Topsoil Articles

  • Hit the Spring Planting Target with Hydraulic Down Force

    Will Hutchinson enjoys a good challenge, especially when it comes to improving production on his row crop, wheat and alfalfa farm near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. So when he saw the opportunity to leverage Ag Leader’s Hydraulic Down Force system to prevent a common problem and improve his planting operations on acres where he plants cover crops, he jumped at the chance. Two years later, ...


    By Ag Leader Technology

  • Wood Recycler Expands Into Compost Manufacturer

    How a company that started as a small tree care service in the late 1980s evolved into a compost and mulch manufacturer with multiple facilities in the Southeast U.S. Our growth since the beginning can be summed up pretty easily — we’ve gone where our customers have needed us to go,” explains Chris Cowart, owner of Cowart, Inc., a large producer of high quality composts and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The use of constructed wetlands for the treatment and reuse of urban wastewater for the irrigation of two warm-season turfgrass species under Mediterranean climatic conditions

    Constructed wetlands (CWs) represent low-cost technology for the treatment and reuse of wastewater in urban areas. This study aimed to evaluate the pollutant removal efficiency of a CW system and to assess the effects of irrigation using treated urban wastewater on soil and on two warm-season turf species. The research was carried out in Sicily (Italy) on a pilot-scale horizontal subsurface ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How a new way of thinking about soil sparked a national movement in agriculture

    For three weeks every month, Ray Archuleta captivates audiences with a few handfuls of soil. He begins with two clumps, dropping them into water. The soil from a farm where the soil isn’t tilled holds together, while the tilled soil immediately disperses, indicating poor soil structure. Next, volunteers from the audience — mostly farmers and ranchers — pour water over a soil ...


    By Ensia

  • 5 Essential Farm Implements For Smallholders

    What are your top tools or farm implements that make life as a smallholder that much easier? What’s on your Christmas wish list or gets regular use around your plot? We asked our team to share their essential implements and have created the Farm Tech Supplies Top 5 List of Farm Implements! If you have a trusted piece of farm equipment you couldn’t do without, ...


    By Farm Tech Supplies Ltd.

  • Four Crushing, Screening Demos Lined Up in Ohio and Michigan

    Ohio and Michigan are getting four open house demonstrations at four different locations and facilities. The organizing companies, Midwest Aggregate Parts, LLC and MB America, Inc. will showcase the processing capabilities of the crushing and screening attachments. The demonstrations will include the processing of concrete, asphalt, topsoil, compost and stone. The two companies are ...


    By MB Crusher

  • Foster Church, Spring Valley, New York - Case study

    Project Name: Foster Church Products: Terratame2 Applications:  Overflow Grass Parking City: Spring Valley State/Province: New York Install Date:  April 2015 Client: Foster Church Install Size: 840 sq meters (9,000 sq ft) Address: 467-477 Pascack Road, Spring Valley, NY Designer:  N/A ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Let’s stop treating our soil like dirt

    One of the most underappreciated resources on our planet, soil does much more than grow crops The United Nations’ International Year of Soils is hardly a media darling. Maybe it’s because many people are like me, who recall Mom’s words: “Take off your shoes! Don’t bring dirt ...


    By Ensia

  • Ordinances To Amend Soils Boost Compost Demand

    Municipalities everywhere are realizing that some of the environmental issues they are grappling with locally may be mitigated by healthier soils. In the late 1990s, when Puget Sound Chinook salmon was listed as threatened, Washington State officials scrambled to find ways to improve water quality in the Puget Sound and protect spawning streams. They identified a number of methods to reduce ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Aerobic Composting 101

    If you have recently purchased a compost tumbler bin, let me be the first to say congratulations! You’ve just taken the first step toward aerobic composting. What is aerobic composting, you ask, and why is it so great? In this article, we’ll explain how aerobic composting works and what you need to do to get started. There are two main types of composting, aerobic and anaerobic. ...


    By Biofinch Ltd.

