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

  • HydraProbe selected to be used in Canada’s RISMA Network for Agricultural Monitoring

    A new study published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal investigated the field performance of 5 soil moisture instruments in heavy clay soils in the RISMA network. The HydraProbe outperformed TDR and capacitance-based soil sensors in terms of stability and accuracy in Manitoba’s agricultural soil. Much of soil in the Canadian Prairie ...

  • 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

  • Flood risk from modern agricultural practices can be mitigated with interventions

    In the face of substantial evidence that modern land use management practices have increased runoff at the local scale, a new study reveals changes in local land use management practices can reduce the risk of local flooding. However, there is little evidence so far that these local increases in runoff culminate in large-scale flooding effects. To address this lack of evidence, the researchers ...

  • Controlled ‘reset’ for nematode-infested soil

    Harmful nematodes that damage the soil can be controlled by creating an environment in which they are temporarily deprived of oxygen. Covering the soil with plastic film or a layer of water encourages anaerobic bacteria to produce fatty acids, which will kill most nematodes. “It does sometimes take a while,” says Leendert Molendijk, soil expert at Wageningen UR. Molendijk and his ...

  • OriginClear Harvests Highly-Concentrated Algae For Soil Enrichment

    OriginClear Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of breakthrough water cleanup technology, and partner AlgEternal, today announced that, based on AlgEternal’s field tests, it believes that its pure algae concentrate, harvested with OriginClear ...


    By OriginClear Inc.

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • EPA Public Availability Session to be held for the Columbia Nitrogen Site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a Public Availability Session from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Freddie Whaley Community Center, 1810 Doscher Ave. in Charleston, SC. Representatives from EPA will be available to provide information and answer questions about the Site. The Site is approximately 33 acres in size, located at the end of Milford ...

  • 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

  • Workshop Discusses Whether Agriculture Can Significantly Reduce Off-Site Movement of Soluble Nutrients

    Growers who plant cover crops and vegetative systems in agriculture will find that it can tie up phosphorus in a stable phosphorus form that remains in the soil which can increase phosphorus use efficiency, according to a soil researcher from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  The question of whether agriculture can significantly reduce off-site ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Final Farm Bill Agreement Supports Conservation, Protects Health

    Senate and House negotiators have agreed on a new five-year farm bill that emphasizes Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow’s pro-conservation, farm-friendly approach, and turns aside House efforts to undermine safeguards for the nation’s land, water and air and public health. Following is a statement from Franz Matzner, associate director of government affairs at ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Arcadia Biosciences and African Agricultural Technology Foundation collaborate on test planting of nitrogen use efficient rice

    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and human health, and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) today announced the planting of the first field trial of Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) rice in Africa. The NUE rice field trial is the result of more than five years of collaboration ...


    By Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.

  • 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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