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2008-12-03 12:20:15

New research reported in Agronomy Journal shows cover crops and composting can offset carbon loss from corn stover ethanol production. As the United States continues to develop alternative energy methods and push towards energy independence, cellulosic-based ethanol has emerged as one of the most commercially viable technologies. Corn stover remains the most popular source available, but the loss of soil organic carbon (SOC) associated with the removal of corn fodder as a cellulosic...

2008-09-21 03:00:18

By Hawkins, Gary L Gaskin, Julia; Risse, L Mark The drought in the southeastern United States over the past two years has made national news. In some areas of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, surface and ground water sources are still stressed, and farmers are being asked to cut their usage of irrigation water. One approach to conserving water is conservation tillage systems. Conservation tillage systems plant the summer cash crop directly into a killed winter cover crop with minimal or no...

2008-09-19 03:00:25

Brian Gandy gets rid of weeds the old-fashioned way. "We pull them," he said, strolling between tomato vines at one of the area's most unusual gardens. As manager of Blue Clay Farm at the Hammond's Ferry community, Gandy's mission is to develop one of the region's first organic farms. Chemical weed killers, he said, are strictly off limits - as are the array of pesticides used on conventional farms. "We do use bag fertilizer, but it would come from chickens - or dairy products,"...

2008-08-26 12:01:04

Standard Process Inc.(R) recently hosted the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council's (WOAC) first field tour. WOAC brings together a diverse, forward-thinking group of organic farmers, businesses, consumers and government agency representatives to provide leadership and vision for the future of Wisconsin's organic agriculture. The group advises the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and other agencies on issues that will further the...

2008-08-19 03:00:25

By Groff, Steve Soil quality and soil health have been a keen interest of mine, especially during the past decade that we have been researching the soils here at Cedar Meadow Farm. Penn State University, University of Maryland, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have all been testing various soil parameters on our farm. To achieve all three of our objectives-higher profits, enhanced soil quality, and less dependence on pesticides-we depend on no-till, cover crops, and crop...

2008-08-19 03:00:25

By Anderson-Wilk, Mark Cover crops can provide a multitude of environmental benefits, including reducing soil erosion, minimizing nitrogen leaching, and increasing soil carbon storage (Deigado et al. 2007; Singer et al. 2007; Hargrove 1991). Cover crops also have the potential to suppress weeds, control pests, and create new sources of income for farmers (Clark 2007). However, cover cropping is not widely practiced (Singer et al. 2007). So why aren't more farmers using cover crops? The key...

2008-07-04 03:00:20

By Rob Pavey NORTH AUGUSTA - Brian Gandy gets rid of weeds the old-fashioned way. "We pull them," he said, strolling between tomato vines at one of the area's most unusual gardens. As manager of Blue Clay Farm at the Hammond's Ferry community, Mr. Gandy's mission is to develop one of the region's first organic farms. Chemical weed killers, he said, are strictly off limits - as are the array of pesticides used on conventional farms. "We do use bag fertilizer, but it would come...

2008-07-04 03:00:14

By Michael Mills, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 4--Question: What you would suggest to keep the weeds/grass out of my asparagus bed? We have had the bed for a few years and would prefer something other than constant weeding. - Helen File Answer: What's the main difference between asparagus and such crops as spinach, green beans, okra, corn and watermelons? Asparagus is a perennial, and the others are annuals. Those with ornamental gardens may be thinking, "Yeah, so what's the point?"...

2008-07-01 03:00:20

By LAWRENCE LATANE III The new federal farm bill promises a bumper crop of subsidies for farmers in Virginia and five other states to keep water pollution out of the Chesapeake Bay. The legislation contains $188 million in new conservation spending specifically targeted to the region on top of enhancements to existing programs to stop soil erosion, contain animal manure, and reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, among other goals. "That's pretty darn good," said Jack E. Frye, director...

2008-06-28 12:02:22

By Lawrence Latane Iii, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jun. 28--The new federal farm bill promises a bumper crop of subsidies for farmers in Virginia and five other states to keep water pollution out of the Chesapeake Bay. The legislation contains $188 million in new conservation spending specifically targeted to the region on top of enhancements to existing programs to stop soil erosion, contain animal manure, and reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, among other goals. "That's pretty...


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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