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  • A New Era of Farm Employees: Farm Technicians vs. Farm Hands?

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published Jun 4, 2018

    Traditional agricultural skills that made civilization possible are still alive and in use today. At the same time, hundreds of farm technician job listings across the US, and the rise of precision agriculture and software, clearly evidence the need for technologically-savvy farm technicians in the 21st century agricultural industry. It’s no surprise that tech-friendly millennials interested in farming are encouraged by these developments, which may make farming less labor intensive than in generations past... Compost still grows grass; chickens still like fly larvae. ”Compost is the same, but practices have changed on some farmsJoel’s advice for someone looking to educate themselves on ecological farming ranged from reading The Stockman Grass Farmer and ACRES USA to “spending time walking and thinking on your farm...

    What fertilizer do you need to grow grass?

    By Elvis Wu

    Published Sep 27, 2019

    1. Elements FertilizerGrass needs enough amount of nutrients, water and sunshine to sustain life and grows healthily and green. The importance of fertilizer is the same as water, air, and temperature in the soil. Most fertilizers all contain three different nutrients: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium... Organic FertilizerOrganic matter for lawnOrganic fertilizers contain organic material(mainly manure, compost, or other animal and plant products), which improve the soil’s structure...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    Amending vs. Fertilizing

    By Monica Pape

    Published Jun 16, 2018

    This past winter I spoke at the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture(PASA) and NOFA NJ 2018 Winter conferences. What an honor to be able to talk to so many enthusiastic like-minded people. In this article, which was initially published in Week 5 of the 52 Weeks of Agronomy Series, I talked about one of the things I presented on at those conferences. You can find it along with other articles at News | The Accidental Agronomist I spoke about the concept of amending vs... Some amendments include limes, aragonite, greensand, mulch, manures, composts, elemental sulfur, peat, coir, rice hulls, biochar, gypsum, Azomite, and cover crops...

    Data sheet: Ginger cultivation "djindja"

    By Banda Nkani

    Published Dec 3, 2018

    Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a herbaceous plant native to Asia. Ginger is cultivated for its dried rhizomes which are used as spices in many dishes because of its delicate aroma and its more or less hot flavor. Commonly called Djinja in Cameroon, it is eaten fresh, dried or powdered. Bakers and confectioners also use it for meat preservation... Enrich the soil with a lot of compost or chicken droppings of about 40 to 60 tons / ha or 400 to 600 bags of 100 kg...

    Categories: Specialty/Vegetable

    Nutrient Stratification Not a Problem in No-Till

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 13, 2018

    A common concern growers may have when they move to a no-till system is nutrient stratification. Without tillage to mix fertilizer into the soil, no-tillers may wonder whether the nutrients applied to the soil surface are reaching the crop roots. According to University of Nebraska Extension engineer Paul Jasa and Ray Ward, plant scientist and founder of Ward Laboratories in Kearney, Neb. , the resounding answer is: yes, they are... “So you need to either put that back with manure or compost, or you need to use fertilizer...

    Categories: Corn, Cover Crops

    What Kind of Fertilizer Suitable For Grass

    By Darren Chan

    Published Sep 25, 2019

    How to choose the suitable lawn fertilizer1. Elements FertilizerGrass needs enough amount of nutrients, water and sunshine to sustain life and grows healthily and green. The importance of fertilizer is the same as water, air, and temperature in the soil. Most fertilizers all contain three different nutrients: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium... Organic FertilizerOrganic fertilizers contain organic material(mainly manure, compost, or humic acid), which has the below benefits for plants:Provide essential slow-release & safe nutrients for turf growthHelp improve soil condition, retain moisture and nutrientsStimulate soil microorganisms’ growth, help release the nutrients to ensure soil’s fertility...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Dairy, Marketing

    Nuisance Lawsuits are Taking a Bite Out of Big Pork

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Aug 17, 2018

    In 1611, William Aldred took his neighbor to court. Thomas Benton was being sued for “erecting a hogstye so near the house of the plaintiff that the air thereof was corrupted. ” In common language, the pigs stank, making it impossible for Aldred to enjoy his home which, in his words, had become “unbearable to live in. ” The courts sided with Aldred, saying the odor was “depriving him of his dignity” and therefore, a violation of his rights... Another plan, created by Tim and Wendy Craig, uses a belt system to remove solid wastes from liquid and to use the solids much like traditional composting, and the gases produced would be used much like in the Optima KV project...

