fertilizer program Articles

  • State Fertilizer Officials Focus on Compost

    For two years, the U.S. Composting Council’s (USCC) marketing committee has been meeting with the American Association of Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) to discuss how the two organizations could work together to create a uniform compost bill to be given to each state legislature to consider adopting into law. AAPFCO is an organization of fertilizer control officials from each state in the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • College Composting Program Matures

    Untitled Document To meet the need for quality compost, Berea College now processes 35 tons of food residuals each year, providing jobs for ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Creating a sustainable food future, installment three: Achieving replacement level fertility

    The world’s population will rise from just over 7 billion in 2012 to nearly 9.6 billion by 2050. Most of the world’s regions have already achieved or are close to achieving replacement level fertility. “Replacement level fertility” is the total fertility rate—the average number of children born per woman—at which a population exactly replaces itself from one ...

  • Landfill Ban Stimulates Composting Programs in Nova Scotia

    On the East coast of Canada and almost completely surrounded by water, Nova Scotia is connected to the North American continent by only a small strip of land. While not large in population (935,000), the province has a large rural sector. Halifax, the capital city, has a population of 359,000. The second largest municipality, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, has a population of about 120,000. ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Inbreeding depression for fertility and biomass in advanced generations of inter- and intrasubspecific hybrids of Tetraploid Alfalfa

    Hybrids between Medicago sativa subsp. sativa L. (hereafter 'sativa') and M. sativa subsp. falcata (L.) Arcang. (hereafter 'falcata') often express heterosis for yield. Yield generally declines when hybrids are inbred due to the loss of desirable dominant alleles or epistatic combinations. We hypothesized that inbreeding sativa–falcata hybrids may show more extensive yield loss than ...

  • Tissue-Specific Transcriptomics reveals an important role of the unfolded protein response in maintaining fertility upon heat stress in Arabidopsis

    Abstract Elevated temperatures have a great impact on plant reproductive development and subsequent fruit and seed set, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. We used transcriptome profiling to investigate the effect of heat stress on reproductive development of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) seedlings and observed distinct response patterns in vegetative vs. ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Cayuga County, New York Pioneers Community Digester Program

    New project of Soil And Water Conservation District will help control odors and improve water quality while generating biogas with an innovative system. A bioenergy vision that started several years ago is finally being built at the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District headquarters in Auburn, New York. Jim Hotaling, Executive Director, has long envisioned a community digester ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Soybean response to inoculation and nitrogen application following long-term grass pasture

    Current demand for soybean grain [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] may lead to a conversion of pasture and Conservation Reserve Program fields into soybean or corn (Zea mays L.) production. Our objective was to determine the effect of soybean seed inoculation with Bradyrhizobium spp. and fertilizer N application rate on soybean productivity planted 1 and 2 yr after conversion to row crop production. ...

  • Use Patterns and Residue Levels of Pesticides on Mukunuwenna, a Leafy Vegetable Grown in Sri Lanka

    Intensive use of chemical imputs such as pesticides and fertilizers as a means of expanding domestic food production in Sri Lanka began in the 1960's (Abeysekera 1988). Pesticides also showed spectacular success in control of vector borne diseases such as malaria (Fernando 1989). Because of these beneficial uses of pesticides, they were used indiscriminately both in agriculture and in public ...


    By Springer

  • Irrigation water pricing policy for water demand and environmental management: a case study in the Weihe River basin

    Irrigated agricultural production is the backbone of the Chinese agricultural sector, but the increasing demand for irrigation water, its inefficient utilization and overuse of chemical inputs, accompanied by the short supply of water resources have endangered the nation's agricultural and environmental sustainability. The Chinese government has proposed a water pricing policy with the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Protein fractions of tifton 85 and rye-ryegrass due to sward management practices

    In the South, early weaned calves (Bos taurus) can be raised on pasture-based feeding programs, but to effectively meet their nutritional requirements, more information is needed on forage protein characteristics. Experiments were conducted from January to April and May to July 2003 and 2004 to evaluate the effects of N fertilization and regrowth interval on crude protein (CP) fraction ...

  • The Challenge Is Everywhere Worldwide!

    We are confident that sustainable sanitation solutions will have a positive domino effect on the environment, health, water, energy, women, agriculture, food security, quality society, well being and stability through the engagement of social business partners, CSR companies, non profit organizations, United Nation, development programs and banks, plus many others, in the process. A long-term ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Crop sensors outdo farmers at choosing nitrogen rates

    Choosing how much nitrogen (N) to put on corn fields isn’t something farmers take lightly. Many factors go into the decision, including past experiences, the timing of application, yield goals, and results from soil tests. Nevertheless, crop sensors can select N rates for corn that outperform those chosen by farmers, according to more than 50 on-farm demonstration projects conducted in ...

  • Act now to support Ontario composters

    OVER the past 20 years, we have had the privilege to experience the personal commitment of folks who are dedicating their lives and talents to make compost happen. There have been great days and days when your heart breaks with news that rocky roads and more often than not financial realities have rendered the end of a journey forward. Through thick and thin, there was never, ever any doubt that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The wonder of red wiggler worms

    Worms are going to play an ever-increasing role in waste management and soil production. Red wiggler worms convert food scraps and paper into nature's finest fertilizer. As nature's original recyclers, they consume approximately half their weight daily!Many municipalities have introduced organic collection programs, and backyard composting is widespread. Vermicomposting is a great alternative for ...


    By Cathy`s Crawly Composters

  • Strategies to mitigate diffuse phosphorus pollution during rewetting of fen peat soils

    The cultivation of fen peat soils (Eutric Histosols) for agricultural purposes, started in Europe about 250 years ago, resulting in decreased soil fertility, increased oxidation of peat and corresponding greenhouse gas fluxes to the atmosphere, nutrient transfer to aquatic ecosystems and losses in total area of the former native wetlands. To prevent these negative environmental effects set-aside ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • World Population Hitting 7 Billion

    The number of people in the world is expected to reach 7 billion by the end of October 2011. Our rate of increase continues to slow from the high point of over 2 percent in 1968. Still, this year’s 1.1 percent increase means some 78 million people will be added to the global population in 2011. The human population did not reach 1 billion until the early nineteenth century, and it took ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Maryland and the Electron-Hungry Mob

    Governments remain in power as long as the people have enough food, or so the old adage goes. But in today’s appliance-driven society, political longevity may depend as much on giving us our daily share of electrons. So it is little surprise that government leaders in Maryland are looking hard for ways to ward off a possible power shortage. Without quick action, the state could face blackouts ...

  • Organics in Action : Sustainable Practices Thrive In A National Park

    The Presidio is part of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the national park system. As an urban park on the northern edge of San Francisco, there are many challenges to be met in the quest to be a model of sustainability. An innovative composting program is becoming one way to help meet the park’s goals. Nearing the close of its second year, this program is well on its ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • One crop, two ways, multiple benefits

    Nitrogen fixation is one of the best examples of cooperation in nature. Soil microbes – naturally occurring bacteria in the soil – work with plants to pull nitrogen from the air. They turn the nitrogen into a form the plant is able to use. In return, the plant lets the microbes eat some of the sugars it makes. Faba beans (also called fava beans) are one example of plants that work ...

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