farming operation productivity Articles

  • Towards sustainable food and farming systems in industrialised countries

    Economic systems at all levels rely for their success on the value of services flowing from the stock of total assets which comprise five types of capital: natural, social, human, physical and financial. Sustainable systems accumulate stocks of these five assets, so increasing the capital base over time. But unsustainable systems deplete or run down capital, spending assets as if they were income ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reliable oxygen levels in trout farms with LDO

    An adequate level of oxygen must be maintained in the water of fish farms. If the level is too low, fish production suffers. Stocking density, feed intake and resistance to disease are just three of the key variables that significantly affect profitability and are directly dependent on the oxygen concentration. Kirsten and Alexander Tautenhahn have run a trout farm in Germany, since 1991. Oxygen ...


  • Tank Farm Optimizes Forwarding - Case Study

    Wilhelmshavener Raffineriegesellschaft: OpenTAS for All Means of Transport The petroleum industry is faced with continuous change at a global level on account of restructuring and mergers. In order to remain competitive, forwarding centres, refineries, and tank farms require modern, integrated systems. Wilhelmshavener Raffineriegesellschaft mbH (WRG) was aware of this development, and ...


    By Implico Group

  • The Use of Ozone as a Disinfectant in Fish Hatcheries and Fish Farms

    The ever increasing load on the environment calls for more intensive measures to maintain the natural equilibrium. This is especially the case when it comes to the different life forms in rivers and lakes. In order to maintain indigenous fish populations it has become necessary in many countries to introduce stocking programs for coarse fish in addition to the ever increasing activities involving ...

  • Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield?

    City-based agriculture produces 15 to 20 percent of food globally. In the U.S., its benefits go far beyond nutrition. This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a non-profit investigative news organization. ...


    By Ensia

  • 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

  • Poultry Farm Pioneers Low-Rate Composting

    Tony Pastore, Sr. started Park Farms in Canton, Ohio decades ago to process and market chickens. In 1989, it was decided that instead of buying chickens from other producers, a new venture would be launched to raise chickens directly for Park Farms. This led to the formation of A & J Farms, a 1,900-acre operation that contains 14 separately operating chicken farms. Each sub-farm has up to ten ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Sea water treatment for shrimp farming - Case Study

    Global demand for seafood remains high, yet farming shrimps in aquaculture is a tricky business. Disinfection and desalination systems significantly improve the water quality in the breeding tanks, thereby improving the shrimp survival rate. Task Aquaculture - a growth market Shrimps are a popular delicacy, especially in Europe and the USA. According to the ...

  • 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

  • Precautions before operating the paddy transplanter

    A rice transplanter is a specialized transplanter widely used to plant rice seedlings in the paddy field. The machine can both improve the efficiency and quality of rice transplanting. However some questions are claimed by the clients when using the paddy transplanter and we ...


    By Amisy Farming Machinery

  • Disposal Company Expands Composting Operations

    Since 1997, Texas Disposal Systems, Inc. (TDS) - an independently owned solid waste company located near Austin, Texas - has operated a composting division, Texas Organic Products (TOP). In our previous BioCycle report ( -Composting Is Alive and Well In Central Texas, - October, 1997), we described how TOP evolved after starting an initial grinding and static pile composting operation at our ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Climate, vulnerability and farming: a preliminary study among Australian food growers

    The present study examines climate change, vulnerability to climate, and other environmental challenges from the perspective of 80 horticulture operators from different Australian states. Vulnerability in the form of storms and droughts are respondents’ main environmental concerns; in some cases, the impact of wildlife displacement is affecting their production outputs. In addition, substantial ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Pragmatic farm composters forge new path to resource recovery

    AG CHOICE is an on-farm composting operation located in the scenic countryside of Andover, New Jersey. On the drive to tour their site, it was astounding just how much of New Jersey, our most densely populated state, is still rural. Jay and Jill Fischer operate the two-year-old facility, which is one of a kind in New Jersey. Jay also owns and operates a sawmill in the area, and it was while ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost Users Forum : Compost Research On Wisconsin Organic Farm

     Cocomposting at Pearl Harbor PETROLEUM HYDROCARBON LEVELS “One unique local characteristic (and treatment difficulty) we encountered in our composting program,” says Stan Konno, PWC environmental department director head, “is the high level of diesel range total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) content in the sludge from the WWTF at Fort Kamehameha.” Oil from past leaks in pipelines ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Tech-based farming advice should stay people-centred

    Video advice can help farmers — if it's local and backed by strong partnerships, says Digital Green's Rikin Gandhi. Gauravva Channappa Morabad is a hardworking woman living in Kamplikoppa village, in the Dharwad district of India's Karnataka state. She is part of a women's self-help group called Shri Kariyamma Devi. Morabad attended all 50 meetings the group held to screen ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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

  • Sindh on–farm water management project environmental monitoring and avaluation

    Sindh On - Farm Water Management Project was introduced in Sindh province for improving and lining of 4,000 watercourses, with 60% within the three established Area Water Boards (AWBs) and 40% in other irrigated area of Sindh. And also improving and rehabilitating of 100 distributaries and 25 branch canals in three established AWBs. In addition of this, another related improving work of ...


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