Water & Irrigation

Results show almonds treated with Acadian biostimulants with improved Stem Water Potential in both stressed and non-stressed situations. (Image source: Acadian Plant Health)

Acadian Plan Health through its multi-year California almond water study, today, released expanded results demonstrating how biostimulant technologies can help growers reduce water use while maintaining yield

As chronic water shortages loom over the world, water reduction programmes are working to lower the local almond industry's water use by 20% from 2020-2025. Starting in 2026, California is looking to significantly reduce its water use, thus making biostimulant technologies all the more relevant for almond growers.

Starting from 2021, chosen almond trees were subjected to Acadian Organic treatments, following which weekly assessments of midday stem water potential were performed. Results from these assessments showed a consistent improvement in stem water potential and kernal weight in regular and deficit irrigation situations. 

According to director of Research and Development at Acadian Plant Health, Holly Little, the results were found to be promising. She highlighted that besides lowering stem water potential, these biostimulants can also lower the frequency or volume of irrigation required for the growth of healthy almond trees, while at the same time protecting yields. 

"As environmental and regulatory water restrictions challenge global agriculture, adopting multidisciplinary and holistic water management will be key to sustaining future orchard systems," said UC Davis Cooperative Extension Orchard Systems specialist Dr Guilia Marino. "These preliminary results suggest Acadian Plant Health's biostimulant technology has a positive effect on almond tree water status under experimental conditions and may reduce tree stress. Additional research will help determine the product's impact on orchard productivity, as well as tree physiology and productivity."

The partnership was officially launched at a dialogue hosted by the SIF, the World Economic Forum and the Global Commission on the Economics of Water (GCEW). (Image source: SIF)

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF), in collaboration with the World Economic Forum on 21 June, launched the first ever multi-stakeholder platform to address the critical challenges of climate change

The Southeast Asia Partnership for Adaptation through Water (SEAPAW), which primarily focuses on strengthening water resilience as an approach to climate change adaptation, is the first such platform in the region. The partnership focuses on galvanising action among stakeholders in support of a shared vision, fostering cross-border projects, and accelerating adaptation financing through public-private-philanthropic models

Besides growing the community and identifying projects in key areas of interest, SEAPAW will also report on the region’s progress in water-related resilience goals and climate adaptation, which will help identify areas of need for further action.

The partnership was officially launched at a dialogue hosted by the SIF, the World Economic Forum and the Global Commission on the Economics of Water (GCEW) and was held alongside the Singapore Water Week 2024. The President of the Republic of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, was the Guest of Honour at the event. He highlighted the region’s growing vulnerability to water scarcity and the impacts of climate change, while also emphasising on the need to manage demand for more efficient and sustainable water use in every sector in Southeast Asia. 

Moreover, professor Khoo Teng Chye, who is currently the director of NUS Cities and a practice professor with the College of Design and Engineering at the National University of Singapore was announced as the chairperson of SEAPAW during the launch. 

“The water crisis is deeply intertwined with climate change; and countries need to work together to resolve it. SEAPAW serves as a crucial foundation to mobilise stakeholders and leverage innovative policies to scale up water investments, access, resilience, and sustainability," Teng Chye said. "As Chairperson of this pioneer platform in the region, I am committed to steer the discourse, and foster collaborations for a fair, inclusive, and climate resilient future.”

ARA continues to prove itself in versatility and efficiency. (Image source: Ecorobotix)

As the 2024 season approaches, ARA sprayers have already embarked on their inaugural missions, signaling the commencement of another year filled with promise and productivity

By utilising ARA's capabilities, farmers around the world are able to meet their evolving crop management needs. Applications of ARAs are varied and depend on the agricultural areas they are used on. For example, while ARA on the one hand, is seen in meadows and pastures in the Alpine region, it is on the other hand, used to control weeds in sugar beets and onions in Germany. The adaptability of ARA extends to crops such as lettuce, spinach, corn, chicory and much more. In addition, ARA offers green-on-green and green-on-brown capabilities to ensure effective weed control in fallow fields for optimal crop growth.

Thanks to Ecorobotix's state-of-the-art Plant-by-Plant AI software and advanced spraying capabilities, ARA is revolutionising agricultural practices and transcending geographical boundaries, with farmers eagerly embracing the technology. The practical significance of ARA ranges from precise herbicide application to targeted treatments of fungicides, insecticides, and fertilisers.

This year, Ecorobotix is gearing up to participate in the following upcoming events:

  • The Summer Convention of the National Onion Association, taking place from 25-29 June in Anchorage, Alaska
  • The Organic Produce Summit, taking place from 10-11 July in Monterey, California
  • FIRA USA 2024, taking place from 22-24 October in Woodland, Sacramento, California

For more information, visit: ecorobotix.com 

Atsushi Ueno believes the project will improve intake facilities, irrigation and drainage canals. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The Japanese Government will provide up to US$18.2mn for the restoration and improvement of irrigation and drainage facilities in Kandal, Kampong Speu and Takeo provinces

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