Wyly Wade

Tag: Agriculture

High-tech farms — no drivers allowed

Back in the good old days, farming relied on horses or some other type of draft animal and a farmer with a strong back. Today you’ll find fewer people in the field and more automated equipment. There were a few interesting points that out about the stats of today’s farmers: “For every farmer under 35,…

Crop optimization–current crops could sustain 4 billion more

Crop optimization is difficult when one is looking at the simple problem of land utilization. Most development groups try to push an agenda of 1 acre per family but the reality is larger farms allow for this kind of optimization and the strategy should be to consolidation of resources and capacity to allow for crop…

A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers.

Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital for plants to survive and grow. However, only a very small number of plants, most notably legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils) have the ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere with the help of nitrogen fixing bacteria. The vast majority…

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