Agriculture Soil Monitoring News

  • Treating citrus greening with copper: Effects on trees, soils

    Citrus greening is a major challenge for Florida growers. The disease destroys the production, appearance, and economic value of citrus trees and their fruit. Trees decline and die within three years. Researchers at the University of Florida and other institutions are searching for cures and treatments to reduce citrus greening effects. The “Influence of Foliar Copper Application Rate on ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Saudi Arabia captured by Dacom irrigation management system

    In Saudi Arabia drastic measures are needed to reduce the water usage by the agricultural sector. The Ministry of Agriculture has set itself the task to decrease the water consumption from 17 to 5 billion mᶟ. Since 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture has dedicated Dacom to a project to monitor the soil moisture at various arable farmers throughout Saudi Arabia. To this, Dacom advices both the ...


    By Dacom

  • New USDA-ISU Report Validates Cellulosic Ethanol Biomass Sustainability

    Five years of soil nutrient data gathered at POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY site are consistent with more than 500 site-years of additional soil research, experts at USDA and Iowa State University have determined. Those results show that biomass harvesting, which is now being done in the Emmetsburg, Iowa area, is consistent with proper farm management. “Successful deployment ...


    By Poet, LLC

  • Australian Growers directed to certified laboratories

    Grain growers are encouraged to make sure that the soil testing laboratory they use in coming months is certified to conduct the test they require. This is one of the messages contained in a new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) fact sheet Better Fertiliser Decisions for Crop Nutrition. Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) researcher Ross Brennan said soil ...

  • Polluted urban soil damages lime trees

    The impact of polluted urban soil on trees is highlighted in a recent study from Latvia. The researchers found that high salt levels from de-icing chemicals and nutrient imbalance in soil damaged lime trees growing in the city of Riga. Trees planted in cities are an important part of the urban landscape, providing a range of benefits, from enhancing biodiversity to promoting a feeling of ...

  • Carbon payments `could help enrich African soil`

    Paying farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to sequester carbon may provide a stronger incentive to improve soil quality than simply offering official fertiliser subsidies, a modelling study has found. In recent years, fertiliser subsidies have been vigorously promoted to farmers in countries like Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. But despite widespread levels of soil degradation, take-up rates ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 2012 Conservation Easement Applications Due February 15

    Private landowners interested in protecting their grassland or farmland with this year's funding are encouraged get their applications in soon. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set Feb. 15, 2012, as the deadline for accepting applications for both the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) and Farm and Ranch Lands ...

  • OPINION: Don`t sweep away crop diversity

    Anywhere you go in Malawi you find people sweeping the ground clean-floors, sidewalks, bare dirt around homes-even throughout small farms and gardens. Danielle Nierenberg visits Kristof Nordin's permaculture garden in Malawi Sweeping soil makes everything look tidy, but it causes major damage, making it vulnerable to erosion and nutrient loss. Not removing organic matter around crops has proven ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Patrick Administration honors Hadley for agricultural land preservation

    Officials of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) today joined local famers, landowners and municipal officials to celebrate the town of Hadley’s achievement in protecting more farmland than any other community in the state. It’s an honor to be here, celebrating the immense success and commitment of the town of Hadley toward protecting agricultural land in our ...

  • Soil nitrogen test measures microbial nitrogen

    Contrary to the prevailing view, cereal crops derive the majority of their nitrogen from the soil, not fertilizer. Soils differ considerably in microbial activities that determine nitrogen-supplying power, and these differences must be taken into account if nitrogen fertilizers are to be used efficiently. The Illinois Soil Nitrogen Test (ISNT) was developed for this purpose, and involves ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Soil fumigant pesticides subject to new EPA safety measures

    New safety measures for soil fumigant pesticides will increase protections for agricultural workers and bystanders - people who live, work, or otherwise spend time near fields that are fumigated. For the soil fumigants methyl bromide, chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium, and metam potassium, EPA will require a suite of new mitigation measures that will work together to protect human health. 'The ...

  • HPD awarded the supply of evaporation and crystallization equipment for Magminerals, Inc. Kouilou Potash project in the Republic of Congo

    Plainfield, Illin. - HPD has been selected to provide evaporation and crystallization technology for the Kouilou Potash Project located in the Republic of Congo, 15 kilometers from the Atlantic port city of Pointe-Noire. The project, which will produce 580,000 tonnes of potash per year, is owned by MagMinerals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MagIndustries Corp. of Toronto, Canada. The ...

  • HPD Awarded The Supply Of Evaporation And Crystallization Equipment For Magminerals, Inc. Kouilou Potash Project In The Republic Of Congo

    Plainfield, IL - HPD has been selected to provide evaporation and crystallization technology for the Kouilou Potash Project located in the Republic of Congo, 15 kilometers from the Atlantic port city of Pointe-Noire. The project, which will produce 580,000 tonnes of potash per year, is owned by MagMinerals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MagIndustries Corp. of Toronto, Canada. The production ...

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