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2014-09-16 23:11:17

Partial Solutions Could Create New Crises Says Neil Grigg, PhD, on Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Radio Show. Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) September 16, 2014 Much of the world, according to Neil Grigg, PhD, is experiencing a major extended drought crisis that in many regions affects economic growth, human health and basic survival. Grigg praises the many individuals who are dedicated to solving the crisis but warns that too many fresh water policy solutions...

2014-09-16 23:05:18

It is divided into non-chelated and chelated, which account for 82.0% and 18.0%, respectively, of the global Agricultural Micronutrients market. http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/market/europe-agricultural-micronutrients-8154701779.html (PRWEB) September 16, 2014 The Agricultural Micronutrients in the crops (cereal & grain) market report defines and segments the concerned market with analysis and forecast of revenue. The market is estimated to grow from $1,673.6 million in 2013...

2014-09-16 08:24:00

Access to cutting-edge microbial nutrient technologies to help eliminate agriculture pollution of diminishing water sources in California. SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Area-owned Norcal Ag Service Inc., an agricultural service company that provides 'fish friendly' fertilizers and other green farming technologies to Central and Northern California farmers, announced yesterday its exclusive distributorship with PAC BIO Fungbact Ltd, an India-based biological plant...

2014-09-15 08:23:52

REARDAN, Wash., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Rhizoterra Field Day that was recently held at Rhizoterra's Research Farm near Reardan, WA, world renowned soil health scientist, Dr. Jill Clapperton, shared results of research trials regarding COMPELL natural compost pellets. The field day was attended by key growers and farm managers, conservation district representatives, crop consultants, and representatives from local universities. The Rhizoterra Farm in Eastern Washington (at...

2014-08-21 23:05:20

The North American Water Soluble Fertilizers Market report defines and segments the Water Soluble fertilizers market in North America with analysis and forecast of revenue. http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/market/north-america-water-soluble-fertilizers-2652770129.html (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 The North American Water Soluble Fertilizers Market report defines and segments the Water Soluble fertilizers market in North America with analysis and forecast of revenue. The Water Soluble...

2014-08-19 12:23:30

PULLMAN, Wash., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Livestock manure is a nutrient-packed resource that should not be categorized, classified or regulated in the same way as human waste, according to Pius Ndegwa, Ph.D, WSU Biological Systems Engineering School Associate Professor and livestock manure specialist. He explains that the main difference between human waste and livestock manure is that human waste contains pathogenic organisms and heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium,...

california Central Valley drought
2014-08-19 02:30:55

Rosalie Murphy, JPL Earth Science and Technology Directorate About 60 percent of California is experiencing "exceptional drought," the U.S. Drought Monitor's most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California's last two winters have been among the driest since records began in 1879. Without enough water in the soil, seeds can't sprout roots, leaves can't perform photosynthesis, and agriculture can't be sustained....

2014-08-14 23:07:31

Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne Radio Interview with Oregon State University Small Farm Extension Faculty Maud Powell Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) August 14, 2014 There are more small family farms in the United States in 2014 than ever before and if well managed, they can be immensely profitable, says Oregon State University Farm Extension faculty member Maud Powell (citing the 2014 USDA Farm Census), speaking on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show. The key to family...

Is The Western Wall In Jerusalem Wearing Away?
2014-08-13 03:48:17

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Discovery Of Extreme Erosion Process Could Guide New Preservation Techniques Visitors to the Western Wall in Jerusalem can see that some of its stones are extremely eroded. This is good news for people placing prayer notes in the wall's cracks and crevices, but presents a problem for engineers concerned about the structure’s stability. The Western Wall is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the courtyard of the Jewish Temple in...

2014-08-07 23:09:28

Early results just released from new research by Ohio State University is showing significant reductions in phosphorous runoff from farm fields, bringing new life to an ancient farming technique. Greenleaf Advisors is partnering with OSU to educate stakeholders and communicate these results at a time when phosphorus loads into the Great Lakes is a top priority in Ohio and beyond. Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) August 07, 2014 Although the phosphorus that contributed to the ban on drinking tap...


Latest Soil Reference Libraries

Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

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
2013-04-02 09:46:56

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
2013-04-02 09:20:15

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
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,...

Soil Salinity
2013-04-01 11:15:13

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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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'