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How Crops Survived Drought, Deluge and the Hottest Summer on Record
Scorching temperatures and drought conditions followed by deluges of rain have made for an unusually volatile growing season for U.S. farmers.
July was the hottest month on record, surpassing the global monthly average temperature record set in July 2019. The July heat followed the hottest June on record. This summer's blasts of heat in many key crop-growing regions in the Midwest have accompanied drought in places like Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Minnesota, threatening crops and parching pastures used for grazing.
A more turbulent growing season for...
Use of Robots and Artificial Intelligence in Greenhouse Horticulture
Robotics and AI are not panaceas for solving labor shortages or other product-related problems. But in the next decade, robots and crop support software will take over certain tasks in the high-tech greenhouse.
Report summaryGrowers will not produce more cheaply because of robotization and digitalization, but mostly differently. Managing larger, more international companies will become easier, management skills will change, and the cooperation with suppliers and customers will become closer. Pests can also be dealt with earlier, more sustainably or more precisely. The quality of the...
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