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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...

2008-07-31 15:00:36

By ARI SYRQUIN The European Commission launched the European Union's new Organic Farming Campaign last week at the Foire de Libramont agricultural fair in Belgium. Under the campaign slogan: "Organic farming. Good for nature, good for you," the promotional campaign aims to inform consumers about the meaning and benefits of organic farming and food production. The campaign will focus on increasing consumer awareness and recognition of organic products, and especially on young people...

2008-07-10 09:01:11

Question: Is there such a thing as organic cow manure? Or is all cow manure created equal? Answer: It's all organic, but manure from livestock that have been kept in feed lots is likely to contain traces of pesticides, hormones and other chemicals. Unfortunately, that probably is the only kind of manure you can get because ranchers who grass-feed their animals and use organic techniques keep the manure on the land. All you can do is buy 100 percent manure products and avoid those that...

2008-06-30 09:02:46

By Patricia Breakey, The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y. Jun. 30--An increasing number of Delaware County farmers are using new feeding methods to cut down on the amount of polluting phosphorus entering the watershed. Paul Cerosaletti, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County senior resource educator, said he created the program to help control phosphorus levels in manure in the Delaware and Susquehanna watersheds. The Precision Feed Management Program began with four farms in 1999....

2008-06-30 03:02:46

By Reinsch, Lee Marie It's not a pretty topic, but manure's pretty plentiful in this farm-dominated area. What better way to make a stink about rising oil prices than to make fuel out of an inevitable agricultural byproduct? Biogas digestion systems are one of a handful of technologies Wisconsin farmers are using to plow the path toward a greener future. "Farms are the best places to use renewable energies," says Don Wichert, director of renewable energy programs for Focus on Energy...


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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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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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