Technology Times

Twitter - the new coffee shop

If asked to describe a modern farmer, most wouldn’t use the words social media savvy. That, however, is becoming a more popular description. Farmers and coffee shops have gone hand-in-hand for decades. Over the last few years farmers have created a new coffee shop called Twitter. Twitter is a rapidly growing social media outlet that allows users from across the world interact. Read more

Lab On a Chip

Micro Sensors Make a Big Impact
Row crop growers, wine grape and other fruit growers, food processors and even concrete makers all rely on water sensors for accurate, steady, and numerous moisture readings. But current sensors are large, may cost thousands of dollars, and often must be read manually. Cornell University researchers have developed a state-of-the-art fingertip-sized silicon water sensor chip. This new technology is a hundred times more sensitive and considerably smaller than current devices. They hope to mass-produce the sensors for as little as $5 each.

More Crop per Drop - Industry Partnership to Help Growers Maximize Water Use

Industry Leaders Collaborate

What do you get when you combine an industry leading crop irrigation company and a leading global agribusiness—Water+ Intelligent Irrigation Platform. This is the brainchild of Syngenta and Lindsay Corporation. These companies have collaborated with corn growers and other industry leaders to gather a multitude of data, which helped them develop Water+ Intelligent Irrigation Platform, an entire agronomic system for irrigated corn growers.

Technology Times - Prairie Strip Research Becomes A Reality In Southern Iowa

By Melissa Lamberton, Communications Assistant, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University


Good stewardship is a way of life for Seth Watkins. Like many of his neighbors, he grows corn, soybeans, and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf operation on hilly pastureland. He’s always on the lookout for ways to improve the environmental health and economic vitality of Taylor County, Iowa, which his family has called home since his great-grandparents homesteaded there in 1846. Read more

Lower Nitrogen Inputs = High Corn Yields - Stacking NitroGenes Could Be The Key

Professor Stephen Moose, who studies maize functional genomics at the University of Illinois, along with graduate fellow Jessica Bubert, shared their findings on the nine genes, termed NitroGenes, they have identified over the last three years that have proven to affect traits involved in improving nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) in corn. NitroGenes are a group of genes identified as having the potential to help power more corn yield with less nitrogen. These genes showed an important impact on NUE-related traits such as stover nitrogen content, grain nitrogen concentration, and kernel number. Read more

Unmanned aerial vehicles are the new frontier in agriculture

As the need for higher yields become necessary, the agricultural community is turning to new and different technology to aid is this undertaking. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are typically associated with the military – however they are now making an appearance in the farming industry as a valuable precision tool.

Research has already begun into the benefits drones can provide to farmers. Exposing crop-diseased areas within a field would allow farmers minimize the cost of spraying, and the impact to the environment. With the technology to take high quality photos – down to the leaf level – the amount of hands-on-time growers spend in a field could be reduced, in turn saving in operation costs. Read more

WinField and UNIBEST team up to produce date reporting resin capsule

WinField will be teaming up with UNIBEST International to pair its NutriSolutions® Tool tissue testing capability with resin capsule technology from UNIBEST International, a Washington-based technology company. UNIBEST specializes in soil and water analysis for the agricultural, turf care, environmental, and home and garden markets. Read more

Work Smarter, Not Harder - Five Apps To Make Your Farming Life Easier

In today’s world, everyone is trying to squeeze 26 hours of work into a 24-hour day — and cut costs at the same time. When trying to climb this never-ending hill, technology can be a game changer. With the birth of smart phones and tablets, technology is literally at our fingertips. Going hand in hand with mobile technology are the programs–or appsthat have been developed to do everything from remember our grocery lists to give us the location of our machinery in the field. With the touch of a finger, you can now access running harvest totals, specific chemical mixtures, and even track location, working hours, and routine maintenance records of your equipment. Read more