A weeder pulled behind a tractor works over a field of organic romaine in Soledad. The machine uses a camera to guide the wheels around the crop, while disks and knives remove weeds from around and between the lettuce. Such technology is catching on among farmers who, faced with employee shortages, are looking for ways to do more work with fewer hands.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
Parker Jones looks over a touchscreen, which reflects data from an automated weeder hitched to a tractor.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
Technology offers options to farmers
(Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part Ag Alert® series on deployment of agricultural technology.) Read more...

Exporters assess potential impact of Chinese action
After China announced it has suspended purchases of U.S. farm products, California agricultural exporters say they are just beginning to evaluate how the latest escalation of the U.S.-China trade war will affect movement of agricultural exports. Read more...

Commentary: Regional discussions reinforce national priorities
Over the past few months, I've had the privilege of meeting with nearly all state Farm Bureau presidents and their top staff. I have come away from these meetings even more impressed by how Farm Bureau's elected and staff leaders are devoted to keeping agriculture strong. Read more...

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