Tree microbes could help crops draw phosphorous from fertilized soil

Agricultural fertilizers typically contain phosphorous, as it’s essential to growing plants. Unfortunately, though, it can become “locked” in the soil, and thus not available to crops. That said, it turns out that the addition of a microbe could unlock… Continue reading Tree microbes could help crops draw phosphorous from fertilized soil

Genetically modified wheat boasts 11-percent higher yield

Wheat is one of the planet’s most widely grown crops, so any increases in its grain yield could go a long way towards reducing world hunger. That’s where a new variety of the plant comes in, as its yield is reportedly up to 11 percent higher than that … Continue reading Genetically modified wheat boasts 11-percent higher yield

Earthworm-inspired robots may be coming to a farm near you

If you want to know the local soil conditions, it would be great if you could just ask an earthworm. Given that that’s an impossibility, though, scientists are now working on the next-best thing – earthworm-inspired soil-analyzing agricultural robots.C… Continue reading Earthworm-inspired robots may be coming to a farm near you

Self-watering SMAG-soil pulls moisture from the air

Generally speaking, you don’t see a wide variety of crops being grown in arid regions – especially when irrigation isn’t practical and/or affordable. That could be about to change, though, with the development of what’s being described as “self-waterin… Continue reading Self-watering SMAG-soil pulls moisture from the air

Mutant Corn Could Be the Future of Agriculture

In America, corn syrup is king, and real sugar hovers somewhere around prince status. We’re addicted to corn, and corn, in turn, is addicted to nitrogen. A long time ago, people figured out that by rotating crops, the soil will stay nutrient-rich, which helps to an extent by retaining nitrogen. …read more

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Autonomous electric crop duster gets approval for US demos

Although there are now a few different crop-spraying multicopter drones, fixed-wing drones are faster and have a longer battery range. That’s where the recently US-certified autonomous electric Pelican crop duster comes into the picture.Continue Readin… Continue reading Autonomous electric crop duster gets approval for US demos

Alphabet builds a plant-inspecting buggy for sustainable farming

Alphabet’s X moonshot factory is a research group working to solve big-picture ideas through technological innovation, and for its latest venture the team is turning its attention to sustainable farming. Called Mineral, the project aims to leverage cut… Continue reading Alphabet builds a plant-inspecting buggy for sustainable farming

Fly fat extract eradicates crop-killing bacteria

Just like us, crop plants are subject to bacterial infections. And while antibiotics are often used to kill those microbes, compounds extracted from fly larva fat may prove to be a more eco-friendly alternative.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: An… Continue reading Fly fat extract eradicates crop-killing bacteria

Soybean oil-coated sand could be a green alternative to plastic mulch

In order to keep water from evaporating from the soil, farmers will often cover the ground around their crop plants with sheets of polyethylene plastic. There could soon be a more eco-friendly alternative, though, in the form of soybean oil-coated sand… Continue reading Soybean oil-coated sand could be a green alternative to plastic mulch