Farming Practice Articles

  • Field Notes: Organic Viticulture, Digital Agriculture, and a Biblical Year to Forget.

    Our team is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Debby Zygielbaum. We had the pleasure of collaborating with Debby during her time at Robert Sinskey Vineyards. She was one of our first advocates, testers, and advisors. We formed a special bond with Debby spending long hours in the vineyards and on the roads talking everything from irrigation to sheep to family. She was blunt, hilarious, ...


    By Arable

  • Indigo’s partnership with Anheuser-Busch: a major step towards beneficial agriculture

    The agriculture industry is currently one of the biggest contributors to human caused greenhouse gas emissions, but I believe that it is also one of the most hopeful solutions for slowing and reversing climate change. Agricultural crops have the potential to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil, and the sheer size of the ag industry makes this approach one of the only ...


    By Indigo Ag, Inc

  • From the Executive Director: Community, Respect for Nature Crucial to Successful Farming, Author Says

    What book is on your nightstand? I just started “Wildly Successful Farming: Sustainability and the New Agricultural Land Ethic,” by Brian DeVore, who was the guest speaker as SFA Central Chapter held its annual meeting this past Saturday in Little Falls. At the meeting, Brian shared snippets featuring area farmers who prioritize soil health and sustainable farming practices. You may ...

  • Discovering the Classical Biological Control Approach

    This article was initially published on Freshfruitportal.com. As we wrote in the article introducing this series, there are three basic applied biocontrol strategies which are commonly incorporated into an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy; 1) Classical, which imports natural enemies from outside the local area, 2) Conservation, which seeks to enhance the ...


    By UAV-IQ LLC

  • The Hidden Cost of Shrimp Fishing

    While the practice of land-based shrimp farming has its own environmental set backs, their collective impact seems to pale in comparison to the catastrophic destruction caused by the most widely used wild shrimp fishing technique – trawling. Often referred to as “bulldozing the sea,” shrimp trawling works by taking a large weight net and dragging it across the sea ...


    By Osmo Systems

  • Review: Economics of Sustainable Shrimp Production

    While the shrimp farming industry has exploded in recent years, farm-level data on the sustainable intensification of shrimp production methods has not. In Economics of Sustainable Intensification of Aquaculture: Evidence from Shrimp Farms in Vietnam and Thailand, the authors offer some of the first analysis on ...


    By Osmo Systems

  • Yield Data Errors Today, Yield Costs Tomorrow

    Regardless of whether your yield data comes from your combine, grain cart, or from truck scales, each source has shortcomings that will not only influence your farm decisions but may also have a negative financial impact. ...


    By Granular, Inc.

  • Using Technology for Complete Farm Management - Case Study

    Challenge This case is about one of the world’s largest producers of potato specialties company based in India. The company leases plots for farming and has 2500+ plots spread across an area of 5200 +acres. Earlier, they used to record farm data manually, thus creating multiple inconsistent entries. A check on practices such as dehaulming & rouging, adoption of right package of ...

  • Irrigation Systems 101: What you need to know

    In the perfect scenario everyone could rely on rainwater for their farming practices, but this is not always the case. This is why employing the right choice from the different irrigation systems available is crucial for agricultural success. Irrigation systems are basically an artificial way to provide water to fertile soil for agricultural purposes. Crop irrigation is necessary to ...


    By GR Trailers LLC

  • Organic livestock: why you should embrace it

    The term “organic” is widely used nowadays, usually to refer to products and practices related to a healthier and more conscious lifestyle. But what about organic livestock? Learn more about the practice, its benefits and why you should start embracing it as your main production system. What is organic livestock? Organic livestock is a practice that consists on ...


    By GR Trailers LLC

  • Wheat Trial Report (2014/2015) - Case Study

    At Northam in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia in 2014, wheat cv. Eradu was sown into a wheat stubble paddock to evaluate the effects of various rates of fertiliser in combination with Hibrix BB. Agras fertiliser was banded below the seed at sowing at 0, 25, 51, 75 or 99 kg/ha whilst Hibrix BB was applied to half of each plot as a broadcast soil spray at 2.5 L/ha two days after sowing. ...


    By NW Solutions

  • Northam Wheat Trial – NPK Reduction - Case Study

    First of a five year trial producing wheat at reduced rates of NPK (50% to 75%). At Northam in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia in 2013, wheat cv. Eradu was sown into a pasture paddock to evaluate the effects of various rates of fertiliser in combination with Hibrix BB. Agras fertiliser was banded below the seed at sowing at 0, 25, 51, 75 or 99 kg/ha whilst Hibrix BB was applied to half ...


    By NW Solutions

  • The grape harvest is not over yet … take advantage of the posts as well!

    For the agricultural sector, seasonality is a very important variable. With MB Crusher, every moment of the year can be the ideal occasion for reducing waste and increasing earnings. ...


    By MB Crusher

  • How a new way of thinking about soil sparked a national movement in agriculture

    For three weeks every month, Ray Archuleta captivates audiences with a few handfuls of soil. He begins with two clumps, dropping them into water. The soil from a farm where the soil isn’t tilled holds together, while the tilled soil immediately disperses, indicating poor soil structure. Next, volunteers from the audience — mostly farmers and ranchers — pour water over a soil ...


    By Ensia

  • The Value of Humic Substances in the Carbon Lifecycle of Crops

    Everyone who works in agriculture is aware of the basic lifecycle of crops: plants are seeded, they are nourished and they grow, they are harvested, and what is not consumed by (us) higher life forms is returned to the soil—where it is broken down through mineralization and by microorganisms so that it can be used to nourish the next cycle of crops. That relatively simple scenario is ...

  • Assessment of swine-specific bacteriophages of Bacteroides fragilis in swine farms with different antibiotic practices

    We assessed the occurrence and specificity of bacteriophages of Bacteroides fragilis in swine farms for their potential application in microbial source tracking. A local B. fragilis host strain, SP25 (DSM29413), was isolated from a pooled swine feces sample taken from a non-antibiotic farm. This strain was highly specific to swine fecal materials because it did not detect ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Sustainable Farm Practices for Rice Farming

    Rice is the third-largest crop production, after sugarcane and maize. The main producers of rice are the nations of China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. Rice is a staple crop. More than half the people in the world, about 3.5 billion people, rely on its production. Not only is rice a key source of food but it is also good source of income for many smallholder farmers. The Challenges ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Corn, a Vital Staple Food in Africa

    Africa contributes the least to global warming than any other continent. However, it suffers greatly from some of the more serious impacts of climate changes. The statistics are shocking: Africa emits roughly 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, while the United States emits 23% of the total global greenhouse gasses. Unfortunately, along with Asia, Africa is the region where crop production is the ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Agroforestry Mitigates Climate Change

    Climate changes, as one of the biggest threats to a global food security, highly influence natural resources that are essential for crop production. Farming is not only affected by the impact of climate changes, but it’s also a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Intensive farm practices that include both farm production and change of land use, directly affect the ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

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