Multipurpose tractor helps farmers harvest potatoes without cuts

By :Laban Robert Potato farmers can now harvest their crops without injuries, which accelerate rotting and reduced selling lifespan, with the new cheap hand-pulled multipurpose tractor from the King-Bird machineries.The company’s Marketing Manager Caleb Michael said the tractor also known as the Power Tiller enables farmers deal with post-harvest losses arising from cut potatoes.“More than 20 per cent of potatoes go bad after harvests because of cuts, which allow for entry of destructive micro-organisms. The potato harvester component [...]

5 things to know about new drone rules

FAA publishes new rules that hit the ‘sweet spot’ for agriculture UAV use By: Willie Vogt This week the Federal Aviation Administration has released its new rules for the operation for unmanned aerial vehicles, and while you may be reading some grousing by some industries over this first pass on operation; for agriculture the rules are basically nothing but good news. We talked with Thomas Haun, executive vice president, PrecisionHawk, who offers some insight into those rules, and we picked up [...]

Three reasons why we can win the fight against poverty

  In this week’s newsletter we wanted to share an inspiring video of Andrew Youn from One Acre Fund; he speaks about his experience on how he has  helped farmers achieving better income delivering 3 simple farm services that allow them to be a lot more productive, all this being environmentally and financially sustainable and without big investments. We hope you’ll enjoy it.      

Andrew Youn: 3 raisons pour lesquelles nous pouvons vaincre la pauvreté

Dans le bulletin de cette semaine, nous voulions partager une vidéo inspirante de l’activiste Andrew Youn de «One Acre Fund”; il parle de son expérience avec les agriculteurs comment il les a aidés à obtenir de meilleurs revenus par offrir 3 simple services agricoles qui leur permettent d’être beaucoup plus productif, tout cela étant écologiquement et financièrement viable et sans gros investissements. Nous espérons que vous l’apprécierez.      

Tres razones por las que podemos ganar la lucha contra la pobreza

El siguiente artículo ha sido extraído de la conferencia en Ted Talks de Andrew Youn “Three reason why we can win the fight against poverty” La mitad de la gente mas pobre del planeta son pequeños cultivadores, este problema de hambre mundial es analizado por Andrew Youn en un reciente video de Ted Talks Primero es importante resaltar sobre la consecuencias del pobreza: los chicos que no reciben buena alimentación no podrán tener un buen desarrollo físico y mental, el hambre [...]

Tanzania to get mobile apps for soil testing

Kenya-based Capture Solutions has announced plans to extend its business to Tanzania by introducing various mobile phone applications, including the use of mobile phone applications that help farmers in improving their productivity levels The company is aiming to launch the app in Dar es Salaam in September 2016. The firm’s managing director, Lawrenzo Boncompagni said that some of its proposed services include kits for testing soil fertility and providing data on weights and measurements of farm products. “Wherever a farmer is located, [...]

3 Important Trends Impacting Agriculture Today

By:Greg Guse As a student of agriculture for nearly 40 years, I’ve seen lots of things come and go. Good times and bad times. Things like ethanol, biotechnology and genetic research that have literally changed the course of the industry. Very recently, I’ve noticed several trends occurring that will drastically impact agriculture for the next few years. These trends are: a generational shift among ag producers, accelerated impact of technology and data, and even greater global influence. A Generational Shift I was [...]

Tracking Expenses is Key to Financial Success

Creating and sticking to a budget can be difficult for families with a regular income, but it’s even trickier for farm families, since the business is tied so closely to the household. Income varies widely from month to month and year to year, and so do expenses. Even though many of those variations are seasonal, it’s impossible to predict what will happen. “Household expenses are usually small relative to business expenses,” says Janet Bechman of Purdue University’s Department of Consumer [...]

What Happens if You Pay Crop Insurance Late?

Former Successful Farming editor Loren Kruse once said, “The check for crop insurance is the hardest one to write.” It’s understandable because when you write and mail that check, it is often abundantly clear that there are no substantial crop loss and no indemnity payment to offset the premium. Some buyer’s regret comes with writing a check for something you don’t use, but write the check you must, if you want to continue to have crop insurance. Of course, your [...]

Data Aggregation – understanding what it means

Explaining how this important management tool can work for your farm. By: Willie Vogt In the past five years, one key word has made its way into the farm vocabulary – data. For some it’s a four-letter word in the worst sense of the meaning, given that it’s an item that needs a whole new kind of management. Yet there’s one phrase that often comes along with data – data aggregation. And understanding what that means may help you better [...]

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