Forestry Articles

  • Netting Alternatives for Cherry Trees & Wine Grapes

    Scare away unwanted birds Give birds something else to eat Implement liquid bird repellent Your cherry trees and wine grapes are more than just tasty for you and your family, they’re also delicious snacks for hungry birds. Don’t waste your time and money with ineffective nets to protect your fruit. Instead, try ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Canadian City Ready To Launch AD And Composting Facility

    The City of Surrey, British Columbia will be opening its 127,000 tons/year food waste and yard trimmings organics recycling operation in June. After eight years of planning and construction, Surrey, British Columbia is set to open an anaerobic digestion facility that will convert up to 127,000 tons of food waste and yard trimmings each year into renewable natural gas and high quality compost. ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Comparing RGB-based vegetation indices with NDVI for agricultural drone imagery

    Abstract Agribotix conducted a post hoc test of two vegetation indices, VARI and TGI, that used only the three visible-band signals from an unmodified CMOS camera. The results were compared to NDVI, which is generally considered to be a reliable measure of field health and the underlying RGB image. While the results are somewhat encouraging in limited cases, it is clear that neither VARI nor ...


    By Agribotix LLC

  • Effects of two different water sources used for irrigation on the soil geochemical properties and the quality of the Lohan guava (Psidium guajava L. Lohan)

    The effect of two different water sources (treated waste water and lake water) used for irrigation on the soil geochemical properties and the fruit quality parameters of the Lohan guava were studied. The fruits' physical attributes, physicochemical attributes, nutritional attributes, mineral content as well as consumers’ acceptance were evaluated. The properties of the different water sources ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Case study - Factory Rainscreen Façade

    Dortmund System kWp: 45 Area: 6,000 sq. m Inverter: Fronius Modules Used: PS-A-87A A rain screen cladding system for a factory façade on an existing steel and timber frame building utilising a SIKA bonded rain screen system. The installation improved the thermal insulation of the factory whilst making an attractive and overt statement about the factory owner's green ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Worth the wait, not the waste (part 3)

    And now the happy conclusion of our holiday serial! (In case you missed them, read part 1 and part 2.) After finding not a scrap or morsel for their winter’s nap, Luna the owl tells the barnyard animals what the farm ...


    By Eco Partners, Inc.

  • Landscape trees benefit from potassium-based superabsorbent polymer-amended backfill soil

    Weiner (1975) put it aptly when he stated that “However rewarding the act of tree planting may be, watching a young tree slowly die can be spiritually defeating.” Landscape plants, noted Richard Harris (1983) in his well-known “Arboriculture” book, “probably suffer more from moisture-related problems than from any other cause.” The success of tree planting ...

  • Agroforestry Mitigates Climate Change

    Climate changes, as one of the biggest threats to a global food security, highly influence natural resources that are essential for crop production. Farming is not only affected by the impact of climate changes, but it’s also a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Intensive farm practices that include both farm production and change of land use, directly affect the ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Climate-driven synchrony in seed production of masting deciduous and conifer tree species

    Abstract Aims Understanding fluctuations in plant reproductive investment can constitute a key challenge in ecology, conservation and management. Masting events of trees (i.e. the intermittent and synchronous production of abundant seeding material) is an extreme example of such fluctuations. Our objective was to establish the degree of spatial and temporal synchrony in common four masting ...


    By Jansen Poultry Equipment

  • New Cascadia: Game changers & Joshua trees

    Close your eyes and try to imagine the most inhospitable landscape you can. It’s arid, with little or no vegetation. The trees and shrubs that do grow are small and often prickly. It’s boiling hot during the day and can drop well below freezing at night, yet there is no shelter from the elements. And imagine you are sitting in a new Cascadia. On the rare occasion of rainfall, flash ...


