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Field crop disease management in Canada- Part III: What the future holds

We know that many of these problem diseases – Fusarium head blight, clubroot on canola, and root rot diseases like Aphanomyces – are going to remain difficult to manage.

Big data’s big poultry opportunities

Data of all kinds is being collected both manually and automatically by breeders, hatcheries, farmers, and processors, but overall, those data sets aren’t linked together or being used to extract information that could help improve the poultry industry.

Eye in the sky

When someone tells you drones are about to revolutionize agriculture, believe them. More and more people in the farming industry believe that use of drone imagery will soon be standard practice on most major farms, helping to manage everything from potatoes to horticulture crops, grapes to field crops.
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Future Ag influencers

IoT, UAVs and genome editing – A look at some of the scientific and technological advances that will shape Canadian agriculture in the coming years.

Many people have tools in the IoT toolbox without even knowing that toolbox exists. Farmers are already remotely monitoring their barns, fields and animals, and using their GPS technology from their tractors. But while the potential and the hype are considerable, there is a lot of work to do to move this implement beyond infancy.

Computer scientists Chandra Krintz and Rich Wolski at the University of California – Santa Barbara talk of a ‘SmartFarm’, where sensors collect, send, and act on data, gathering information that would help to make faster and more accurate management decisions.
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Agri-Geomatics: The big data revolution in agriculture

The real value of agri-geomatics is seen in its daily use on farms. » Learn More

Explore the past 150 years in agriculture with the Ag150 timeline:

An outbreak of BSE (or mad cow disease) in 2003 costs Canada's cattle industry billions of dollars in lost exports as countries around the world close their borders to Canadian beef.

In B.C., an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza leads to the culling of 17 million birds.

Quebec implements a quota system for its maple syrup production to adjust the supply based on global demand.

The federal government removes control of wheat exports from the Canadian Wheat Board.

UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) gain in popularity.

Driverless tractors roll out for commercialization at farm shows. The vehicles rely on remote controls, sensors and autonomy.

The National Farm Animal Care Council releases a new code of practice calling on egg producers to phase out the use of conventional cages for laying hens. Farmers have 15 years to convert to either enriched cages or cage-free housing.
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