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2013-05-07 23:02:02

Gardening expert Melinda Myers provides six strategies Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) May 07, 2013 Increasing a garden´s productivity even when space, time and energy are limited is easier than you think says gardening expert Melinda Myers. Myers recommends the following planting, maintenance and harvesting techniques for effectively creating a more bountiful harvest this season. Maximize planting space with wider rows. Leave just enough room for plants to reach their maximum size. Make wide...

Crop Wild Relative Inventory Completed In For North America
2013-04-30 06:11:47

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The world of agricultural science came out with some surprising news on Monday. An international consortium of scientists and researchers funded by the Global Crop Diversity Trust of Rome, Italy, announced findings that have gone against what was long held as an agricultural truth. The US is, contrary to long held belief, a fairly robust reservoir of plant diversity, especially among globally important food crops such as the...

2013-04-29 14:16:20

Fertilizing with inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus definitely improves crop yields, but does it also improve the soil? The latest study to tackle this question has yielded mixed results. While 50 years of inorganic fertilization did increase soil organic carbon stocks in a long-term experiment in western Kansas, the practice seemingly failed to enhance soil aggregate stability–a key indicator of soil structural quality that helps dictate how water moves through soil and soil's...

2013-04-15 23:01:34

Glassman encourages everyone to think fiber five times per day to effectively boost fiber intake Easton, MD (PRWEB) April 15, 2013 Konsyl Fiber, the top doctor recommended all-natural psyllium fiber supplement, has joined nutrition expert Keri Glassman, RD, to help educate people on the importance of fiber and its numerous health benefits. Fiber is important for overall health and wellness, can help lower blood cholesterol and prevent cardiac disease, as well as manage blood sugar levels...

Pyramid Strategy For Biotech Crops Not A Silver Bullet
2013-03-31 06:12:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Genetically engineered crops that are designed to be pest resistant may not be as effective as previously thought, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). First grown in 1996, the pest-resistant plants produce toxins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt for short. Deemed safe for human consumption, Bt crops increase yields and reduce the need for pesticides that can damage the...


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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...

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...

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...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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