Questions related to Farming
if organic farming were to be implemented 100%, what is its capacity in feeding the global population?
Cherish your insights.
Does an usefull insect-friendly plant protection pesticide exist? Or is the only insect-friendly alternative organic farming?
Cherish your insights.
All countries of the world do not produce as much agricultural goods as they consume, specifically food items. What can happen with such countries if due to any reason, surplus agricultural goods producing countries stop the supply of their products to them. Argument based answer would be helpful to understand the issue under consideration.
Extension agencies are advocating a farmer to produce and sell his farm produce at his own level. Is it possible? Or some one else should purchase from him and sell.
searching for an open source free of charge source for the disruptive global basic food supply on basics like rice, potatos, wheat etc. worldwide in real-time with forward outlook, given the weather conditions.
This should be publicly openly available and is not really covered by nationally organized press clusters worldwide, and global coverage companies charge fees. Can you recommend a real-time, forward-looking, comprehensive, conclusive, unbiased, and independent source? Cherish your feedback.
How can the pro-environmental transformation of agriculture be accelerated?
Agriculture is likely to change significantly in the future. Key determinants of agricultural change include factors such as climate change, including the progressive process of global warming. On the one hand, the main negative effects of the progressive global warming process include increasingly frequent and severe periods of heat and drought. In addition, by the end of this 21st century, all glaciers will have melted, water levels in the seas and oceans will have risen, and areas of arable land will have declined. On the other hand, in order to slow down the progressive process of global warming, it is necessary to urgently reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2 and methane. Climate change will cause a reduction in the scale of agricultural crop production. In order to feed the population, it will therefore be necessary to change dietary habits by switching agricultural crops to the production of plant-based agricultural crops to produce food primarily for humans rather than livestock. At present, globally, three quarters of arable land is used for the production of arable crops, from which fodder is produced to feed reared livestock. In addition to this, due to increasing global warming processes, it will be necessary to develop new crop varieties that are resistant to various biotic (viral, bacterial, fungal diseases, pests, etc.) and abiotic (droughts, heat, floods and other effects of climate change) negative environmental factors. In addition to this, the importance of achieving sustainability goals in agriculture will increase in the future. The generation of energy used in agriculture from renewable and emission-free energy sources will increase in importance. Consequently, environmentally neutral, emission-free, sustainable organic farming based mainly on crop production using new crop varieties that are resistant to progressive climate change and its effects will be developed in the future.
In view of the above, the following questions are becoming increasingly topical:
How should sustainable organic farming be developed?
How should sustainable, pro-environmental organic farming be developed?
How should environmentally neutral, emission-free, sustainable organic farming be developed?
What kind of agriculture should be developed to save humanity from a food crisis?
What type of agriculture should be developed to be environmentally neutral, meet sustainability goals, be resilient to climate change and provide food for people?
Is a combination of pro-environmental, sustainable organic agriculture and the development of new climate-resilient crop varieties the best solution?
How can the pro-environmental transformation of agriculture be accelerated?
What do you think about this?
What is your opinion on this topic?
I invite you all to discuss,
Thank you very much,
Can anyone help me out to know the Indian companies which can take agricultural land on lease for solar farming by means of ground mounted solar panels? I want to lease my agricultural land for solar farming which is located in Maharashtra state in India. Please suggest me the name of the companies who can help me out in this regard.
Excessive use of chemicals in agriculture results in contamination of products with high levels of chemical residues.
Agriculture is known to provide various innovations from time -to -time , but in the process , we sometimes land in no man's land, and often try to take agriculture to backfoot so miserably in mad rush for improvement . Like that , there is one concept called Zero Budget Natural Farming , dont know , what is the base to advocate this concept, often under the garb of Organic Farming , though both are quite different concepts and work on entirely different premises. Here are some clarifications requested to our collagues for their responses :
* What is the working premise of zero budget natural farming ?
* What is the need of advocating such concept of farming amidst conventional farming?
* Are we not in a position to sustain the current trend of sustainability agriculture and need to bring such concept having hardly any scientific base?
* Has this concept been ever evaluated in a scientific and time frame manner?
* How do you see the future of zero budget farming ?
* Can it be conceptually sustainable?
Like that , you go on adding .....
