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2010-09-11 01:53:21

Scientists find low levels of bacteria in fields sprayed with swine manure That swine manure sprayed on to fields adds valuable nutrients to the soil is well known. But what is not known is whether all that manure is bringing harmful bacteria with it. A new study looks at the levels of nutrients and bacteria in soils of fields that have been sprayed with manure for fifteen years or more. The research team, composed of scientists from the USDA-ARS Crop Science Research Laboratory at...

2010-06-14 14:52:56

Scientists develop application of rare earth elements to control phosphorus runoff from livestock manure Nutrient runoff from livestock manure is a common source of agricultural pollution. Looking for an uncommon solution, a team of scientists has developed an application of rare earth elements to control and track runoff phosphorus from soils receiving livestock manure. In addition to reducing the solubility of phosphorus, this method shows particular promise for researchers interested in...

2010-05-28 18:07:13

The more efficient dairy farmers are in managing nitrogen, the more milk their cows will produce and the less nitrogen will be wasted in manure and urine, according a study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators. ARS soil scientist J. Mark Powell at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wis., worked with ARS agricultural engineer Clarence Rotz at the ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit in University Park, Pa., and Australian...

2010-05-10 07:34:11

Algae--already being eyed for biofuel production--could be put to use right away to remove nitrogen and phosphorus in livestock manure runoff, according to an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist. That could give resource managers a new eco-friendly option for reducing the level of agricultural pollutants that contaminate water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Microbiologist Walter Mulbry works at the ARS Environmental Management and Byproduct Utilization Research Unit in Beltsville,...

2010-04-19 09:30:00

Agricultural, environmental leaders break ground on unique composting facility partnership LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa., April 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local and regional leaders today broke ground on an innovative facility that may be the first-of-its-kind to turn both excess manure from local farms and waste from yards and kitchens into compost and prevent polluted runoff from reaching Lancaster County's streams and rivers. By composting manure from local farms, food waste from local...

2010-03-04 11:13:00

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Scott Yates is studying how oxytetracycline (OTC), an antibiotic that is administered to animals, breaks down in cattle manure. Livestock producers in the United States often use antibiotics to control disease in their animals, and confined U.S. livestock and poultry generate about 63.8 million tons of manure every year. The drugs are often only partially absorbed by the digestive tract, and the rest are excreted with their pharmaceutical activity...

2010-01-20 12:23:00

ARMSTRONG, Iowa, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Art's Way Manufacturing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARTW), a leading manufacturer and distributor of niche agricultural machinery, equipment and services, is pleased to announce the Company completed the previously announced acquisition of the manure spreader product line of Roda Manufacturing, Inc., Hull, Iowa. www.rodamfg.com. At closing, Art's Way Manufacturing paid approximately $1,189,000. The product line includes The H Series - a non-commercial,...

2009-12-10 17:26:44

VC provides organic, economical replacement for conventional nutrients Vermicomposting, the practice of using earthworms to turn waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer, can be an economical, organic waste management practice. During vermicomposting, earthworms and microorganisms stabilize organic waste in an aerobic, moist environment. The resulting product, called vermicompost (VC), or worm castings, provides commercial and amateur growers an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional...

2009-10-23 08:25:00

ARMSTRONG, Iowa, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Art's Way Manufacturing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARTW), a leading manufacturer and distributor of niche agricultural machinery, equipment and services, is pleased to announce the Company has signed a letter of intent to acquire the manure spreader product line of Roda Manufacturing, Inc., Hull, Iowa. www.rodamfg.com. The product line includes The H Series - a non-commercial, high quality, low maintenance pull-type manure spreader that comes in...

2009-09-23 00:19:43

A plant that turns cow manure into electrical power has opened in Washington state, developers said. Backers say plants like the one built in Rexville by Farm Power solve two environmental problems -- keeping huge quantities of manure produced by dairy farms out of waterways and reducing dependence on oil, SeattlePI.com reported Tuesday. Three plants that transform liquid manure to methane and then to electrical power have already been built in Washington. The Farm Power plant went online...


Latest Manure Reference Libraries

Enviropig
2013-10-02 09:09:32

Enviropig is the trademark for a genetically modified line of Yorkshire pigs with the capability to digest plant phosphorus more efficiently than ordinary unmodified pigs that was developed at the University of Guelph. The benefits of the Enviropig, if commercialized, include reduced feed cost and reduced phosphorus pollution as compared to the raising of ordinary pigs. Enviropigs create the enzyme phytase in their salivary glands. When cereal grains are consumed, the phytase mixes with...

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...

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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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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