Production technologies

What can be done to increase the adoption of precision technologies?

The rate of adoption of emerging technologies which could transform agriculture remains stubbornly low. Why is that and what can be done to encourage greater adoption?..Read More

Neil Lyon, February 17, 2020

To spray or not to spray: new app for mungbean disease management

A new app has been developed to help mungbean growers across Queensland and NSW better manage the problematic disease powdery mildew…Read More

Grain Central, December 3, 2019

Tweaking genes in wild plants can create new food crops

CRISPR gene editing has opened up new opportunities for developing higher performing crops, but as a society we need to work out how such technology and plants will be regulated to ensure safety and acceptability…Read More

James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis, University of Queensland, November 4, 2019

Smart irrigation model predicts rainfall to conserve water

A predictive model developed by Cornell University is designed to help irrigators make more informed decisions about when and how much to irrigate…Read More

Grain Central, August 9, 2019

New, portable device sniffs out plant disease in the field

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field…Read More

Grain Central, August 8, 2019

Irrigation on the way to an automated future

The assessment of a range of irrigation systems by the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association points to a future of automated, water-efficient, labour-saving systems taking over from traditional, hand-shift siphon irrigation…Read More

Neil Lyon, December 5, 2018

New centre for agricultural engineering at USQ

The University of Southern Queensland has opened a new Centre for Agricultural Engineering, building on the advances in farm technology and innovation the university’s agricultural engineering division has been renowned for over many years…Read More

Grain Central, November 12, 2018

BASF licenses CRISPR-Cpf1 for ag applications

BASF has attained a global, non-exclusive licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of CRISPR-Cpf1 genome editing technology to improve products in agricultural and industrial microbiology applications…Read More

Grain Central, October 30, 2018

Integrity advisor monitoring feed pricing behaviour + fodder options webinar

NSW Government appointed drought transport subsidy integrity advisor Derek Schoen is at work monitoring stock feed pricing behaviour, while a NSW DPI webinar next Wednesday will help producers to evaluate quality aspects of drought fodder…Read More

Grain Central, August 29, 2018

Energy price rises have outstripped farm energy efficiency gains: AFI

Australian industry – including agriculture – is rapidly becoming uncompetitive against countries with cheaper and more reliable power, warns AFI report released this week…Read More

Grain Central, August 29, 2018

New world order of biotech cotton on the horizon

A new generation of biotech insect and herbicide tolerant cotton under development by Monsanto is set to be released to the Australian cotton industry in the next decade…Read More

Neil Lyon, August 8, 2018

EU puts CRISPR under GM regulations

The European Union (EU) Court of Justice has ruled that crops resulting from gene editing techniques such as CRISPR should be subject to the same laws as genetically modified organisms (GMOs)…Read More

Grain Central, July 27, 2018

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