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  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • No easy transition

    In September 2007, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna, the Philippines, brought together some 41 experts from agricultural research institutes from around the world for three days. They were brought together by the realization that biofuel production had doubled in the previous five years and was likely to double in the next five. While the US and Brazil produced 90% of ...

  • Recreating a functioning forest soil in reclaimed oil sands in Northern Alberta: an approach for measuring success in ecological restoration

    During oil-sands mining all vegetation, soil, overburden, and oil sand is removed, leaving pits several kilometers wide and up to 100 m deep. These pits are reclaimed through a variety of treatments using subsoil or a mixed peat-mineral soil cap. Using nonmetric multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis of measurements of ecosystem function, reclamation treatments of several age classes were ...

  • Habitat‐specific foraging and sex determine mercury concentations in sympatric benthic and limnetic ecotypes of threespine stickleback

    Mercury (Hg) is a widespread environmental contaminant known for the neurotoxicity of the methylated forms, especially monomethyl mercury, which bioaccumulates and biomagnifies in aquatic food webs. Mercury bioaccumulation and biomagnification rates are known to vary among species utilizing different food webs (benthic versus limnetic) within and between systems. We assessed if carbon and ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Will Stainless Steel Production Costs Rise on Indonesia Export Ban?

    The Indonesia government finally pushed through a ban on exporting unprocessed exports of nickel and bauxite ore, in a move aimed at forcing companies to refine the minerals on Indonesian soil and then export to increase the value of exports. State owned Indonesian miner, Antam stated that it expects nickel ore production to decline by 87% in 2014 compared to last year, as it plans to now meet ...


    By Labdhi Engineering

  • Phytase supplemented poultry diets affect soluble phosphorus and nitrogen in manure and manure-amended soil

    Understanding P and N dynamics in manure-amended soil is essential for estimating the environmental impact of manure utilization in land applications. A laboratory incubation study was conducted to assess, (i) the effect of feeding a standard Australian commercial diet, and diets modified with phytase supplementation and reduced nonphytase phosphorus (NPP), on the concentrations of P and N (total ...

  • Woodland Burial Sites

    The Funeralcare Co-operative Plan Bee Wildflower Meadow Creation As part of the ambitious Plan Bee project (which aims to save the plight of honey bees and pollinators across the UK), the Funeralcare Co-operative Woodland Burial Sites have been awarded funding to create bee friendly wildflower corridors. BritishFlora are managing the habitat ...


    By BritishFlora

  • Grow to Order and Seed Collection

    Local provenance planting is important to help restore our natural habitats and retain the genetic integrity of plant populations and is strongly recommended for projects within or near environmentally sensitive areas. Forward planning is essential when undertaking local provenance seed collection as there are seasonal constraints such as seed maturation time, finding seed donor sites and gaining ...


    By BritishFlora

  • Bioaccumulation and distribution of perfloroalkyl acids in seafood products from Bohai Bay, China

    Ten perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) were measured in the seafood collected from Bohai Bay, China, in 2010. The summed concentrations of the PFAAs were in the ranges of ND–194 and 4.0 to 304 ng/g dry weight for invertebrates and fish, respectively. The levels of perflurooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the seafood were lower than those from North America, the Mediterranean ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Hatchery- Grieg Seafood, Canada

    Installed in November 2004 Scope of supply: Three systems, Photon PMD320K6/10, including automatic quartz cleaning system. Duty/ Standby operation. Challenge: The main target organism is Furunculosis (Ameromonas Salmonicida). Total Flow: 900 m3/h Transmittance: 88% in a 10 mm cell Background The threat of disease is one of greatest dangers to a ...

  • High End Golf Course on Site Composting

    The Broken Sound Golf Course in Boca Raton, FL uses Managed Organic Recycling, Inc. Compost Covers to speed up the composting curing phase and reduce odors, vectors (animals and insects), and produce quality soil amendment for use on the greens.  Compost increases soil health and water retention at the same time reducing costs for chemical fertilizers and green watering. With Managed Organic ...

  • Rapid Mono-Composting Biosolids Facility

    California Cental Valley composter utilizes the Managed Organic Recycling, Inc. Covered Aerated Static Pile (ASP) Composting System to meet Air Board regulations requireing greated than 90% capture of emissions (VOCs).  System was developed to rapidly compost bisolids to meet PFRP (process to further reduce pathogens) and compost stability in under 10 days.  Facility has increased ...

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