Your repsonses, please....
Can I just get some soil sample, add water, centrifuge and measure the pH?
How do people involved in agriculture and planting do to get the best pH? And, how can I correct it?
Do humans who eat food prepared in a restaurant face a higher risk of contracting an illness than those who eat packaged food?
Dear RG members, I am aware about negative impact of hailstorm on agriculture. If anybody has any reference or experience on utility of hailstorm in agriculture field. please share here .
I am working on a study to evaluate the content radioactive isotopes in agricultural soil. I have the concentrations of Th232, U238, Cs137 and K40 and I want to know if the concentration is harmful for crops and humans or not.
For example, research studies concerning part-time farming were famous in 1980s and 90s. Then, this trend was faded and not many recent research studies are found.
Are the research studies in social science influenced by the topics of political importance?
In recent years, data science has emerged as a promising interdisciplinary subject, and helped understand and analyze actual phenomena with data in multiple areas. The availability and interpretation of large size data that is a vital tool for many businesses and companies has changed business models, and led to creation of new data-driven businesses.
In agriculture including crop improvement programs, both short and long term experiments are conducted, and big size data is generated. However, deep data mining, meaningful interpretation, deeper extraction of knowledge and learning from data sets are more often missing. Whether application of data science is also vital in agriculture including crop improvement for understanding and analyzing the actual phenomena and extracting deeper knowledge??
The recent studies (including ours: https://1url.cz/rKhj9, https://1url.cz/WKhj8 and https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.36573.13288) highlight the importance of small farms and poultry yards (especially hens) as an important foraging site for some granivorous birds inhabiting countryside settlements. On the other hand, there are (anecdotal) observations of hens attacking and killing small passerines. Additionally, I expect competition for invertebrates, attracted to poultry-yard but eaten by hens, thus unavailable for wild birds.
I´m wondering if there is some published or even unpublished work/paper/observation of this interaction or other negative impacts of hens and poultry yards on wild birds.
I want to plan a research work on estimation of methane from crossbred cattle under organised farm with normal diet. Please suggest appropriate method
I am trying to design an agricultural and horticultural calendar for Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts of Assam, India. What are the steps that I should begin with?
farmers ,agricultural sectors workers are always ignored ,although we are only because of them,what the reason behind this .....................
Which agricultural strategies were sustainable, both environmentally and economically, over the long term, and why?
First of all there are a lot of statements describing the effect of climate change on agriculture like:
https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/climate-impacts/climate-impacts-agriculture-and-food-supply_.htmlBut my personal opinion is different.
But it seems that agricultural as performed in today's manner change the landscape into a form which is unfavorable to act as an ecological balance factor.
- Brazil is destroying our last ecological areas which can balance the climate: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/world/americas/brazil-military-amazon-fire.html
- Agriculture in Europe also has an impact: https://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/agriculture/intro
- Agriculture in China will change in future with additional impact: https://www.basf.com/cn/en/media/BASF-Information/Food-nutrition/future-farming.html
What is your opinion?
Justify your stand with convincing logic and scientific literature.
Could an extender for semen cryopreservation be completely organic, owing to the growing interest for organic agriculture and safety concerns?
Drones can also identify drier regions in a field and measures can then be taken to irrigate such regions with better techniques. Precision agriculture provides farmers with such concrete information that enables them to take informed decisions and utilize their resources more efficiently. Kindly give your valuable suggestions....!!!
We work in groundwater dependent region. Agriculture has been the largest consumer of the groundwater. In order to manage the groundwater, we have to manage agricultural groundwater use. In order to manage agricultural groundwater use, we have to monitor the cropping pattern in the village. What is the most accurate and cost effective method to find out the village level cropping pattern (season wise acreage of each crop grown)?
Does remote sensing provide any solution?
Is physical survey the feasible solution? Or is there any other solution?
If you have conducted any such study, please share the publication.
70 percent intensified production of agricultural products is absorbed by the production of livestock, above all for the purpose of meat production.
If this production would be burdened with the costs of neutralization of harmful, negative effects of environmental pollution and greenhouse gas emissions generated by intensified meat production, then a correspondingly higher meat price would take into account the costs of repairing the mentioned negative externalities.
