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 ...

  • Some but not all plants can defend themselves against disease on saline soil

    Some plants with resistance against a specific disease are also able to defend themselves effectively when they are stressed due to, for example, drought or saline soil. At the same time, the resistance of other plants no longer functions in these very same conditions. Although this had been assumed for some time, Wageningen scientist Christos Kissoudis is the first person to show why. As a ...

  • Efficiency for professionals

    “Contribute to increase the efficiency of professionals in potato, vegetable and irrigation business by integral and innovative solutions.” That is our Vision. From words to deeds, we have developed in close cooperation with our suppliers possibilities to combine different operations during potato planting, so it can be done in 1 single pass. This has the following benefits: ...


    By APH Group

  • Researchers say permafrost carbon release will be gradual

    Frozen Arctic and sub-Arctic soil that thaws from global warming will add substantial amounts of carbon to the atmosphere in the form of greenhouse gases, accelerating climate change the rest of the century, but it won't come in a sudden burst, researchers say in a new paper. A review by government and academic experts concludes that harmful carbon dioxide and methane generated by microbes ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bellota Agrisolutions at SIMA 2015

    This is the result of a significant Bellota Agrisolutions international presence and constant investment into new products. Bellota is presenting new models of ploughing discs and complements at the SIMA Show in Paris:  inPHInium discs: a range of the longest-lasting discs on the market, without any breakage, called inPHInium. They provide excellent balance between ...


    By Bellota Agrisolutions

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Daimer® New Carpet Shampooer Line Ships with Free Pre-Treatment Formulation

    U.S.A. – Daimer Industries, Inc.®, the business behind one of the most visited Web sites for global 50 Hz carpet shampooer machines, plans to ship a new carpet pretreatment formulation free with each of its value-priced XTreme Power® XPC-5750 steam carpet cleaners. The concentrated pretreatment can be diluted to yield nearly 235 liters of stain-lifting formula. The 5750 machines ...


    By Daimer Industries Inc.

  • 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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