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2012-10-18 07:22:12

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Organic Plant Health, Inc. (OTCQB: OPHI), a manufacturer and distributor of organic-based, hybrid and environmentally responsible fertilizers, soil conditioners and pest controls is proud to announce the addition of a new granular fertilizer to their product line. The new product called, "Palm & Tropical Blend", is a special formulation to improve soil structure and healthy growth in a variety of non-fruit bearing tropical trees and plants,...

Lunar Water Found In Apollo Soil Samples
2012-10-15 04:11:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Water molecules discovered in soil samples collected from the moon could have indirectly originated from the sun, claim the authors of a new study published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. The researchers studied soil samples brought back from the lunar surface during the Apollo missions, and discovered that they contained compounds known as hydroxyls, which are essentially substructures of an H2O molecule, according to...

Mathematics Of Decomposition And Carbon Dioxide
2012-10-04 07:48:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The fall leaves look like confetti piling up in your back yard with brilliant reds, golds, and oranges. They can be thought of as natural stores of carbon, as well as a beautiful nuisance that you have to rake up each Autumn. Leaves soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the spring, converting the gas into organic carbon compounds. In the fall, the leaves fall from the trees and decompose in the soil as they are eaten by...

2012-10-03 10:21:14

SEATTLE, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, PacifiClean Environmental LLC announced it was selected by the city of Seattle to enter contract negotiations to recycle the curbside organic materials under a new contract. These materials will be processed at a state-of-the art facility in Kittitas County into retail compost products and a line of soil amendments for Central and Eastern Washington's agricultural community. The facility also intends to develop alternative energy by...

2012-09-28 02:20:58

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Organic Plant Health, Inc. (OTCQB: OPHI), a manufacturer and distributor of organic-based, hybrid and environmentally responsible fertilizers, soil conditioners and pest controls, is pleased to provide a status update on its highly anticipated new catfish compost product. As previously announced, Organic Plant Health has secured exclusive global distribution rights for a unique, new organic catfish-based composted soil amendment. The product is...

2012-09-21 23:01:03

Exploring how biological farming can benefit your crops, livestock and profitability. Blue Mounds, WI (PRWEB) September 21, 2012 Midwestern BioAg, a leader in biological farming for more than 25 years, announced today they will be featured in an upcoming episode of American Farmer. Founded in 1984, Midwestern BioAg provides agronomy and livestock products and services through its network of trained sales consultants to over 3,500 farmers in 22 states. MBA operates blending facilities in...

2012-09-19 10:21:19

$5,000 Prize Awarded to Three Companies in Alaska, California, and North Carolina for Serving Their Local Communities WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three winners were announced today for Green America's first quarterly "People & Planet" award, which recognizes America's best green, small businesses. Each of three winners will receive $5,000. The winners are: Sonoma Compost Company, Green Kid Crafts, and Raleigh City Farm. Winners were selected by the public,...

New Way To Save Africa's Beleaguered Soils Proposed By Researchers
2012-09-19 12:49:28

'Perenniation' promises increased yields, sustainability A Washington State University researcher and colleagues make a case in the journal Nature for a new type of agriculture that could restore the beleaguered soils of Africa and help the continent feed itself in the coming decades. Their system, which they call "perenniation," mixes food crops with trees and perennial plants, which live for two years or more. Thousands of farmers are already trying variations of perenniation, which...

2012-09-13 06:23:56

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital has hired a resident farmer to grow organic produce for patients in its new greenhouse, now open on its 160-acre campus. The $1 million complex, including an education center was funded entirely by an anonymous donor. The greenhouse will provide clinically based educational programs for a variety of audiences, including children, to make a significant impact on the growing epidemic of obesity....

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2012-09-11 22:28:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Pinyon Pine trees of the American southwest are dying off in large numbers, and many researchers have already guessed what is to blame: the heat. Well, and pine beetles. While it may seem like common sense to blame the death of thousands of trees and other forms of vegetation on extreme heat and dry conditions, some researchers at the University of Arizona are looking past the cause and into the effect. Namely, what...


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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