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2013-07-08 10:33:18

With fewer than a dozen flowering plants out of 300,000 species accounting for 80 percent of humanity's caloric intake, people need to tap unused plants to feed the world in the near future, claims Cornell University plant geneticist Susan McCouch in the Comment feature of the July 4 issue of Nature. To keep pace with population growth and rising incomes around the world, researchers estimate that food availability must double in the next 25 years. The biodiversity stored in plant gene...

2013-07-01 23:23:41

Wonder Soil donated its Patented Wonder Soil Seeding Mix for a comparative study at Floyd Lamb Park, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) June 30, 2013 The City of Las Vegas has stepped to the plate and is Greening the Desert for hosts of Eco Conscious stars & athletes like Tiger Woods, Andre Agassi and Bono. Mayor Goodman in her continued effort for positive change with commitment to the community, conducted a dramatic comparative study to find the most water efficient seeding...

2013-06-27 23:24:27

Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® Interview with Soil, Water and Garden Researcher Winston Kao. Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) June 27, 2013 “Water your lawn at night,” says agricultural researcher Winston Kao in a recent interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show. The recommendation, Kao realizes, goes against nearly all available information about lawn and grass care. Kao has discovered that night lawn watering enables grass to utilize water far more...

2013-06-27 23:20:57

Beginning on July 1st, 2013, Professional Irrigation Systems will be offering Irrigation System customers a $49 discounted mid-summer service appointment. St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) June 27, 2013 Beginning on July 1st, 2013, Professional Irrigation Systems will be offering St. Louis irrigation system customers a $49 discounted mid-summer service appointment. The mid-season tune-up will include an hour of service by a Professional Irrigation Systems professional confirming that your system is...

2013-06-27 23:16:16

A one-of-its kind sustainable site in Middle Georgia. Ft. Valley, GA (PRWEB) June 27, 2013 Super-Sod's new office for Middle Georgia is a handsome dark gray building, but the building is really “green” in philosophy and practice. Super-Sod vice president Ben Copeland, Jr. decided to move ahead with the new office and surrounding gardens after a visit to Israel to study water use with a Georgia Department of Agriculture trade mission. There he learned that, with a combination of...

Why Have Some Mountain Ranges Exceeded Their Expected Lifespan?
2013-06-27 19:07:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New details published in the journal Nature reveals reasons behind why some mountain ranges exceed their expected lifespan. Interactions between landslides and erosion has helped scientists understand the reasons behind the lifespan of some of the world's iconic mountains. Researchers say this study answers questions as to why there was fast erosion in active mountain ranges in the Himalayas and slow erosion in others like the Great...


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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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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.