Soil Preparation News

  • Sustainable mechanization has much to offer in sub-Saharan Africa

    Feeding the burgeoning world population will require significant improvements in agricultural productivity, above all in Africa, and mechanization and appropriate mechanization strategies have a large role to play, according to a new report from FAO. The opportunity must be guided in a way that meets smallholder farmers' needs and that does not require a Green-Revolution type of approach with ...

  • Kinze Recommends 10 Tips for Spring Planter Preparation

    Kinze Manufacturing is celebrating 50 years in business this year, with thousands of planters and grain carts running strong on farms around the world. Many of Kinze’s employees are farmers themselves and know that spending a little time on machinery maintenance during the off-season can help ensure planters are running at their best when the planting window finally arrives. With that in ...


    By KINZE Manufacturing Inc

  • Global plans of action endorsed to halt the escalating degradation of soils

    Urgent action is required to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources and stop land degradation, so as to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water, energy and raw materials, government representatives and experts meeting at FAO warned today. The Global Soil Partnership has endorsed a series of action plans ...

  • Program designed to help prepare for droughts

    Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Business commits to UNCCD capacity building for soil leadership

    UNCCD today launched a Soil Leadership Academy with support from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and leading WBCSD member Syngenta and called on other business and stakeholders to join. The main goal of the joint initiative is to fill the gap in capacity building opportunities for policy makers to address land management issues, through distilling and sharing the ...


    By Syngenta

  • Fewer indicators may be sufficient to assess soil quality

    Although soil quality is best assessed using a wide range of indicators, a smaller set may be more practical and still provide the necessary information needed to choose between land management systems. This is the conclusion of a new study in Brazil that evaluated three different indexes of soil quality based on three sets of indicators. In order to ensure farming is sustainable, there is a ...

  • WSSA Spotlights the Contributions Made by Cooperative Extension Program

    The U.S. Cooperative Extension Program is approaching its 100-year anniversary – an important milestone for an organization that has helped to transform American agriculture since its founding in May 1914. Through the years, extension agents have taught farmers how to manage crops more efficiently, win the battle against weeds and other pests, and produce significantly more food per acre. ...


    By PRWeb

  • African soil diversity mapped for the first time

    A team of international experts has drawn up the Soil Atlas of Africa — the first such book mapping this key natural resource — to help farmers, land managers and policymakers understand the diversity and importance of soil and the need to manage it through sustainable use. They say that despite soil's importance, most people in Africa lack knowledge about it, partly because ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Before spring planting expert says, `Dig a little. Learn a lot.`

    As spring temperatures go up, it's an excellent time for farmers, ranchers and gardeners to focus their attention down to the soil below them. A spring check-up of your soil's health gives clues of your ground's ability to feed plants, hold water, capture carbon and more.  No fancy equipment required. Just grab a spade or shovel and prepare your senses todig a little and learn a lot. "It ...

  • Carbon payments `could help enrich African soil`

    Paying farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to sequester carbon may provide a stronger incentive to improve soil quality than simply offering official fertiliser subsidies, a modelling study has found. In recent years, fertiliser subsidies have been vigorously promoted to farmers in countries like Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. But despite widespread levels of soil degradation, take-up rates ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Daimer® Bundles Heated Carpet Cleaners with Pre-Treatment Preparation

    U.S.A. – May 9, 2012 - Daimer Industries, Inc.®, a company that created the most popular Web site for heated 50 Hz commercial carpet cleaners, is shipping a new pretreatment formula at no charge with all of its heated XTreme Power® XPH-5850T steam carpet cleaning systems. The super-concentrated pre-treatment preparation dilutes to make nearly 235 liters of dirt-removing solvent. The ...


    By Daimer Industries Inc.

  • Daimer Releases Bundles Heated Carpet Cleaners with Pre-Treatment Preparation

    U.S.A. – April 17, 2012 -- Daimer Industries, Inc.®, a company that created the most popular Web site for heated 50 Hz commercial carpet cleaners, is shipping a new pretreatment formula at no charge with all of its hesated XTreme Power® XPH-5850T steam carpet cleaning systems. The super-concentrated pre-treatment preparation dilutes to make nearly 235 liters of dirt-removing ...


    By Daimer Industries Inc.

  • Manure runoff depends on soil texture

    Research has documented the rise of nutrient runoff from flat agricultural fields with high rates of precipitation that adds nitrates and phosphates to waterways. These nutrients increase the amount of phytoplankton in the water, which depletes oxygen and kills fish and other aquatic creatures. While injecting animal manure slurry into the soil has been proven to be an effective way of reducing ...

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 18 November–1 December

    Below is a round up of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period: 18 November–1 December 2010 Climate change centres for five African countries Plans are afoot to launch research centres in five Southern African countries to study adaptation to climate change. The centres will focus on improving the sustainable use of soils, water and biodiversity in Angola, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 4–17 November 2010

    Below is a round up of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 4–17 November 2010 Establish green technology fund, experts say Nigerian experts have called for a green technology fund to help tackle many environmental problems the country faces. At the end of the 4th National Stakeholders' Forum for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development in Nigeria, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Unique Acacia tree`s promise to revive African soils

    Scientists said at the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry that a type of acacia tree with an unusual growth habit-unlike virtually all other trees-holds particular promise for farmers in Africa as a free source of nitrogen for their soils that could last generations. With its nitrogen-fixing qualities, the tall, long-lived acacia tree, Faidherbia albida (Mgunga in Swahili) could limit the use of ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • EXPOFLOR 2009: Promotion of the flower for growing media and soil improvers

    On 6-8 March 2009, the Spanish (Murcia) Competent Body manned a booth at the EXPOFLOR 2009 fair to show the advantages of the European Ecolabel and EMAS for growing media and soil improvers. EXPOFLOR takes place in Lorca every two years and provides the opportunity for national and international representatives in the horticulture and gardening sectors to showcase their newest technologies and ...

  • Deep ploughing reduces diversity and number of earthworms

    Less invasive soil preparation methods in farming, such as harrowing, have a positive impact on the numbers, biomass, and species richness of earthworms, unlike conventional ploughing, according to new research. The long-term study compared the results of five different methods of soil preparation on agricultural land in Germany over a ten-year period. Earthworms play a major role in the ...

  • Scientists to map out earth`s soil

    Some of the answers to the world’s greatest challenges -- such as climate change, food security, and water scarcity -- lie right beneath our feet. Responding to these and other critical issues, a group of scientists from around the world have announced an ambitious new plan to digitally map the Earth’s soil and its properties. Scientists, industry leaders, and government officials gathered ...

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