farm performance Articles

  • Farm in Ayrshire, Scotland

    This Ayrshire farm is a busy livery yard and stud which has produced 120,000kWh of electricity in its first three years. The site has electricity requirements for lighting and equipment such as a horse walker. The main farm house and a self-catering cottage also operate an electrical heating system. Key objective: To reduce energy bills Background The owner ...


    By Gaia-Wind Ltd.

  • Fish farming at Kontiolahti

    At Kontiolahti Fish farm the cuttings of salmon, trout and rainbow trout are cultivated to juveniles. Spawn is hatched and the juveniles of 0+ age-class are farmed inside. The older juveniles are farmed outside in surface basins. The water flow is 100-170 l/s depending on the season. Situation in the beginning The oxygen rate of the becoming water to the farm was not enough time to time, ...


    By W-Rix Ltd

  • Easy Maintenance of Farm Machinery and Tools

    Farm equipment cleaning machines are in demand because they help farmers with diverse cleaning applications. Farm equipment cleaning machines are loaded with features designed to cut cleaning time and improve efficiency. If you are a contractor or work in the agriculture industry, these machines will help boost overall productivity and keep your farm tools and machinery free of dirt. They will ...


    By Daimer Industries Inc.

  • Singer's algorithm controls farm irrigation case study

    Their Challenge On the San Xavier Reservation near Tucson, Arizona, the Tohono O’odom Nation grows organic alfalfa for racing horses plus fruits and vegetables. Thanks to Singer Valve, San Xavier is home to a sophisticated flood irrigation system that consists of one 16” (400 mm) globe style and eight 16” angle style valves and five storage tanks each with its own ...


    By Singer Valve Inc.

  • Cost-Benefit Analyses: Exploring the Economics of On-Farm Composting

    When exploring the merits of on-farm composting, the question most often raised is: What are the economics? How do the savings or revenues from on-farm composting compare to the costs? Of course, the answer is the ever present “it depends.” Expenses, resources, revenue opportunities, environmental constraints and circumstances vary greatly from one farm to the next. Most people would agree that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Shrimp farming: Why prevention is better than medicine

    Disease challenges that have affected a number of key shrimp production regions around the world in recent years have increased the focus on producing healthier and more robust stocks. In addition to establishing very strict sanitary requirements, many shrimp farmers have sought new health-specific diets across the shrimp lifecycle that progress growth and reduce bacterial challenges. Some, ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • From factory to farm – industry opportunities for surplus food

    Food waste management is a common topic in the industry, as manufacturers and retailers strive to improve their environmental compliance and, ultimately, their profitability. But in line with the increasingly popular concept of the circular economy, specialist surplus food recycler SugaRich is working with producers and stores, large and small, to show that this ...


    By SugaRich

  • Performance-based incentives for agricultural pollution control: identifying and assessing performance measures in the United States

    Current federal and state soil and water conservation programs consist primarily of cost-sharing or compensating farmers for implementing a set of pre-defined best management practices. This approach does not consider specific environmental outcomes or the cost-effectiveness of the program at the farm or watershed level. Performance-based incentives are payments that are attached to a specified ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Facing complexity on agro-ecosystems: a new approach to farming system analysis

    Sustainability requires the redefinition of the terms of reference for agricultural activities, which must be based on the recognition of multi-functional land use and the complex role that agriculture plays in society. The ability to renegotiate new terms of reference for agriculture, in turn, requires new analytical tools for agriculture analysis to be able to embrace the 'complexity ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Microalgal oil production for use in rice farms in Albufera (València) region

    In the Albufera (València) region of Spain, rice has been farmed for nearly 500 years. Post-harvest flooding of rice fields has become an integral element of wetland refuge for migratory birds. The steady rise in the cost of purchased inputs is causing considerable economic stress to the viability of rice farming in this region. In 2011, it has been estimated the cost of purchased diesel ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Application of artificial neural network to model the energy output of dairy farms in Iran

    An artificial neural network (ANN) model was developed to assess the energy input–output prediction in dairy farms of Iran. Data used were culled from 50 randomly selected farms using face to face questionnaire approach. The energy input–output analysis was carried out for the parameters of ANN model. Based on performance measures, single hidden layers with 16 neurons in the hidden ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Effect of coagulant and flocculant addition scheme on the treatment of dairy farm wastewater

    Our group was approached by a manufacturer of treatment trains to recycle wastewater from dairy farm manure. Company X treatment trains consist of microscreening, sedimentation and filtration units attached to a reverse osmosis (RO) membrane. To enhance screening, a coagulant and a flocculant are added to the stream feeding the microscreen. However, their customers experience foaming on the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • On-farm assessment of the amount and timing of nitrogen fertilizer on ammonia volatilization

    Ammonia (NH3) volatilization is one of the main pathways through which applied N enters the environment undesirably. A seven site-year on-farm field experiment was performed for 3 yr at Ottawa, ON, and 2 yr at Guelph, ON, and Saint-Valentin, QC, Canada. Our objectives were to (i) quantify the flux and the amount of NH3 volatilization as affected by the rate and time of N fertilizer; (ii) assess ...

  • Comparison of certified and farm-saved seed on yield and quality characteristics of Canola

    Relatively high seed prices and low canola (Brassica napus L.) grain prices created a controversy over using farm-saved seed from hybrids. Agronomic implications of saving seed from a canola crop were investigated by planting certified seed and saved-seed of an open-pollinated and a hybrid canola cultivar at eight site-years in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. In one series of experiments ...

  • Wireless valve control – a “perfect fit” for tank farm automation - Case Study

    Overview Martin Midstream Partners L.P. (MMLP) is a publicly traded limited partnership with primary business lines focused on terminalling, storage, processing and packaging services for petroleum products and byproducts encompassing natural gas liquids storage, marketing and distribution services and natural gas storage, sulphur and sulphur-based products processing, manufacturing, ...


    By Rotork

  • Performance of site-specific nutrient management for irrigated, transplanted rice in northwest india

    Like in other parts of Asia, irrigated, transplanted rice (Oryza sativa L.) yield increases in Punjab, India, have slowed down in recent years. Further yield increases are likely to occur in smaller increments through fine-tuning of crop management mainly by accounting for the large spatial and temporal variation in soil characteristics. On-farm experiments were conducted from 2002 to 2004 at 56 ...

  • Crisafulli trailer pump testimonial Dutchtown farms of Shamong, New Jersey-case study

    November 2007. Dutchtown Farms of Shamong, New Jersey purchased a Crisafulli 12" high lift agricultural duty trailer pump, and said the following was very import to their buying decision: the pump's performance, product features, price, overall quality of the product, and Crisafulli's brand reputation. The customer rated these aspects of Crisafulli's customer service as excellent - ...


    By SRS Crisafulli, Inc.

  • Economic valuation of maize farming profitability under climate change adaptation in Benin, West Africa

    The major attempt of this paper is to analyse the profitability of maize farming in relation with observed climate change adaptation strategies. The study was conducted in Benin by a survey method on 336 maize producers. About 91% of the respondents undertook at least one adaptation strategy towards climate change. The observed strategies were categorised in four groups, including crop ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Treatment of farm dairy effluent with hybrid upflow multilayer bioreactor and activated sludge module

    Biological removal of nitrogen and carbon from farm dairy effluent (FDE) was studied with two laboratory-scale systems following nitrification and denitrification processes. Each system consisted of an upflow multilayer bioreactor (UMBR) as a pre-denitrification unit, an aeration tank (AT) as nitrification unit and a secondary clarifier. The optimization of two operational variables, total ...


    By IWA Publishing

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