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  • Improving Groundwater with Chemical Treatments

    Groundwater contributes to the health and well-being of a natural environment in the area and those systems connected to it. There are times that contaminants create an imbalance in groundwater, and a groundwater treatment system needs to be applied. Here are some chemical treatments that work to help ...


    By PotashCorp

  • The risks of spreading slurry after first silage cut

    Livestock farmers spreading slurry onto fields after first-cut grass silage face heightened risks of contamination after this year’s early start to the season, a silage specialist is warning, especially if following the current trend to more frequent silage cutting.The risks of spreading slurry after first silage cut According to Ecosyl silage expert, Darran Ward, spreading slurry after ...


    By Volac International Limited

  • Taking the Guesswork Out of Precision Scouting Drones

    The Rise of Precision Scouting Drones A few weeks ago, I attended a summit at Louisiana State University regarding precision scouting drones and their application in agriculture. It was a wonderfully informational gathering of agronomists, producers, and a few lucky industry types like myself. Professors and agronomic experts from the LSU Extension Service presented their ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Seasonality & optimal calf care

    Changing seasons, and challenging seasonal extremes (cold, heat and humidity), add extra challenges for a young calf and the caregivers management must be dynamic in order to provide optimal care. A reminder of calf needs should be outlined, especially with the primary calf worker(s). Topics of focus should involve: Optimal nutrition, the importance of access to clean water, clean and dry resting ...


    By Grober Nutrition USA

  • American Rose Trials for Sustainability Introduces its First Winning Roses for 2018 - Case Study

    A new American rose trialing program — American Rose Trials for Sustainability® — moves forward in the quest to identify beautiful, reliable and sustainable selections. American Rose Trials for Sustainability®(A.R.T.S.®) is a new U.S. landscape and garden rose trialing program introducing its first winning roses – seven in all – for 2018. ...

  • Beef Farmer Spring 2017 `Trace elements are key to growth rates`

    Iodine has a direct impact on growth rates as it is incorporated into the thyroid hormones which control metabolism, promoting efficient live weight gain. Annie Williams, Animal Scientist with Agrimin says that many beef units fall short on achieving optimum growth rates because animals do not receive adequate levels of trace elements at grass. She says that with increased feed costs, many ...


    By Agrimin Limited

  • U.S. Farm-Raised Finfish and Shellfish

    Seafood has long been recognized as an important component of a healthy diet. Seafood contains high quality, complete protein and an important array of nutrients, while it is low in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fats. The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found primarily in fish have been clearly documented. U.S. farm-raised seafood is an important center of the plate choice that can ...


    By Aquacare Environment Inc

  • Blending and Bagging at Sungro Production Facility

    What’s In The Bag? A recent visit by FibreDust to the Sun Gro Horticulture blending facility, located just outside of Orlando, Florida, gave a glimpse into the business of soilless media and blending. The facility had a massive mixing and bagging line with 14 huge hoppers that added essential ingredients to soilless blends. Numerous tidy bunkers of various additives were scattered ...


    By Waterman Group

  • `Standards are desperately needed for plastic and pesticide contamination in soil´

    In addition to plastic in the oceans, plastic contamination in arable land throughout Europe and other parts of the world is a growing problem. No standards exist for these types of soil pollutants, nor for pesticide residues or their degradation products. For this reason, Professor Violette Geissen is calling for standards to be implemented. On 15 June, Geissen will deliver her inaugural address ...

  • WEDA Appoints New Vice President – Canada

    The Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) is pleased to announce that Larry Hertz has joined the organization as Regional Vice President – Canada. Hertz will play a major role in expanding and enhancing WEDA’s Canadian government affairs and manufacturer relations advocacy by working on issues that impact WEDA and its Canadian dealer members. “Larry has a solid ...

  • Identification of Fish-Eating Birds

    There are 61 species in 14 families of fish-eating birds in Iran. The fish-eating birds of the north of Iran belong to 41 species in 10 families which include 67.2 percent of total fish eating bird species and 71% of fish-eating bird’s family of ...


    By University of Tehran

  • Evaluation of maize inbred lines for resistance to aspergillus and fusarium ear rot and mycotoxin accumulation

    Mycotoxin contamination in corn (Zea mays L.) grain is a worldwide threat to safety of both human food and animal feed. A select group of inbred corn lines was evaluated in field trials for ear rot caused by Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium verticillioides and mycotoxin accumulation in grain. Our goal was to identify lines resistant to both fungi. In separate tests, 20 inbred lines were inoculated ...

  • Yields of alfalfa varieties with different fall-dormancy levels in a temperate environment

    Fall dormancy (FD) is an important indicator of winter hardiness in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), but the relationship between FD and the yield potential of alfalfa varieties with contrasting FD classes has not been determined in the temperate regions with mild winters. This study was conducted with 42 varieties of eight FD classes (2–9) over four consecutive years to determine the relationship ...

  • Tocopherols Concentration and Stability in Early Maturing Soybean Genotypes

    Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] is an important source of tocopherols which have health-beneficial properties. A study was conducted to determine tocopherols concentration and stability in early maturing soybean genotypes and to determine their relationships to other important seed characteristics. Twenty soybean genotypes were grown in replicated trials in six environments of eastern Canada, ...

  • Estimating genetic coefficients for the CSM-CERES-Maize model in North Carolina environments

    CSM-CERES-Maize has been extensively used worldwide to simulate corn growth and grain production, but has not been evaluated for use in North Carolina. The objectives of this study were to calibrate CSM-CERES-Maize soil parameters and genetic coefficients using official variety trial data, evaluate model performance in North Carolina, and determine the suitability of the fitting technique using ...

  • Embryonic exposure to 2,3,7,8‐TCDD impairs prey capture by zebrafish larvae

    2,3,7,8‐TCDD remains a ubiquitous, persistent environmental contaminant with the potential for causing lethal deformities in larval fishes. Few studies have examined its impacts on larval growth and craniofacial development in conjunction with feeding capability. Here we use morphological and behavioral assessments to demonstrate that feeding capability of larvae is impaired even when ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Sorption and desorption of alcohol sulfate surfactants in an agricultural soil

    Alcohol sulfates are one of the most important types of commercial anionic surfactants and may pose serious environmental problems. The present study examines the sorption behavior of alcohol sulfates in an agricultural soil using a batch reactor and column experiments. Kinetics and equilibrium isotherms of the sorption/desorption processes of alcohol sulfate homologues: AS‐C12, AS‐C14, AS‐C16 ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Q&A: Achim Steiner on science in the post-2015 goals

    As executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner has been at the forefront of international conferences on environment and sustainable development, including the Rio+20 conference in June 2012. SciDev.Net caught up with him at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) in February to discuss the role of science in the post-2015 agenda, and meeting ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Composting vs. Recycling – Drawing a Line to Differentiate Between the Two Waste

    Being a citizen of the modern day ‘Zero Waste’ community, a person needs to learn where to draw a line of differentiation between the items that need to be recycled and the ones that should be composted, or the unfortunate ones that must find their place in normal trash. Recycling and composting are the two environmental friendly methods for handling solid municipal waste. Using ...

  • Conservation carbon: A new voluntary market mechanism to protect forests

    Addressing deforestation is critical to mitigating climate change, and also has the potential to deliver significant social benefits to local communities and additional environmental co-benefits. Any consideration of forests and deforestation under the UNFCCC or Kyoto Protocol is expected to occur within this framework of emissions and emission reductions calculated against a baseline or ...

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