Nutrient Monitoring News

  • Parasitic plants cause huge damage to rice crops in Africa

    Parasitic plants – plants that penetrate another plant and grow at its expense – have caused some $200 million worth of damage to the African rice harvest this year, at the cost of 15 million meals a day. If no effective measures are developed and implemented against these parasites, the damage will increase over the coming years by some $30 million a year. This has been revealed by a ...

  • John Deere Introduces ExactApply Intelligent Nozzle Control for Sprayers

    Producers and ag service providers can gain greater accuracy over their spray applications with John Deere ExactApply intelligent nozzle control system available on new John Deere 4-Series Sprayers. Starting with 2018 models, this latest application technology provides sprayer operators a comprehensive solution that maintains consistent droplet size and pattern through a wide range of ...


    By John Deere

  • High-nature-value grasslands can be maintained by alternating between mowing and grazing

    Scientists recommend policies that alternate between mowing and grazing to manage Europe’s high-nature-value grasslands. This comes after a new seven-year study found that a high plant-species diversity helps grasslands to maintain productivity and to resist depletion of phosphorus caused by livestock grazing and depletion of potassium caused by mowing. Grasslands with high levels of ...

  • Soil biodiversity reduces nitrogen pollution and improves crops’ nutrient uptake

    Increased soil biodiversity can reduce nitrogen pollution, improve nutrient uptake by plants and even increase crop yields, new research suggests. The two-year study found that levels of nitrogen leaching from soil with an abundant soil life were nearly 25% lower than for soil with a reduced level of soil life. Practices which enhance soil biodiversity such as reduced tilling, crop rotation and ...

  • 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 ...

  • TAL to get green-fingers at Greentech

    In June, the Rai in Amsterdam will open its doors for the first time for a new exhibition dedicated to horticulture. The biennial exhibition – GreenTech – Amsterdam is the new platform of international horticulture technology. UK-based Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer Technical Absorbents (TAL) will join around 100 exhibitors at the inaugural event and ...


    By Technical Absorbents

  • Super hanging basket liners

    As budding gardeners welcome the arrival of spring and start preparing their hanging baskets and planters, a new innovative water-retaining liner fabric will help make nurturing and caring for plants a lot less time consuming and reduce overall water usage. The Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) technology of UK based manufacturer Technical Absorbents Ltd (TAL), is a unique fibrous technology and which ...


    By Technical Absorbents

  • Increasing aridity will disrupt soil nutrient cycles in global drylands

    The drying of soils under global warming could disrupt the balance of nutrients in large areas of the Earth’s land surface, according to new research. The study focused on ‘drylands’ – arid areas with low levels of rainfall – which support over 38% of the world’s population. Such nutrient imbalances could diminish the provision of ecosystem services, such as ...

  • Nutrients in streams can mask toxic effects of pesticides on aquatic life

    Moderate levels of nitrogen in streams and rivers can make it difficult to assess the effects of pesticides on aquatic wildlife, because nutrients mask the pesticides’ impacts, according to recent research. This highlights the importance of considering nutrient levels when developing measures to protect aquatic ecosystems. Freshwater organisms are exposed to a number of natural and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Climate change to disrupt soil nutrients in drylands

    The increased aridity expected this century as a result of climate change may disrupt the balance of key soil nutrients with a knock-on effect on soil fertility threatening livelihoods of more than two billion people, a study finds. The drop in nitrogen and carbon concentrations that occurs as soils become dryer could have ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 4R Research Fund Issues Proposal Requests for Research on Nutrients in the Environment

    This week, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Research Fund announced the release of requests for proposals (RFP) to solicit literature reviews and syntheses on nutrient stewardship on a national, regional, or cropping system basis, and to solicit field research and demonstration projects. The 4R Research Fund was established by the fertilizer industry to help establish ...

  • Cornell distributor PCE Pumping Systems Sponsoring Nutrient Management Field Demonstrations in Merced, CA.

    California Field Day demonstrations July 17 to 19 Seeing is believing in many endeavors. Renowned manure management company PCE Pumping Systems is letting attendees ‘see’ how to address manure lagoon management and direct injection application at hands-on classes in Merced, California. Held at a working dairy, the demonstrations will address the considerable solids build-up in a ...


    By Cornell Pump Company

  • Environmental concentrations of antibiotics are potentially damaging to aquatic life

    Combinations of antibiotics have been found in high enough concentrations to pose a serious threat to aquatic ecosystems, in a recent Spanish study. Antibiotics can have toxic effects on the bacteria and algae that form the basis of aquatic ecosystems. Antibiotics are in widespread use, not only for human medical conditions, but also for increasing growth rates in livestock, in the feed ...

  • New Fact Sheet Helps Chesapeake Bay States Design Nutrient Trading Programs

    2011 will be an important year for the Chesapeake Bay, not only because scientists are predicting an unusually bad “dead zone” this summer. Last December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued ...

  • American society of agronomy

    Recycling manure is an important practice, especially for large livestock producers. Manure can be used as fertilizer to aid in crop production, aiding livestock producers that grow their own feed crops. While manure does provide a rich nutrient source for crops, it also can contribute to nutrient leaching and runoff. This can contaminate the surrounding ecosystem and lead to eutrophication of ...

  • Southern soils mitigate manure microbes

    That swine manure sprayed on to fields adds valuable nutrients to the soil is well known. But what is not known is whether all that manure is bringing harmful bacteria with it. A new study looks at the levels of nutrients and bacteria in soils of fields that have been sprayed with manure for fifteen years or more. The research team, composed of scientists from the USDA-ARS Crop Science Research ...

  • Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Trading

    Proposed federal legislation to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay could help a typical Maryland crop farm earn an additional USD10,000 in net profit each year, according to a new analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI). The analysis, How Baywide Nutrient Trading Could Benefit Maryland Farms, forecasts the potential profits to farmers who participate in an interstate nutrient ...

  • SGS soil testing lab in Voronezh has been accredited

    The Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Russian Federation accredited the new agrochemical laboratory of SGS Vostok Limited, the Russian subsidiary of SGS, for technical competence and independence. The accreditation scope includes soils and crops (wheat, rye, barley, oats, maize, buckwheat, millet, pea, sunflower, rape). The accreditation certificate ...


    By SGS

  • North Sea needs more protection from nutrient inputs

    Reductions in the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus flowing from rivers into the North Sea have had clear benefits on marine health in coastal waters, according to a recent study. However, the reductions are less effective in improving the condition of deeper offshore waters. Tougher measures to manage nutrient loads and prevent eutrophication are recommended. Reductions in nutrient levels in ...

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