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2012-07-11 02:22:11

FRESNO, Calif., July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PureSense Environmental Inc. is strengthening its presence in the agriculture-rich Southern California and Mexican markets by bringing its industry-leading irrigation intelligence solutions, services and exceptional support to water-conscious agricultural customers across the Southland and Mexico. Joseph Esquivel, long-time chairman and CEO of Capital Farms, has joined PureSense as Territory Manager for the region. PureSense is widely known for...

2012-07-10 02:22:29

FIVE POINTS, Calif., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW), a leader in the development of non-dormant alfalfa seed varieties, today announced it is sponsoring a continuing education course (CEU) in association with Western Farm Press titled "Alfalfa Pest Management/Selecting the Right Variety." The course is the first of its kind devoted exclusively to alfalfa production in the Western U.S. and focuses on choosing the correct variety based on a number...

2012-06-28 20:30:44

Boston College chemists use nanowires to power photosynthesis Harnessing the power of the sun has inspired scientists and engineers to look for ways to turn sunlight into clean energy to heat houses, fuel factories and power devices. While a majority of this research focuses on energy production, some researchers are looking at the potential uses of these novel solar technologies in other areas. Boston College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang's work with silicon nanowires...

2012-06-28 02:28:15

NEWTOWN, CT, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In an independent test, Moringa oleifera scored the highest in antioxidant content of any food yet discovered. Beating the record-holding acai berry by over a 50% margin, Moringa Source Moringa oleifera leaf powder measured over 157,000 umoles using the Oxidant Radicals Absorbent Capacity (ORAC) system of measurement developed by the National Institute of Health's National Institute for Aging. (Photo:...

2012-06-21 23:01:21

ScienceAlerts.com is a new social network featuring the latest information in the basic and applied sciences of biology, agriculture, environment, forestry, geography and health. The members of this new website monitor 4,600 journals publishing in these fields and alert visitors in real-time through topic-specific site content and RSS feeds. The latest addition to this natural sciences website is the Agricultural Sciences Category with nearly 89,000 articles selected from almost 220...

2012-06-20 14:21:27

FRESNO, Calif., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PureSense Environmental Inc., the leader in real-time irrigation-management solutions, has added David Jamison to its team as a senior agronomist. Jamison brings more than two decades of experience in agricultural production and hands-on ag-software development -- including leading edge work in irrigation scheduling and technology-based resource allocation -- to his new position at PureSense. He will be focused on ensuring that the company's...

2012-06-15 02:22:40

ROBESONIA, Pa., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cover Crop Solutions, LLC, announces that its flagship cover crop, Tillage Radish®, officially known as Variety CCS-779, has been awarded U.S. Plant Variety Protection #201200292. Tillage Radish® is now under the U.S. Plant Variety Protection pending statute, and unauthorized propagation is strictly prohibited. This distinction indicates that Tillage Radish® is a unique variety. (Photo:...

2012-06-14 10:20:50

FRESNO, Calif., June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- One month after installing PureSense to manage irrigation for 80 acres of stone fruit trees, Giumarra Reedley, a division of the Giumarra Companies, is seeing promising results. Since PureSense's Field Monitoring Stations were installed, the orchard's root zone is already at least 12 inches deeper and trees are showing 8 to 14 inches of unexpected new growth. "In past growing seasons, we have not achieved the crop yields that we know we can....

2012-06-14 06:21:26

ARDEN HILLS, Minn., June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With almost 1 billion people suffering from chronic hunger and more than 3.5 million children dying from under-nutrition each year, agricultural and food companies must deliver the needed innovations to sustainability produce more food with fewer resources in order to feed a growing global population. That was a message delivered by Land O'Lakes President and CEO Chris Policinski today during the "Future of Food -- Food Security for the...

2012-06-13 14:59:07

Researchers have identified the set of tools an infectious microbe uses to persuade a plant to open the windows and let the bug and all of its friends inside. The microbe is Pseudomonas syringae, a successful bacterial pathogen that produces characteristic brown spots in more than 50 different species of plant. The signal it uses is a molecule called coronatine, which to the plant looks just like its own jasmonic acid, a signal that is part of the plant's immune system. The pathogen...


Latest Agronomy Reference Libraries

Cash crop
2013-08-05 12:49:51

Cash crop is a term used to reference a profitable crop for farmers. Plants like cotton and tobacco are a few cash crops farmer tend to deal with. These crops do not stay with the farmer for their livestock feed or used in the home, rather, in many cases they are exported; thus creating revenue for the farmer. The price of cash crops is largely based on supply and demand in more developed countries, where the supply is actually coming from lesser developed areas. When a bumper crop, that...

Intercropping
2013-07-31 15:20:47

Intercropping is growing crops of multiple products in a specific area. Using the property for more than one crop serves dual purposes such as adding structural support along with providing needed nutrients as well as weed and pest control. Careful consideration and control is required when intercropping. Considerations such as soil content, the amount of water needed for each crop and the amount of sunlight needed for each crop. An example of intercropping are planting tall crops that...

Seed Drilling
2013-05-18 07:39:11

Seed drilling is a method used by farmers in order to have a more unified, crop-yielding season. The first known use of seed drilling was in 1500 BC by the Sumerian. At this time, they were using a single tube. Later, in the 2nd Century BC, the Chinese developed a multi-tube iron drill. This facilitated in a larger crop planting allowing them to feed their large population. The first recorded patent of a sowing machine was in 1566 by the Venetian Senate, attributing Camillo Torello. In the...

Erosion
2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity because of land degradation, sedimentation of waterways,...

Dryland Farming
2013-03-15 11:32:48

Dryland farming is farming without the aid of irrigation and only with the amount of rain fall given by Mother Nature. Dryland farming is typical in arid regions such as Southwestern United States, Mexico, the Middle East, and other regions that are known for growing grains. Dryland farming is practiced in all parts of Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory. Process Dryland farming involves the constant assessing of the amount of moisture present or lacking for any given...

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