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2008-11-20 09:19:48

A team of scientists report in SSSAJ that they developed a model to measure soil quality and the loss of organic matter due to increased use of crop residues. One of the biggest threats to today's farmlands is the loss of soil organic carbon (SOC) and soil organic matter (SOM) from poor land-management practices. The presence of these materials is essential as they do everything from providing plants with proper nutrients to filtering harmful chemical compounds to the prevention of soil...

2008-10-27 18:00:15

Ward Burton, NASCAR Cup driver and founder of the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, has teamed up with agricultural equipment manufacturer Haybuster to promote wildlife preservation. Burton's foundation chose to use Haybuster's 77 All Purpose Seed Drill for planting everything from large grains like soybeans to small grains like wheat, as well as cool and warm season grasses. The drill works well for managing wildlife preserves with no-till practices and erosion control. The 77 seed drill is a...

2008-09-21 03:00:18

By Hawkins, Gary L Gaskin, Julia; Risse, L Mark The drought in the southeastern United States over the past two years has made national news. In some areas of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, surface and ground water sources are still stressed, and farmers are being asked to cut their usage of irrigation water. One approach to conserving water is conservation tillage systems. Conservation tillage systems plant the summer cash crop directly into a killed winter cover crop with minimal or no...

2008-08-19 03:00:25

By Groff, Steve Soil quality and soil health have been a keen interest of mine, especially during the past decade that we have been researching the soils here at Cedar Meadow Farm. Penn State University, University of Maryland, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have all been testing various soil parameters on our farm. To achieve all three of our objectives-higher profits, enhanced soil quality, and less dependence on pesticides-we depend on no-till, cover crops, and crop...

2008-06-19 09:00:30

Isn't it great when the virtuous thing to do turns out to be the lazy course of action as well? Not watering the grass in July and August, for example. Which leads to only mowing once or twice in July and August _ good for Mother Nature, good for summer siestas. So I was really excited when Shari Wilson told me about a local experiment in no-till gardening. I hate rototilling. More precisely, I hate imposing on friends to borrow a tiller and on my husband to wrestle it around the...

2008-06-18 15:00:19

By Valarie Allen, The Creston News Advertiser, Iowa Jun. 18--What worked and what didn't was the topic of a tour Thursday directed by Union County Conservationist with Natural Resources and Conservation Paul Goldsmith. The purpose of the tour was to give Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey a first-hand look at conservation practices that prevented further damage during the storms that hit the area. Goldsmith pointed out grassed waterways that slowed down rain as it pummeled the...

2007-02-28 09:56:24

By Jung, W K; Kitchen, N R; Anderson, S H; Sadler, E J ABSTRACT: Plant water and nutrient use for claypan soils are restricted by an argillic horizon (clay content > 500 g kg^sup -1^) that typically occurs 20 to 40 cm (8 to 16 in) below the soil surface. Identifying water infiltration characteristics for claypan soils under different management provides crucial information needed to optimize crop management and estimate watershed hydrology. The objectives of the study were: 1) to...


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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