• Many of the farmers Aaron Bobeck works with see a return-on-investment from using precision technology. But the 31-year-old says he also encounters many who are frustrated and on the verge of turning their backs on it.

    “I think it’s hard to quantify ROI for a lot of precision ag--it’s different for everyone and how they use it,”says Bobeck, who farms 1,800 acres of corn and soybeans with his dad and uncle in north-central Indiana and works on the side as a precision technology consultant. “Many folks have been burned by expensive, cost-per-acre data or decision services that didn’t deliver what they promised.”

    If you land squarely in the frustrated camp, Bobeck says there are still basic things you can do to use precision technology and pick up some benefits. Here are four he recommends:

    First, take stock of the kinds of precision tools you currently have. Evaluate whether you use all the existing features to their full advantage.

    “Most everyone has auto-steer but they don’t necessarily use it on end rows, along the edge of fields,” he says, as an example. “I have some other folks who are starting to use field boundaries in different ways.

  • A ‘good rotation’ is often thought of as a cropping plan that involves diverse species, cultivars, and chemical actives. But that definition may be expanding, thanks to an ever-evolving understanding of soil health.

  • Agricultural technologies could help to obviate the effects of climate change and ensure the planet’s population growth doesn’t lead to a global hunger epidemic. 

  • Millions of small-scale farmers face significant challenges, including food and water insecurity, dependence on unpredictable rain, and increasing frequency of natural disasters.

  • Size of land owned by women in Africa is 20 to 70 per cent less than that owned by men. Female households (households without male adult) have 45 per cent less land on an average. In fact, 25.2 per cent of female, as compared with 23.7 per cent of male, are food insecure in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • In the hotly contested race for big pickup profits, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has pulled an upset the last two months as its freshly redesigned Ram truck outsold General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Silverado, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg News.

  • In area that has seemingly fallen below the radar, despite transformation of the South African agricultural sector being top of the agenda for policy discussion, is how to include women and the youth in this journey.

  • This summer’s drought has led to a significant drop of total E.U. cereal production, estimated at 8% below the last five-year average. This is just one of the findings of the latest short-term outlook report, published on Oct. 3  by the European Commission.

  • In Augustus 2018 het die Suid-Afrikaanse suiwelindustrie in terme van massa 14 639 ton uitgevoer, terwyl invoere 4 872 ton beloop het. Dit beteken dat die netto uitvoere vir Augustus 9 767 ton beloop het, teenoor 8 346 ton in Julie. Dit verteenwoordig ʼn styging van 17% in Augustusmaand en teen die agtergrond van die swak rand in September word verwag dat netto uitvoere verder sal styg.

  • Global agricultural food commodity prices fell in September due to growing inventories of key staples. The FAO Food Price Index declined 1,4% from August and is now 7,4%below its level during September 2017.

  • Farmers in South Africa face constant uncertainty regarding weather, politics and market fluctuations - all factors out of their control. Most of them are constantly under medical " drugs" prescribed by Doctors ,combined with isolation that contributes to worrying levels of depression and suicide.

  • South Africa is divided into a number of farming regions according to climate, natural vegetation, soil type and farming practices.

  • The Namibian agricultural industry is calling for security provision from the policies governing the sector.

  • Mulching is the process of covering the soil surface around the plants in order to create favorable conditions for the crop growth.

  • The sharp increase could also see a net gain in “new roles” for humans, who will have to revamp skills to keep pace with the “seismic shift” in how we work with machines and computer programmes, the forum estimated.

  • Animals are the main victims of history, and the treatment of domesticated animals in industrial farms is perhaps the worst crime in history. The march of human progress is strewn with dead animals. 

  • I recently visited a remarkable farm in Carnation, Washington, just 25 miles from downtown Seattle. 

  • South African farmers believe Russia has great potential in the field of agriculture and are interested in sharing experience with the country, Omri van Zyl, the executive director of federation of South African agricultural organisations AgriSa, told Sputnik. 

  • Despite the aftermath of the global recession still being felt in my countries across the globe, South Africa has seen considerable growth in its developing sectors.

  • NAMIBIAN Agronomic Board chairperson Michael Iyambo said the trade performance of the horticulture industry has been increasing over the years, despite the challenges encountered by the industry regarding tied climatic conditions.