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  • Fertiliser can offset heat for African farmers

    [NAIROBI] African smallholders in dry areas can overcome climate change and even double crop yields if they invest in fertiliser use and harvest rainwater, researchers have found. Farmers in arid and semi-arid areas usually protect themselves from climate-related losses by investing as little as possible in farm inputs such as fertilisers. But in doing so they fail to grab opportunities for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Vermicompost leachate improves tomato seedling growth

    Worldwide, drought conditions, extreme temperatures, and high soil saline content all have negative effects on tomato crops. These natural processes reduce soil nutrient content and lifespan, result in reduced plant growth and yield, and ultimately translate to lower profits for tomato producers. As an alternative to unsustainable practices such as the use of synthetic fertilizers, producers are ...

  • Introducing system models into Ag Research

    In order to develop sustainable agricultural systems that address environmental challenges, more quantitative guidance and site-specific decision tools must become available to producers. Field research requires a quantitative approach to ensure complex interacting factors are taken into account. Process level models of cropping systems are based on synthesis and quantification of important ...

  • SGS soil testing lab in Voronezh has been accredited

    The Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Russian Federation accredited the new agrochemical laboratory of SGS Vostok Limited, the Russian subsidiary of SGS, for technical competence and independence. The accreditation scope includes soils and crops (wheat, rye, barley, oats, maize, buckwheat, millet, pea, sunflower, rape). The accreditation certificate ...


    By SGS

  • New ORNL tool gets handle on cropland CO2 emissions

    For the first time, farmers have data that tracks at the county level on-site and off-site energy use and carbon dioxide emissions associated with growing crops in the United States. This information is vital for examining changes in cropland production and management techniques and could play an even bigger role as more land is devoted to bioenergy crops, said Oak Ridge National Laboratory's ...

  • 2015 Farm Science Review Takes On Sharp Edge

    Farmers and producers can gain a sharper edge and glean cutting-edge ideas from experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The Review will again emphasize the best agricultural research, resources, information and access for ...


    By Ohio State University

  • ASTM publishes new volume of publication on pesticide formulations and delivery systems

    STP 1520, “Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems: 29th Volume, Application of Formulation and Adjuvant Technology,” is now available from ASTM International. The newest volume in this continuing series provides the latest advances in crop protection technologies and the latest updates on regulatory issues related to the use of pesticides and drift reduction technology. The 29th volume ...


    By ASTM International

  • Simulated Seawater Flooding Decreases Growth of Vegetable Seedlings

    Crop production in coastal areas is threatened by seawater intrusion, which increases soil salinity. Excessive salinity in soil and irrigation water, in combination with waterlogging, can significantly affect the growth and quality for agricultural crops, especially those vegetables that are sensitive to salinity. A new study determined salt-tolerant vegetable seedlings for coastal area ...

  • Smaller glaciers more vulnerable

    The report presents the analysis of an on-going research to monitor two central Himalayan glaciers since 2006 - Gangotri, a 30km long glacier; and Kafni, a 4.2km one. 'The rapid decline of smaller glaciers is of concern,' said Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF India. 'These glaciers are perhaps more vulnerable to local climate variations. We see a need for more long- term and ...

  • New Greenhouses Boost Research, Competitive Edge

    The new Williams Hall greenhouse complex on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Wooster campus is much more than a replacement for the greenhouse lost to a tornado almost five years ago: It’s a state-of-the-art facility that will help advance plant research and strengthen Ohio agriculture. The original Williams Hall greenhouse complex was leveled by a September ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Understanding the historical probability of drought

    Droughts can severely limit crop growth, causing yearly losses of around $8 billion in the United States. But it may be possible to minimize those losses if farmers can synchronize the growth of crops with periods of time when drought is less likely to occur. Researchers from Oklahoma State University are working to create a reliable “calendar” of seasonal drought patterns that could ...

  • New Tool Offers Growers Easy Option to Measure Soil Organic Matter Content

    Researchers with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences have developed a new tool that allows farmers to easily predict soil organic matter content and can help them make decisions about whether or not to sell crop residue. The tool can benefit growers by providing information for more timely planting and harvesting, reducing operating costs, increasing ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Application for the calculation of C02 balance in olive farming

    We now have evidence that, when the appropriate agricultural practices are applied, the carbon sink effect (or carbon sequestration) of olive trees through the biomass and soil is much greater than the greenhouse gas emissions for one production unit (one litre of virgin olive oil). According to Environmental Product Declarations for olive oil and published research, on average 1.5 kg of CO2e is ...

  • New method may help detect avocado pathogen earlier

    University of Florida researchers have found an algorithm to help them detect laurel wilt, the deadly pathogen that threatens Florida’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry. Reza Ehsani, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, said the algorithm finds laurel wilt-infected avocado trees before symptoms are visible to the naked eye. About 500 growers produce ...

  • No-till improves near-surface soil properties

    Near-surface soil aggregate structural properties such as aggregate size distribution, stability, strength, and wettability determine the extent to which a soil will erode under water or wind erosive forces. Knowledge of aggregate structural properties is especially important in semiarid regions, such as the Great Plains, where low precipitation, high evaporation, and variable biomass production ...

  • ABB irrigation control solution saves water and energy in Spain

    The ABB solution controls the irrigation system for 10,700 plots of land in a 210 square-kilometer belt of prime agricultural land in the Zujar Canal region of western Spain, where local farmers grow sweet corn, tomatoes, olives, rice and a variety of other fruits and vegetables. Prior to ABB’s involvement, many farmers had to drive up to 40 kilometers to irrigate their land. They had to open ...


    By ABB

  • Enlist E3 Soybeans Successfully Complete FDA Consultation

    Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and MS Technologies announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its consultation for Enlist E3™ soybeans. The agency has no further questions based on submitted data that concluded Enlist E3 soybeans are not different in composition, safety, and other relevant ...


    By Dow AgroSciences LLC

  • Utilisation of nitrogen and phosphate on dairy farms could be increased

    Nitrogen and phosphate are important fertilisers. But excessive amounts often found in fields and pastures end up polluting the ground and surface water. Furthermore, dairy farmers are squandering their profits by wasting these expensive fertilisers. The Koeien & Kansen [Cattle and Opportunities] project set up by two PhD candidates from Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, shows how ...

  • Perfect storm for potato blight

    With crop values creeping up, the need to protect is becoming ever more important to growers. However, this season’s blight threat has triggered the need for tighter spray intervals – indeed five days between applications is common – which is leading to increasing demand and potentially some product shortages in the range of fungicides available to fight potato blight. ...


    By Certis UK

  • Diesel efficiency in agricultural production

    The topic of diesel efficiency has only become an increasing focus for farmers in recent decades, following earlier decades of concentrating above all on timely and high quality performance of work with modern agricultural machinery and equipment. The discussion on diesel efficiency, which is still topical today, was triggered not only by rising fuel costs, but also by the environmental policy ...

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