    Categories: Hogs

    Soil Farmers of the Year 2018

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published Jan 19, 2019

    Simon focusses on building soil health with a combination of no-till, the use of homemade compost and a diverse rotation which grows healthy plants, allowing for a reduction in inputs... The first stop was the compost heap. Compost In the last 5 years, Simon has refined his compost making technique to produce a highly effective biological inoculant that makes a visible difference when it is applied. The compost includes horse manure, woodchip and garden waste, as well as gypsum (providing calcium and sulphur in a biological form) to counteract his high Magnesium levels, and is made to a strict method. The materials are layered up in rows and then turned using a compost turner, every day to begin with and then less and monitored by using a temperature probe to keep the material below 70 degrees C, to protect the beneficial microbes...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Type of Organic Fertilizer

    By Darren Chan

    Published Dec 17, 2019

    What's Organic FertilizerNowadays, as the level of modernization of agriculture is getting higher and higher, sustainable agriculture is an important global issue. Organic food is receiving more and more attention. According to the trend, organic fertilizers are becoming the first choice for many people... Mostly, it refers to compost made from animal waste or animal and plant residues that are rich in natural by-products... CompostCompost is rich in nutrients and can be used as an excellent soil improver to promote organic matter and soil fertility...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Organic, Wheat

    How to solve the problem of Root knot nematodes in your garden

    By Darren Chan

    Published Nov 2, 2018

    Target CropsTomato vegetables, peppers, carrots and lots of other vegetable crops. Tomato vegetables are moderately prone to root knot nematodes. Where to find All over the world, in warm temperate climatesBrief infoRoot knot nematodes are small eelworms living in soil and be plant parasites once they use tomato roots as their nurseries. Usually nematodes enter tomato roots through plant’s small injuries... Compost the remainder...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Irrigation

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  • A New Era of Farm Employees: Farm Technicians vs. Farm Hands?

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published Jun 4, 2018

    Traditional agricultural skills that made civilization possible are still alive and in use today. At the same time, hundreds of farm technician job listings across the US, and the rise of precision agriculture and software, clearly evidence the need for technologically-savvy farm technicians in the 21st century agricultural industry. It’s no surprise that tech-friendly millennials interested in farming are encouraged by these developments, which may make farming less labor intensive than in generations past... Compost still grows grass; chickens still like fly larvae. ”Compost is the same, but practices have changed on some farmsJoel’s advice for someone looking to educate themselves on ecological farming ranged from reading The Stockman Grass Farmer and ACRES USA to “spending time walking and thinking on your farm...

    What fertilizer do you need to grow grass?

    By Elvis Wu

    Published Sep 27, 2019

    1. Elements FertilizerGrass needs enough amount of nutrients, water and sunshine to sustain life and grows healthily and green. The importance of fertilizer is the same as water, air, and temperature in the soil. Most fertilizers all contain three different nutrients: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium... Organic FertilizerOrganic matter for lawnOrganic fertilizers contain organic material(mainly manure, compost, or other animal and plant products), which improve the soil’s structure...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    Amending vs. Fertilizing

    By Monica Pape

    Published Jun 16, 2018

    This past winter I spoke at the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture(PASA) and NOFA NJ 2018 Winter conferences. What an honor to be able to talk to so many enthusiastic like-minded people. In this article, which was initially published in Week 5 of the 52 Weeks of Agronomy Series, I talked about one of the things I presented on at those conferences. You can find it along with other articles at News | The Accidental Agronomist I spoke about the concept of amending vs... Some amendments include limes, aragonite, greensand, mulch, manures, composts, elemental sulfur, peat, coir, rice hulls, biochar, gypsum, Azomite, and cover crops...

    Data sheet: Ginger cultivation "djindja"

    By Banda Nkani

    Published Dec 3, 2018

    Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a herbaceous plant native to Asia. Ginger is cultivated for its dried rhizomes which are used as spices in many dishes because of its delicate aroma and its more or less hot flavor. Commonly called Djinja in Cameroon, it is eaten fresh, dried or powdered. Bakers and confectioners also use it for meat preservation... Enrich the soil with a lot of compost or chicken droppings of about 40 to 60 tons / ha or 400 to 600 bags of 100 kg...

