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How is technology changing the face of Agriculture?

New technologies in agriculture have automated many tasks on the farm, making crop production more efficient and profitable. Farm Industry News editors poured over the newest high-tech products and services that are changing the face of agriculture to bring readers a glimpse of the future of farming.

Is there an ABC of crops that begin with the letters A-Z?

It is possible to make a list of crops that begin with the letters A-Z. But it’s not easy to get a complete list. There are only few cereals, so we cannot expect to find an ABC of just cereals. But there are many fruits and vegetables. Let’s first try to make a ‘fruits ABC’ and find out if there is a fruit name for every letter of the alphabet:

What can you do with a degree in agriculture?

There are plenty of job opportunities in agriculture for people with a love of numbers, with roles such as bookkeeping and farm administration through to tax accountant or statistician.

What is our careers a to Z?

Our careers A to Z is here to give you a flavour of what a varied and dynamic sector it can be, as well as an insight into which jobs might suit you.

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Why are agricultural companies teaming up?

Agricultural companies have been teaming up for years to bring innovative products to farmers more efficiently. Here are some of the recent teams shaping the ag industry’s offerings:


What is sustainability in agriculture?

A new movement growing among ag companies and farm operators is sustainability . This term refers to all the good things about agriculture, like producing more food from less land with low environmental impact and at an economical cost. Sound difficult? Yes, but consumers are demanding it. They don’t want wasteful, harmful food production. And big companies like WalMart use sustainability as part of its successful business strategy. In the future, farm operators will need to assess the sustainability of their farm practices, with hopes that it will lead to a financial payoff. -Karen McMahon


How has social media impacted agriculture?

The social media has gathered steam in agriculture. Groups like the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance are connecting farmers with the public and supporting conversations about food production through social media. Ag companies utilize Twitter and Facebook to push the news about their latest products to the public instantly. And individual farmers are able to share their stories in quick updates through social media with the farming community. -Kathy Huting


How to combat herbicide resistant weeds?

The keys to battling herbicide-resistant weeds include a focus on early-season control; use of a pre-emergence herbicide at planting; selecting the right herbicide for the right weed at the right time; early post-emergence applications with follow-up, if needed; and diversification of herbicide sites of action.


How much farmland was sold in 2010?

In Iowa, 70% of farmland sold in 2010 was bought by farmers. In Illinois, 56% of farmland sold that year was purchased by farmers. Foreign ownership of farmland remains minor. USDA’s Farm Service Agency reports foreign ownership of farms and forests amounts to only 1.7% of private land.


Who made the I’m Farming and I Grow It video?

From the ” I’m Farming and I Grow it ” video adaptation by the Peterson brothers that raked in over 8 million views, to technical how-to videos from the major agriculture company representatives explaining their newest technologies, farmers have found many ways to connect to the farming community through YouTube. The online video sharing website was just barely starting to become popular with the public the last time we published the A to Z list in 2008. -Kathy Huting


Is corn ethanol an advanced biofuel?

This new classification of fuels is 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to gasoline or diesel produced in 2005. Corn ethanol is not considered an advanced biofuel.


What is farming part of?

Farming could be just one part of it, along with residential property management, energy production, commercial property and diversification activities.


Why is agronomy important?

The role of an agronomist is an exciting one for people with an interest in science – not least because for the past few years the industry has actively been pushing for more people to join the profession, including those without prior experience of agriculture.


How much of farm income comes from diversification?

Government statistics show that 62% of farms now have some form of diversification and nearly one-third of total farm business income comes from diversification. Farmers have branched out into office space, tourism venues, food processing, wedding venues – you name it, they are doing it. This has produced a need for people in …


What are the sources of energy farmers use?

Many farmers have also diversified into the production of energy from renewable sources, installing solar panels, wind turbines, biomass boilers, anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and even hydroelectric schemes.


What do agronomists do?

Agronomists advise farmers on the technical aspects of crop production, such as what plant protection products to apply, varieties, rotations and soil management.


Why are farmers important?

Farmers play a vital role in looking after the landscape, but they do not operate in isolation and there are growing numbers of people now working to help landowners grapple with the challenge of producing food in a sustainable way, while maintaining habitats, protecting water and soil quality.


What does Y stand for in farming?

Y is for Young Farmers. The Young Farmers movement is one of the largest youth organisations in the UK. It is perhaps best known for offering young people with an interest in the countryside a buzzing social life, but there is also a strong emphasis on competitions and skills development.


What is the term for a crop that can be grown for one season?

Auxin, a growth hormone, has been indicated to be involved in the process. Arable crop : A crop that can be grown for one season. Awn : A fine bristle terminating an organ, as found in the flowers of grasses. Axillary : Arising from axil.