    By Daimler AG

  • Valtra and Kesla are a perfect combination for forestry work

    Valtra and Kesla are an ideal pairing for forest tasks. Customers have used Valtra-Kesla combinations for years, of course, but now the two companies are also teaming up in product development and the sales network. For example, in Finland and some other markets Valtra and Kesla products can be purchased from the same dealer. The Unlimited Studio at the Valtra factory in Suolahti has also ...

  • Biomass harvesting: how forest thinning can help prevent wildfires

    Every year, wildfires plague the nation. Once there’s an ignition source, dry foliage in country areas can quickly go up in flames, spreading through woodlands or grasslands quickly. While some wildfires can be small, others can be devastating and blaze through thousands of acres. While there’s no way to predict where wildfires may start, there are ways to minimize the damage of ...


    By Uzelac Industries, Inc

  • A comparative study of lead adsorption by activated Khaya Ivoresnsis and Pycanthus Angolensis sawdust

    Experiments investigating lead adsorption by activated sawdust of different particle sizes of two timber species were conducted. The experimental data were fitted to isothermal and kinetic models. The optimum particle size was 0.85 mm for Khaya ivorensis and 1.18 mm for Pycanthus angolensis. The adsorption of lead by Khaya ivorensis and Pycanthus ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Technology that is making plants grow bigger and better

    This article outlines new and improved technology that is enabling growers to increase their yield and output of their crops. The technology includes carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors and controllers, soil moisture sensors, plant based sensors such as sap flow and dendrometers, and nutrient sensors such as EC and TDS sensors. All of the equipment can be automated and data sent to your smart phone or ...


    By Edaphic Scientific

  • A Moment Matching Approach for Generating Synthetic Data

    ABSTRACT Synthetic data are becoming increasingly important mechanisms for sharing data among collaborators and with the public. Multiple methods for the generation of synthetic data have been proposed, but many have short comings with respect to maintaining the statistical properties of the original data. We propose a new method for fully synthetic data ...


    By Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • This man turned an opium field into a sustainable coffee farm in Thailand

    Somsak Sriphumthong is on a caffeine-fueled mission. After years living and working abroad, the organic farmer and community leader returned to his native Thailand several years ago — during a time when the forests were being cleared for opium fields and rice plantations. Seeking a sustainable alternative, he started growing and selling organic coffee beans on reclaimed land. Why coffee? ...


    By Ensia

  • Opportunities to Generate Cash Flow for Family Forests Using Conservation Payments

    There has been significant discussion about the merits of stacking conservation payments over the past few years. A simple explanation for credit stacking is when landowners are paid for conservation practices on their property that provide multiple benefits to the environment. Examples of credits types that might be stacked include: endangered species, water quality, wetlands, and carbon. ...


    By The Climate Trust

  • Case study - Pelton Reforestation Ltd., Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

    “In 1986 our company used Sidel Systems to design and install a complete hot water heating system in our 135,000 sq./ft. greenhouse. The system was comprised of 51mm heating loops, headers with computer controlled mixing valves, and a 500 HP gas fires Cleaver Brooks Boiler outfitted with a matching flue gas condenser unit. Over the next 3 years we added additional greenhouse space and the ...


    By Sidel Systems USA Inc.

  • The influence of soil on vegetation structure and plant diversity in different tropical savannic and forest habitats

    Abstract Aims Soil plays an important role in the formation and heterogeneity of habitats and thus can cause changes in vegetation structure and plant diversity. The differentiation between Cerrado/savanna and forest is well known, but the relationship between soil and habitats from savannic or forest formations still needs to be better understood, particularly in tropical ...


    By Jansen Poultry Equipment

  • Effect of recycled water applied by surface and subsurface irrigation on the growth, photosynthetic indices and nutrient content of young olive trees in central Iran

    Water shortage has encouraged the quest for alternative sources of water for food production and agricultural development. Recycled water (RW) is one of the most available water resources with great potential for use in farm irrigation. This experiment was carried out to investigate the use of RW as the irrigation source and its application method, subsurface leaky irrigation (SLI) system or ...


    By IWA Publishing

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