    Categories: Specialty/Vegetable

    Nutrient Stratification Not a Problem in No-Till

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 13, 2018

    A common concern growers may have when they move to a no-till system is nutrient stratification. Without tillage to mix fertilizer into the soil, no-tillers may wonder whether the nutrients applied to the soil surface are reaching the crop roots. According to University of Nebraska Extension engineer Paul Jasa and Ray Ward, plant scientist and founder of Ward Laboratories in Kearney, Neb. , the resounding answer is: yes, they are... “So you need to either put that back with manure or compost, or you need to use fertilizer...

    Categories: Corn, Cover Crops

    What Kind of Fertilizer Suitable For Grass

    By Darren Chan

    Published Sep 25, 2019

    How to choose the suitable lawn fertilizer1. Elements FertilizerGrass needs enough amount of nutrients, water and sunshine to sustain life and grows healthily and green. The importance of fertilizer is the same as water, air, and temperature in the soil. Most fertilizers all contain three different nutrients: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium... Organic FertilizerOrganic fertilizers contain organic material(mainly manure, compost, or humic acid), which has the below benefits for plants:Provide essential slow-release & safe nutrients for turf growthHelp improve soil condition, retain moisture and nutrientsStimulate soil microorganisms’ growth, help release the nutrients to ensure soil’s fertility...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Dairy, Marketing

    Nuisance Lawsuits are Taking a Bite Out of Big Pork

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Aug 17, 2018

    In 1611, William Aldred took his neighbor to court. Thomas Benton was being sued for “erecting a hogstye so near the house of the plaintiff that the air thereof was corrupted. ” In common language, the pigs stank, making it impossible for Aldred to enjoy his home which, in his words, had become “unbearable to live in. ” The courts sided with Aldred, saying the odor was “depriving him of his dignity” and therefore, a violation of his rights... Another plan, created by Tim and Wendy Craig, uses a belt system to remove solid wastes from liquid and to use the solids much like traditional composting, and the gases produced would be used much like in the Optima KV project...

    Categories: Hogs

    Soil Farmers of the Year 2018

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published Jan 19, 2019

    Simon focusses on building soil health with a combination of no-till, the use of homemade compost and a diverse rotation which grows healthy plants, allowing for a reduction in inputs... The first stop was the compost heap. Compost In the last 5 years, Simon has refined his compost making technique to produce a highly effective biological inoculant that makes a visible difference when it is applied. The compost includes horse manure, woodchip and garden waste, as well as gypsum (providing calcium and sulphur in a biological form) to counteract his high Magnesium levels, and is made to a strict method. The materials are layered up in rows and then turned using a compost turner, every day to begin with and then less and monitored by using a temperature probe to keep the material below 70 degrees C, to protect the beneficial microbes...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Type of Organic Fertilizer

    By Darren Chan

    Published Dec 17, 2019

    What's Organic FertilizerNowadays, as the level of modernization of agriculture is getting higher and higher, sustainable agriculture is an important global issue. Organic food is receiving more and more attention. According to the trend, organic fertilizers are becoming the first choice for many people... Mostly, it refers to compost made from animal waste or animal and plant residues that are rich in natural by-products... CompostCompost is rich in nutrients and can be used as an excellent soil improver to promote organic matter and soil fertility...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Organic, Wheat

    How to solve the problem of Root knot nematodes in your garden

    By Darren Chan

    Published Nov 2, 2018

    Target CropsTomato vegetables, peppers, carrots and lots of other vegetable crops. Tomato vegetables are moderately prone to root knot nematodes. Where to find All over the world, in warm temperate climatesBrief infoRoot knot nematodes are small eelworms living in soil and be plant parasites once they use tomato roots as their nurseries. Usually nematodes enter tomato roots through plant’s small injuries... Compost the remainder...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Irrigation

  • Posted By Thad Schutt
    Jun 30, 2017

    Balancing the soil's diet leads to healthier crops and better yields.  We developed a pelletized compost (Compell) product for precision agriculture that changes the game in regards to organic matter, carbon, and microbiology in the root zone.

