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CHAMPAIGN, Ill., May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A 334-acre farm in west central Illinois will be offered at auction Tuesday, June 23, with
Jenga! The fire ant may be nature’s best excavator, seemingly drawing inspiration from the popular game Jenga by carefully stacking pieces of dirt to clear their paths.
PREMIER® BIOMAX(TM) ULTRA Composted Manures Celebrates International Compost Awareness Week Alongside the Canadian Compost Council of Canada Providing certified quality compost
Turf Feeding Systems, a Houston, Texas company, is leading the world in new Water Efficiencies and Sustainable Agriculture and has a new partnership in Kazakhstan to reduce irrigation water use
With Earth Day on April 22, Soilworks’ environmentally-friendly products continue to be used by professionals in the construction, mining, military and energy sectors to preserve air quality,
Gives growers a field monitoring system that's easier to install, use and afford than today's solutions SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate Earth Day 2015, gThrive,
Public Invited to Join Sustainability Education Bicycle Tour La Farge, WI (PRWEB) April 17, 2015 Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of
Lower-pressure farm tires create larger footprint to spread equipment weight GREENVILLE, S.C., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Faced with lower commodity prices, farmers are looking for any
EUREKA, Calif., April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Humboldt Earth Technologies is pleased to announce a new mobile app for gardeners who want to brew the best possible compost tea for their veggies,
ROYAL CITY, Wash., April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- It's not surprising that Thad Schutt is comfortable working with farmers.
Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...
Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...
Land degradation is a process in which the value of the biophysical environment is affected by one or more combination of human-induced processes acting on the land. It is also the gradual destruction or reduction of the quality and quantity of human activities, animal activities or natural means. It is viewed as any change or disturbance to the land perceived to be deleterious or unwanted. Natural hazards are not included in the causes; however, human activities can indirectly affect...
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,...
Soil salinity is the salt content within the soil; the process of increasing the content of salt is known as salination. Salt is a natural element of water and soils. Salination can be a result of natural processes such as the gradual withdrawal of an ocean or mineral weathering. It can be caused by artificial processes such as irrigation as well. Soils that are affected by salt are a result of excess accumulation of salts, normally most obvious at the surface of the soil. Salts can be...
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