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2010-08-31 09:00:00

Unique design leads to recognition of RTS's one of a kind status OSCEOLA, IA, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ - Salford Farm Machinery, an international producer of cutting-edge tillage and seeding equipment, is pleased to announce a patent on the many features of their RTS - Residue Tillage Specialist. Introduced in 2003, the RTS vertical tillage tool has become renowned for its speed, residue management and seed bed finishing. The new RTS patent covers most of the features which make the tool so...

2010-08-09 14:17:40

Web-based tool helps farmers reduce greenhouse gas losses and gain economic advantage Greenhouse gas markets, where invisible gases are traded, must seem like black boxes to most people. Farmers can make money on these markets, such as the Chicago Climate Exchange, by installing methane capture technologies in animal-based systems, no-till farming, establishing grasslands, and planting trees. Farmers, students, extension educators, offset aggregators, and other stakeholders need to understand...

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2010-06-16 07:46:45

Two years into a study looking at methods of combining a living cover crop between corn rows shows that yield can be maintained at high levels using environmentally friendly practices. Researchers are testing between-row cover grasses as part of research looking at ways to reduce soil runoff and keep vital nutrients in the soils while crop residue, called stover, is removed from farm fields to produce biofuels. With U.S. government targets requiring a 30 percent displacement of petroleum...

2010-06-15 00:41:53

When raising corn, straw left in the field after grain harvesting, along with legume cover crops reduces nitrogen leaching into waterways, but may lower economic return, according to research conducted in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Agriculture is the largest source of nonpoint-source nitrogen pollution in U.S. waterways entering the streams and rivers via erosion or leaching from the soil. Minimizing nitrogen pollution is a key environmental management goal. Excess...

2010-04-21 08:25:55

Foxtail millet, cowpea examined in conservation tillage experiments Conservation tillage encompasses a range of techniques for establishing crops in the previous crop's residues, which are purposely left on the soil surface. The principal benefits of conservation tillage are improved water conservation and the reduction of soil erosion; additional benefits can include reduced fuel consumption, planting and harvesting flexibility, and reduced labor requirements. A new study published in...

2010-04-13 14:56:19

Technology Needs Proper Management to Remain Effective Many U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered (GE) crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits -- such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields -- compared with conventional crops, says a new report from the National Research Council.  However, GE crops resistant to the herbicide glyphosate -- a main component in Roundup and other commercial weed killers...

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2010-04-05 06:30:00

What happens to the soil when you remove the plants? Crop residues, perennial warm season grasses, and short-rotation woody crops are potential biomass sources for cellulosic ethanol production. While most research is focused on the conversion of cellulosic feedstocks into ethanol and increasing production of biomass, the impacts of growing energy crops and the removal of crop residue on soil and environmental quality have received less attention. Moreover, effects of crop residue removal on...

2010-02-18 09:22:00

DELAWARE, Ohio, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- As U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson visited Columbus on Thursday to highlight jobs and economic growth in Ohio under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, farm groups including the Ohio Corn Growers Association (OCGA) and American Agri-Women urged Jackson not to "de-stimulate" the state's farm economy by allowing her cabinet to remove an essential tool from modern agriculture production. OCGA Executive...

2010-01-25 15:48:14

It might not look like there's much going on in those roadside corn fields, but a Purdue University researcher has shown that corn plants are in a fierce battle with each other for resources. Tony Vyn, a professor of agronomy, said it's been known for a long time that young corn plants are, on average, shorter in no-till, corn-on-corn fields, but that doesn't mean there is an overall stunting of growth among all plants. Instead, residue left over from last year's corn crop is changing soil...

2009-11-12 16:05:00

Emissions reductions equivalent to removing 153,000 cars from California highways DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Results are in from the first year of a new air quality program for farmers: 2,523 applications were submitted for the program to clear Central Valley skies by offering incentives to retire old inefficient engines and adopt cultural practices to improve air quality. The $22.6 million made available this year through USDA's Natural Resources Conservation...


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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