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2012-04-12 13:20:52

Crop yield can be improved by ensuring adequate nutrient availability. But how should you place the fertilizer and what cropping system gives the best yields? Research conducted by University of Illinois assistant professor of crop sciences Fabián Fernández, professor of crop sciences Emerson Nafziger, and graduate student Bhupinder Farmaha looked at how tillage, and phosphorus and potassium placement and rates, affected the distribution of soybean roots and the...

2012-04-12 13:15:29

Band fertilizer placement may cause non-uniform distribution in the soil. Why does this matter? Because when fertilizer is unevenly distributed, it may not be possible to use traditional sampling strategies to measure whole-field fertility, said assistant professor of crop sciences Fabián Fernández. No recent published studies have looked at this problem. Fernández has conducted research to determine potassium and phosphorous distribution in...

2012-02-22 03:31:00

WICHITA, Kan., Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Attention farmers! A new website has been designed with you in mind! Pour some coffee, put your feet up, and connect with agricultural-minded people in the coffee shop of the new age. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120222/CG57400) While less time seems available for face-to-face farm talk, the new website offers a chance to keep the heritage of the discussion at the convenience of the busy farmer. As the site describes...

2012-02-09 23:56:37

The most recent annual results from a four-year Iowa State University study on using cover crops between rows of corn reveals that higher yields - by as much as 10 percent - are possible using the soil-saving approach to farming. The results are the best yet in the ongoing research, according to Ken Moore, Distinguished Professor of agronomy and primary investigator on the project, who plans to carry on the trials for at least one more growing season. Planting living mulch - or ground...

2012-01-05 13:11:00

GREENSBORO, N.C., Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 50-year-old herbicide atrazine, renowned for controlling weeds, is instrumental to conservation as well, according to a new study. University of Wisconsin-Madison economist Paul D. Mitchell, Ph.D., found the use of atrazine helps farmers reduce aggregate soil erosion by up to 85 million tons per year -- enough to fill more than 3 million dump trucks. Mitchell will present the findings of his paper, "Estimating soil erosion and fuel use...

2011-12-21 19:00:00

Growers Planting Pioneer® Brand Hybrids Win 50 Percent of National Titles in 2011 Contest Des Moines, Iowa (PRWEB) December 21, 2011 DuPont congratulates David Hula, Charles City, Va., and eight other growers planting Pioneer® brand corn hybrids who won U.S. national titles in the 2011 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest announced today. Farmers planting Pioneer® brand hybrids won 50 percent of the 18 national spots in the annual contest, including four...

2011-12-12 17:42:02

The practice of deep banding fertilizer is growing in popularity as more growers turn to strip-till. However, this method may be costing growers more than it is worth. A new University of Illinois study revealed that strip-till was superior to no-till and increased yield in soybean. However, the results showed no difference in yield between fertilizer application methods. "Strip-till is usually talked about in corn, not soybean," said Fabian Fernandez, U of I assistant professor of crop...

2011-11-09 14:45:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. consumers and society benefit from atrazine and other triazine herbicides by up to $4.8 billion per year, due to increased yield as well as decreased producer costs and reduced soil erosion, according to new studies released today in Kansas City. In addition, the U.S. economy benefits from atrazine and other triazine herbicides by as much as $22 billion over a five-year period. Benefits to farmers and consumers from the triazine...

2011-09-13 22:47:07

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) soil scientist in Colorado is helping farmers grow crops with less nitrogen-based fertilizer. The fertilizers are a major reason why agriculture is a significant source of both greenhouse gas emissions and pollution in estuaries like the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay. If growers apply too little fertilizer, it reduces crop yields. But if they apply too much, the excess can be released into the atmosphere as nitrous oxide or leach into...

Crop Performance Matters When Evaluating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
2011-09-06 07:00:54

  Measuring the emission of greenhouse gases from croplands should take into account the crops themselves. That's the conclusion of a study in the Sept.-Oct. issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, which examined the impact of farm practices such as tillage on the greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide. Expressing emissions per unit of crop yield rather than on a more conventional per area basis produced very different results, says the study's leader, Rod Venterea, research soil...


Latest No-till farming Reference Libraries

Erosion
2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity because of land degradation, sedimentation of waterways,...

Dryland Farming
2013-03-15 11:32:48

Dryland farming is farming without the aid of irrigation and only with the amount of rain fall given by Mother Nature. Dryland farming is typical in arid regions such as Southwestern United States, Mexico, the Middle East, and other regions that are known for growing grains. Dryland farming is practiced in all parts of Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory. Process Dryland farming involves the constant assessing of the amount of moisture present or lacking for any given...

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