Small Scale Farming: Simple, Successful, Sustainable


Small Scale Farming: Simple, Successful, Sustainable

Sugeno-san is a philosopher. His love affair with the land is poetry. “These trees are planted by our ancestors. These ‘tambos’ — the orderly descending terraces of rice paddy fields — are blessings from our communal mountains and forests. We smallholder farmers are the guardians of this Earth. It is our ancestral connection with their spirits. We pay our respects by respecting the land.” I realise that this deep and profound link between our planet and our humanity is being shattered by our human greed and ever-rising consumption.  Read more…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Product Review: Remotely accessible irrigation management tool from Koubachi


Cool!! Remotely accessible sensor for managing irrigation and other stuff.   The device is sold by a Switzerland-based company called Koubachi.  Too expensive for house plants but could be great for agricultural applications.  http://allthingsd.com/20130613/high-tech-help-for-the-green-thumb-challenged/.

The review focuses on the remote (mobile) accessibility of the device, which is amazing, but doesn’t talk at all about how accurate the internal sensors are.  If anyone has this information please leave a comment.  I also will try to check on this.

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Good News!! GOES-13 is back online. Solar Radiation Data is Available For Downloading


Good News!!  GOES-13 is back online.  Solar Radiation Can be downloaded by clicking HERE

The GOES-13 satellite was offline from September 25 through October 19, 2012.  During this time, solar radiation data for PR and the northern Caribbean Region were not available.  However, the water and energy balance algorithm (GOES-PRWEB) continued to function with estimated solar radiation data.  GOES-PRWEB results for solar radiation and 24 other hydro-climate variables are available at

https://pragwater.com/goes-puerto-rico-water-and-energy-balance-goes-web-algorithm/

 

Replacement Weather Satellite for GOES East


Replacement Weather Satellite for GOES East

This is bad news for the Caribbean Region.  And this is very bad news for those of you that regularly download solar radiation data from pragwater.com or rely on results from GOES-PRWEB.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed Monday that GOES-13 has been placed in stand-by mode, following increased vibrations, or “noise,” observed in imagery over the past couple of days.  For more information visit http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/key-us-weather-satellite-goes/78844

This post has implications on data from the following pragwater web pages:
https://pragwater.com/solar-radiation-data-for-pr-dr-and-haiti/
https://pragwater.com/goes-puerto-rico-water-and-energy-balance-goes-web-algorithm/

This composite satellite image from Sunday shows a lack of data from GOES-13 over the east coast of the U.S. (CIMSS Satellite Blog)