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2014-02-27 23:35:58

Turf Feeding Systems is focused on implementing their technology to increase water efficiency and improve soil health to help solve the world drought crisis. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) February 27, 2014 While worldwide drought continues to damage Brazil, California and many parts of the world, Turf Feeding Systems (TFS) is sharply focused on using their 25 years of expertise to reduce the water use up to 50% on any irrigated areas. Brazil is facing serious drought affecting agriculture,...

2014-02-19 23:28:37

Leading home and garden retailers are jumping on the home composting trend. The Green Cycler is the gateway to composting, making kitchen composting easy, family friendly. Denver, CO (PRWEB) February 19, 2014 The home composting trend is heating up as Costco and several other leading retailers have inked deals to carry the Green Cycler kitchen composting appliance. As of February 2014, home-composters and gardeners in the U.S. and Canada can now purchase the Green Cycler at Costco.com....

2014-02-19 23:24:47

New soil model creates step-change in predictive farm management. Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) February 19, 2014 DuPont, the University of Missouri and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) have announced an innovative new collaboration to pool soil mapping resources, predictive technologies and expertise to help growers more sustainably improve crop yields through better nitrogen application management and other field input planning. The public-private...

2014-02-14 16:22:22

Comprehensive test helps save growers money on unneeded fertilization while evaluating soil health. MT. VERNON, Maine, Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Now, labs can test soil health more accurately with a new Soil Health Nutrient Toolbox from Woods End Laboratories in Mt. Vernon, Maine. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140214/CG65929LOGO "Years of research have led to this new way of testing soil," Woods End Founder William Brinton, Ph.D., said. "Three labs are offering the...

2014-02-13 23:01:13

Center Will Provide Sustainable Composting Solutions for Up to 100,000 Tons of Recyclable Organics per Year Punta Gorda, Florida (PRWEB) February 13, 2014 Synagro Technologies, Inc., the nation's largest recycler of organic residuals, has completed construction of its newest organics recycling center, a $4.3 million composting facility in Southwest Florida. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled to be held February 20th as the center begins converting biosolids and green waste into...

2014-02-11 23:26:51

The new interface allows growers to be more efficient accessing their field data. Tulare, CA (PRWEB) February 11, 2014 Rain Bird introduces a new multi-ranch dashboard for its ClimateMinder solution, which allows growers to more easily and quickly review field data from all their weather and soil moisture stations using any web-enabled computer or mobile device. The new dashboard is focused on geolocation, offering a user-friendly map to quickly identify areas which require attention,...

Mountainous Ecosystems Acted Like A Thermostat For Millions Of Years
2014-02-06 14:21:46

University of Oxford For the first time, scientists have discovered how tree roots in the mountains may play an important role in controlling long-term global temperatures. Researchers from Oxford and Sheffield Universities have found that temperatures affect the thickness of the leaf litter and organic soil layers, as well as the rate at which the tree roots grow. In a warmer world, this means that tree roots are more likely to grow into the mineral layer of the soil, breaking down rock...

How Does A South American Tree Adapt To Volcanic Soils?
2014-01-24 15:50:12

American Journal of Botany Low soil nitrogen, not soil phosphorus levels, stimulate cluster root adaptation in the Proteaceae, Embothrium coccineum, a tree that may be key to reforestation in Patagonia Soils of southern South America, including Patagonia, have endured a high frequency of disturbances from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, and erosion. In addition, massive fires in the mid-20th century were set to forests in the region in an effort to promote colonization. In...

Earth’s CO2 And Climate Stabilized By Ancient Forests
2014-01-24 12:38:58

European Geosciences Union UK researchers have identified a biological mechanism that could explain how the Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate were stabilized over the past 24 million years. When CO2 levels became too low for plants to grow properly, forests appear to have kept the climate in check by slowing down the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The results are now published in Biogeosciences, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)....

2014-01-17 16:22:15

LITITZ, Pa., Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cover Crop Solutions LLC, a leading cover crop seed producer and agronomic solutions company, announces Dr. Tracy Blackmer has been named the company's Director of Research. Dr. Blackmer will lead cover crop, soil health and related scientific research projects throughout the Midwest, as well as other parts of North America. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140117/PH48551LOGO ) Dr. Blackmer's professional background includes...


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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