pre-harvest Articles

  • The Scoop on Shellfish Aquaculture

    The centerpiece of many culinary gurus''stunning' dishes, a shellfish’s journey often begins on a farm. Found on the coastal shores or in freshwater lakes, you’ll discover suspended shellfish aquaculture systems. Fixed on ropes, plastic trays or in mesh bags, these shelled, aquatic invertebrates are raised in a controlled environment ...


    By Deep Trekker Inc.

  • What’s your potato storage strategy?

    With potato harvest nearing completion, the challenge will now be to maintain the condition of the crop, right up until supply to the customer. “It’s really worth stopping to consider that what you put into storage, is reflective of what you get out post-storage,” explains Morley Benson of Certis. “By this, I mean the quality of potatoes going into store, as well as the ...


    By Certis UK

  • Knowledge of Farm Practices – The Key for Successful Farming

    Agriculture plays an important part in the world economy. One-third of the economically active population obtains its livelihood from agriculture. In Asia and Africa, millions of small-scale farmers, fishermen, and indigenous people produce most of the food consumed worldwide, in most cases on very small plots of land. Agriculture is increasingly called upon to address a wide range of critical ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Secrets of Successful Apple Harvesting

    October 21st is reserved for the celebration of World Apple Day. This day reminds us that an apple is a symbol of physical, cultural and genetic diversity. This day usually includes: various demonstrations, apple inspired games like apple bobbing, preparing juice and cider, gardening advice, tasting and the sale of many varieties of apples. Apple day celebration originated in the UK, but it is ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Managing slug pressure during harvest

    Growers should be mindful that slugs can thrive when there is no leaf canopy to protect the crop. This, combined with heavy rainfall and reports of increased slug populations this year, mean that good slug control at harvest is paramount. Top tips for slug control during harvest: Attention to detail During harvest focus on your attention ...


    By Certis UK

  • Harvesting Corn Stover and Soil Quality

    Corn stover, left in fields after corn grain harvest, has been identified as a potential feedstock to help supply biofuel needed to offset a portion of the 14 million barrels of oils consumed daily by the U.S. transportation sector. It was projected to supply 256 million tons of the 1.4 billion tons of biomass (232 million Mg out of 1.3 billion Mg) estimated to be available each year. Corn stover ...

  • Non-chemical Pre-plant Soil Disinfestation

    The battle with pests, diseases and weeds is an everyday problem for every farmer. Due to the fact that 40% of the world’s food production is lost due to pests and diseases, farmers need to manage crop protection. An excellent example of the need for pesticides is cotton. It is a crop that is affected by various pests. Cotton farming accounts for more than 25% of all insecticides and 12% of ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Analysing pre and post-liberalisation impact on Indian industries

    The Gujarat economy has contributed in the overall economic development of India. The results show that key indicators like NVA, number of registrations, GFCF, FC, value of output and the employment prospects in the manufacturing units of Gujarat economy has increased and the liberalisation policies did not make much difference. The multiple regression equations reveal that liberalisation of this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Farm Practices to Preserve Fruit Quality After Harvesting

    The success of a farmer’s effort in crop production depends largely on the final phase of production, which is often followed by post-harvest losses that can reach up to 50%. Reducing this waste could improve global food production, and increase overall farmer’s profit. Activities that are carried out just before harvesting may have a major influence on final production. Post-harvest ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Falling water tables` knock-on effect on falling harvests

    Scores of countries are overpumping aquifers as they struggle to satisfy their growing water needs. The drilling of millions of irrigation wells has pushed water withdrawals beyond recharge rates, in effect leading to groundwater mining. The failure of governments to limit pumping to the sustainable yield of aquifers means that water tables are now falling in countries that contain more than half ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Rhizoma peanut yield and nutritive value are influenced by harvest technique and timing

    Rhizoma peanut (Arachis glabrata Benth.) is a warm-season perennial forage legume adapted to the southern USA. The objectives of this study were to evaluate harvest technique and timing on dry matter (DM) yield, crude protein (CP), acid detergent fiber (ADF), and acid detergent lignin (ADL) concentrations of rhizoma peanut. Two experiments (one without irrigation and one with irrigation) each ...

