Soil Preparation News

  • Top 10 Reasons to Use MOMAX3 Moringa Seed

    Advanced Biofuel Center(ABC) has unveiled the Moringa oil industry’s most productive seeds worldly known as MOMAX3, which promise to deliver three times the yield of the industry average. The company says its ‘breakthrough’ seeds could help in establishment of Moringa Plantation for seeds oil production. ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Avoiding the Slippery Slope of Environmental Concerns With Non-toxic Biolubricants

    The lubricants industry is acutely aware of the need for environmentally-conscious options and sustainable development choices. In response to this demand, biolubricants began to make their mark a few years back. The term biolubricants applies to all lubricants that biodegrade expediently and which are non-toxic for both human beings and aquatic habitats. They may be plant-oil based (such as ...

  • Automated Soil pH Analysis

    MANTECH (Canada) a manufacturer of automated multi-parameter, titration, COD and BOD analyzers has recently installed a number of automated soil pH analyzers around the globe. Laboratories with demanding requirements came to MANTECH with the need for a durable and rugged solution to measure soil pH for difficult samples. The nature of these samples required complex sample preparation, timing and ...


    By MANTECH Inc.

  • Free Webinar: Optimizing Soil Health by Managing Nutrients

    With today's challenges, it's becoming increasingly important to practice land stewardship, protect water quality, and ensure food security.  Maintaining soil health is crucial for increased crop productivity, preventing nutrient runoff, and decreasing costs of crop inputs.  One of the first steps in managing soil health is knowing current nutrient levels ...


    By NECi Superior Enzymes

  • 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

  • Two-Day Conference Focuses on Boosting Hops Production

    Ohio hops growers experienced strong demand in 2015 for the specialty crop used as a key ingredient in craft beers, and, experts say, the demand isn’t likely to decline soon. Hops is a main ingredient beer manufacturers use to provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of malt sugars in their product. “Ten years ago, you could count all of Ohio’s breweries on your fingers and ...


    By Ohio State University

  • 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

  • European owners satisfied with their Direct 2.0 tractors

    The latest version of Valtra’s stepless transmission has won praise from owners around the world. The new Direct 2.0 is even easier to use, more powerful, quieter, more comfortable and more fuel efficient than previous versions. For example, cab noise levels on the T163 EcoPower model have been reduced to just 68.5 decibels. The Direct 2.0 transmission is available with the N123, N143, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Population has bigger effect than climate change on crop yields, study suggests

    Population pressure will be as significant a factor as climate change in reducing crop yields — and thus increasing food insecurity — in West Africa, according to a modelling study. The authors inserted different ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Namibia`s satellite centre to warn of disaster threats

    A new satellite data centre in Namibia will help farmers prepare for droughts, floods, bushfires and pests. The Earth Observation and Satellite Applications Research and Training Centre (EOSA-RTC), was launched this month (6 July) in collaboration with the African Monitoring of the Environment for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • Farmer-to-farmer videos improve rice production worldwide

    In a new blog entry, Worldwatch Research Intern Alex Tung reports on efforts by smallholder rice farmers to improve production through instructional videos developed and distributed by farmers themselves. Some 80 percent of the world"s rice production is grown by smallholder farmers in developing countries, according to the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • New mission will provide global maps of soil moisture and ocean salinity

    ESA's next Earth Explorer, SMOS, has just passed the all-important Flight Acceptance Review, signifying that all the elements that make up the mission are in place for launch later this year. The satellite can now be prepared for its journey to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The Flight Acceptance Review is a formal procedure to ensure that all the mission elements are in order and ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • 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 ...

  • Where have all the soil and groundwater students gone? - SSSA

    Why are the number of students studying soil science as a major declining across the United States? Mary Collins, University of Florida, Gainesville, writes about this in an article published in the 2008 Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. Collins notes that the faculties who work closely with undergraduate students have seen this steady decline for several years. And there ...

  • Defra extends suspension of waterlogged soil regulations for farmers to harvest cereals, oilseeds and protein crops

    Following a request from farming representatives, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has granted a further temporary exemption from the cross compliance standard for farmers who need to use mechanical equipment and vehicles on waterlogged soil to harvest their cereals, oilseeds and protein crops in England (GAEC 3). The Environment Secretary has the power to give an exemption from the requirement ...

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