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The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

Currently, our main defence against crop pests is synthetic pesticides- but using them comes at a cost. By contrast, biological controls use pests' natural enemies, predators and parasitoids, to defeat them without collateral damage to beneficial insects or the environment.
The Conversation, Published 16th May 2018
Double your harvests and cut water use with new rice variety

Double your harvests and cut water use with new rice variety

Australian scientists have bred a high-yielding, fast-maturing medium-grain rice variety that ups water efficiency by 10 percent and enables farmers to harvest two rice crops a year.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 15th Mar 2018
New US fertiliser industry report shows sustainability gains

New US fertiliser industry report shows sustainability gains

According to the 2017 State of the Fertilizer Industry report from TFI, the US industry made gains in safety, sustainability and environmental responsibility in 2016, with firms along the value chain reporting improved water efficiency, lower GG emissions, less wasted heat and more research into reducing run-off.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 3rd Mar 2018
New checklists help farmers assess their suitability for solar pumping irrigation systems

New checklists help farmers assess their suitability for solar pumping irrigation systems

Thinking of investing in a grid-connected or hybrid solar-diesel pumping system? Before you open your wallet, ensure you're buying the best system for your needs by completing NSW Farmers’ new, free checklists for solar irrigation quotes.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 2nd Mar 2018
Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

A Brazilian scientist who developed a method that cuts harmful nitrous oxide emissions from sugarcane cultivation by 95 percent has netted the International Fertilizer Association’s prestigious Norman Borlaug Award.
Washington Castilhos, SciDev.Net, Published 2nd Mar 2018
$8m to flow to water-saving projects across Australia’s interior

$8m to flow to water-saving projects across Australia’s interior

Under the federal government’s Interim Great Artesian Basin Infrastructure Investment Program, a cool AU$8 million will flow to projects conserving water across regional and remote parts of NSW, Queensland, SA and NT – with NSW projects first off the block.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 1st Mar 2018
New farm decision platform set to bridge rural data connectivity gap

New farm decision platform set to bridge rural data connectivity gap

Innovation Central’s new ‘farm tough’ decision platform, designed to streamline the collection and transfer of on-farm data for climate, soil moisture, pasture and animal performance, could help end rural Australia's ‘data drought’, claims project partner Cisco.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 1st Feb 2018
Autonomous tractors on track: Case IH Magnum and New Holland NH Drive

Autonomous tractors on track: Case IH Magnum and New Holland NH Drive

A brace of award-winning autonomous concept vehicles, able to till, sow, spray and harvest, adjust for inclines, negotiate uneven terrain, avoid obstacles and monitor their own performance all without a human at the helm, should be on the market soon, promising to free farmers from tedious cropping tasks forever.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 12th Jan 2018
Cover crops can moderate soil temperatures, find US scientists

Cover crops can moderate soil temperatures, find US scientists

US soil scientists have shown that perennial biofuel and cover crops can help protect valuable cash crops by buffering soils against temperature changes that could otherwise impact negatively on plant growth and yield.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 12th Jan 2018
More microbial activity in organic soils, finds global meta-study

More microbial activity in organic soils, finds global meta-study

Compared with conventionally farmed soils, those farmed organically contain nearly 60% more microorganisms that are significantly more active, finds a new meta-study from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. Humus-rich organic soils also sequester more carbon, reducing harmful CO2 emissions and helping to mitigate climate change.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 4th Jan 2018

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