Monthly Archives: May 2014

USDA study: Pesticide use dips in U.S.

Pesticides applied on crops in the United States rose dramatically in use from 1960 to 1981 but dropped slightly in subsequent years, according to a just-released U.S. Department of Agriculture study. “Pesticide Use in U.S. Agriculture: 21 Selected Crops, 1960-2008” found that total spending on herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and other pesticides reached nearly $12 billion […]

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Study: ‘Shift up, throttle back’ saves fuel

University research now supports what many have suspected for some time: the “shift up, throttle back” technique of driving tractors and other farm machinery saves fuel. Researchers at Iowa State University found that “shift up, throttle back” used 20 percent less fuel, or more, than conventional driving methods, in experiments conducted at Iowa State’s Northeast […]

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E-Help: Weak Wi-Fi signal? Check the router

High-speed wireless Internet is great as long as the signal is strong. But in some places with Wi-Fi there can be rooms or corners that call to mind those dial-up days of yesteryear. The good news is there are simple changes you can make to strengthen weak Wi-Fi areas. Kim Komando, the self-proclaimed “America’s Digital […]

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Data privacy and data security

“Data is not going to get harder to collect and share, it’s going to get easier, technically speaking,” said Josh Skanderup, a product manager for Raven Industries, a South Dakota manufacturer of GPS and information management systems for agriculture. As a result, issues of data privacy and security have been pushed to the forefront, he […]

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Planting corn late? High yields still possible

They are the words farmers hate to hear at planting: cool, wet spring. Much of the U.S. Corn Belt is experiencing lower-than-normal temperatures and higher-than-normal rainfall so far this spring. The weather conditions have stalled corn planting, according to the April 28 U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report. The USDA report indicated just 19 […]

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