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2014-02-08 12:20:46

BOSTON, Feb. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The new $1 trillion federal farm bill, just signed into law by President Obama, is giving Boston based Hempest.com high hopes. Within the bill is an amendment that relaxes a 75 year old restriction on growing and researching industrial hemp. With medical marijuana's historic progress over the last 2 years, government restrictions are now being eased on industrial hemp as well. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140208/ne61654...

2014-02-05 23:02:39

The Weed Science Society of America honored nearly three dozen individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science this week at the WSSA annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) February 05, 2014 This week the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) honored nearly three dozen individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during the organization’s annual meeting, held this year in...

2014-02-04 16:23:36

FRESNO, Calif., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at Fresno State's Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) have completed two years of field studies which found higher water use efficiency and crop productivity when real-time irrigation management technology was used. The kind of technology used in this research, in this case PureSense's IMField technology, can help growers produce more crop for the amount of water and energy used. (Logo:...

2014-01-24 23:24:23

The Life, Earth & Health Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com has published 1,102 new articles on vegetable growing. As a comprehensive publisher of horticultural articles, EurekaMag.com extensively covers commercial growing of vegetables for human consumption which usually requires large growing operations and established marketing channels for producing a selected range of crops. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) January 24, 2014 EurekaMag.com has newly published 1,102 references and abstracts...

Photos And Lab Analysis Needed For Leaf Study
2014-01-23 15:27:34

Brown University Automated remote photography is a convenient, labor-saving research tool for tracking leaf function and doing forest research. But does photography mirror what's actually happening on the ground? A new study finds photography accurately tracks the timing of red pigments in the fall, but the timing of green in the spring and summer — not so much. Every picture tells a story, but the story digital photos tell about how forests respond to climate change could be...

2014-01-23 08:32:13

NEW YORK, January 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BreedIT Corp (OTC: BRDT; "BreedIT" or the "Company"), through its Israeli subsidiary, BreedIT Ltd., the exclusive worldwide license holder and distributor of highly sophisticated agro-breeding solutions software for plant breeders and researchers, today issued a letter to shareholders commenting on progress made in 2013 and its business plan for 2014 and beyond. The year ended December 31, 2013 was a significant year of change...

2014-01-19 23:03:14

Blue Fire Media of Kalamazoo rebuilds Koviack website with cleaner look, responsive design. Three Rivers, MI (PRWEB) January 19, 2014 A major distributor of farm irrigation systems in Michigan released its new website in mid-January, designed by a Kalamazoo area web developer. Terry Koviack, president of Koviack Irrigation and Farm Services, recognized the company website needed a major overhaul. They turned to Blue Fire Media of Kalamazoo to redesign koviackirrigation.com to reflect the...

2014-01-16 04:21:06

The results of a case study of optimized irrigation scheduling based on FIGARO's innovative algorithms which have resulted in significant water savings will be presented at the upcoming partners' meeting in Valencia, Spain VALENCIA, Spain, January 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FIGARO [http://www.figaro-irrigation.net/home/en ], an EU-funded international project focused on developing new precision technologies to improve irrigation management for the purpose of increasing water...

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...


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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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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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