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  • NRDC: House farm bill should be plowed under

    The U.S. House today approved a Farm Bill that cuts conservation, undermines longstanding environmental protections and denies states the right to set farm-related standards. Franz Matzner, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s associate director of government affairs, made these comments on the bill: “Once again, House Republicans are pushing an extreme agenda, this time to gut ...

  • New Vermeer service plow with trencher right pick for tight spaces

    Vermeer has introduced a new walk-beside service plow with trencher for contractors who need a productive machine that can work in tight spaces. The PTX40 service plow with an optional forward-mounted trencher and boring attachment was designed primarily for irrigation and utility installations. ...


    By Vermeer

  • SIMA to Publish Snow Business® in 2017; Turf® to focus on snow and ice with PLOW, a supplement publication

    Starting in 2017, the publishing agreement with Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) and Grand View Media to publish Snow Business® magazine will expire. As such, SIMA will take over all publishing of Snow Business® magazine and will serve an audience of 30,000 snow and ice management professionals. Likewise, Turf® magazine announces PLOW, a supplement complementing the parent ...


    By Grand View Media

  • 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 ...

  • ARS explores ways to keep carbon in the soil

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Soil organic carbon plays a major role in how well a cultivated field holds moisture, provides nutrients and remains productive. That can be a problem in ...

  • Preventing soil erosion in continuous corn

    With recent increase in the cost of energy and subsequent explorations into alternative energy sources, the increased harvest of corn residue for cellulosic ethanol production is likely in the future. This may be especially true in fields where corn is grown continuously, in part because perennially high residue amounts favor annual harvests, and also because corn residue left on the soil surface ...

  • Can one-time tillage improve no-till?

    A one-time tillage has no adverse effects on yield or soil properties on no-till land, according to field research conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Although tillage is another expense for farmers and generally increases the risk of soil erosion, a one-time tillage may be performed to correct some problem, such as a perennial weed problem. The feasibility study was conducted for ...

  • Will large amounts of soil carbon be released to the atmosphere if grasslands are converted to energy crops?

    Grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the United States may be increasingly converted to growing bioenergy grain crops. Questions abound regarding the fate of carbon sequestered in the soil during the CRP program by perennial grasses if the land is converted to grain crop production and the potential effectiveness of no-till production systems to conserve the sequestered soil ...

  • Q&A: Ethanol, oil and what it means to be green

    Q: What is the ethanol mandate? A: In 2007, Congress passed a law requiring oil companies to blend corn ethanol into the gasoline supply. That requirement started at 9 billion gallons and has risen each year since. This year, it's about 13 billion gallons. Barack Obama, who was running for president against a crowded field of Democrats in the Iowa caucuses, was a champion for this law. And with ...


    By Associated Press

  • New Ag Leader GPS System Offers Farmers Accuracy, Range, Simplicity

    Ames, Iowa, January 29th, 2013 – Farmers requiring sub-inch accuracy for tiling and other precision farming operations have a new GPS option from Ag Leader Technology, Inc.: the GPS 2500B RTK Base Station. Bill Cran, Ag Leader GPS Product Specialist, said, “The GPS 2500B is a dual-frequency 900 MHz RTK Base Station for use with the field-proven GPS 2500 smart ...


    By Ag Leader Technology

  • Global Agricultural Equipment Industry - Market Environment, Industry Structure

    World demand to rise 6.7% annually through 2016 World demand for agricultural equipment is expected to increase 6.7 percent per year through 2016 to $173.5 billion. Growth will be driven primarily by sales gains in rapidly developing nations -- particularly China, Brazil, and India -- as these countries continue to mechanize their agricultural sectors. Population expansion and strong economic ...


  • Manure runoff depends on soil texture

    Research has documented the rise of nutrient runoff from flat agricultural fields with high rates of precipitation that adds nitrates and phosphates to waterways. These nutrients increase the amount of phytoplankton in the water, which depletes oxygen and kills fish and other aquatic creatures. While injecting animal manure slurry into the soil has been proven to be an effective way of reducing ...

  • Farm Bureau Member Testifies on Water Rule at Pa. Hearing

    Pennsylvania Farm Bureau voiced its opposition to a recently proposed rule jointly issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers that attempts to expand federal regulation of land areas as “waters of the U.S.,” during a field hearing today before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Speaking on behalf of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, ...

  • Experiment demonstrates 110 years of sustainable agriculture

    A plot of land on the campus of Auburn University shows that 110 years of sustainable farming practices can produce similar cotton crops to those using other methods.  In 1896, Professor J.F. Duggar at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (now Auburn University) started an experiment to test his theories that sustainable cotton production was possible on Alabama soils if ...

  • Nigeria Intends to Increase LNG to Earn More Revenues

    The government of Nigeria has plans to export more LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) so as to capture considerable share in the global market, and also increase revenue for the nation. A project accomplished by the NLNG (Nigeria LNG Ltd) has brought in revenues of over US$ 3.6 Billion to Nigeria. Also, some money has been plowed back for further expansion of Nigeria’,s gas sector, as ...


    By RNCOS

  • Hampel Wins an Award for the Calf-Tel Pen System at Society of Plastics Engineers Conference

    Germantown, Wis. - Oct. 15, 2013 – L.T. Hampel Corp.'s continuous innovation and commitment to quality have earned the company two awards in the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division Parts Competition. Hampel won first place for its best-selling dairy calf housing product, Calf-Tel, in the twin sheet forming category. It also won second place for a hydraulic pump cover in ...


    By Hampel Corporation

  • AP Ethanol Hit Piece Inaccurate, Misleading

    The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) responded harshly today to the impending Associated Press (AP) smear of ethanol that’s set to be published in news outlets around the country tomorrow. The IRFA was able to view an early version of the story, and speak with Wayne County residents who felt they were misrepresented by the AP in the story.    “The AP story is ...

  • Morbark Introduces New Flail

    Morbark, LLC, has added a smaller flail option to its product line, the 223 Stand-alone Flail. Easy to transport, the model is efficient and robust for in-woods chipping applications. “Through extensive market research that included design input from customers, we saw the need for a smaller, more affordable option that gives contractors the versatility of being able to produce ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • GWT Series Natural Zeolite Media Agricultural Applications

    Zeolite based fertilizers are known to be "smart fertilizers" due to the high cation exchange capacity (CEC) and porous crystalline structure. Zeolite is the only negatively-charged mineral in existence in the world, for these purposes it has therefore has significant uses across a wide range of applications and in particular in Agriculture applications. Zeolite has a known ability to act as a ...

  • Supporting climate-friendly food production

    This summer, record temperatures and limited rainfall parched vast areas of U.S. cropland, and with Earth’s surface air temperature projected to rise 0.69 degrees Celsius by 2030, global food production will be even more unpredictable, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org). Although agriculture is a major driver of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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