Then, a drop in meat consumption would generate a drop in the intensification of agricultural production. At that time, most of the agriculture could switch from intensified, productive agriculture to organic farming.
Generally healthier agricultural produce would be produced with a much smaller amount of applied chemistry, and overproduction of agricultural produce could be redirected to the poorest countries to eliminate the problem of hunger in Africa.
Do you agree with my opinion?
Is technological progress in agriculture based on the application of scientific discoveries in the field of biotechnology, genetics, automation and robotics of field works, implementation of biodiversity principles and the creation of resistant to fungal, viral, bacterial and other cultivar diseases, etc. with the elimination of the use of chemical plant protection products will enable in the 21st century the development of sustainable environment-friendly agriculture, ie the kind of agriculture thanks to which healthy vegetables, fruits, grains free from pesticides and other chemical plant protection products and organic farming, ie non-polluting, are produced?
- Plant health management
- Artificial intelligence in agriculture
- Sensors in agriculture
- Nano-drug delivery
- Nano-food and nutritional systems
- Other interdisciplinary topics
Hello, I have yield data with coordinates and I would like to create a management zone map and plot it as well.
Thank you very much!
In his paper, Giller (2013) discusses the term "farming systems" and supports that "even the wealth of literature on farming systems research fails to give a clear definition". He concludes that "At the end of this analysis I have still failed to find a good definition of farming systems. I’m still searching!".
Well, I am also still searching for a widely accepted and good definition of a farming system.
How would you define a farming system?
Giller, K.E. 2013. Can We Define the Term ‘Farming Systems’? A Question of Scale. Outlook on Agriculture, 42, 149–153.
What kind of scientific research dominate in the field of Importance of agriculture in the context of the ongoing global warming process?
Please, provide your suggestions for a question, problem or research thesis in the issues: Importance of agriculture in the context of the ongoing global warming process.
I invite you to the discussion
Dear all, I am developing activated carbon from agricultural waste. I am facing problem in its washing. I used to wash my materials until the pH becomes neutral with distilled water, but it is taking more than 2 weeks to be neutral. Please suggest me,How can I wash activated carbon with less consumption of time.
Please i need help with an access to the pesticide data base by the Agriculture & Environment Research Unit
Agricultural extension has been the main source of information for small scale farmers but it has been faced with setbacks mainly due to past top down extension approaches and lack of adequate resources for field extension agents at the ground level. The extension system does not have updated and a modern mechanism to acquire and deliver information to farmers before it becomes obsolete.
So, Is it possible to integrate ICT in agricultural extension to enable producers, extension providers and other stakeholders to access updated information and become competitive.
As the land availability for conventional farming is decreasing, what percentage of worldwide farming is being done through soilless route (including hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics)?
Any literature highlighting the same will be helpful please.
How will agriculture look in the future? It seems that precision agriculture is gaining importance very quickly, especially in large-scale production. For example, the use of satellite images, remote sensing, drones, automated tractors, etc. is that the dominant trend in agriculture? Should we include these topics in the professional education? I would like to know your opinion or experience, thank you.
As we know COVID-19 caused many negative effects on the agricultural producers' in both of the inputs and outputs sides. Which simultaneously effected the food supply chain, food prices, food availability, and food security.
These effects are different between the countries and nations, because of many things.
According to your country situation, Please share "What are the negative effects of COVID-19 on the agricultural sector and food supply chain in your country?" in addition to "What is the response of the agricultural policy-maker did to overcome or reduce these negative effects on the agricultural sector and farmers? ".
Agriculture is the major contributor to the national economy, livelihood and employment since long. However, despite the priority in the national policies, the growth of the agriculture sector is merely around 3% that is not able to contend increasing population growth.
I would love to know- What are the challenges and problems?
Can agriculture still lead the national economy?
Why many national policies and agricultural policies could not help farmers and the agriculture sector?
UAS is the emerging technology in the field of agriculture for precision application of inputs to enhance the crop productivity. Mostly, researcher are using UAS for spraying practices but how can we use UAS for accurate application of water in field.
How UAV technology can provide agriculture related problem solutions?
How it can help the farmer to increase the crop productivity, especially in developing countries? Because farmer is illiterate and have no knowledge to use advanced technologies?
