Orchards Articles

  • What Rev Gilbert White heard?

    UPDATE: This story and audio has just featured on Paddy O’Connell’s Slow Radio feature on BBC Radio 4. You can listen here, starting at 41 mins 8 sec in. On 28 June 1792 – 225 years ago – the Rev Gilbert White, a pioneering English naturalist living in Selborne, Hampshire, England, heard ...


    By Vita Europe Limited

  • On site at Northdown Orchard Organic Farm

    On Saturday 15th of October we were on site with Mike and the team at Northdown Orchard, an existing customer who was kind enough to show us around the farm and let us snap some great photos at his site in exchange for a morning demonstrating our latest stone burier on his tractor. About Northdown Orchard The organic farm is a family run affair and sits on a site of ...


    By Farm Tech Supplies Ltd.

  • Five Ways to Manage the Soil for Planting

    The soil, as the primary resource for food production and the most important tool for every farmer, is crucial for farming. Successful farming begins with the quality soil, which provides water and essential nutrients to the crops. Rich and healthy soil, combined with the appropriate amount of water and sunlight can significantly contribute to global food production. Proper soil management ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Helpful Tips to Protect Your Apple Orchards

    Fall is here and apple orchards are a very popular place to visit with your family and friends. Getting excited to pick a fresh apple and eating a doughnut while drinking apple cider makes anyone excited for fall. But you don’t want the birds ruining your orchard. Learn how you can keep birds away with Avian Control’s tips on how to protect your apple orchards ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Case study - Le Verger de la Blottière

    Le Verger de la Blottière is a family-run company located in Maine-et-Loire in western France, which has been producing highly valued and quality apples and pears for three generations. Le Verger de la Blottière produces 20 different varieties of apples and pears, all valued for their taste and aromatic properties, where the notable Antares apple merits mention, which was ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Food For People Initiatives In Israel

    Leket Israel is the largest food rescue and redistribution network in Israel. Created in 2010, this network resulted in the merger of two former food bank organizations — Table to Table, founded in 2003 by Joseph Gitler to rescue and redeliver surplus food that would otherwise be discarded, and Leket Israel, The National Food Bank, founded in 2007. The organization’s programs ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 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

  • Taking a Tour to Turkey!!

    The most highlights of any place are counted with the number of tourists destinations there. And when it comes to Greece, there are many. Millions of people plan tours to turkey and other Mediterranean countries. There are many affordable Greece island tours which are mainly known for relaxation and fun all over the world. Welcoming healthy atmosphere, perfect climate and great food all together ...


  • LIVE FROM THE NCRS: Yet Another Busy Day at the NCRS

    So yesterday (Wednesday Jul 22, 2015) was another busy day to take advantage of the nice weather.  Like moving the wheat harvest operation over to Farm 7. ...

  • Strategies to Successfully Manage Northeastern Apple Pests

    A wide range of pests threaten Northeastern apple crops, forcing some growers to spend up to 25 percent of production costs to manage mites, insects, disease and other pests. Practical strategies to help growers lower this huge cost while protecting their region’s $580 million annual apple crop are outlined in ...

  • Facts & figures on palm oil

    Introduction Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is a common ingredient in a wide variety of products, ranging from biscuits, bread and noodles to shampoo, candles and deter-gents. It has been estimated that around half of all packaged items found in supermarkets contain it. Palm oil is also used as biofuel. The use of palm oil is expected to continue growing, with an esti-mated doubling of ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Semios Receives US EPA Approval for 3 New Pheromones To Target the Most Destructive Pests in the Apple & Pear Industry

    Vancouver, BC, November 24, 2014 – Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given US EPA approval for three aerosol pheromone products that disrupt the mating of codling moth and oriental fruit moth. “Our new formula performs extremely well at lower temperatures, emitting a drier mist that disperses quickly across an ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • Can We Prevent A Food Breakdown?

    Food & Water Security: Protecting our Most Precious Resources will be a major issue discussed at GLOBE 2014, taking place in Vancouver Canada march 26-28. This article by Lester R. Brown, reprinted here with the kind permission of the author, puts the issue of water and food security ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • A simulation study on effects of exposure to a combination of pesticides used in an orchard and tuber crop on the recovery time of a vulnerable aquatic invertebrate

    The aim of the conducted work was to assess whether populations effects and recovery times increase when a population of a vulnerable aquatic invertebrate is exposed to concentrations of one or multiple pesticides. The two sets of pesticide combinations are typical for orchard and tuber crops in The Netherlands. Exposure concentrations were predicted using the FOCUS step three modelling ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The impact of climate change and soil salinity in irrigation water demand on the Gaza Strip

    The presented work analyzes the potential impacts of the temperature, precipitation changes and water salinity on agricultural water demand. The study was carried out on five representative orchard crops (olive, palm, grapes, citrus and guava) that cover around 83% of the orchard farms in Gaza Strip. To achieve this goal, CropWat modeling software version 8.0 is used to calculate the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Bats at risk? Bat activity and insecticide residue analysis of food items in an apple orchard

    Although bats are reported as being threatened by pesticides, they are currently not considered in European Union pesticide risk assessments. The reason for that contradiction is probably related to the scarcity of information on bat activity in pesticide‐treated fields and the pesticide residues on their food items. The authors recorded bat activity and measured pesticide residues on ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • PureAire’s Methyl Bromide Monitor Gains Exposure from the Department of Pesticide Regulation

    There has been an increased awareness for methyl bromide safety in the past few months. Over a year ago two employees at a cold storage warehouse got physically ill from high levels of methyl bromide. The Ch3br gas was off gassing from the products causing a higher than safe level for the employees. Commodities being shipped from overseas must be fumigated in ports, or warehouses upon arrival to ...

  • Simulating pesticide transport from a sloped tropical soil to an adjacent stream

    Received for publication October 25, 2008. Preferential flow from stream banks is an important component of pesticide transport in the mountainous areas of northern Thailand. Models can help evaluate and interpret field data and help identify the most important transport processes. We developed a simple model to simulate the loss of pesticides from a sloped litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) orchard ...

  • California firm clears orchards for development, re-growth

    Although it is hard to tell it at first glance, many of the rural parts of north central California — those areas traditionally covered with full, lush orchards — are disappearing. A combination of agricultural economics and good old-fashioned real estate development are teaming up to turn land that was once invaluable for the crops it could yield, into land that is perhaps more valuable just as ...


  • Surface energy fluxes and evapotranspiration of a mango orchard grown in a semiarid environment

    Data from field experiments conducted in the semiarid climatic conditions of northeast Brazil were used to investigate the energy flux relations and evapotranspiration (ET) of a mango (Mangifera indica L.) orchard. The Bowen ratio–energy balance method was applied during the 1998–1999 fruiting cycles to estimate the energy balance components of the mango orchard, while the FAO Penman–Monteith ...

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