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2012-04-16 10:24:28

OTTAWA, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - CropLife Canada has strengthened its chemistry capacity with the addition of Dr. Maria Trainer as managing director of regulatory affairs. "Maria will be of great service to our member companies and the plant science industry as a whole," says Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada. "The ever-changing regulatory environment of the manufacturers, developers and distributors of pest control products will require key strategic and technical...

2012-04-12 13:20:52

Crop yield can be improved by ensuring adequate nutrient availability. But how should you place the fertilizer and what cropping system gives the best yields? Research conducted by University of Illinois assistant professor of crop sciences Fabián Fernández, professor of crop sciences Emerson Nafziger, and graduate student Bhupinder Farmaha looked at how tillage, and phosphorus and potassium placement and rates, affected the distribution of soybean roots and the...

2012-04-12 13:15:29

Band fertilizer placement may cause non-uniform distribution in the soil. Why does this matter? Because when fertilizer is unevenly distributed, it may not be possible to use traditional sampling strategies to measure whole-field fertility, said assistant professor of crop sciences Fabián Fernández. No recent published studies have looked at this problem. Fernández has conducted research to determine potassium and phosphorous distribution in...

2012-04-04 20:26:42

Researchers, including plant researchers from the University of Copenhagen, have developed a new type of the corn-like crop sorghum, which may become very significant for food supplies in drought-prone areas. Unlike the conventional drought-resistant sorghum plant, which is an important crop in e.g. Africa, China and the USA, this new type does not form toxic cyanide when exposed to long-term drought. Consequently, farmers in drought areas will no longer need to discard their sorghum crops in...

2012-03-26 10:21:12

NEW CASTLE, Del., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued Section 18 permits to market Avipel® for the 2012 planting season in the following states: Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. The state of Pennsylvania has been granted a Section 24c allowance. Permits are pending for several other states. This action frees farmers, allowing them to protect their crops from damage by hungry birds. All seven states...

2012-03-26 02:21:14

SHOUGUANG, China, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China New Borun Corporation (NYSE: BORN; "Borun" or the "Company"), a leading producer and distributor of corn-based edible alcohol in China, today announced that it has completed the pre-purchase of sufficient corn at locked-in prices to cover its production requirements during the coming non-harvest season. During the recent harvest season, the Company reserved sufficient corn to be used for later production in the...

High-resolution Genetic Map Of Energy Crop Produced
2012-03-19 12:36:38

Welsh and American researchers have completed the first, most comprehensive high-resolution genetic map of the energy crop miscanthus. The researchers collaborated to create this image and published the results in the current edition of the online journal PLoS One. Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. from Thousand Oaks, California worked hand-in-hand with the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University in Wales. As the IBERS team collected a...

2012-03-15 12:34:04

As acreage of row crops managed with conservation tillage increases, more growers are encountering slugs, elevating their importance as crop pests. Slugs can eat virtually all crops, and they are challenging to control because of the limited number of management tactics that are available. In "Slug (Mollusca: Agriolimacidae, Arionidae) Ecology and Management in No-Till Field Crops, With an Emphasis on the mid-Atlantic Region," a free, open-access article appearing in the Journal of...

2012-03-15 06:00:00

SAN ANTONIO, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cross Border Resources, Inc. (OTCQX: XBOR) ("Cross Border" or "the Company") today provided an operations update on its Permian Basin interests in New Mexico and West Texas. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110523/AQ07208LOGO) 2nd Bone Spring Drilling Activity, Eddy and Lea Counties, NM Production rates for the Cimarex SE Lusk 33 #3H were approximately 855 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("boepd") after more than 40 days of...

2012-03-13 22:54:56

China's groundwater irrigation system is responsible for polluting the atmosphere with more than 30 million tonnes of CO2 per year -- according to research from the University of East Anglia China's groundwater irrigation system is responsible for polluting the atmosphere with more than 30 million tonnes of CO2 per year — according to research from the University of East Anglia. Groundwater used for crop irrigation in China has grown from 10 billion cubic metres in 1950 to more...


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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