Field notes are the magic sauce of field scouting

IPM continues to be the best method for pest and disease management that balances crop growth with healthy ecosystems Field scouting without recording field notes is like taking a picture with no film in the camera Digital tools can increase the practice of recording field notes   Since the beginning of agriculture 10,000 years ago, […]

Farm Dog partners with the United States Department of Agriculture

SALINAS, CALIFORNIA – Farm Dog, the leading pest and disease management platform for growers and agronomists, has entered into a Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement (NFCA) with the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). The NFCA will support Farm Dog’s ongoing efforts in developing regional tools for pest and disease management.  The company […]

Farm Dog Strengthens Its Integration with John Deere Operations Center

SALINAS, CALIFORNIA – Farm Dog, the leading pest and disease management platform for growers and agronomists, has completed the second stage of its integration with John Deere Operations Center.  This milestone helps streamline growers’ adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) for their fields, which has been shown to drive down input costs, increase yields, and […]

Why climate change matters to pest and disease management

President Donald Trump probably heard their buzz from his podium at the Rose Garden last week when he announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords.  He may have seen a few scattered exoskeletons around the White House.  And in a few weeks, he may even be subject to their stench. They are […]

Crop pest and disease are not going away – top stories from 2016

We spend almost $60 billion per year on pesticides per year.  On a grower level, this comes out to 5% to 20% of operating expenses, with specialty crops (fruits and vegetables) bearing the higher cost.  Yet, we still see 20% to 40% crop loss per year across the world. And this isn’t just a third-world […]

Where can you find the most crop diverse farms?

A greater diversity of crops on the farm is a healthy management practice that brings with it a multitude of benefits, including higher yields, reduced reliance on chemical pesticides for pest and weed control, and reduced reliance on fertilizers. A recent study by Kansas State University, South Dakota State University, and the United States Department […]

Challenges in utilizing open and public data in an AgTech startup

Note: This is part 2 of 2 of our series on open and public data in agriculture.  Part 1 focused on other stakeholders’ thoughts on the subject and was originally published on agfundernews.com.   As with many industries, the potential of open and public data in agriculture is mouthwatering.  Promises of higher yields for the farmer, […]

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