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2009-02-27 09:18:46

In 1999, more than 30 million acres of agricultural land worldwide were covered with plastic mulch, and those numbers have been increasing significantly since then. With the recent trend toward "going green", researchers are seeking environmentally friendlier alternatives to conventional plastic mulch. Plastic mulch can provide earlier crop maturity, higher yields, increased quality, improved disease and insect resistance, and more efficient water and fertilizer use, but carries a high cost...

2009-01-30 13:25:00

New On-Farm Constructions, Expansions Required to Develop Odor Management Plan HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New regulations to manage odors from newly constructed animal barns and certain other agricultural operations will help minimize the potential for conflicts between neighbors, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today. "With increasing development and urban sprawl, Pennsylvanians are moving closer and closer to their farming neighbors," said Wolff. "These...

2008-12-29 16:23:43

Organic plant waste has proven to be an effective weed control for citrus trees, Egyptian researchers reported Monday. Researchers from the National Research Center in Giza, Egypt, studied the effects of plant mulches compared to synthetic mulch and other weed control methods on the quality of mandarin fruit, the American Society for Horticultural Science reported Monday in a news release. Dr. H.F. Abouziena, the project's lead researcher, said rice straw and cattail weeds create plant waste...

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2008-12-29 11:12:03

Pumpkin size, quality improved using municipal leaf mulch Americans love pumpkins. The growing popularity of rural fall festivals, grade school farm tours, and "u-pick" pumpkin farms has resulted in an increase in consumer demand for pumpkins throughout the country. A critical challenge for pumpkin farmers promoting entertainment agriculture, or "agritourism", is maintaining fields that are weed-free, attractive, and safe for consumers. To keep up with the increasing popularity of...

2008-10-30 15:00:28

Converted Organics Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN) announced today that a video capturing one of the first deliveries of solid food waste to the Company's flagship Woodbridge, New Jersey manufacturing facility is available for viewing on its website, www.convertedorganics.com. The video can be accessed by clicking on the button titled "View Solid Waste Delivery Video" on the left side of the home page. "The receipt of solid food waste at the Woodbridge manufacturing facility marks a new phase of...

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2008-10-30 10:08:32

Current models of global climate change predict warmer temperatures will increase the rate that bacteria and other microbes decompose soil organic matter, a scenario that pumps even more heat-trapping carbon into the atmosphere. But a new study led by a University of Georgia researcher shows that while the rate of decomposition increases for a brief period in response to warmer temperatures, elevated levels of decomposition don't persist. "There is about two and a half times more carbon in...

2008-10-12 00:00:19

By Karen Youso Question: I burned olive oil on the bottom of a stainless-steel pan. I have tried cleaning it by heating baking soda and water, dishwasher detergent and water, and tomato sauce in the pan. The burned area is better, but there is more to be removed. What can I do? Answer: You can try rubbing the stain with a paste of baking soda mixed with liquid dish soap. Rub in circular motions. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry. If that doesn't work, try a stainless steel...

2008-10-11 18:00:15

IT'S all aboard as an ambitious drive to get Wales' capital city leading the way to a greener future is launched. Children from primary schools across Cardiff got the chance to climb into a refuse lorry that will be collecting food waste for composting from Monday. The pupils packed City Hall yesterday to see how Cardiff council hopes to increase the city's combined recycling and composting rate by up to 10%. Cardiff is the first city authority in the UK to deliver a food waste...

2008-10-10 18:00:17

IF YOU haven't yet gone down the composting route, autumn is a great time to start as you gather up leaves, empty plant pots and generally tidy up the garden. Many local authorities now provide compost bins to encourage householders to recycle, so it's worth giving your own council a ring to check. Alternatively, you can make a compost heap by erecting a wire- mesh cage with four corner posts, lined with cardboard or straw. Builders' pallets also make instant compost bins, set on end...

2008-10-10 00:00:19

By LARRY CAPLAN The Evansville area is dealing with a lot more yard waste than normal this month. The hurricane winds of September tore down a lot of limbs and branches. In addition, the dry weather of the last several months is causing earlier-than-normal fall leaf drop. We need to deal with this yard waste in a "green" manner. Because of the current dry spell, the Evansville Environmental Protection Agency has issued a ban on open burning in Evansville and in a band four miles beyond...


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Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Redworm, Eisenia fetida
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The redworm (Eisenia fetida), also known as the brandling worm, the tiger worm, the panfish worm, the trout worm, or the California worm, is a species of earth worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. This species is native only to Europe, but it has been introduced into every country, excluding Antarctica, for vermicomposting purposes. Unlike other species of worm, the redworm does not prefer to reside in soil. It can be found in manure, rotting vegetation, and compost. The...

Plasticulture
2013-04-01 12:21:33

The term plasticulture is in reference to the practice of utilizing plastic materials in agricultural applications. The plastic materials themselves are frequently and broadly referred to as “ag plastics.” Plasticulture ag plastics can include soil fumigation film, nursery pots and silage bags, irrigation drip tape or tubing, but the term is most frequently used to describe all kinds of plastic plant and soil coverings. Such coverings range from plastic mulch film, high and low...

Vermicompost
2013-03-20 16:04:22

Vermicompost is composting with the use of special earthworms. Red wigglers and white worms are the more common worms used, although European night crawlers can be used as well. Red wigglers can be found living in manure piles and in rotting vegetation and adapt the best in covered worm bins. Common earthworms burrow deeply and are not recommended for use in compost bins. Blue worms are commonly used in the tropics. Worms are used to decompose vegetable and food waste along with bedding...

Compost
2013-03-03 07:19:30

Image Caption: Compost barrel with compost and tools. Credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia Compost is fertilizer made from decomposed organic matter that is then tilled directly into the soil or used as an additive when transplanting seedlings. Composting can be very simplistic or complex, depending on the amount of compost needed. Compost is widely used in organic farming because of its high nutrient content and natural pesticide abilities. Composting is simply piling, systematically,...

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