agriculture

Monster Machines: The World's Most Badass Combine Harvester Just Set A World Record

A bushel’s as good as a peck to most folks outside the agricultural industry but that doesn’t make the New Holland CR10.90′s wheat-picking feat any less impressive. It was able to harvest nearly 800 tonnes of the grain from 198 acres of English farmland in a single workday — all while setting a Guinness world record.


This Australian Invention Destroys Seeds Of Nasty Mutant Weeds In The Combine

Combines are a modern farming miracle, separating grain from chaff in a matter of seconds. But that chaff — often full of seeds from herbicide-resistant weeds — gets blown right back onto the field. Enter the clever Harrington Seed Destructor, which grinds the pesky and unwanted seeds into oblivion.


Monster Machines: Robots With Digital Eyes Could Pick Your Next Peck Of Peppers

The days of hand-picked fruits and vegetables — at least those picked by human hands — are quickly coming to a close as robotic farming technology continues its rapid advancement. A team of roboticists from the EU, for example, have just debuted an automated fruit and vegetable harvester that can spot ripe produce just by looking at it.


Monster Machines: Australian Solar-Powered Ladybug Might Just Save Global Agriculture

It’s getting increasingly difficult to feed humanity’s seven billion-plus mouths, especially as climate change begins to wreak havoc on the world’s staple crop supplies. While efforts are being made to find hardier alternatives, a research team from the University of Sydney has developed a tool to better manage the crops we’ve already got.


The World's Largest LED Hydroponic Farm Used To Be A Sony Factory

As climate change begins posing new challenges to conventional outdoor food production methods, hydroponic farming has made quick gains in popularity thanks to its space- and energy-saving design. This enormous indoor lettuce farm for example — the largest of its kind in the world — produces 10,000 heads a day in less space than a single football field and could signal a sea change in how we get our greens.


Monster Machines: This Pooper Scooper Is A Robotic Roomba For Dairy Farms

Cows, it turns out, can be pretty filthy, just pooping wherever and whenever it strikes their fancy. And when they let loose in the confines of a milking stall, the splattered mess becomes a source of infection for every cow that enters after. But rather than force a human to shovel shit nine times a day, Lely has introduced a robotic platform to do it for us.


Mega-Sandstorm Turns Tehran Into Apocalyptic Landscape, Kills Four

In a freakish and honestly terrifying turn of events, a giant cloud of sand enveloped Tehran today. The temperature plunged from over 32C to under 20C in minutes. Winds whipped at 113km/h. Trees fell. The power went out. Tehran looked like an apocalyptic horror show.


A Glimpse Of How We'll Use Our Land In 2051

It’s the year 2051. Welcome to a view of the American landscape. Urban areas have swollen with people. Range and pasturelands have shrunk. There’s a bit more forest than there was back in 2014, a result of economic incentives driving more timber production. These are a few of the predictions of a new study on how people will use privately held U.S. lands in coming decades.


Commercial Beekeeping And The Rise Of Bee Thieves

Every year, bees all over the United States make a long, artificial migration to California by truck. Renting out bees to pollinate almond trees has become a big business with the explosive growth in California’s almond industry. Where there is money, of course, there are thieves.


The World's Longest Conveyor Belt System Can Be Seen From Space

There isn’t much in the Western Sahara, but there is this giant conveyor belt running over 100km from a Moroccan phosphate mine to the edge of the ocean. Look closely — this could be the future of our global food supply.