Soil Enhancement News

  • Enhanced metaldehyde stewardship launched for 2017

    The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group has launched an enhanced campaign for 2017 to ensure maximum protection of the environment, and in particular birds, small mammals, and water. Speaking at the launch event, Simon McMunn, spokesman for the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG), explained why the campaign has evolved, and what this means for UK agriculture.  “It’s important to note ...


    By Certis UK

  • ARPA-E Announces $70 Million in Funding for New Programs to Power Transportation and Store Carbon in Soil

    The Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced up to $70 million in funding for its two newest programs: Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) and Rhizosphere Observations Optimizing Terrestrial Sequestration (ROOTS). REFUEL projects will use water, molecules from the air and electricity from renewable sources to ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • ARPA-E Announces $70 Million in Funding for New Programs to Power Transportation and Store Carbon in Soil

    The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced up to $70 million in funding for its two newest programs: Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) and Rhizosphere Observations Optimizing Terrestrial Sequestration (ROOTS). REFUEL projects will use water, molecules from the air and electricity from renewable ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Cool Planet partners with J.R. Simplot Company to distribute innovative Cool Terra® Engineered Biocarbon™ product to improve soil health

    Cool Planet is proud to announce a new distribution agreement with the J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest privately held agricultural companies in the nation. Simplot will serve as a distributor for Cool Terra throughout the Western United States and portions of the Midwest. Simplot will commit resources to support and sell the Cool Terra product in production and specialty-crop ...

  • New Material to Enhance Soils using Manure Waste

    The results of the research group of Valuation of resources from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid suggest an optimal solution to manage the manure from chicken and cattle. Biochar, a material obtained after thermal treatment of this waste through pyrolysis, is an organic fertilizer that applied in ...

  • Global Biostimulants Market by Active Ingredients, Applications, Crop Types, & Geography

    ReportsnReports.com adds "Biostimulants Market by Active Ingredients (Humic Acid, Fulvic Acid, Amino Acid, Seaweed Extracts), Applications (Foliar, Soil & Seed), Crop Types (Row Crops, Fruit & Vegetable, Turf & Ornamental) & Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts To 2018" to its research database. Agricultural biostimulants are natural substances with diverse ...


  • Kansas senator honored with soil stewardship award

    A long-time champion for agriculture, research, and the United States’ soil resources, Senator Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, will be presented today (Mar. 18) with the 2013 Excellence in Soil Stewardship Award by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The award recognizes policy makers whose exemplary leadership has strengthened the U.S. agricultural enterprise and the natural ...

  • Alabama Government Officials Praise Global Ecology for Creating New Jobs at Its New Soil Amendment Facility

    Global Ecology Corporation (OTCQB: GLEC) (PINKSHEETS: GLEC) has received the warm endorsement of city, state and county officials for its investment in a new soil amendment business in Castleberry Alabama that is creating new jobs for the region. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, GEC Organics Corp., the company has made a substantial investment in this project and is currently producing a high ...

  • Longtime soil science publication repositioned and relaunched

    The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is pleased to announce one of the leading soil science publications, Soil Survey Horizons, has undergone an editorial repositioning and name change as of 2012.  The new title, Soil Horizons, is consistent with SSSA’s desire to reach a wider audience, including policy-makers in Washington, environmental scientists and researchers, and the ...

  • Global Ecology Produces Its First Organic Soil Amendment in Alabama

     Global Ecology Corporation (GEC) (OTCQB: GLEC) (PINKSHEETS: GLEC), through its wholly owned subsidiary GEC Organics, has produced its first supply of organic soil amendment, OSA1000. This first test run will yield 300 tons of a proprietary compost product designed to greatly enhance crop yield and turf growth while continuing to maintain soil integrity. The highly nutritious compost ...

  • Global Ecology Begins Construction on 70 Acre Organic Soil Amendment Site

    Global Ecology Corporation (GEC), (OTCQB: GLEC) (PINKSHEETS: GLEC) has received the last tranche of the funding necessary to begin the construction process on its first domestic organic soil amendment site in Castleberry, Alabama. The location, which encompasses nearly 70 acres, will be one of the largest of its kind in the U.S., and will be capable of producing approximately 40,000 cubic yards ...

  • Rediscovering sound soil management

    At the same time that demand for food is soaring along with the world’s population, the soil’s ability to sustain and enhance agricultural productivity is becoming increasingly diminished and unreliable. Fortunately, it’s not too late to restore our soil resources. What it will take, say the editors and contributors to a new book, Soil Management: Building a Stable Base for ...

  • Past, present and future of soil sciences

    The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is reporting the results of a recent survey of trends related to the soil science profession. The results suggest that employment opportunities in soil and related sciences are increasing, and students, academics, and employers have a positive outlook for the future of soil science. Despite these positive findings, the survey identified areas to be ...

  • Cultivation affects pesticide–soil interactions

    Pesticides are often used to enhance crop production by killing unwanted animals or plants. Unfortunately, they can also negatively impact humans and environmental health. The degree of impact, in part, depends on the fate and behavior of pesticides in the environment. The latter is governed by complex interactions of pesticides with soil components. One such important interaction is sorption of ...

  • ARS explores ways to keep carbon in the soil

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Soil organic carbon plays a major role in how well a cultivated field holds moisture, provides nutrients and remains productive. That can be a problem in ...

  • Alternative agricultural practices combine productivity and soil health

    The progressive degradation of useful soils for agriculture and farm animal husbandry is a growing environmental and social problem, given that it endangers the food safety of an increasing world population. This fact prompted the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development – Neiker-Tecnalia – to design a series of research projects in order to evaluate alternative agricultural ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Grassy field margins enhance soil biodiversity

    Grass strips at field margins are almost as valuable as hedgerows in encouraging diversity of soil creatures, according to new research. Six metre wide margin strips increase the number and variety of species such as earthworms, woodlice and beetles, and may act as corridors between isolated habitats. The study analysed the presence of invertebrates of three main feeding types - soil ingesters ...

  • USDA launches new version of the web-based Soil Survey

    The latest version of the Web Soil Survey 2.1 (WSS) was recently launched by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation (NRCS). The web-based program provides anyone with computer access a wealth of soils information including soil maps, properties, and interpretations aimed at helping its visitors with land use decisions. The web site, originally launched in August 2005, continues to be improved ...

  • Global warming changing organic matter in soil

    New research shows that we should be looking to the ground, not the sky, to see where climate change could have its most perilous impact on life on Earth. Scientists at the University of Toronto Scarborough have published research findings in the prestigious journal, Nature Geoscience, that show global warming actually changes the molecular structure of organic matter in soil. 'Soil contains more ...


    By University of Toronto

  • Enhanced Soil Washing by SITA Remediation

    One step ahead of thermal desorption. SITA Remediation is Europe's long standing thermal desorption expert, but this track record hasn't been a hindrance in developing a new cutting-edge soil washing technique to treat heavy fuel contaminated soil. Although often thermal desorption is a good and valuable technique, in some cases there are cheaper and more environmental friendly solutions. ...

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