Agriculture Land News

  • Preserve, promote, and utilise rich soil life

    Healthy soil life can contribute to sustainable agriculture which, in addition to ensuring a good yield, keeps diseases under control and generates carbon and nitrogen retention. That is what Prof. Gerlinde De Deyn, Professor holding a personal chair in Soil Ecology, asserted in her inaugural address at Wageningen University & Research on 18 May. Life underground is richer in species than ...

  • Soil Association demands clarity on `organic` cosmetics ingredients

    A UK food and farming charity is calling on personal care manufacturers to clearly indicate if products labelled 'natural' or 'organic' contain potentially harmful chemicals. While there is no EU legislation for the use of the terms in relation to health and beauty products, independent certifications are in place. The Soil Association ...


    By Chemical Watch Research Ltd

  • World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

    Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on  ...

  • Writing an equation for soil success

    Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant’s roots, tiny bugs – these things can tell one soil from another quite easily. Soil scientists typically measure different aspects of soil — how much air it contains, how well it retains water, heat, and more — to ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • `We need a new approach for better soil`

    ‘Dutch agricultural soils are not future-proof’ was a widely accepted statement at the final meeting of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Sustainable Soil. Breeders, chain partners, suppliers, the government and the science sector see a gradual deterioration in soil quality and are joining forces within the PPP to find a solution. “It isn’t a simple matter,” says ...

  • Soil moisture for crop health topic of symposium

    Soil moisture sensing through either contact or remote technology captures soil-plant-water information that relates closely with plant water availability and use. Innovations in remote sensing technologies can inform plant health assessments and more. The “Soil Moisture Sensing for Crop Health Assessment and Management” symposium planned at the Resilience Emerging ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Restore Life to Your Soil With Vermaplex/Black Worm Castings

    Farmers and gardeners alike are looking for ways to improve the health of their soil and ability to store water for drought relief. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service released its “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” campaign, ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • Semios Special Offer Provides Soil Moisture Monitoring Solution Free to Precision Farming Customers for Two Years.

    Semios, the provider of real-time agricultural information for precision farming, offers two years of free soil moisture monitoring for their customers to optimize irrigation efficiencies, improving crop quality and yield. CEO Michael Gilbert said, “Water shortages have been tough for farmers. By fine-tuning irrigation to where and when it is most needed, farmers can protect their crops ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • Vegetable Workshop Series Offers Insight into Alternative Crops, Soil Health

    Growing hops and barley crops is an increasingly popular way to generate additional income from the farm. But before growers decide to devote some acreage to these new crops, they need to understand the costs and labor involved in growing them. Allen Gahler, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Sandusky County, said that while there is a strong and growing market for hops and barley in ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Keeping a pulse on the soil

    Leaving behind stubble is not ideal when shaving, but it’s a good practice to leave behind crop “stubble” after harvest. According to soil scientist Frank Larney, crop residue anchors the soil against wind and water erosion. Avoiding bare soils is one part of a soil conservation package he and his research team demonstrate in a 12-year experiment growing pulses in southern ...

  • The Quest ATR is perfect for testing soil

    The ecological health of soil can be monitored with the Quest ATR. The organic and mineral components of soil can be established by testing with ATR-IR spectroscopy. Check your plants/crops/etc have the right nutrients for good health. Make sure there is enough calcium, not too much nitrogen or carbon. Map large areas according to the deficit or abundance of minerals. The ...


    By Specac Limited

  • HydraProbe selected to be used in Canada’s RISMA Network for Agricultural Monitoring

    A new study published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal investigated the field performance of 5 soil moisture instruments in heavy clay soils in the RISMA network. The HydraProbe outperformed TDR and capacitance-based soil sensors in terms of stability and accuracy in Manitoba’s agricultural soil. Much of soil in the Canadian Prairie ...

  • Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides

    Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating exposure to toxic farm chemicals. But in this case, the breeze pushed the pesticide over the crew in a neighboring field, where it fell mostly on women, including at least one who was ...


    By Associated Press

  • Private land conservation in Poland lacks landowner support

    Conservation on private land in Poland is supported by less than half of landowners, a new study suggests. The authors conclude that both conservation agencies and landowners could benefit from voluntary conservation schemes financial incentives and more participatory decision-making processes, while civic organisations could play a vital coordinating role. Including private land in protected ...

  • Flood risk from modern agricultural practices can be mitigated with interventions

    In the face of substantial evidence that modern land use management practices have increased runoff at the local scale, a new study reveals changes in local land use management practices can reduce the risk of local flooding. However, there is little evidence so far that these local increases in runoff culminate in large-scale flooding effects. To address this lack of evidence, the researchers ...

  • Screening soil moisture conditions reveals an increased risk of drought in a Swedish drainage basin

    The risk of drought in the Norrström drainage basin, Sweden, increased during the 20th century, a new study has found. As the frequency of the dry periods increased, less water was available in the landscape for agriculture and for the resupply of groundwater — despite an increase in precipitation in the area over the same period. The researchers reached this conclusion after screening ...

  • Soil-improving by-product holds key to future

    The economic and environmental benefits of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) as a means of producing renewable energy are already well documented. But one aspect of the industry often overlooked are the opportunities to put the leftover material, produced by the AD process, to good use. It’s a subject worth a much closer look, because the fertiliser produced by the generation of biogas can play a ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

  • Controlled ‘reset’ for nematode-infested soil

    Harmful nematodes that damage the soil can be controlled by creating an environment in which they are temporarily deprived of oxygen. Covering the soil with plastic film or a layer of water encourages anaerobic bacteria to produce fatty acids, which will kill most nematodes. “It does sometimes take a while,” says Leendert Molendijk, soil expert at Wageningen UR. Molendijk and his ...

  • OriginClear Harvests Highly-Concentrated Algae For Soil Enrichment

    OriginClear Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of breakthrough water cleanup technology, and partner AlgEternal, today announced that, based on AlgEternal’s field tests, it believes that its pure algae concentrate, harvested with OriginClear ...


    By OriginClear Inc.

  • Detailed soil information for Africa now available

    Zoom in on an African village, and see whether the soil is clayey or sandy, or how much nutrients or organic carbon it contains. This is now possible since ISRIC and partners have launched detailed freely accessible soil property maps for Africa. The maps, that can be explored in Google Earth, contain predictions of more than 20 soil properties at six standard depths at 250 meter ...

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