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  • Irrigation key for Africa’s food security – Diouf

    Water management is 'a key element' in food security, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf told a ministerial conference on Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: the Challenges of Climate Change which opened this week. The conference is organized by FAO, as the Chair of UN Water, together with the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Government and in collaboration with stakeholders including the African ...

  • New Non Chemical Plant Growth Enhancer and Irrigation System Protector

    New from Fluid Dynamics the Agra-Tron scale inhibitor and plant growth enhancer Blockage of irrigation nozzels by Scale or Iron is a big problem in Irrigation systems .. this is generally caused by Calcium or Iron Oxide. Calcium does not only block nozzles it can also build up around the roots of a plant preventing water and salts getting into the plant. By Installing an Agra-Tron the ...

  • ETwater Honored for New Product Innovation at 2012 Irrigation Association Show

    ET Water Systems, Inc., the market leader in smart controller retrofits and leading solutions provider for smart irrigation management, today announced the SmartWorks™ Replacement Panel developed for the Rain Bird ESP-MC and ESP-SAT series controllers was recognized for excellence in new product innovation in the annual awards contest at the Irrigation Association Show in Orlando, FL. Each ...


  • ASTM C505M - 11 standard specification for nonreinforced concrete irrigation pipe with rubber gasket joints (Metric)

    This specification covers reinforced concrete pipe with rubber gasket joints to be used for the conveyance of irrigation water with working pressures, including hydraulic transients. The acceptability of the pipe, joint design, and gaskets shall be determined by the results of the tests prescribed in this specification, if and when required, and by inspection to determine whether the pipe and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Vietnam eyes water-saving technology for its rice farms

    Agriculture experts say application of alternate wetting and drying (AWD) technology in Vietnam’s rice farms, one of South-East Asia’s largest rice-producing countries, holds great promise in cutting water use and greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation without sacrificing yield output. Vietnam along with Bangladesh and Colombia recently partnered with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 4.45 million dug wells to be included under ‘Artificial Recharge to Ground Water through Dug Wells’

    4.45 million dug wells are proposed to be included under the scheme of ‘Artificial Recharge to Ground Water through Dug Wells’. Out of which 2.72 million wells are owned by small-marginal farmers and 1.73 million wells are owned by other farmers. The average cost of recharge structure per well is estimated to be Rs. 4000. The scheme has been launched for augmenting the ground water resources in ...


    By Indian Government

  • UF/IFAS research finds ways to save water, strawberries and money during cold temps

    Florida’s strawberry producers must protect their multimillion-dollar annual crop from freeze damage. Traditional methods involve constant spraying of water during a cold snap. Growers are looking for ways to use less water, yet produce the same amount of crop. New University of Florida research shows growers can keep using both their current sprinkler spacing and low pressure or enhanced ...

  • UF/IFAS research finds ways to save water, strawberries and money during cold temps

    Florida’s strawberry producers must protect their multimillion-dollar annual crop from freeze damage. Traditional methods involve constant spraying of water during a cold snap. Growers are looking for ways to use less water, yet produce the same amount of crop. New University of Florida research shows growers can keep using both their current sprinkler spacing and low pressure or enhanced ...

  • Banana compost could boost crop yields, a study finds

    Using old banana trees to make compost may help boost crop yields while cutting down water and fertiliser use, according to an Egyptian researcher. Banana-based fertiliser could cut about 20 per cent of the water used in irrigating maize and lead to better yields and improved soil properties — such as availability of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Strategic organic matter throughput helps to build soil carbon and boost crop yields

    Potential improvement in crop yields and reduced greenhouse gas emissions were among the benefits of increased soil organic matter throughput according to the findings of a project funded by growers and the Australian Government through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The relationships between organic matter inputs ...

  • India's Dangerous 'Food Bubble'

    By Lester R. Brown India is now the world's third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India's grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Seven billion: the real population scare is not what you think

    If you believe the doomsday merchants, the scariest thing about this Halloween is the fact that the world’s population will pass seven billion on or near October 31. Population growth, however, is not the biggest skeleton in the closet when it comes to our planet’s ability to absorb human impact. Far more damaging than the booming birth rate in low income countries are the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Innovative technology helps dairy-giant in Swedish idyll

    Three or four years of waiting for an expansion of the capacity at the municipal sewage treatment plant in Vimmerby, Sweden, made Arla choose a much faster alternative. Now, Grundfos BioBooster cleanses the waste water so efficiently that it can be discharged into the idyllic landscape close to Astrid Lindgren’s native town. The surroundings from Astrid Lindgren’s marvellous ...


    By Grundfos

  • Poor soil quality may reduce farmland bird population

    Researchers have investigated the relationship between soil quality and the decline of yellow wagtail birds on arable farmland in the UK. The results suggest that reduced soil penetrability in particular affects the numbers and distribution of the species. Modern, intensive-farming methods can lead to changes in habitats with a loss in biodiversity, including farmland bird species. Degradation ...

  • Writing an equation for soil success

    Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant’s roots, tiny bugs – these things can tell one soil from another quite easily. Soil scientists typically measure different aspects of soil — how much air it contains, how well it retains water, heat, and more — to ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Program designed to help prepare for droughts

    Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the ...


    By Associated Press

  • American society of Agronomy presents 2010 fellows

    The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) will recognize the following individuals as 2010 ASA Fellows at a special Awards Ceremony during their Annual Meeting on Oct. 31-Nov.3 in Long Beach, CA, www.acsmeetings.org. ASA has been selecting outstanding members as Fellows since 1924. Members of the Society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional ...

  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Projects to Improve Farm and Rural Business Energy Efficiency

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for 424 projects across the nation that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs, and use renewable energy technologies in their operations. "Today's Rural Energy for America Program announcements will provide further assistance for agricultural producers and rural small ...

  • As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

    On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds. The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands. Sea rise, one of the consequences of climate change, now ...


    By Associated Press

  • Georgia Crop Farmer Philip Grimes Named Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year for 2014

    Philip Grimes, a farmer from Tifton, Georgia who is known for his conservation practices and high crop yields, has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2014. Grimes was named as the overall winner during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon held during the opening day of the 2014 Sunbelt Ag Expo farm ...


    By Sunbelt Ag Expo

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