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2008-09-28 15:00:22

By LOVELL-SMITH Mary The foundation of any garden is its soil, a given but not always an apparent one. For too many years and through many gardens I took for granted that soil, sun and water was all a plant needed to grow. Then I learnt to feed my garden. I compiled composts of varying success. I dug in litter from our hen run, harvested seaweed from the beach and horse and sheep manure from wherever. I made liquid fertiliser, sprinkled lime and blood and bone, piled on peastraw,...

2008-09-23 03:00:16

Clay is the Jekyll and Hyde of soils. It constitutes some of our most fertile agricultural soils, but even these turn rock-hard when dry. Tiny particles pack down so tightly that the ground virtually defies water absorption. Once saturated, it becomes a sticky morass taking forever to dry out. Many a garden failure is directly related to an abundance of clay in the soil. Like all things in life, there is no absolute black-and-white with soils but, rather, a million shades of...

2008-09-21 03:00:22

By Anonymous There is no evidence to support the argument that organic food is more nutritious than food grown with the help of pesticides and other chemicals, new research in the latest issue of the Society of Chemical Industry's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has revealed. The research, by Dr Susanne Bugel and colleagues from the University of Copenhagen's Department of Human Nutrition, shows that there is no clear evidence to back up the common belief that organic food is...

2008-09-21 03:00:17

By Sixsmith, Rachel Swapping chemicals for compost will "put the biology back in the soil" and lead to healthier crops, according to microbiologist and organic farming technologist Dr Elaine Ingham. Ingham is director and founder of the US-based Soil Foodweb - an organisation that has helped farmers and growers around the world convert to organic farming. She told delegates at the Improving Life in Your Soil - Using Compost & Compost Tea seminar held last week at Laverstoke Farm,...

2008-09-18 03:00:12

By Anonymous A typical 1,000-head beef feedlot produces up to 254 metric tons (280 tons) of manure in just one week. That's a lot of manure-and for hundreds of U.S. cattle feedlots, disposal is an important management issue. Fortunately, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in the Environmental Management Research Unit at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) at Clay Center, Neb., have developed and tested a new method of runoff control. In the United States, feedlot...

2008-09-01 03:00:12

By Wolf, Susan REGION As oil prices seem to hit new records just about every day, the increases affect the way everyone does business, including farms. But careful planning can help to keep profits reasonable, said local farmers. "It's just been unbelievable," said Andrew Flinchbaugh, co-owner of Flinchbaugh's Orchard and Farm Market in Hellam Township, York County. "Historically, we haven't seen this amount of increase before." Fertilizer prices have tripled, and the company's line of...

2008-08-29 18:00:23

FIRE crews spent a night battling a blaze at a farm. Two large piles of straw and manure caught fire at Church Farm, on Earsdon Road, near Earsdon, North Tyneside, at around 7.35pm yesterday. All together, around 80 tonnes of hay went up in flames and resulted in a large plume of smoke which was visible for miles. Firefighters from Tynemouth, Wallsend and Hebburn were called to help. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. Crew manager Peter Hamil, of Tynemouth station,...

2008-08-29 15:00:30

By SHARON KILEY MACK; OF THE NEWS STAFF LIMESTONE - There's one sure thing about raising cows: They poop. A lot. Pineland Farms Natural Meats estimates that the 2,000 cows on their cattle farm in Fort Fairfield, the largest feed lot in New England, produces about 10,000 yards of manure each year. Thursday PFNM unveiled their new composting operation at the former Loring Air Force Base. "The agriculture community in Aroostook County will greatly benefit from this. It is large enough to...

2008-08-05 03:00:37

By Anonymous Lincolnshire-based Boston seeds has introduced a green manure product onto the UK market that can be used as both a natural fumigant and soil conditioner. Named Vittasso brown mustard, the product is already popular in the US and some parts of Europe. It works as a biofumigant - meaning that it contains volatile, plant- derived chemicals that can suppress soil-borne pathogens, nematodes, insects and weeds - on potato, soft fruit and salad crops. The plant is grown as a crop...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By Anonymous Organic fertlisers can provide good alternatives to traditional crop nutrients as input costs rise, ADAS representatives Brian Chambers and Peter Dampney have said. The pair presented to growers at last week's East Midlands Potato Day research they had gathered on the cost per hectare of both traditional and alternative fertilisers. They revealed that poultry litter, cattle farmyard manure (FYM), cattle slurry and green compost are all good value for money. Green compost was...


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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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