  • Seasonal changes in the performance of a catch crop for mitigating diffuse agricultural pollution

    An in situ technology for mitigating diffuse agricultural pollution using catch crops was developed for simultaneously preventing nitrate groundwater pollution, reducing nitrous oxide (N2O) gas emissions, and removing salts from the topsoil. Seasonal changes in the performance of a catch crop were investigated using lysimeters in a full-scale greenhouse experiment with 50 d ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The fate of lead at abandoned and active shooting ranges in a boreal pine forest

    Changes in leaching, availability, bioaccumulation, and vertical distribution of lead (Pb) in soil 20 years after the cessation of shooting activity were studied by comparing three pine forest sites in southern Finland: an active shooting range, an abandoned shooting range, and a noncontaminated control site. At both shooting ranges, shooting activity had lasted for 20 years, but it had taken ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Effect of incorporation of some wastes on a wheat-guar rotation system on soil physical and chemical properties

    Abstract Background Improving levels of organic matter in desert soils is necessary for their cultivation. A two-year study (2008 to 2010) was conducted on a sandy clay loam soil at the experimental research farm of the Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan to determine the effect of application of crop residue, sewage sludge, and humentos on selected soil properties in wheat-guar crop rotation ...

  • How Much Will it Cost to Save Our Economy’s Foundation?

    During the past two summers, Pakistan was hit with catastrophic floods. The record flooding in the late summer of 2010 was the most devastating natural disaster in Pakistan’s history. The media coverage reported torrential rains as the cause, but there is much more to the story. When Pakistan was created in 1947, some 30 percent of the landscape was covered by forests. Now it is 4 percent. ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Spatial interpolation of cadmium contamination of agricultural soils in Changhua County, Taiwan

    A robust spatial model to interpolate topsoil cadmium concentrations monitored by Taiwan EPA was constructed for assessment of health risks posed by this contamination in Changhua County, Taiwan. kriging methods, using a Geographic Information Systems (GIS), were used to estimate the range and severity of topsoil contamination. Optimised Kriging models and geostatistical analyses revealed that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cocoa industrial debris composting in soil and earthworm breeding

    Toasted husk, the main cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) industrialization by-product, was added to pots in different husk doses with 1 kg of topsoil from a cocoa plantation (Umbrisol) and then treated with 5 earthworms (Pontoscolex corethrurus) during 60 days, in a greenhouse experiment. Amendment enhanced (p < 0.5) soil organic matter, water retention, bulk density. Best dose for earthworms ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Cocoa industrial debris composting in soil and earthworm breeding

    Toasted husk, the main cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) industrialization by-product, was added to pots in different husk doses with 1 kg of topsoil from a cocoa plantation (Umbrisol) and then treated with 5 earthworms (Pontoscolex corethrurus) during 60 days, in a greenhouse experiment. Amendment enhanced (p < 0.5) soil organic matter, water retention, bulk density. Best dose for earthworms ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Ten steps to sell more product now

    In today’s economy, buyers are being far more selective about the purchases they are making. Consumers are looking for bargains and shopper-savvy, buying opportunities. And in all candor, the best time to exploit a good purchasing deal is when inventory is backing up, operating budgets have been cut to the bone and the trade balance leans heavily in favor of the demand side of the scale versus ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Topsoil properties as affected by tillage systems in the rolling pampa region of Argentina

    Improved topsoil structural quality is expected under no-till farming, but soil physical constraints can develop under continuous no-till. Our objectives were: to evaluate the properties of loam, silty loam, and silty clay loam soils under various management practices on a regional scale; to clarify the relationship between soil organic matter pools and soil physical properties; and to find a ...

  • Even Sapir Power Station, Jerusalem, Israel - Case Study

    Jerusalem, like any growing city, has increasing needs for water, power, and land, but unlike most cities, Jerusalem is the focal point for three of the world’s major religions. In this city of antiquity, balancing urban growth with natural and historical beauty is a continuing challenge. One such challenge came with the construction of the Even Sapir power station. Built on a mountain ...


    By Presto Geosystems

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