What does “curing” mean in agriculture?

Curing : To prepare crops for preservation by drying or other processes.


What is the name of the sheath covering the tip of the first root or radicle from the seed?

Coleorhiza : A sheath covering the tip of the first root or radicle from the seed.


What is the name of the poison produced by the attack of Aspergillus flavus in groundnut seeds?

Aflatoxin : Poison produced by the attack of Aspergillus flavus in groundnut seeds. Allicin : A pungent substance released when garlic is cut or crushed; the substance allinine is converted to allicin under the influence of the enzyme alliinase. Annual : A plant that completes its life cycle in one year.


What is the term for the time the flower is expanded, or the process of dehiscence of the anth?

Anthesis : The time the flower is expanded, or the process of dehiscence of the anthers. Apical dominance : The condition whereby by shoot apex regulates the growth and development of the lateral buds and branches. Auxin, a growth hormone, has been indicated to be involved in the process.


Is agriculture a science?

Agriculture is a broad field of science and there are terminologies used in the field of agriculture. Some are pertinent to farming while others to other sub-fields of agric science. Some of the words associated with farming and agriculture generally are discussed in this article. These agriculture vocabularies are listed from A to Z …


Is there a crop for every letter in the alphabet?

Did you ever wonder if there is a crop for every letter in the alphabet? Actually, yes, there is. It is possible to make a list of crops that begin with the letters A-Z. But it’s not easy to get a complete list. There are only few cereals, so we cannot expect to find an ABC of just cereals. But there are many fruits and vegetables.


Is there an ABC for cereal?

There are only few cereals, so we cannot expect to find an ABC of just cereals. But there are many fruits and vegetables. Let’s first try to make a ‘fruits ABC’ and find out if there is a fruit name for every letter of the alphabet:


Can we have a complete crop alphabet?

But combining the lists of fruits and vegetables, we can have a complete crops alphabet.

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A, B, C

  • A Advanced biofuels In the future, farmers will grow more than just corn to produce advanced biofuels. This new classification of fuels is 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to gasoline or diesel produced in 2005. Corn ethanol is not considered an advanced biofuel. Instead, fuels like biodiesel made from soybean oil and e…

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D, E, F

  • D Drought tolerance The 2012 drought was the perfect time for companies to test new drought-tolerant corn hybrids. For example, Syngenta reported a 17% advantage with its Agrisure Artesian trait under extreme drought conditions in last year’s field trials. The drought-tolerant hybrids will be vital for maintaining yields this year as the drought lingers in many areas. But companies are …

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G, H, I

  • G Genome sequencing Seed companies now churn out millions of data points in a given day that will contribute to the development of new seed products. A decade ago, it could have taken an entire year to generate the same amount of data. Computers and number-crunching software have allowed breeders to analyze these vast amounts of data faster and more efficiently, which …

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J, K, L

  • J Joint ventures Agricultural companies have been teaming up for years to bring innovative products to farmers more efficiently. Here are some of the recent teams shaping the ag industry’s offerings: 1. Hemisphere GPS/AgSync 2. Valley Irrigation/CropMetrics 3. Pioneer/ADM 4. DuPont/Monsanto 5. Claas/Hemisphere GPS 6. Same Deutz-Fahr/Topcon 7. Monsa…

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M, N, O

  • M Micronutrients Farmers continue to fine-tune their crop nutrient applications beyond traditional N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) fertilizer content in an effort to boost yields and incomes. Some farmers now routinely apply micronutrients as seed treatments or in starter fertilizer, near the seed, to help boost early growth and plant health. Micronutrient deficiencies v…

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P, Q, R

  • P Polymers With the explosion in seed treatments and expensive seed traits, a final polymer coating on the seed makes big sense (cents). New polymer coatings are available to better preserve the seed. The polymer helps reduce dustoff from the expensive seed treatments, which in turn reduces chemical exposure to workers. The new polymers also aid flowability of seed in t…

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S, T, U

  • S Social media The social media has gathered steam in agriculture. Groups like the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Allianceare connecting farmers with the public and supporting conversations about food production through social media. Ag companies utilize Twitter and Facebook to push the news about their latest products to the public instantly. And individual farmers are able to share …

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V, W, X, Y, Z

  • V Variable-rate irrigation (VRI) Irrigation has become a bigger part of Midwest farming, especially in drought years like 2012. New technologies are making the practice more precise to conserve water and boost crop yields. Big-name manufacturing companies, such as Valmont, Reinke, and T-L Irrigation have come out with variable-rate-irrigation (VRI) equipment that automatically applie…

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