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2014-01-14 23:21:08

National Wildlife Federation’s Trees for Wildlife program helps communities and young people learn about the importance of trees for communities and wildlife. Reston, VA (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is currently accepting applications for youth leaders and organizations wishing to hold a sapling tree planting event this Spring as part of NWF’s Trees for Wildlife program. The program aims to educate and prepare a generation of conservation stewards,...

Novel Attract-and-kill Approach Developed To Target Argentine Ants
2014-01-06 13:15:08

University of California - Riverside UC Riverside entomologists devise a technique that involves mixing a synthetic pheromone in insecticide sprays After being inadvertently introduced in the United States from South America, Argentine ants have successfully invaded urban, agricultural, and natural settings nationwide. In urban California, the Argentine ant is among the primary pest ants. For example, this particular species of ants makes up 85 percent of ants sampled by commercial pest...

2013-12-12 23:03:30

Authors of an article featured in the current issue of Weed Technology collected waterhemp seed samples across Missouri to identify factors leading to glyphosate resistance. Over two-thirds of the weed sampled from soybean fields were shown to be resistant to the herbicide. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) December 12, 2013 Weed Technology –Waterhemp is one of the most common weed species found in Midwest field crops. A member of the pigweed (Amaranth) family, this summer annual is capable of...

Researchers Determine How Much Water Is Enough Where Water Is Limited
2013-12-12 17:05:01

[ Watch The Video: Surface Renewal: An Advanced Micrometeorological Method ] The Journal of Visualized Experiments Today, December 12, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, has published an environmental research technique that could turn the age-old task of watering crops into an exact science. A collaboration of scientists from the US Department of Agriculture and the University of California Davis, among others, has introduced a precision instrument that can determine...

2013-12-04 16:26:27

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CropLife Foundation is releasing a new report, "The Role of Seed Treatment in Modern U.S. Crop Production," containing extensive information on the benefits of seed treatment for growers, consumers and the environment. Crop protection products such as fungicides and insecticides applied as seed treatments are highly effective in protecting against damage from diseases and pests. They also represent an incredibly precise application method,...

2013-12-03 13:39:36

New research from New Zealand will help to breed new onions tailored to grow in specific conditions. Onions, the third largest vegetable crop in the world, form a bulb in response to lengthening days, however the molecular mechanisms controlling this response were not previously known. Research undertaken by Plant & Food Research and the University of Otago has identified the gene controlling bulb development, the first step in discovering genetic markers that can be used as tools to...

2013-12-03 04:24:10

Groundbreaking Collaboration of International Organizations Aims to Leverage Genomes of 100 African Orphan Crops To Improve Nutrition NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) today opened the African Plant Breeding Academy to help improve the livelihoods of Africa's smallholder farmers and their families, reduce hunger and boost Africa's food supply. AOCC's goal is to use the latest scientific equipment and techniques to genetically...

2013-11-15 23:03:54

A study featured in Weed Science presents results of field experiments looking at post-dispersal seed loss of five of the most problematic weeds. The authors saw a natural reduction in the percentage of active seedbank, and suggest that practicing certain techniques could provide sustainable weed management. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) November 15, 2013 Weed Science – An important component of managing weeds in field crops is preventing the seeds released by weeds each autumn from becoming...

2013-10-30 12:26:20

WINNIPEG, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods announced today that their facility aced the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards Re-Certification. The largest hemp food manufacturer in the world to grow, make, and sell their own hemp foods, Manitoba Harvest (www.manitobaharvest.com) improved a full 'grade' from their first certification last year. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131030/TO957) "Improving our BRC Certification standing...

2013-10-21 12:27:26

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hemp, Inc. (OTC: HEMP) today announced third quarter 2013 income of $673,588, a 26% increase over the 2(nd) quarter and a 21,244% increase over the same quarter 2012. The first two quarters of 2013 showed a dramatic increase over 2012 as a result of the company's transition from development stage to an operating stage company. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121107/LA08133LOGO) Hemp, Inc. made the transition to operating company in...


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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