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Unmanned aerial survey drones equipped with sensors are increasingly being used by corporate farmers, agronomists, biologists, and environmental ecologists to make important production decisions.
The 2015 Monitor is the twelfth edition of the Swinburne National Technology and Society Monitor. It provides a general account of public perceptions about new technologies in Australia, including trust in institutions that provide information about new technologies.
In this report the Commissioner examines the issue of agricultural greenhouse gases – methane and nitrous oxide – which together form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. This high proportion of emissions coming from agriculture is a major challenge for New Zealand. The...
This is likely to be a big week for soils. World soil day is being celebrated on the 5 December at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, and in a series of nationally-based events coordinated around the...
Plant growth, vigour and yield are dependent upon the availability of a number of essential element nutrients. Detailed lists of these elements vary slightly but most sources identify three essential, non-mineral elements: carbon, oxygen and hydrogen; six major or macronutrients: nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, sulphur, calcium...
Dairy farming is New Zealand's pre-eminent primary industry. It achieves large export earnings but is also responsible for a large proportion of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. One of those greenhouse gases is CO₂, and in order to lower New Zealand's net...
A better understanding of soil microbiology is essential if agricultural production is to meet the needs of a growing world population.
Soil fertility comprises three interrelated components: physical fertility, chemical fertility and biological fertility. Biological fertility, the organisms that live in...
Looks at the practice by a number of farmers in the Great Southern agricultural region of Western Australia of inoculating seed with fungi spores in order to recover degraded soils.
Healthy soil is not only a fundamental necessity for increased food...
This paper outlines the challenges in working with satellite imagery data for crop area estimation, and presents some new approaches.
A key strategic goal for the ABS is to exploit emerging sources of data to either partially replace, supplement or validate...
Ten thousand years ago most people on the globe lived by hunting and gathering, so why did our ancestors become farmers?
The Golson Lecture was delivered at ANU by Professor Graeme Barker (Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald...