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  • Straw residue helps keep nitrogen on the farm

    Scientists are exploring ways to reduce non-point pollution from agriculture. A new study finds that using straw residue in conjunction with legume cover crops reduces leaching of nitrogen into waterways, but may lower economic return. Agriculture is the largest source of nitrogen non-point pollution to waterways in the United States, flowing into streams and rivers via erosion from farmlands, or ...

  • Straw covering on soil can increase crop yields and improve the efficiency of water use

    Straw from previous harvests can be used to help increase crop yields and improve the efficiency of water use in arid regions, finds a new study from China. By testing different techniques to improve water efficiency, the researchers found that the most effective method involved using straw to cover the soil when growing maize and wheat together in the same growing season. In north-western China, ...

  • Rice Processing steps: From Pre-planting to Postproduction

    Rice, which is harvested each year with 154 million ha, is the most common grain as well as the most popular food in the world. Human consumption accounts for 85% of total production for rice, compared with 72% for wheat and 19% for maize. In addition, rice is the the most important crop for many of small farmers who grow it throughout the world, and the source of so many landless ...

  • Rice Processing steps: From Pre-planting to Postproductio

     Rice, which is harvested each year with 154 million ha, is the most common grain as well as the most popular food in the world. Human consumption accounts for 85% of total production for rice, compared with 72% for wheat and 19% for maize. In addition, ...

  • Composts that contain biodegradable plastics may hinder plant growth

    Composts containing biodegradable plastics may hinder rather than help plant growth, according to a recent study by university scientists in Poland. These findings have implications for waste management practices within the EU. It is important to assess the quality and potential environmental risks associated with composts prepared from different wastes. Biodegradable plastics - known as ...

  • Neste Oil completes the first phase of its microbial oil pilot plant

    Neste Oil has completed the first phase of its project to build a pilot plant for producing microbial oil. Construction of the plant is on-schedule and on-budget. The first phase will enable the growth of oil-producing micro-organisms, and the following phases will concentrate on raw material pretreatment and oil recovery. The goal is to develop the technology so that it is capable of yielding ...


    By Neste

  • Greenlane Biogas Secures Order for Biogas Upgrading Plant from Sifang Leo Livestock Science and Technology

    Greenlane Biogas has received an order for a ‘Rimu’ biogas upgrading plant from Sifang Leo Livestock Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (SF LEO), a leading dairy farm engineering company and manufacturer of high-tech livestock equipment and farm machinery in China. Greenlane’s water scrubbing based biogas upgrading plant will be used in an eco-dairy farm demonstration operation to ...

  • Neste Oil to build a pilot plant to produce waste-based microbial oil at Porvoo

    Neste Oil CorporationPress release15 December 2011 at 9 am (EET) Neste Oil to build a pilot plant to produce waste-based microbial oil at Porvoo Neste Oil is to build a pilot plant to produce waste-based microbial oil at its Porvoo refinery. It will be the first pilot plant in Europe ...


    By Neste

  • Protecting against erosion after wildfire

    Soil erosion after wildfire can be substantially reduced by using a combination of sowing grass seeds and protecting the soil with a layer of straw, a Spanish study suggests. The authors of the research found that, although seeding alone made little difference, the combination of straw mulch and seeding reduced soil erosion by 93%. The European countries that are worst affected by wildfires are ...

  • A burning issue in winter wheat production

    Some Pacific Northwest winter wheat producers burn fields to remove straw left after harvest before reseeding. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators have shown that with careful management, this practice does not result in any more soil erosion than other postharvest practices. Continuous winter wheat cropping systems are used in some parts of the Pacific Northwest where ...

  • French Hospital Warms Up to Biogas Alliance

    Alliances generate benefits for all involved – as in the case of the French heat alliance between an agricultural biogas plant and a psychiatric hospital. The "Méthavigne" project merits a second glance, especially because society and the environment also benefit from this union of a public institution and a private company. Together with the partner Domaix Energie, the German ...


    By WELtec BioPower GmbH

  • First 4th Generation T Series Reach Customers

    Coinciding with the launch of the new T-series in November 2014, the factory in Suolahti, Finland, began mass production of the newly developed and extensively tested tractor range. Across Europe, including in Germany, the first machines are already working on farmland and with contractors. We were present at one of the handovers, and talked to the new owners. A white T174e Direct with front ...

  • Bioasphalt with lignin in Zeeland

    Bioasphalt for roads in Zeeland, a Dutch province, is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the company H4A from Sluiskil (NL). Zeeland Seaports is a project partner with interest in potential applications for the asphalt. Lignin from plants in asphalt Fossil bitumen – the ...

  • Turkey: ideally placed to make use of renewables

    With a growing population of over 72 million and rapid economic development, Turkey has one of the fastest growing needs for power in the developed world. Electricity demand alone is increasing by 6-8 per cent each year and CO2 emissions are rising at a rate of 5.8 per cent per year. As part of its climate change strategy designed to tackle these rising emissions, Turkey recently announced it ...

  • Science and sugar cane produce versatile harvest

    (IPS) - For nearly five hundred years, sugar cane was used almost exclusively for making sugar, with a handful of by-products like rum, alcohol and molasses. Now, in Brazil, it has become a source of multiple derivatives, and the focus of much scientific and technological research. Ethanol, or fuel alcohol, has become a major product, rivalling sugar, over the last three decades. But recently, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • SA growers advised to monitor crops as stripe rust emerges

    South Australian grain producers are encouraged to closely monitor wheat crops following the first reports of stripe rust for the season. ‘Hot spots’ of stripe rust have been found in several paddocks of Wyalkatchem wheat near Balaklava and Dublin and in crops of Kukri and Marombi wheat near Roseworthy. SARDI senior plant pathologist Dr Hugh Wallwork said the rust had probably blown in from ...

  • How green is ethanol made from sugarcane?

    A recent study has concluded that expanding the amount of land in Brazil used to grow sugarcane for ethanol could have serious environmental and social consequences. It could lead to more pressure on natural rainforest if sugarcane displaces other crops northwards, degraded soil and water supplies, and exploitation of workers in the industry. Brazil provides an important case-study for policy ...

  • Drought in Haiti ravages crops for farmers

    Jean-Romain Beltinor plunged a hoe into the rocky dirt on his parched hillside to prepare for planting seeds he does not have. After months of drought in northwest Haiti, the subsistence farmer struggles to find food for his 13 children. To earn a little money, he must turn to work that only makes things worse, cutting what little wood remains for charcoal. "The rain isn't falling. I can't feed ...


    By Associated Press

  • Maryland, Michigan Farmers Keep Soil, Environment Healthy

    As farming practices increasingly attract interest from the general public, two farmers are ensuring they meet public approval. They use proven management practices that focus on improving soil quality and maintaining a quality natural environment. In fact, getting the right nutrients to where they belong and in the right amounts when they’re needed enables them to improve yields while ...

  • CJP finds Moringa & Flaxseed : couple oil crops to make communities healthy, wealthy and sustainable

    With an effort to ‘grow beyond oil ‘, apart from Jatropha, CJP has been engaged in   development of products that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs; products that improve health, generate a small footprint, create jobs, use renewable resources, etc. and happy to announce its findings as regards to ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

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