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2009-10-02 16:29:00

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For the last five years, Madison County farmer Mike Shuter has maintained the same crop rotation on his farm of two-thirds of his fields in corn and one-third in soybeans. He hasn't seen the need to increase his corn acres even with the evolution of the biofuels industry and its need for corn. This seems to be the trend across the state. Indiana farmers planted 5.7 million acres of corn in both 2008 and 2009, down from 6.5 million acres in 2007. The...

2009-08-04 09:45:32

Advances in ecology increasingly reveal that conventional agricultural practices have detrimental effects on the landscape ecology, creating problems for long-term sustainability of crops. In a series of sessions at the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting, ecologists will present their ideas on how our agricultural practices can take lessons from natural environments.Perennial plants produce more, require less input than annual croplandsThe major crops used globally to feed people...

2009-06-10 15:17:00

Guidelines and Applications Now Available for 09-10 Tax Credit Program HARRISBURG, Pa., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania farmers are making further investments in the environment by implementing on-farm conservation practices while enhancing their farm's production, thanks to the Resource Enhancement and Protection tax credit program, or REAP. "Pennsylvania farmers are charged with protecting our soils and water supply by being good stewards of the land," said Agriculture...

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2009-06-02 11:37:17

Crop residues are viewed as a low cost and readily available source for ethanol production, but are we jeopardizing the long-term productivity of prairie soils? There is growing interest in using crop residues as the feedstock of choice for the production of cellulosic-based ethanol because of the more favorable energy output relative to grain-based ethanol. This would also help provide a solution to the debate of food versus fuel, because less of the grain would be diverted to ethanol...

2009-04-02 12:03:19

Much of Texas' wheat may be grazed as a part of a dual-use crop. But many fields are still prepared using conventional tillage, which may not efficiently capture rainfall "“ a key to economic success in a semi-arid environment, said a Texas AgriLife Research scientist.Dr. Paul DeLaune, environmental soil scientist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon, said tillage operations can increase soil compaction, thereby increasing runoff.Each year, depending on market...

2009-02-18 08:25:00

Grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the United States may be increasingly converted to growing bioenergy grain crops. Questions abound regarding the fate of carbon sequestered in the soil during the CRP program by perennial grasses if the land is converted to grain crop production and the potential effectiveness of no-till production systems to conserve the sequestered soil organic carbon (SOC). The effect of no-till conversion of land that had been in smooth bromegrass...

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2009-02-10 07:55:56

For the first time, farmers have data that tracks at the county level on-site and off-site energy use and carbon dioxide emissions associated with growing crops in the United States. This information is vital for examining changes in cropland production and management techniques and could play an even bigger role as more land is devoted to bioenergy crops, said Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Tristram West, lead author of a paper published on line in the Journal of Environmental Quality. "By...

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2009-01-12 15:16:29

With recent increase in the cost of energy and subsequent explorations into alternative energy sources, the increased harvest of corn residue for cellulosic ethanol production is likely in the future. This may be especially true in fields where corn is grown continuously, in part because perennially high residue amounts favor annual harvests, and also because corn residue left on the soil surface is a source of inoculum for corn diseases. Removal of corn residue, however, may require changes...

2008-12-19 12:01:00

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred today congratulated Steven Albracht of Hart, Texas, and the other 16 growers who won national titles using Pioneer(R) brand hybrids in the 2008 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Yield contest. Farmers planting Pioneer(R) brand hybrids won 70 percent of the 24 national spots in the annual contest. Albracht attained the highest overall yield of 368.27 bushels per acre with Pioneer(R) brand 31N30...

2008-12-09 15:43:00

Methods proven worldwide can sustain farmer profits, address hunger and malnutrition and restore ecological health KUTZTOWN, Pa., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To best feed the world, a growing number of researchers, development experts, farming groups and environmentalists are calling for new emphasis on sustainable agricultural practices that make a sharp break from current policies. A newly released Rodale Institute research paper reviewing replicated research shows that the latest...


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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