Agriculture Soil Monitoring News

  • Preserve, promote, and utilise rich soil life

    Healthy soil life can contribute to sustainable agriculture which, in addition to ensuring a good yield, keeps diseases under control and generates carbon and nitrogen retention. That is what Prof. Gerlinde De Deyn, Professor holding a personal chair in Soil Ecology, asserted in her inaugural address at Wageningen University & Research on 18 May. Life underground is richer in species than ...

  • World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

    Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on  ...

  • Writing an equation for soil success

    Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant’s roots, tiny bugs – these things can tell one soil from another quite easily. Soil scientists typically measure different aspects of soil — how much air it contains, how well it retains water, heat, and more — to ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Keeping a pulse on the soil

    Leaving behind stubble is not ideal when shaving, but it’s a good practice to leave behind crop “stubble” after harvest. According to soil scientist Frank Larney, crop residue anchors the soil against wind and water erosion. Avoiding bare soils is one part of a soil conservation package he and his research team demonstrate in a 12-year experiment growing pulses in southern ...

  • The Quest ATR is perfect for testing soil

    The ecological health of soil can be monitored with the Quest ATR. The organic and mineral components of soil can be established by testing with ATR-IR spectroscopy. Check your plants/crops/etc have the right nutrients for good health. Make sure there is enough calcium, not too much nitrogen or carbon. Map large areas according to the deficit or abundance of minerals. The ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides

    Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating exposure to toxic farm chemicals. But in this case, the breeze pushed the pesticide over the crew in a neighboring field, where it fell mostly on women, including at least one who was ...


    By Associated Press

  • Cool Planet Gains Momentum in Agriculture, adds key Board Members

    Expanding leadership and enhancing technical expertise, Cool Planet - the developer of carbon negative fuels, chemicals and biocarbon technology - adds Ed Anderson to its board of directors and Jim Bone to its technical advisory board. Anderson brings strong ...

  • Soil Scout selected as 2015 Red Herring Winner

    Soil Scout, provider of innovative ground measuring solutions for the agriculture, forest and environmental industries, has been selected as a winner of the 2015 Red Herring Europe award. Red Herring’s Top 100 has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring’s editors were among the first to recognize that companies such ...


    By Soil Scout Ltd

  • Methyl Bromide Investigation Expands to Puerto Rico

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working with the Virgin Islands government, is investigating the March 2015 incident involving the use of a pesticide containing methyl bromide to fumigate a residence at the Sirenusa apartments on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Methyl bromide can only be used in very limited situations, mainly for fumigation of soil and commodities. In the course ...

  • Protecting against erosion after wildfire

    Soil erosion after wildfire can be substantially reduced by using a combination of sowing grass seeds and protecting the soil with a layer of straw, a Spanish study suggests. The authors of the research found that, although seeding alone made little difference, the combination of straw mulch and seeding reduced soil erosion by 93%. The European countries that are worst affected by wildfires are ...

  • Characterising the biodiversity and functioning of European soils

    World Soil Day (Dec 5, 2014) concludes a week-long series of events in Dijon bringing together international scientists. The results of the European EcoFINDERS project, coordinated by INRA, were revealed for the occasion. This project helped create standardised methods of measuring soil biodiversity, and as a result, vital data on the health of Europe’s soils were gathered. The analyses ...

  • Protecting forests alone will not halt land-use change emissions

    Global forest conservation measures meant to mitigate climate change are likely to drive massive cropland expansion into shrublands or savannahs to satisfy the ever-growing hunger for arable land. The consequent changes in land use could cause substantial greenhouse gas emissions, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change shows. In contrast to previous assumptions, conservation schemes ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Mountain grasslands and shrublands store significant amounts of carbon

    Despite their general absence from climate policy discussions, the world’s mountain grasslands and shrublands (MGSs) store between 60.5 and 82.8 billion metric tonnes of carbon, a new study estimates - more than three times that of ocean and coastal ecosystems. This research, which is the first to provide a global inventory of carbon stored in MGSs, argues that these ecosystems should be ...

  • USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil and water

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed cosnervation of soil and water projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. Authorized by the new farm law enacted earlier this year, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is intended to involve the private sector more ...


    By Associated Press

  • Sustainable Agriculture to Promote Biodiversity

    • Biodiversity affects key ecosystem services, such as the primary production of food for humans and the rest of nature, plus the recycling of nutrients and water. • One hectare of land contains a lot of biodiversity in the soil – equivalent to the weight of one cow of bacteria, two sheep of protozoa, and four rabbits of soil animals such as earthworms. The INSPIA* project is ...

  • 2013/2014 Report from the Field Highlights Recent Successes

    Every year, SARE's four regional programs provide grant funding to scores of cutting-edge farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators for projects that aim to improve the sustainability of American agriculture. To get a glimpse of some of these innovators at work, check out the latest edition of SARE's biennial report, 2013/2014 Report from the Field. Download or order free print copies ...

  • EPA Funds LSU Study to Protect Bees from Pesticides

    Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a grant for more than $167,000 to Dr. Kristen Healy of the Louisiana State University AgCenter at a ceremony on Wednesday, January 8. The grant will fund a study to assess the impact of mosquito-control methods on honey bees. The study will look at development and application of insecticides used to control adult mosquito ...

  • Voting opens to choose winners in tvebiomovies 2013 competition

    After a record 565 film proposals from 75 countries were entered for this year’s tvebiomovies competition, the 14 finalists’ films selected to go into production today go live on YouTube ? marking the start of the two month voting period to find the ultimate 2013 winners by 19th ...

  • Building EU-Mongolia relations on agriculture and rural development

    The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloș will visit Mongolia, 18-21 July 2013 to discuss prospects for increasing cooperation with the Mongolian authorities in the fields of sustainable agriculture, food security and rural development. "We have a strong interest in enhancing our bilateral relations in the area of agriculture and in discussing ways to ...


    By European Commission

  • A new method for evaluating threats to soil biodiversity

    Little is known about the organisms that live within soil, although they play a vital role in the biological processes that support life on Earth. In a recent study, researchers calculated the relative risk of pressures caused by human activity on soil biodiversity in the EU, showing that intensive land use has the greatest impact. There is a lack of baseline data regarding soil biodiversity, ...

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