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2011-11-30 14:56:23

Planting tall fescue grass as a ground cover in peach orchards helps protect peach trees from nematodes that attack tree roots, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. In a study published in the Journal of Nematology in 2010, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologists Andy Nyczepir at the Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron, Ga., and Susan Meyer at the Nematology Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., tested several tall fescue varieties...

2011-09-13 22:47:07

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) soil scientist in Colorado is helping farmers grow crops with less nitrogen-based fertilizer. The fertilizers are a major reason why agriculture is a significant source of both greenhouse gas emissions and pollution in estuaries like the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay. If growers apply too little fertilizer, it reduces crop yields. But if they apply too much, the excess can be released into the atmosphere as nitrous oxide or leach into...

2011-07-25 23:46:55

Soil quality, water quality, and possibly even farm profits will all benefit by using a perennial cover crop on corn fields that allows for similar yields to traditional farming methods, according to Iowa State University research. Using standard agronomic practices and managing a perennial cover crop between rows of corn can keep soil, nutrients and carbon in the fields, a three-year study says. Plus, farmers will still be able to yield 200 bushels per acre, the study showed. For the study,...

2011-07-11 10:02:00

Site Visits with Farmers Beginning this Month HARRISBURG, Pa., July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the award of more than $2.6 million in grant awards to 36 conservation districts within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. These funds, which will support 50 staff positions that provide technical assistance with implementing agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), will also allow conservation district staff to begin a...

2011-05-06 14:23:48

Model points to intensive agriculture, sewage effluent as main sources, not manure, over-fertilization In their eagerness to cut nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico, people have often sought simple explanations for the problem: too many large animal operations, for instance, or farmers who apply too much fertilizer, which then flows into waterways. But according to new modeling research that examined phosphorus loading from all 1768 counties in the...

2011-02-22 21:52:48

Study attempts to establish cost-effective approaches when reducing tillage in transitional and organic hay and forage production As the organic food trend continues to grow; more farmers are converting from conventional agriculture to organic production. One of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. is the production of organic milk. The growth of this industry has prompted many farmers to transition their land to organic feed grain production. With transition on the rise, it is necessary...

2011-02-16 11:00:00

OSCEOLA, IA, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ - Nearly one year to the day since the official launch of the RTS XT, Salford Farm Machinery Ltd. is once again proving to be driven by innovation and design with the release of the RTS Heavy Duty at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY. Building on the highly successful Residue Tillage Specialist (RTS) Salford is launching the RTS Heavy Duty, adding a whole new dimension to their series of vertical tillage tools. "We always knew...

2011-02-09 00:01:21

Nearly two dozen innovators in the field of weed science were honored during the society's annual meeting, including three who received prestigious Fellow awards. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) February 8, 2011 This week during its 51st annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, the Weed Science Society of America(WSSA) honored nearly two dozen individuals from academia, government and private industry for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. "These are true innovators who are...

2010-11-17 22:11:35

Study examines estrogen concentrations in manure runoff There is considerable amount of uncertainty concerning the environmental impacts that animal hormones have on surface water. Higher concentrations of hormones in waterways have been found to cause physiological and sexual impairment in fish and other aquatic species. However, a study from the University of Delaware that examined estrogen concentrations runoff from agricultural fields fertilized with chicken manure found that it is as...

2010-10-19 07:37:16

Weeds are the most critical problem facing today's organic growers. But a number of innovative research projects are underway to improve tried and true weed control strategies and to explore new alternatives that can benefit organic crops. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) October 19, 2010 What is the most critical problem facing today's organic grower? The USDA's Invasive Weed Management Unit says the answer is weeds. They rob fields of moisture, compete with crops for nutrients, reduce yields and...


Latest Cover crop Reference Libraries

Cover Crop
2013-03-15 11:18:24

Image Caption: Painter of the burial chamber of Sennedjem. A Plowing Farmer. Credit: Yorck Project/Wikipedia Cover crops are crops that are planted to improve the quality of the soil, also known as green manure. Cover crops add fertility to the soil, control weeds and pests as well as control diseases that can be otherwise found in untreated soil. Cover crops increases the organic matter levels in the soil which only enhances the structure of the soil as well as increase the capacity for...

Manure
2013-03-03 08:35:14

Image Caption: A field in Randers, Denmark. A pile of manure is in the foreground. Credit: Malene Thyssen/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5) Manure is organic matter that comes from farmyard animal waste as well as from crop cover. Manure from cows, pigs, horses, chickens, rabbits, etc. is broken down into organic matter and used as organic fertilizer. “Green” manure is derived from planting a cover crop, such as clover, to be plowed directly back into the soil. Bacteria traps nitrogen and other...

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Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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