farming http://wrkf.org en High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone http://wrkf.org/post/high-ho-derry-o-farmer-and-drone There was a near-miss in the skies above Tallahassee recently. According to a Federal Aviation Administration official, an American Airlines regional jet <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/09/travel/unmanned-drone-danger/">nearly collided</a> with a "small, remotely piloted aircraft" — a drone — cruising 2,300-feet above sea level.<p>Exactly who was flying the unmanned aircraft remains unknown, but drones are becoming increasingly common in U.S. skies. Sat, 10 May 2014 14:49:00 +0000 editor 26395 at http://wrkf.org High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story http://wrkf.org/post/soil-weedkillers-and-gmos-when-numbers-dont-tell-whole-story I love numbers. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I think a good bar graph can be worth a thousand pictures.<p>But three times in the past few days, I've come across statistics in reputable-looking publications that made me stop and say, "Huh?"<p>I did some investigating so you don't have to. And indeed, the numbers don't quite tell the story that they purport to tell.<p>So here goes: My skeptical inquiry into statistics on herbicide use, soil erosion, and the production of fruits and nuts.<p>First, weedkillers (and GMOs). Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:07:00 +0000 Dan Charles 21788 at http://wrkf.org Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data? http://wrkf.org/post/should-farmers-give-john-deere-and-monsanto-their-data Starting this year, farmers across the Midwest can sign up for a service that lets big agribusiness collect data from their farms, minute by minute, as they plant and harvest their crops.<p><a href="http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/fieldscripts.aspx">Monsanto</a> and <a href="http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_INT/regional_home.page">John Deere</a> are offering competing versions of this service. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Dan Charles 21581 at http://wrkf.org Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?