and manage natural resources using Monsanto’s Global Supply Chain division.  The field monitoring platform will use hyper-local weather data and satellite …

Agribusiness, Irrigation, Monsanto, Resources, sustainability, Water Management

Monitoring Irrigation Remotely Saves Money

Taylor Truckey

AgSense, a web-based service that offers remote irrigation and pivot monitoring, continues to add value for customers. Tanner Oliphant, with AgSense, shared the latest with AgWired while at the National Farm Machinery Show last week. AgSense added a new product this year that integrates specifically with Valley digital panels into their product line. Remote monitoring allows customers to see where …

Agribusiness, Audio, Irrigation, National Farm Machinery Show, NFMS, Water Management

USDA Invests $720 Million with Conservation Partners

Kelly Marshall

The USDA is launching the second round of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) with $720 million dollars towards water quality, fighting droughts, improving soil health, supporting wildlife habitat and protecting the future viability of agriculture.  There are 84 projects and multiple partners across the U.S. that will bring these goals closer to reality. The RCPP was established in the …

Conservation, USDA, Water Management

Hydroponics Aims To Answer Water Mgmt Challenges

Taylor Truckey

As climates continue to shift and change and regions around the world experience freshwater shortages, Hinoman, Ltd., sought a complete water-management solution for its vegetable protein cultivation system. Hinoman’s proprietary, eco-friendly cultivation process for plant protein enables water savings of up to 90% in comparison with most prominent vegetable protein alternatives, such as soy. “We designed a precise hydroponics cultivation …

Company Announcement, Conservation, Vegetables, water, Water Management

AFBF Urges Representatives To Disapprove WOTUS

Taylor Truckey

The Waters of the U.S. rule is still very much a main topic in 2016. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support S.J. Res. 22, a resolution to disapprove the Waters of the U.S. rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. “The EPA rule poses a …

AFBF, EPA, Government, Policy, water, Water Management