agriculture water storage Articles

  • Single irrigation can achieve relatively high production and water use efficiency of siberian wildrye grass in the semiarid agropastoral ecotone of North China

    Siberian wildrye grass (Elymus sibiricus L.) is widely planted in the agropastoral ecotone of North China (APENC). Scheduled irrigation is an important approach to increase the forage yield in this semiarid region. Based on field experiments conducted in Bashang Plateau in APENC during 2002 to 2004, we studied the feasibility of applying single irrigation (SI) to increase forage yield by bringing ...

  • Net biome productivity of irrigated and rainfed maize–soybean rotations: modeling vs. Measurements

    Estimates of agricultural C sequestration require an understanding of how net ecosystem productivity (NEP) and net biome productivity (NBP) are affected by land use. Such estimates will most likely be made using mathematical models that have undergone well-constrained tests against field measurements of CO2 exchange as affected by management. We tested a hydraulically driven soil–plant–atmosphere ...

  • Soil management practices for sustainable agro-ecosystems

    A doubling of the global food demand projected for the next 50 years poses a huge challenge for the sustainability of both food production and global and local environments. Today’s agricultural technologies may be increasing productivity to meet world food demand, but they may also be threatening agricultural ecosystems. For the global environment, agricultural systems provide both sources and ...


    By Springer

  • Surprising ways Kenyans are embracing climate-smart agriculture

    In rural Kenya, where it may only rain twice per year, farmers and herders are embracing so-called “climate-smart” agriculture. The video above, produced by the World Bank, begins by showing how John and Mary Obuom have transformed their one-acre farm into a model of sustainable practices. The family plants a diversity of crops in case one or more fails in a given year. A thicket of ...


    By Ensia

  • Vermicomposting with Spent Coffee Grounds

    When cheap oil and natural gas became widely available in the 20th century, this stimulated the so-called green revolution – the creation of inexpensive chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, which in turn guaranteed record American crop yields continuing to the present. Food has never been so plentiful. It turns out natural gas is one of the most significant raw materials in this ...

  • Formation and emissions of ammonia and greenhouse gases from stored and composted solid animal manure

    Beside other branches of industry, agriculture is an important source of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and the most important source of ammonia (NH3). In spite of several investigations concerning ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions during storage and composting of liquid and solid animal manure, the real extent of these emissions is still unknown. This is mainly because of the ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Agricultural water conservation and efficiency in California: a special focus on the Delta

    The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a critical resource. Almost half of the water used for California’s agriculture comes from rivers that once flowed to the Delta and more than half of Californians rely on water conveyed through the Delta for at least some of their water supply. The Delta also provides habitat for 700 native plant and animal species. This important region is now in a serious, ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • Integration of the environment – flagship project for entire region - Case Study

    Location: Stowell Farms, Wiltshire (England) Capacity: 499 kWel Input materials: Manure, grass and maize silage, feed remains Features: Processes the slurry of 500 herds of cattle into high-quality fertilisers. Digestion facility brings in revenues and helps boost the image of agriculture Stowell ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

  • Lowara pumps drive livestock operations

    Animal output processed for safe disposal, reuse and renewable energy Xylem scope Xylem Lowara have installed several different types of pumps in this process cycle. Ranging from the DLV submersible pump fitted with Vortex impeller used in the pressurization of wastewater obtained from the separation of the digestate. Various high efficiency e-range pumps ...


    By LOWARA - a Xylem brand

  • Quality Control in the Growing Cannabis Market

    As the Cannabis market grows for both medical and recreational use, so does the need for standardized quality control within the industry. When it comes to Cannabis quality control there are many things to consider, from moisture content to pesticide use. Moisture Content Cannabis flower moisture content should be tested and controlled to: minimize the risk of mold ...

  • Full Scale Treatment of Slaughter House and Meat Packing Waste at Jennie-O Turkey Store, Barron, Wisconsin

    ABSTRACTJennie-O Turkey Store owns and operates a 0.057 m3/sec (1.3 MGD) treatment plant for treating wastewater from the slaughter of 26,000 turkeys per day. In 2000, Jennie-O Turkey Store was required by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to remove phosphorous below 1 mg/l. The existing lagoon system with seepage cell was not removing phosphorous cost effectively and odors ...

  • Tracking Your Data In All Your Unusual Places

    Let’s be honest: I say “level measurement,” you think “fluid in a tank.” It’s ok; most people do. And if we’re really honest with each other, you can admit that you probably were thinking about an industrial tank, related to factory production of some kind. And again, it’s ok. But there’s so much more to level measurement! One of fastest ...

  • A new Technology for Composting: Suction Aeration for Opening Composting Works

    Cost-efficient solution for smell emission reduction The enormous waste quantities that are produced day by day are one of the most difficult problems for the economy as such, for cities and communities and for private households. Storage capacities for waste are scarce everywhere. Therefore solutions of all kinds that reduce waste quantities or recycle waste materials to be reused in the ...

  • Manure drying tunnel doing a good job - Case Study

    Generating power from renewable energies is becoming increasingly important in Germany as well as on the international level. Thus, it is not surprising that the number of biogas plants is steadily increasing as are wind power plants and solar plants. On the agricultural sector, biogas plants are an additional source of income on many farms besides crop production and livestock husbandry. When ...


    By Big Dutchman

  • Main Applications of Truck Mounted ULV Fogger

    A fogger is a machine which distributes chemicals such as insecticide or disinfectant into an area by means of a fine spray for killing insects and other arthropods. They are often used by consumers as a low-cost alternative to professional pest control services. The number of fogger needed for pest control depends on the size of the space needed to treat. There are different types of ...

  • Is zero deforestation possible for the Brazilian Amazon?

    Yes — if we make sure economic growth, social justice and agriculture are part of the picture. From 2005 to 2014, the rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest went from 19,014 square kilometers (7,342 square miles) to 5,012 square kilometers (1,935 square miles): a reduction of about 70 percent. Impressive, to be sure, but the rate still remains high. Additionally, ...


    By Ensia

  • Farm digester evolution in Vermont

    In the fall of 2012, Brian Jones of Joneslan Farm in Hyde Park, Vermont spread the first load of manure that had gone through the farm’s new anaerobic digester. “It didn’t smell at all,” recalls Jones. “And we’ve been told that the nitrogen in the digested manure is more available to the plants we grow.” When the Joneslan Farm digester went on line in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Powdery organic fertilizer production line

    Powdery organic fertilizer production line Organic fertilizer Organic fertilizer has comprehensive nutrients, long-lasting fertilizer effect, wide source, great potential, low cost, and the function of improving soil. It can not be replaced by inorganic fertilizer. Organic fertilizer ...

  • Measuring CO2 to Optimise the Bulk Storage of Food

    Meeting the food requirements of a growing global population is becoming increasingly difficult. Despite the need for additional food, it is estimated that 50-60% of grain is lost after harvesting, at a cost of about $1 trillion per year.1 One of the major reasons for lost grain is spoilage due to mould or insect infestation during storage.2 To provide a ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Composting Roundup - March 2018

    Sacramento, California: Alternative Manure Management Project Grants The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) awarded $9.64 million in grant funding to 17 alternative manure management projects across the state. These projects, part of the Alternative Manure Management Program, or AMMP, will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on California dairy farms and livestock ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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