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2013-09-26 23:40:33

GYPSOIL brand gypsum offers low-cost, high-quality agricultural gypsum for amending soils and adding vital nutrients, including calcium and sulfate sulfur, to improve farm fields. Spreading gypsum – which often occurs in late fall, after harvest – is simple if you follow a few basic steps provided in a new fact sheet. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 26, 2013 Ben Franklin established the benefits of gypsum on his farms more than 200 years ago. Yet agricultural gypsum application proves...

2013-09-25 08:33:10

ZURICH, September 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Swiss start-up PlantCare has successfully developed an intelligent, self-learning irrigation control system. Experts believe this innovation can achieve the same or even higher crop yields while consuming less water and, at the same time, help combat the increasing shortage of water. According to Professor Rolf Krebs at the Zurich University of Applied Science: "Experiments show that the PlantCare technology represents a new milestone...

2013-09-19 23:03:41

Experienced gardeners take advantage of autumn by seizing the moment to gather the abundance of fall leaves, or 'brown' materials to add to their 'green' kitchen scraps for composting. Shredding or chopping kitchen scraps can actually speed up to composting process; the Green Cycler is a new breed of kitchen appliance designed to do just that. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 19, 2013 While many people are finished gardening come fall, experienced gardeners take...

2013-09-19 15:31:09

Microbial organisms associated with plant roots have far-flung global influences, from plant genetics to ecosystem health We often ignore what we cannot see, and yet organisms below the soil's surface play a vital role in plant functions and ecosystem well-being. These microbes can influence a plant's genetic structure, its health, and its interactions with other plants. A new series of articles in a Special Section in the American Journal of Botany on Rhizosphere Interactions: The Root...

Earthworms Can Survive And Recover After Stress From 3-week Drought
2013-09-19 13:20:17

American Society of Agronomy Earthworms are a welcomed sight in many gardens and yards since they can improve soil structure and mixing. But they are hard to find in the drier soils of eastern Colorado where water and organic matter is limited. Adding earthworms to fields where they are not currently found could help enhance the health and productivity of the soil. In areas where droughts are common, though, can earthworms survive? A new study suggests that they can. Earthworms use...

2013-09-18 23:21:25

It seems busy schedules can get in the way when trying to create a beautiful landscape. However, gardening expert Melinda Myers says if gardeners incorporate just a few changes into their fall landscape care routine, it can make a huge difference. Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) September 18, 2013 It seems busy schedules can get in the way when trying to create a beautiful landscape. However, gardening expert Melinda Myers says if gardeners incorporate just a few changes into their fall landscape...

2013-09-17 23:32:59

In response to an article published AgriNews, Colle Farmers Market, an online organic farmers market, discusses a new study about the soil building benefits of organic farming. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) September 17, 2013 Colle Farmers Market, an online organic farmers market, responds to an article published by AgriNews, which discusses a new study suggesting the increased profitability in organic farming. According to a September 10th article published by AgriNews titled: “Study Shows Soil...

2013-09-11 23:25:56

Intelligent Design introduces Naturally Green™ Soil Amendment Gel, seeking partners on IndieGoGo to build a production facility. Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) September 11, 2013 Naturally Green™ Soil Amendment Gel is seeking partners on IndieGoGo to build a production facility. The campaign will kick-off September 13, 2013 and run through October 15, 2013. This scientifically proven product has been in development for over a decade. The Naturally Green™ micronutrient supplement and soil...

2013-09-11 23:01:56

The new website includes informative product information as well as articles to help customers understand what the site and products are about. Lake View Terrace, California (PRWEB) September 11, 2013 Organic and Environmental Products has recently launched their brand new website, https://organic-environmental-products.com , which provides customers with natural solutions to help them improve their immune system and supply them with vital minerals along with organic sulfur (MSM). The new...

Wetlands Could Be Key In Revitalizing Acid Streams
2013-09-05 10:28:37

University of Texas at Arlington A team of University of Texas at Arlington biologists working with the U.S. Geological Survey has found that watershed wetlands can serve as a natural source for the improvement of streams polluted by acid rain. The group, led by associate professor of biology Sophia Passy, also contends that recent increases in the level of organic matter in surface waters in regions of North America and Europe – also known as “brownification” – holds benefits...


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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