  • An optimal harvest date prediction tool for long–term storage of red currants

    Harvesting at the optimal time is critical for a high quality product destined for long–term storage. Still, there are insufficient tools to determine optimal harvest date. In this work, we present a very practical optimal harvest date tool based on a model developed several years ago and tested with several crops such as cherries, peaches, and nectarines. We have developed and validated ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Rising Meat Consumption Takes Big Bite out of Grain Harvest

    http://www.earth-policy.org/data_highlights/2011/highlights22 World consumption of animal protein is everywhere on the rise. Meat consumption increased from 44 million tons in 1950 to 284 million tons in 2009, more than doubling annual consumption per person to over 90 pounds. The rise in consumption of milk and eggs is equally dramatic. Wherever incomes rise, so does meat consumption. ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Peppermint productivity and oil composition as a function of nitrogen, growth stage, and harvest time

    The commercial production of peppermint (Mentha x piperita L.) is concentrated in more northern latitudes worldwide (north of the 41st parallel), including the United States. This 2-yr field study in Mississippi evaluated the effect of N (0, 80, and 160 kg/ha), growth stage (bud formation and flowering), and harvest time or cut (first cut in mid-July, second cut beginning of October) on ...

  • Biomass harvesting: how forest thinning can help prevent wildfires

    Every year, wildfires plague the nation. Once there’s an ignition source, dry foliage in country areas can quickly go up in flames, spreading through woodlands or grasslands quickly. While some wildfires can be small, others can be devastating and blaze through thousands of acres. While there’s no way to predict where wildfires may start, there are ways to minimize the damage of ...


    By Uzelac Industries, Inc

  • Plan Ahead For the Beet Harvest – Get Your Molasses Tanks in Place

    Although the UK’s farmers will not be harvesting their beet crops until around December onwards, it’s time to start planning ahead when it comes to storing molasses, a by-product of this harvest. Proven time and time again to be one of the best bases for a multitude of animal feeds, molasses should be stored correctly in order for the consistency and nutritional content to be ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Modelling of a roof runoff harvesting system: the use of rainwater for toilet flushing

    The water balance of a four-people family rainwater harvesting system was calculated in a case study. The experimental water saving efficiency (WSE) was calculated as 87%. A simple computer model was implemented to simulate the behaviour of the rainwater harvesting system. In general, the rainwater collector volumes predicted by the daily model had shown a good correlation with the experimental ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Critical grain and stover nitrogen concentrations at harvest for summer maize production in China

    A uniform critical N concentration is desirable to serve as an indicator of N status and to guide agricultural practice and regulation. Our objective was to evaluate whether grain and stover N concentrations in summer maize (Zea mays L.) at harvest can serve as indicators of N status, and to determine a critical grain and stover N concentration (CGNC and CSNC) for maize production in China. At ...

  • Bumper 2011 Grain Harvest Fails to Rebuild Global Stocks

    The world’s farmers produced more grain in 2011 than ever before. Estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the global grain harvest coming in at 2,295 million tons, up 53 million tons from the previous record in 2009. Consumption grew by 90 million tons over the same period to 2,280 million tons. Yet with global grain production actually falling short of consumption in 7 ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • An economic analysis of alfalfa harvest methods when infested with verticillium wilt

    Verticillium wilt is a disease that negatively affects alfalfa fields throughout the northern United States. This disease is caused by the fungus Verticillium albo-atrum that, once introduced into alfalfa fields, spreads rapidly, becomes difficult to control, and causes substantial plant yield loss. This disease can be extremely costly for alfalfa hay producers, especially for producers where ...

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