soil cultivation News

  • 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 ...

  • Cultivating crops on city rooftops

    To meet the challenges of producing food in a more environmentally-friendly way, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has called on cities to develop 'living walls' of edible plants. Through vertical farming, agriculture could become a feature of urban life, lowering energy consumption, carbon emissions and resource use in food production. By shortening the distance produce has to travel from ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Cultivation of Jatropha in the Gambia

    IIMA Consultora, in alliance with the local company WOMY, founded ENVERGY GAMBIA LTD in 2007 to promote this project. The objective is to bring and extend the cultivation of this subtropical species in the country, from the seeds of which it is possible to extract oil valid for biodiesel production. Cultivation provides for the recovery of woody species in degraded and highly eroded soils, and ...


  • EPA Cultivates Water-Efficient Landscapes

    Washington, D.C. - Just in time for the spring gardening season, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing its first WaterSense label for landscape irrigation. As part of the agency's new water-efficiency partnership program, two certification programs for landscape irrigation professionals received the WaterSense label for their adherence to water-saving techniques.   ...

  • Africa and India cultivate agricultural research ties

    Africa and India are gearing up to further enhance cooperation in agricultural science, technology and innovation, and move beyond dialogue to a range of practical options from a virtual biotech platform to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Keeping a pulse on the soil

    Leaving behind stubble is not ideal when shaving, but it’s a good practice to leave behind crop “stubble” after harvest. According to soil scientist Frank Larney, crop residue anchors the soil against wind and water erosion. Avoiding bare soils is one part of a soil conservation package he and his research team demonstrate in a 12-year experiment growing pulses in southern ...

  • Alterra and partners to demonstrate the use of brackish water for potato cultivation in Egypt

    A consortium led by Alterra has recently started a project called “Salt TOlerant Potatoes improve water and food security - STOP”. Together with our partners we will extend and test the existing Dacom soil moisture monitoring system with a new salinity sensor. Use of this advisory system will prevent both crop drought and salinity stress, while minimizing water losses. It will enable ...

  • 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

  • Fujitsu Begins Field Testing of ICT-enabled Mandarin Orange Cultivation

    Employs cloud computing, sensors, and smartphones to grow delicious mandarin oranges Tokyo, July 7, 2011 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited and Sowakajuen Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of field testing related to the use of ICT in the cultivation of mandarin oranges in Japan. The project aims to improve productivity in growing the fine-quality, delicious Arida ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Soil and crop management and carbon sequestration

    Research results from management scenarios ranging from those in the South Eastern, Great Plains, and Upper Midwest regions of the US and from Italy are reported in the March-April, 2010 issue of the Soil Science Society America Journal. This group of papers originated from the Soil Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Symposium that was held jointly by the Soil Science Society of ...

  • SoCo: Sustainable agriculture and soil conservation

    The European Parliament has requested the European Commission to carry out a study on Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation. Two Directorates of the EC are involved in this project: DG Agriculture and DG Joint Research Centre. The JRC participates in the project with two institutes: Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES: Land Management and Natural Hazards Unit and the Rural, ...


  • 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

  • Leading New Zealand greenhouse operator chooses Hanovia UV to disinfect cultivation water

    Hanovia UV technology has been selected by NZ Hothouse, a leading New Zealand provider of fresh produce, to disinfect the water used for soil-less plant cultivation in its glasshouses. Located near Auckland, NZ Hothouse has almost 20 hectares of glasshouses on two sites growing tomatoes, capsicums and cucumbers for distribution both nationally and internationally. The source of the water ...

  • US senate resolution shines spotlight on the importance of soils

    The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) applauds the visionary action taken by Senator Sherrod Brown and his colleagues in the Senate who helped usher in legislation to recognize soils as an 'essential' natural resource, placing soil on par with water and air. On June 23, Senator Brown was joined by co-sponsoring Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Tom ...

  • Soil erosion affecting farm productivity in Rwanda

    Over the years local residents of Rebero in Gicumbi District north of the Rwandan capital of Kigali, watched as their soil was washed away by rain. They also had to contend with landslides. Until a local group, the Rebero Emergency Response and Mitigation (ERDM) committee, started to reclaim the land in 2004, mainly through terracing. 'After being trained in risk management we came up ...


    By IRIN

  • 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 ...

  • Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites jointly implement sustainable practices in European potato cultivation

    Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites recently started a Food Chain Partnership initiative designed to implement sustainable agricultural practices in potato cultivation in the Netherlands and Belgium. The goal of the partnership is to support a bottom-up approach with potato farmers addressing value-adding sustainable potato-growing practices at individual farm level. This is intended to minimize ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Traditional rice helps beat soil salination

    Rohana Rosairo has hung a sprig of paddy rice over his front door, a good omen for prosperity from the first harvest he reaped a few weeks ago from a long unused field. Rosairo's field, across a dirt track from his home, was just a mass of weeds until April when he cleared the plot and planted seed paddy. 'My father used to grow rice here, but he stopped a long time ago,' he said. High salinity ...


    By IRIN

  • Grassy field margins enhance soil biodiversity

    Grass strips at field margins are almost as valuable as hedgerows in encouraging diversity of soil creatures, according to new research. Six metre wide margin strips increase the number and variety of species such as earthworms, woodlice and beetles, and may act as corridors between isolated habitats. The study analysed the presence of invertebrates of three main feeding types - soil ingesters ...

  • Healthy soil is essential for a biobased & circular economy

    The soil is the ground beneath our feet and the growth place for biomass. For a biobased & circular economy it is crucial to preserve this ‘pantry’ storage function of the soil. This is why Wageningen University & Research is performing dedicated research into various aspects of the soil, such as nutrients and organic material, smarter cultivation systems of a larger diversity ...

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