Latest Manure Stories
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.
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.
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.
By Reinsch, Lee Marie It's not a pretty topic, but manure's pretty plentiful in this farm-dominated area.
By John Eby Two articles recently published in The Roanoke Times indirectly show failings at both federal and state levels from an absence of a uniform water purity policy.
CHICAGO _ New gardeners often are daunted by fertilizing _ or they shrug, buy some blue chemical and apply it lavishly without really knowing why. But there's no need to let your garden's need for nutrients trip you up.
Organic fertilizers are all the rage these days, and with good reason. They can provide plants with a long, slow feed, and their manufacture reuses waste products while putting less demand on natural resources.
Gardeners all over the country have been watching their plants die because of farmyard manure from cows which have eaten tiny amounts of a popular new kind of weedkiller.
A large dairy in northwestern Minnesota with odors severe enough to drive nearby residents from their homes last week now faces legal problems.
The foundation of a good garden is its soil, and winter is the time to enrich it to prepare it for spring planting. Layer on new, empty or dormant beds all the riches that can be found, such as: Animal manure. Herbivores' manure is sweeter smelling.
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...
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...
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,...
- Growing in low tufty patches.