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The importance of winter cover for weed control was one of the topics discussed in the second module of the training in the winter grain production chain - Embrapa agreement and OCB System, held from April 23 to 25 at Embrapa Wheat in Passo Fundo, RS.


The scarce presence of trees that characterizes extensive livestock production, brings problems such as the degradation of soil and water resources, increased temperatures, low quality and availability of forage, which results in low productivity and sustainability of production.


The distribution of weeds is not homogeneous in rice fields: it usually appears in the form of patches, which suggests that pesticide applications is inefficient, since the application of herbicides in this type of crop is done uniformly, to full coverage. This brings with it consequences related to increases in production costs and the possible deterioration of the environment.


In a major breakthrough, scientists from 21 research institutes globally, have successfully completed sequencing of 429 chickpea lines from 45 countries to identify genes for tolerance to drought and heat. The efforts equipped the team with key insights into the crop’s genetic diversity, domestication and agronomic traits.

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As climate change makes farming far tougher and more young people reject it as a career, technological innovations to make the work more secure and appealing can help, agricultural specialists told the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford this week.


The lack of skilled labor when harvesting fruit has become a recurring theme in the fruit and vegetable industry.