Crop Cultivation Articles

  • A matter of keeping the litter dry

    Asger Petersen from the marshland in the southwestern corner of Denmark has been producing chickens for nearly twenty years. Eight years ago Asger changed to organic with outdoor runs. From consultant to farmer For many years I was a consultant in the Danish poultry industry. My trade was feed formulation. Since I became a poultry farmer myself, I have seen a lot of changes ...


    By DACS A/S

  • Mutations in Argonaute5 Illuminate Epistatic Interactions of the K1 and I Loci Leading to Saddle Seed Color Patterns in Glycine max

    The soybean (Glycine max) seed coat has distinctive, genetically programmed patterns of pigmentation and the recessive k1 mutation can epistatically overcome the dominant I and ii alleles, which inhibit seed color by producing small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting chalcone synthase (CHS) mRNAs. Small RNA sequencing of dissected regions of immature seed coats demonstrated that CHS siRNA levels ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Start Thinking About This Season’s Blueberry Crop: Keep Birds Away

    Start with bird scare tactics Try building netting barriers Use chemical treatments Nothing can ruin delicious blueberry muffins, pancakes or jams more than not having blueberries. Keeping your blueberry crops safe is of the utmost importance for the economy (and our tastebuds). Avian Enterprises sheds some light on which methods work or don’t work to save ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Case study - REDWAVE XRF - State-of-the-art technology for ore mining

    Here, ore mining began in the fourth century - a date which is supported by remains of melting furnaces found in the small Styrian town called Eisenerz (the German word for iron ore). The name could not be more characteristic. The reddish terraces of the Erzberg, the largest open cast mine of Central Europe and, at the same time, the largest siderite deposit worldwide, are widely visible. It is ...

  • How to produce good quality silage

    We all know the benefits of good silage. But are we really all doing everything we can to produce good quality silage? If you want to help protect your farm business against ups and downs in milk or meat prices, or feed costs, there’s a straightforward approach: maximise the amount of milk or meat produced from home-grown forage. It is arguably one of a livestock farm’s biggest ...


    By Ecosyl Products Limited

  • 7 Species of Bees Added to Endangered List

    Introduction For the first time in history, several American bee species have been classified as endangered. There are many factors that have contributed to the decline in bee populations in recent years, with climate change being at the root of many of these issues. In order to save the dwindling number of bees, we must implement the mitigation and management plans that are in place, ...


    By Climate Institute

  • Award-winning Agritech Expo Zambia returns to Chisamba in April as agri sector continues to move with the times

    “As Zambian agriculture continues moving with changing times and environment, so does our Agritech Expo. Farmers should brace themselves for yet another awe-inspiring agribusiness and agricultural technology and B2B platform” says an excited Mr Coillard Hamusimbi, the Head of Services and Agribusiness for the ...

  • Study: Biological treatments in early production of tomatoes

    At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, Plant Pathology Research Technician Travis Cranmer is working to analyze the efficacy of biopesticides against root diseases in hydroponic tomato production. The study’s findings were released at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference in Niagara Falls in October 2016. Cranmer shares some of his ...

  • Microencapsulation of Flavors and Fragrances by Spray Drying

    Recently, encapsulation of active ingredients in powder has gained much attraction. This technology could enable novel formulations for products in many fields, such as pharma, biology, food and cosmetics. The main purpose of encapsulation is to protect the sensitive compound in a solid matrix against the damage of the surrounding environment during the shelf life. Encapsulation has also been ...


