Agriculture Dust News

  • Fertiliser – From Airborne Dust To Liquid Fertiliser Tanks

    Much of the early fertiliser spraying across the country is now complete and spring barley is in the ground, with most coming through and growing fast. For now, farming attention focuses on fencing in preparation for turning out stock and other important activities, but it won’t be long until more fertiliser applications and it’s this on-going and high cost expendable that makes all ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Agriculture Gives Unmanned Aerial Vehicles a New Purpose

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sometimes referred to as “drones,” have found a use beyond the military. According to Rory Paul, founder and CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, a UAV company, the sky’s the limit for what these devices offer farmers. “UAVs will be very useful, efficient and economical in scouting crops for diseases and other pests and also for surveying crop ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Agrochemicals worry Argentines

    Argentina's agricultural industry has been dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996. A country once known for its grass-fed beef is now dominated by soy, corn and cotton. Soy harvests alone have tripled, ranking Argentina as the world's third largest soybean producer. But the pesticides powering this boom are poorly controlled and used in ways that were ...


    By Associated Press

  • TIP: Experts on drought and dust

    In the 1930s, severe drought in the United States coupled with widespread soil degradation from unsound farming practices led to the Dust Bowl—a period of massive dust storms that caused damage to millions of acres of farmland and forced hundreds of thousands of people to abandon their homes. Now that a host of soil conservation measures are in place, the Dust Bowl is mainly thought of as a ...

  • FireIce Successfully Used by US Forest Service to Control Timber Fire in Washington State

    GelTech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: GLTC), creators of FireIce, a revolutionary water-enhancing fire suppressant that has the potential to change current firefighting techniques globally, announced that FireIce was chosen over water and long term retardant to combat the Mount Barney fire burning in heavy timber north of Winthrop, Washington in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. FireIce was ...


  • Agricultural Bacteria: Blowing in the Wind

    It was all too evident during the Dust Bowl what a disastrous impact wind can have on dry, unprotected topsoil. Now a new study has uncovered a less obvious, but still troubling, effect of wind: Not only can it carry away soil particles, but also the beneficial microbes that help build soil, detoxify contaminants, and recycle nutrients. Using a powerful DNA sequencing technique, called ...

  • Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, testimony before the U.S. house committee on agriculture

    Chairman Lucas, Ranking Member Peterson and Members of this committee, thank you for inviting me to testify. I’m pleased to be here today. I have great respect for the oversight role of Congress and believe that this ongoing dialogue is central to the commitment I have made to the American people to conduct EPA’s business transparently and with accountability. I also believe an ...

  • Dust storms cause health problems in Afganistan

    Unusually strong winds carrying dust from the parched land have increased respiratory and eye diseases in western Afghanistan, according to health and environmental officials. The winds - known locally as “the 120-day winds” - usually begin in early July and go on until late September in Herat Province, the provincial department of agriculture said. This year’s winds have been unusually strong, ...


    By IRIN

  • Dust in the western US five times what it was 200 years ago

    The Western United States has become 500 percent dustier in the past two centuries due to westward expansion and accompanying human activity beginning in the 1800s, according to a new study by scientists at four U.S. universities and two federal government agencies. Sediment records from dust blown into alpine lakes in southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains over thousands of years indicates ...

  • Air quality vote: MEPs declare war on dangerous dust

    The car driving by you, the building site you walk past - these are just some of the things that pump dust into the air and into our lungs. This can cause breathing difficulties, illness and even premature death. Known as 'particulate matter' (PM), levels are rising. On Tuesday MEPs agreed binding targets on the level of particles by 2015, which will also oblige EU authorities to measure and ...


    By European Parliament

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