Reply with logic ?
We will be using the EGM-5 portable CO2 analyzer to make measurements once a week in three treatments. I am wondering what time of day is commonly used in agricultural soils in temperate regions... we are in New Brunswick, Canada.
I´ve been looking at these 2 drugs with very similar structures and for some reason Sulfadimidine is widely used to treat infections in intensive farming, whereas it doesnt seem to be the case for Sulfamerazine.
The information I´ve found online suggests both drugs share the same mechanism and also share the same secondary effects.
I´m confused as to why I have not been able to find productors of sulfamerazine.
Any information regarding the differences between these two drugs is appreciated!
We aim to Measuring Transaction Costs (Ex Ante and Ex Post) in contractual relationship. While there exist various accepted methods for estimating these costs, what is the best method for measuring transaction costs in the case of contract farming? We will really appreciate if you can provide us some literature or provide some suggestions on Methodology for Measuring Transaction Costs : methods to estimate true costs ?
Food security issues, organic farming, land degradation, soil infertility and water exhaustive crops, sustainable agriculture has become buzz words these days. The problem associated to green has negative impact on the ecosystem services of natural resources. Will the new policies on agriculture will fix the issue?
What recommendations do you have of books providing a strong survey of key issues impacting international agricultural development? I'm especially looking for something with a strong global outlook (many resources I'm finding are very USA-centric)? I have previously used Gordon Conway's One Billion Hungry, however, published in 2012, it is starting to show its age. What would you recommend?
In such cases, what is the validity of doing research on ancient agricultural practices like mixed cropping, natural farming etc?
- At present central government making the policy and forecasting for doubling the farmers' income, and on the other hand here working a no of research institutions in India and abroad for long time for different technological intervention. Then, how could we may come in conclusion not in the debate, but in focus manner how we can help and prove our scientific guidance in reality to help farming and improve the farmers' income with policy change as well as technological adoption in the right direction with respect to Indian farming scenario .
We hope you and your loved ones are doing well and staying safe under these unprecedented circumstances. We are sure we all can fight this together and get back to our normal life soon.
Over the past few months, Dr. Singh and I have been working with Remote Sensing Journal ( Impact Factor: 4.118 (2018)) on a special issue entitled “Remote Sensing for Water Resources Assessment in Agriculture”.
We are serving as Guest Editors for this issue. This Special Issue invites high-quality and innovative scientific articles, which include innovative and cutting-edge research on the application of remote sensing techniques and data from any platform to the study of critical water-related issues in agriculture.
We personally invite you to contribute to this special issue. We hope you can contribute. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at:
For information on manuscript preparation and related matters, please see the instructions for authors: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/instructions
Therefore, we cordially invite you to contribute original papers or review articles, if your area of interest lies towards the following topics or similar:
*Water resource assessment in agriculture;
*Role of satellite-based soil moisture in agriculture;
*Remote sensing and agricultural drought;
*Impact of agriculture on water quality;
*Hydrologic modeling and remote sensing to agricultural water resource management;
*Ground sensing and remote sensing of evapotranspiration;
*Computer application in agriculture;
*Big data analytics in agriculture;
*Multi- to hyperspectral sensing in agriculture;
*Impact of climate change on agriculture;
Would you let me know if you are interested? Although the deadline for submission of manuscripts to the Special Issue is 31 December 2021, I would appreciate hearing from you in the next few weeks whether you would be willing to submit a contribution.
The Guest Editors
(Ram Ray and Sudhir Singh)
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Natural farming is a way to a healthier lifestyle and it has been implemented on some parts of the world. The fact is that implementing this technique can be of a constraint measures which required depth of knowledge in understanding natural farming and why it has not yet been implemented.
Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic is having unprecedented and deleterious effects on food production. The impact can be ascertained in terms of shortage in food supply, demand for semi-perishable food items especially during lock-down, food inflation, reverse migration of rural laborers etc. However, the long-run effects of the pandemic on any agrarian economy, especially emerging economies is highly uncertain. In the context, what kind of data and methodology (econometric) can be utilized to track the short-run and long-run impact on the agriculture sector? Any sample papers using econometric approaches to quantify the impact will be highly appreciated.
