Agriculture systems and technology

Maine Forest Management

Over the last 20 years, Maine’s forests have become younger and less dense. As a result, forests are not providing the most climate benefits that they could through carbon sequestration and storage. However, more carbon could be stored over the next 100 years, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

Smaller Cattle for a Dry Landscape

Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd.

Beekeeping in Rural and Urban Areas of Ohio

Honey bees and other pollinators are vital for the local production of fruits and vegetables as well as locally produced honey. As urbanization continues, expanding the urban bee-keeping market may be the key to honeybee survival.

Wasp Used to Combat Stink Bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive pest that continues to expand its range throughout the United States.

Let the Robot Carry (and Manage) the Bins

Preliminary conceptual development field trials by Washington State University indicate that the productivity of fruit picking could be improved by 50 percent by an intelligent bin-managing system supported by a robotic self-propelled fruit bin carrier.

Robots to Replace Conventional Yield Checks

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a camera-equipped vehicle that can detect fruit via automated image analysis.

Artificial Intelligence with Strawberries May Improve Food Quality and Safety While Minimizing Field Labor

Industry Vision Automation Corporation received Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grants to design a system to remove the calyx (green leafy stem area) from strawberries processing and packaging. Currently this process is done manually with a knife.

Safe Haven from Natural Disasters

Last year, residents of southern Louisiana were hit by storms that damaged more than 100,000 homes.

Bumble Bee Queens Under Pressure

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that environmental threats are piling onto the stress faced by nest-building bumble bee queens. The team found that exposure to a widely used insecticide and a poor diet negatively impacted bumble bee queens’ health and work, which could have dramatic consequences on an already dwindling pollinator group.

Michigan Prepares Youth for Success

A U.S. Department of Education study found that only 16 percent of high school seniors are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, education and math (STEM), despite the fact that STEM employment is far outpacing non-STEM job growth. To address this shortfall, Michigan State University(MSU) Extension is making science education a priority in its 4-H Youth Development programming.