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2008-06-26 09:02:36

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. We assembled a cast of experts (Tom Tiddens, supervisor of plant health care at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe; Jon Rosenthal, vice president of business development at Florikan, a Florida fertilizer-maker; and Chris Paisley, service programs manager for Mariani...

2008-06-17 02:30:00

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. Many gardeners, though, make the mistake of approaching the use of organic fertilizers in the same way as they might use a chemical fertilizer. For instance, the other day a gardening expert on the radio was touting the benefits of guano, or bat droppings. He was right about guano...

2008-06-22 00:00:19

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. Since allotment holders in the Wakefield area drew attention to the problem, the Royal Horticultural Society and the government's Pesticides Safety Directorate have issued warnings. The alert is mainly about a substance called aminopryalid in an agricultural herbicide called Forefront - although similar substances may be...

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2008-06-21 06:00:00

A large dairy in northwestern Minnesota with odors severe enough to drive nearby residents from their homes last week now faces legal problems. State Attorney General Lori Swanson and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) jointly sued Excel Dairy on Friday, charging that the 1,500-cow operation just north of Thief River Falls has repeatedly violated air quality standards, environmental protection laws and feedlot operating permits. State health officials advised several neighbors of...

2008-06-19 03:00:16

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. Bio- dynamicists treasure most that which comes from the gentle cow, which has been well digested in its four stomachs. However, despite Canterbury's dairying boom, horse manure is easier to come by. Practical and diligent horse owners...

2008-06-16 15:00:43

By Alicia Robinson, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif. Jun. 13--Small power plants fueled by various kinds of waste could spring up around Norco in the future if energy experts can agree on the best technology to use. Norco city officials initially want to build a plant that would turn horse manure into electricity, which could help power a wastewater-treatment plant. A study of the potential for such a plant has been under way since March and should be finished by August....

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2008-06-12 13:00:00

After a close examination of crude oil made from pig manure, chemists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are certain about a number of things.Most obviously, "This stuff smells worse than manure," says NIST chemist Tom Bruno.But a job's a job, so the NIST team has developed the first detailed chemical analysis revealing what processing is needed to transform pig manure crude oil into fuel for vehicles or heating. Mass production of this type of biofuel could help...

2008-03-26 03:00:18

By Leroy, Ben L M Herath, Herath M S K; De Neve, Stefaan; Gabriels, Donald; Bommele, Lydia; Reheul, Dirk; Moens, Maurice Compost and other organic amendments have been proven to improve the soil physical quality. In Flanders, vegetable, fruit and garden (VFG) wastes are collected selectively and composted. We studied the effects of the combined application of three different doses of VFG compost and cattle slurry and one treatment with only mineral N applied, during 9 years on a range of...

2008-03-26 03:00:17

By Douds, David D Jr Nagahashi, Gerald; Reider, Carolyn; Hepperly, Paul R Arbuscular mycorrhizal [AM] fungi are potentially important tools in sustainable agriculture due to their roles in crop nutrient uptake, disease resistance, and water relations and in stabilizing soil aggregates. Inocula of these fungi can be effectively produced on-farm in mixtures of compost and vermiculite with a suitable plant host, such as bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum Flugge). Success of this method, however,...

2008-03-11 00:00:00

By Dana Bartholomew LAKE VIEW TERRACE -- Horse stables across Los Angeles are in deep doo-doo. Tons of horse manure has been piling up as professional stable owners, fresh out of low-cost options to dump tons of dung, struggle to ship the waste out of town. To cover the spiraling cost of trucking manure to Lancaster and other remote regions, stables say they must either raise rates for boarders or close their corrals -- and force hundreds of families to give up riding. "It's devastating,"...


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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
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.