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  • John Deere Introduces Narrower Stick Booms for M-Series Tracked Harvesters

    To help loggers maximize timber quality, John Deere has upgraded its harvester stick boom attachment across all 800MH- and 900MH-Series tracked harvesters. The new stick boom geometry delivers the same high level of boom envelope performance, but with a narrower design to help operators minimize damage to harvested trees.   "Avoiding unnecessary damage to harvested trees while operating ...


    By John Deere

  • Cultivation affects pesticide–soil interactions

    Pesticides are often used to enhance crop production by killing unwanted animals or plants. Unfortunately, they can also negatively impact humans and environmental health. The degree of impact, in part, depends on the fate and behavior of pesticides in the environment. The latter is governed by complex interactions of pesticides with soil components. One such important interaction is sorption of ...

  • Land degradation on the rise, according to FAO

    Land degradation is intensifying in many parts of the world, according to a study using data taken over a 20-year period, FAO announced this week. Defined as a long-term decline in ecosystem function and productivity, land degradation is increasing in severity and extent in many parts of the world, with more than 20 percent of all cultivated areas, 30 percent of forests and 10 percent of ...

  • Jatropha can revive degraded land, says study

    Large-scale cultivation of Jatropha – known as a potential source of biofuel – can improve the soil quality of degraded lands and address climate change, says a new study. Jatropha curcas seeds yield ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Companion oil Crop cultivation Technology advances the breakeven point for Biodiesel Business

    No single feedstock is likely to solve the supply issues facing the biodiesel industry. We need sustainable, cost-effective and carbon savings feedstocks like Jatropha, Jojoba, Pongamia, castor, Simarouba, neem, Moringa Madhuca  camelina, Brassica Juncea, flax, kenaf, Citrullus Colocynthis , Calophyllum , Kokum etc, . The experts and scientists at Centre for Jatropha Promotion & ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Understanding land use change and US ethanol expansion

    Understanding changes in land use—such as deforestation, urbanization and agriculture expansion—is important if society is to properly address the challenges of climate change, utilization of natural resources, and energy production and consumption. However, the intensifying debate over potential indirect land use changes resulting from biofuels expansion is nebulous at best. At worst, it is ...

  • CJP Releases Promising Various Biodiesel Crop Cultivation Technology

    The Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) is a bioenergy crop research and development company that is meeting global demand for sustainable plant oil by working towards scientific commercialization of nonfood biodiesel trees/crops that will lend credibility; reliability and scalability. With a fully integrated platform featuring a world-class leadership and science team, the most ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • The effects of agricultural land use change on farmland birds in Sweden

    The effects of changing agricultural practices on farmland birds are explored in a recently published study from Sweden. Overall abundance of 16 common species declined by 23% between 1994 and 2004, which may be partly caused by changes in land use, such as an increase in the amount of wheat cropland. However, effects vary between species, and some species increased or stayed stable in number. ...

  • New satellite sensing tool for improving agricultural land use observation

    FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) data indicate that annually 2500 km3 of freshwater are used for agricultural production, which amounts to 70% of the water resources the whole of humanity consumes in a year. With the global population continuing to grow at a high pace, it is essential to optimize the use of water resources and to increase agricultural production in ...

  • Agricultural land grabs threaten local property rights and sustainable development

    With large-scale agricultural investments on the rise, the rights of local people must be protected. Large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural use by both local and foreign commercial entities – often dubbed “land grabs” - are on the rise worldwide. Often touted as a form of economic development, these ...

  • John Deere introduces two new tillage tools: 2230 Field Cultivator & 2330 Mulch Finisher

    To help producers prepare a more agronomically sound seedbed ahead of the planter in often short time windows, John Deere introduces two new tillage tools. These next-generation secondary tillage implements are designed from "below the ground up" to work faster and smarter, making customers more productive while effectively handling tough soil conditions and high levels of crop residue at speeds ...


    By John Deere

  • Seaweed Energy Solutions (SES) Makes Acquisition in Denmark to Cultivate 100,000 Tons of Seaweed

    Seaweed Energy Solutions AS (SES) announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Denmark's Seaweed Seed Supply AS, a move that sharply reinforces SES' position as Europe's leading player in large-scale seaweed cultivation for renewable energy and other uses. The acquisition of SSS marks a key step for SES in its strategy of pioneering large-scale seaweed farming due to ...

  • FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time

    A new FAO database released today collects previously scattered and unharmonized land cover information from around the globe into one centralized database, marking a major improvement in information regarding the physical characteristics of the Earth's surface. Up to now, one of the major challenges to getting a good global overview of land cover - e.g. how much land is covered by croplands, ...

  • High-yield crops have curbed agricultural land expansion, but care needed to avoid negative biodiversity effects

    The widespread use of higher-yielding improved varieties of crops as part of the Green Revolution’ has averted the conversion of between 18 to 27 million hectares of forests, woodlands and pastures in the period 1965 to 2004, according to a recent study. However, its authors caution that the relationship between these crops and land use change is complex, and good governance is needed to ...

  • Yasheng Group's Development of Modern Dry Farming Agriculture Technologies Drives Growth

    REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/20/10 -- Yasheng Group (OTCQB: YHGG), a leading agriculture conglomerate which focuses on Chinese and international markets, utilizes modern dry land cultivation technologies to drive growth. The company continues to implement their 5 and 10 year plan of transforming their land resources into industrial cultivation within their current agriculture bases as ...


    By Marketwire

  • Abandoned farmland widespread in central and eastern Europe

    A new study suggests that abandoned farmland is widespread in Europe and that not all land that has been abandoned is unsuitable for farming. Understanding how abandoned farmland is distributed may be important for making land management decisions – for instance, recultivation versus reversion to forest. To meet the future demands of a growing population, it may be necessary to increase the ...

  • GNR Group signs contracts for 130,000 ha for biomass production

    The GNR Group, which specializes in the production of biomass from Jatropha and Castor, signed contracts for additional 130,000 hectares for the sole cultivation of Castor (Ricinus communis). Contract partners are Global Agricultural Resources (GAR), subsidiary of Global Natural Resources Holding AG (GNR), and the cooperatives Jabalì from the province of Chaco (50'000 hectares), Estrella del ...


  • Cardamom crops affect forests, studies say

    Cultivation of cardamom, a high value spice crop, can take a toll on evergreen forests in tropical countries, independent studies in Sri Lanka and India have shown. Apart from disturbing biodiversity, cardamom ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Wind erosion risk mapped in first ever pan-European assessment

    Over 8% of land in Europe could be at moderate-to-high risk of wind-driven soil erosion, a new study has estimated. In the first assessment of its kind, the researchers produced maps which show wind erosion risk across 36 countries. This information could help guide actions to tackle land degradation. Soil erosion by wind is, to a certain extent, a natural process that has always played a role in ...

  • SEE ALGAE Technology to Present at Algae Biomass Summit

    SEE ALGAE Technology GmbH ("SAT" or the "Company"), a leading developer of infrastructure for the commercial production of high-quality algae, will present at the upcoming Algae Biomass Summit in Denver. SAT will discuss the technical advantages of the company’s algae photobioreactors in the industrial cultivation of micro-algae for use in the biofuels and livestock feed markets. “By ...

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