Farm Operations Articles

  • Scottish Sea Farms - Case Study

    Addfield supply a Mobile Aquaculture machine that enables the farming of fish to be sustainable. The Challenge The challenge was to build a bespoke aquaculture incineration machine for Scottish Sea Farms Being located in Northern Scotland means that the working environment is arduous and challenging so Scottish Sea Farms need their equipment to withstand testing ...

  • 3 Great Ways to Use Your Farm Drone During the Off-Season

    You may have finished up your 2016 harvest, or perhaps getting a jump start on planning for the 2017 growing season, but think twice before putting away your farm drone for the winter. Just because you’re not actively working in the field does not mean your quad-copter shouldn’t play an active role in your off-season operations. Here are some great ways you can use your farm ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Neuthox helps eliminate Salmonella at duck farm - Case Study

    French farmer beats Salmonella infection in duck production with NEUTHOX In 2013 a duck farmer successfully eliminated the Salmonella and improved the feed conversion rate by installing a DCW ECA generator. The ECA generator has various application possibilities, but has been proven to help achieve remarkable results in particular within animal husbandry. Using an electrolysis ...


    By Danish Clean Water A/S

  • Case study - Tapioca farming in Thailand

    The group has five factories located throughout Thailand; on a typical day, they produce 2,800 tons of tapioca between them.  The crop is processed within 24 hours with their state of the art production process and turned into tapioca starch or fibre for use in the paper industry, plywood, textiles, glue and the food and beverage industry. The process of crop cleaning produces a substantial ...


    By Geotech

  • Top Tips to Save Money, Use Sprayer Efficiently

    Using clean water when calibrating a pesticide sprayer and carrying extra nozzles for quick repair of simple problems in the field are just some of the tricks of the trade that can help growers save time, energy and money during spraying season, says a spray technology expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Because there are so many ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Climate, vulnerability and farming: a preliminary study among Australian food growers

    The present study examines climate change, vulnerability to climate, and other environmental challenges from the perspective of 80 horticulture operators from different Australian states. Vulnerability in the form of storms and droughts are respondents’ main environmental concerns; in some cases, the impact of wildlife displacement is affecting their production outputs. In addition, substantial ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Credit constraints and smallholder maize production in Ghana

    The study examined constraints influencing farmers’ access to credit and the effect that credit has on maize productivity, using the endogenous switching regression approach with survey data collected from 595 maize farmers in the Ashanti and BrongAhafo Regions of Ghana. The study revealed that credit constraint has a dampening effect on input use and farm productivity. The results showed that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • From factory to farm – industry opportunities for surplus food

    Food waste management is a common topic in the industry, as manufacturers and retailers strive to improve their environmental compliance and, ultimately, their profitability. But in line with the increasingly popular concept of the circular economy, specialist surplus food recycler SugaRich is working with producers and stores, large and small, to show that this ...


    By SugaRich

  • The 1996 “Freedom to Farm” Farm Bill

    The period of U.S. farm bills where the instruments were designed around compensation policies that used price support/supply management programs allowing farmers to remain in production during long periods of low prices—the result of four centuries of publicly-sponsored developmental policies—ended with the adoption of the 1996 Farm Bill. In some important ways, the demise of price ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Tech-based farming advice should stay people-centred

    Video advice can help farmers — if it's local and backed by strong partnerships, says Digital Green's Rikin Gandhi. Gauravva Channappa Morabad is a hardworking woman living in Kamplikoppa village, in the Dharwad district of India's Karnataka state. She is part of a women's self-help group called Shri Kariyamma Devi. Morabad attended all 50 meetings the group held to screen ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Green pointe farms - case study

    Improving Irrigation ROI Through Efficient Pumping Solutions Saving Energy, Water and Labor When fourth-generation Othello, Wash., farmer AJ Ochoa decided to upgrade his irrigation and water pumping system, he turned to a team of professionals from Lindsay and its subsidiary Watertronics, to help design and install one of the most efficient and ...


    By Lindsay Corporation

  • Wireless valve control – a ‘perfect fit’ for tank farm automation

    During construction, MMLP decided to upgrade and introduce the capability to handle a second product. This necessitated the requirement of isolating the tanks to avoid cross-contamination. To achieve this, MMLP chose Rotork’s electric valve actuation system under centralised control. The Rotork system incorporates all appropriate interlocks which safeguard the integrity of the terminal ...


    By Rotork plc

  • Hydrogen sulfide removal from livestock biogas by a farm-scale bio-filter desulfurization system

    A farm-scale biogas desulfurization system was designed and tested for H2S removal efficiency from livestock biogas. This work assesses the H2S removal efficiency of a novel farm-scale biogas bio-desulfurization system (BBS) operated for 350 days on a 1,000-head pig farm. Experimental data demonstrated that suitable humidity and temperature can help sulfur-oxidizing bacteria to form ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Kirk Environmental complete GBP£3m environmentally friendly farm AD facility in Rural Cumbria case study

    Kirk Environmental was appointed the Main Contractor for the second Farmgen on farm AD plant in Cumbria. The plant at Dryholme Farm, near Silloth, is now fully operational and supplying enough electricity to power over 1,000 homes to the national grid. The supply and construction by Kirk Environmental included 3 Glass Coated Steel Digestion tanks complete with BIODOME® Double Membrane Gas ...


    By KIRK UK

  • Arable farm in Cornwall

    With large quantities of wind, the owner of this arable farm in England exploits the opportunities to produce his own energy and sell surplus back to the grid. Project cost: £62,000 - Estimated payback time: 6-7 years - Best monthly production: 3616 kWh Background This turbine site is a 100 acre farm for grass that is sold into the dairy supply chain. The farm is ...


    By Gaia-Wind Ltd.

  • Classification of Bidens in wheat farms

    Bidens pilosa L. (commonly known as cobbler's peg) is an annual broad leaf weed widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world and is reported to be a weed of 31 crops, including wheat. Automatic detection of Bidens in wheat farms is a non-trivial problem due to their similarity in colour and presence of occlusions. This paper proposes a methodology which could be used to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Operator insights: compostable products

    Compostable products are increasingly a part of the formula when companies, institutions, municipal programs and special events decide to go green, usually to implement a food scraps diversion program. Due to increasing demand, the compostable products industry is growing rapidly, with many different options on the market. BioCycle has been covering developments in the compostable products ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Reliable oxygen levels in trout farms with LDO

    An adequate level of oxygen must be maintained in the water of fish farms. If the level is too low, fish production suffers. Stocking density, feed intake and resistance to disease are just three of the key variables that significantly affect profitability and are directly dependent on the oxygen concentration. Kirsten and Alexander Tautenhahn have run a trout farm in Germany, since 1991. Oxygen ...


  • Analysing organisational learning capacity as a window on the national agricultural innovation system: a participatory approach in Nicaragua

    The agricultural innovation system can be strengthened by increasing the learning capacity of research and field organisations. Participatory methods were developed to study three dimensions of the capacity of such organisations in Nicaragua to access and analyse information, highly correlated to learning capacity – the individual routines of their professionals, the formal procedures of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Enhancing competitiveness, product quality and market integration of small mussel growers: a South African case study

    The key proposition in this paper is that the competitiveness of small firms operating in emerging economies and producing highly perishable products (e.g. mussels) is largely contingent on their ability to contend with high Transaction Costs (TC). The study examines the role of contracting in reducing TC associated with small-scale mussel farming in South Africa. Market risks, uncertainties, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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