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Tillage, Reduced-input Rotations Affect Runoff From Agricultural Fields
2013-06-11 13:55:55

American Society of Agronomy No-till management practices can reduce soil erosion, but evidence suggests they can also lead to increased runoff of dissolved phosphorus from soil surfaces. Meanwhile, farmers looking to avoid herbicides often have to combat weeds with tillage, which causes erosion. With all of the tradeoffs of different management systems, which one should growers use? To answer that question, researchers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service compared nutrient and...

Evolution Fights Back Bioengineered Crops
2013-06-11 09:04:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since 1996, farmers across the globe have planted more than a billion acres of genetically modified corn and cotton that have been engineered to produce insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt for short. Organic farmers used Bt proteins in sprays for decades to kill a number of devastating pests because the proteins are considered environmentally friendly and harmless to humans. Some scientists, however,...

Feeding 9 Billion In 2050
2013-06-10 13:15:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new model report in the journal Nature Climate Change helps solve the problem of world hunger once the Earth's population hits 9 billion by mid-century. Scientists unveiled an all-encompassing modeling system that integrates multiple crop simulations with improved climate change models. The model helps predict global wheat yields while reducing political and socio-economic influences that can skew data and planning effects....

British Butterfly Needs Warm Weather This Summer For Survival
2013-06-10 11:38:26

University of Exeter Butterflies are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature and new research has revealed that when summer weather turns bad the silver-spotted skipper battles for survival. The butterfly, which previously faced extinction from habitat loss, is recovering following conservation efforts but the recent cool wet summers in England have almost stalled its progress. A 27 year study by researchers at the University of Exeter in collaboration with the University of York,...

2013-06-10 11:16:23

A new open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management offers maple tree owners information about the biology, damage, and management for the most important pests of maples with an emphasis on integrated pest management tactics Many maple trees share a suite of important arthropod pests that have the potential to reduce the trees' economic and aesthetic value. Now a new open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management offers maple tree owners information...

2013-06-05 08:29:32

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Creative Edge Nutrition, Inc. (OTCQC: FITX), a nutritional supplement company focusing on active lifestyles today is excited to announce two new ground breaking products to be introduced into the Medical Marijuana Field via Hemp Nutra Tea and Hemp Nutra Coffee Additive. 10 SKU's have been formulated and produced and will be available for sale today. Hemp Nutra Tea and Hemp Nutra Coffee have 5 formulas (Hemp with Ginger (for stomach...

2013-06-04 20:21:11

FRESNO, Calif., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- California is facing a one of the worst droughts it has seen in the last 20 years. This drought has the state and its farmers worried. One company, however, is guaranteeing that it can help growers manage the drought. PureSense, a precision irrigation company, announced today that it is offering growers a money-back guarantee on its market-leading technology to optimize irrigation operations and performance. "The efficiencies that our technology...

2013-05-30 12:22:42

"Bringing It Home" Sparks Dialogue about Policy Reform, Premieres During 4th Annual Hemp History Week LOS ANGELES, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA, Hemp History Week organizers will host a special LA premiere of "Bringing It Home, a documentary film about industrial HEMP, healthy houses, and a greener future for America," to celebrate the 4th annual Hemp History Week, a nationwide public education...

2013-05-24 23:13:53

[370 Pages Report] Micro Irrigation System Market report categorizes the global market on the basis of types, applications, geography, crop type trends; forecasting revenue and analyzing trends. (PRWEB) May 24, 2013 According to the new market research report “Micro Irrigation System Market Trends and Global Forecasts (2011 - 2016)” published by MarketsandMarkets, global micro irrigation system market expected to reached over $1,290 million by the end of year 2010 and is...

2013-05-17 23:01:15

Eco1st recently helped a park overcome its irrigation water related challenges, with the implementation of a unique Irrigation Enhancer technology. "It is good to see a product that works!" said Tony Baumann. Bullhead City, AZ (PRWEB) May 17, 2013 A park once damaged by salty water gets its beauty back, thanks to an unforeseen technology. In the Summer of 2012, a relationship with Rotary Park in Bullhead City, Arizona presented Eco1st Technology Group with an opportunity to prove their...


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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