    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG

  • TrueNDVI vs. Synthetic NDVI Explained

    Not all NDVI is created equal Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) imagery products have become increasingly common in precision agriculture applications. More companies are offering NDVI and NDVI-like products, including “Synthetic NDVI” images from drone platforms. At Sentera, it is our mission to provide you only the most valuable crop health data, which ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Case study - Cedar Greenhouse

    Wales System kWp: 1.08 Area: 24.96 Inverter: SMA Soladin 600 Modules Used: PS-C-901 Transparent The custom built cedar greenhouse had been designed to accept 12 of Polysolar's 90 W transparent modules. Polysolar supplied the panels and all electrical balance of system. Objective: Supply only 12 90w transparent modules and electrical system for a bespoke built ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Standardizing defluoridation of community waters using bone char

    Different bone char (BC) preparation methods affect the physical chemical properties and therefore the capacity to remove fluoride. Fluoride removal capacities of BC prepared at three controlled temperatures, with particle grain sizes of 250–500 μm, 500–1,000 μm and 1,000–1,800 μm were determined in column experiments with an initial fluoride concentration of 8.55 mg/L. The sorbent was ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessment of groundwater vulnerability to nitrate pollution caused by agricultural practices

    Environmental risk assessment is a step towards identification, analysis, and classification of risk factors and thus reduction of the possibility of adverse consequences. In this research, a novel approach for environmental risk assessment on groundwater pollution is applied. By combination of aquifer vulnerability DRASTIC map, pollution severity and prioritizing of the plain regions by the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Hydroseeding for Transportation Projects

    Hydroseeding has connections with most forms of transportation, including revegetation around highways, airports, and mass transit projects. It is even a part of water-related travel, if one considers work done on the grounds at marinas, shipping channels, and ports. ...


    By FINN Corporation

  • Two Great Brands Grow Together as ECBVerdyol

    ErosionControlBlanket.com and Verdyol Plant Research are pleased to announce that merging of their operations, resulting in the launch of a single, more customer focused brand, ECBVerdyol. “ECBVerdyol represents the bringing together of two strong organizations, and an incredible depth of established products”, said Mark Myrowich, CEO, ECBVerdyol. “As a unified company, ...


    By Erosion Control Blanket

  • Fine-tuning plant growth in the face of drought

    Limiting shoot growth is an important survival strategy for plants during times of drought; smaller leaves mean that less water is lost through transpiration and more is retained in the soil. As drought stress restricts both cell division and expansion – processes that rely on specialized microtubule arrays – factors that regulate microtubule organization and stability likely affect a ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Recognition of the Magnaporthe oryzae effector AVR-Pia by the decoy domain of the rice NLR immune receptor RGA5

    Abstract Nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat proteins (NLRs) are important receptors in plant immunity that allow recognition of pathogen effectors. The rice NLR RGA5 recognizes the Magnaporthe oryzae effector AVR-Pia through direct interaction. Here, we gained detailed insights into the molecular and structural bases of AVR-Pia-RGA5 interaction and the role of the RATX1 decoy ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Tracheophytes contain conserved Orthologs of a Basic Helix-loop-helix transcription factor to modulate root hair specific genes

    Abstract Root Hair Specific (RHS) genes, which contain the root hair-specific cis-element (RHE) in their regulatory regions, function in root hair morphogenesis. Here, we demostrate that an Arabidopsis thaliana basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor, ROOT HAIR DEFECTVE SIX-LIKE 4 (RSL4), directly binds to the RHE in vitro and in vivo, up-regulates RHS genes, and stimulates root hair ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Changing climate changes soils

    Varied predictions for soil organic matter as climate changes The hottest months. The snowiest winters. Catastrophic floods and droughts. Climate change impacts lives across the world in drastic and unpredictable ways. This unpredictability also extends to the more subtle – yet still important – effects of climate change. For example, it is ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • TiO2 as an effective nanocatalyst for photocatalytic degradation of humic acid in water environment

    Photocatalysis with TiO2 is used to remove humic acid (HA) in a water environment under UVA and UVC light. The effects of operating parameters, including light intensity, HA concentration, catalyst dose, and contact time are investigated at neutral pH conditions. Results show that HA degradation increases with increasing contact time and light intensity and decreases with increasing HA ...


    By IWA Publishing

Need help finding the right suppliers? Try XPRT Sourcing. Let the XPRTs do the work for you