To feed the burgeoning populations all over the world, we are striving to produce ever-bigger harvests with every passing year. In this process, increasing amounts of nutrients are being exported from agricultural soils. The big challenge ahead is how to maintain, rather enhance the fertility of our soils. How can we address this issue?
Our contemporary world is moving towards an uncertain food insecure period and an invisible famine is rather approaching towards us to grasp the lives. So, how this problem of food insecurity could be solved? Is organic farming the only solution?
The coronavirus pandemic with its restrictive containment measures has forced some sectors to be more self-sufficient, less dependent on the outside world. Agricultural systems dependent on inputs from outside have been less resilient. This situation has demonstrated the fragility of large-scale agriculture based on external inputs.
More I am reading, more I am getting confused to define Soil Health ? So, What is Soil Health? And How you can categorize or classify lands based on soil health? Can you define soil health in quantity or index, lets say field A has soil health 6 and it can sustain for next 6 years or field B has soil health 4 and it will sustain next 4 years? What score is good or what score is bad and how to get the score?
So, How to define soil health and use it in classifying particular farm land ? How we can use soil health to define sustainability or vitality of a cropping land to host or sustain the ecosystem for year after year?
I want to know how it is affecting agriculture around the globe. Because its a platform in which people from different parts of the world unites.
I try to build a theoretical model to support my empirical analysis.
I have 3 industries (let's say, agriculture, manufacture, service). The objective function for each industry is a CES function of capital and labour.
What I want to do is to derive a relationship between the growth rate of productivity and labour. From other articles I know that under general equilibrium, capital-labour ratio must be equal across all industries (and did not give explanations). Using this assumption, I can obtain my results.
However, some people asked me why is that? That is to say, i.e. what if the capital-labour ratio in manufacture is larger than that in agriculture?
I'm currently working on irrigation suitability assessment of waters from an agricultural area, using spatial/zonation maps. So far I've been able to assign different percentages to the different irrigation parameters, but I'm trying to see if I can convert the percentile values to areal extent in square meters/
kilometers in order to delineate the areas with suitable or unsuitable irrigation water quality
Your inputs would be highly appreciated
From the agricultural point of view, any agriculture graduate should gather at least some basic knowledge about fundamentals in agricultural science. But, when that guy becomes so busy in his/her biotechnology researches as well as scientific discoveries with so many advancing issues and modern interventions, how much important to keep updates on grassroot problems in agriculture say for: nutrient enrichment in problematic soil, seed priming and purification to prevent soil borne diseases, suitable irrigation practices for cereals and pulses in arid or semi-arid regions, insect management in barassicaceae crops etc. ???
If it exists, where can I find data or some relevant references on the recovery rate (and time) of insect biodiversity (or just pollinators) when shifting from conventional to organic farming for different crop types?
Thanks for your help.
Hello dear colleagues / researchers/ teachers / please suggest the best book to teach graduate students about the course "agricultural and ecommerce" , thanks in advance.
I am confused between comparison of markets for repowering in Germany and India & Techno-Economic Determinants for the Repowering of Wind Farms.
I want suggestions or websites on this or company links etc.
Sustainable farming practices appears into different names confusing the global audience which to follow and why?
What makes conservation agriculture as different approach than regenerative farming practices?
water optimization canal water distribution agriculture paddy(not restricted) field we collect various parameters by putting senors to measure water level for paddy field throughout it harvesting cycle and collect data with applying required technology hich we collect via senors/iot/ big data analysis and to give a farmer
Now a days the term "ecological agriculture" is used extensively worldwide in the context of protecting environment. Different chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides etc. are used to produce agricultural products successfully those have adverse effect on environment. That is why the use of these types of chemicals should be minimized/reduced to protect environment in the context of "ecological agriculture". But the computation of "cost benefit ratio" of an agricultural product is a must for the farmers or producers as to understand their profit or loss. However, the question arises whether "cost benefit ratio" is a considerable parameter in "ecological agriculture" or not.
Hi everyone!! I am searching for a post doctoral position.Could you please tell about professors who have a research project, and the opportunities available at various universities and institutes which offers Post Doctoral Fellowship for agricultural PhD graduates (I received my PhD degree in the major of Agronomy).
Thanks in advance