Farm Operations Articles

  • 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

  • Case study - Bettapork, Queensland, Australia

    MagFans are whisper quiet and consume far less power than any other similar size fans on our farm. Bettapork in Queensland, Australia, is a 2000 sow full line production with three individual sites for sows, weaners and finishers. Laurie Brosnan is one of the owners and is in charge of the production, and Laurie is constantly working to optimize his production, save energy, and increase ...


    By DACS A/S

  • 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 ...

  • Case study - Philosofish by Bitsakos, Greece

    Philosofish by Bitsakos is one of our European customers who has recently managed to double its yearly proceeds. The secret to this success: a thorough professionalization of their entire operations, funded with new working capital. By expanding the hatchery and redesigning its set-up for a more controlled way of working, Philosofish by Bitsakos can now produce more and stronger fry. The ...


    By Inve Aquaculture

  • Shrimp farming: Why prevention is better than medicine

    Disease challenges that have affected a number of key shrimp production regions around the world in recent years have increased the focus on producing healthier and more robust stocks. In addition to establishing very strict sanitary requirements, many shrimp farmers have sought new health-specific diets across the shrimp lifecycle that progress growth and reduce bacterial challenges. Some, ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • Monitoring Ozone (in the air) in Hatchery & Fish Farm Ozone Injection Systems

    Hatcheries, fish farms and such in the aquaculture industry require clean water to maintain a high survival rate while rearing aquatic animals. Contaminated water increases the risk of infection which in turn can compromise production. A common way to disinfect water is by generating ozone on-site with an ozone generator, which is commonly inside an ozone generator room. For human safety, ...

  • 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

  • Social life cycle assessment and participatory approaches: A methodological proposal applied to citrus farming in Southern Italy

    Recently, Social Life Cycle Assessment (S‐LCA) has been developed under the methodological framework of Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) in order to evaluate the social impacts that emerge during the overall life cycle of a product or service. There is not yet a standardised methodology for S‐LCA as there is for environmental LCA (eLCA), because the social impacts S‐LCA is concerned with not only ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Co-operative, Massachusetts - case study

    Northeast Biodiesel of Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA,  is a community-owned manufacturing plant making biodiesel from recycled vegetable oil. It is majority owned by Co-op Power, a renewable energy co-operative owned by consumers in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.  Co-op Power operates within a regional network of autonomous local organising councils to create a multi-class, ...


    By Green Fuels LTD

  • Integrated assessment of runoff from livestock farming operations: Analytical chemistry, in vitro bioassays, and in vivo fish exposures

    Animal waste from livestock farming operations (LFOs) can contain varying levels of natural and synthetic androgens and/or estrogens, which can contaminate surrounding waterways. In the present study, surface stream water was collected from six basins containing LFOs. Aqueous concentrations of 12 hormones were determined via chemical analyses. Relative androgenic and estrogenic activity was ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • 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

  • Treatment of farm dairy effluent with hybrid upflow multilayer bioreactor and activated sludge module

    Biological removal of nitrogen and carbon from farm dairy effluent (FDE) was studied with two laboratory-scale systems following nitrification and denitrification processes. Each system consisted of an upflow multilayer bioreactor (UMBR) as a pre-denitrification unit, an aeration tank (AT) as nitrification unit and a secondary clarifier. The optimization of two operational variables, total ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Energy use and carbon dioxide emissions from cropland production in the United States, 1990–2004

    Received for publication June 9, 2008. Changes in cropland production and management influence energy consumption and emissions of CO2 from fossil-fuel combustion. A method was developed to calculate on-site and off-site energy and CO2 emissions for cropping practices in the United States at the county scale. Energy consumption and emissions occur on-site from the operation of farm machinery and ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Effect of Off-farm Work on the Intensity of Agricultural Production

    Changes in agricultural production methods have been associated with environmental pressure and a loss of natural habitats. This paper explores the extent to which farmer participation in off-farm work (an increasing phenomenon in most developed countries) changes the intensity of agricultural input use focusing, in particular, on fertilizer and crop protection product use. A sample selection ...


    By Springer

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