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    Posted By Thad Schutt
    Aug 18, 2017

    Winter wheat trials on the Palouse are in and they did well with Compell, our pelletized compost created for a precision application at seeding.  
    With 80 lbs./acre through a no-till drill at seeding there was a 17.2% yield increase over the controls.  With 40 lbs./acre of Compell there was a 6.8% yield increase.  Even at the current low prices for hard red winter wheat this is an increase in net revenue of about $30/acre and $10/acre respectively.
    Compost brings a lot to the game of soil health.  Organic matter, microbiology, and carbon all help with water holding capacity, nutrient uptake, and soil structure.  Studies have shown that the improved soil health improves plant health, can reduce disease, and increase yields.  
    Typically we think of truck loads of compost applied by manure spreaders then incorporated into the soil.  We were challenged to find a way to place compost into a no-till planting system.  
    Our research showed that using our pellet in a precision application through the seed drill enabled us to use fractions of the typical amount.  By treating the seed zone the seedling makes quick contact with the material allowing the microbiology to colonize on the root as it expands through the soil.
    We didn't invent compost, but we made it more efficient.  Tradition meets Precision.

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    Posted By Thad Schutt
    Jul 22, 2017

    First trial numbers for the harvest season are in--  
    In a WSU conducted canola trial Compell showed a 317 lb./acre increase.  At this week's prices that is a net increase of $57.56/acre on dry-land (7-10" precip zone) or an 8x ROI.  Balancing the soil's diet and improving soil health can pay.  
    Want to know about precision applications of compost for no-till as well as other farming systems?  Contact us.  
    For dry-land grain/oilseeds- only 40lbs/acre through the drill as in the trial above.  

    Posted By Poultry Farming
    Nov 30, 2018

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/3845/mortality-composting-the-right-way-tips-for-poultry-producers/
    https://agfuse.com/article/value-added-products---the-future-for-farms-of-all-sizes-

    Posted By Thad Schutt
    Jul 3, 2017

    Disease suppression with precision application of compost.

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    Posted By Darren Chan
    Dec 17, 2019

    https://agfuse.com/article/type-of-organic-fertilizer

    Agronomic Evaluation of Biochar, Compost and Biochar-Blended Compost across Different Cropping Systems: Perspective from the European Project FERTIPLUS

    Authors: Miguel A. Sánchez-Monedero, María L. Cayuela, María Sánchez-García, Bart Vandecasteele, Tommy D’Hose, Guadalupe López, Carolina Martínez-Gaitán, Peter J. Kuikman, Tania Sinicco and Claudio Mondini

    Journal Title: Agronomy

    ISSN: 2073-4395 (Online)

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    This paper reports the results on the agronomic performance of organic amendments in the EU 7th FP project “FERTIPLUS—reducing mineral fertilizers and agro-chemicals by recycling treated organic waste as compost and bio-char”. Four case studies on field-scale application of biochar, compost and biochar-blended compost were established and studied for three consecutive years in four distinct cropping systems and under different agro-climatic conditions in Europe. These included the following sites: olive groves in Murcia (Spain), greenhouse grown tomatoes in Almeria (Spain), an arable crop rotation in Oost-Vlaanderen (Merelbeke, Belgium), and three vineyards in Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy). A slow pyrolysis oak biochar was applied, either alone or in combination with organic residues: compost from olive wastes in Murcia (Spain), sheep manure in Almeria (Spain), and compost from biowaste and green waste in Belgium and Italy. The agronomical benefits were evaluated based on different aspects of soil fertility (soil total organic carbon (TOC), pH, nutrient cycling and microbial activity) and crop nutritional status and productivity. All amendments were effective in increasing soil organic C in all the field trials. On average, the increase with respect to the control was about 11% for compost, 20% for biochar-blended compost, and 36% for biochar. The amendments also raised the pH by 0.15–0.50 units in acidic soils. Only biochar had a negligible fertilization effect. On the contrary, compost and biochar-blended compost were effective in enhancing soil fertility by increasing nutrient cycling (25% mean increase in extractable organic C and 44% increase in extractable N), element availability (26% increase in available K), and soil microbial activity (26% increase in soil respiration and 2–4 fold enhancement of denitrifying activity). In general, the tested amendments did not show any negative effect on crop yield and quality. Furthermore, in vineyards and greenhouse grown tomatoes cropping systems, compost and biochar-blended compost were also effective in enhancing key crop quality parameters (9% increase in grape must acidity and 16% increase in weight, 9% increase in diameter and 8% increase in hardness of tomato fruits) important for the quality and marketability of the crops. The overall results of the project suggest that the application of a mixture of biochar and compost can benefit crops. Therefore, biochar-blended compost can support and maintain soil ferti...

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    Posted By Mi Shetkari
    Mar 11, 2019

    It is important for there to be enough food for everyone. The food must also be safe and good. People say it is not always safe, because it contains some chemicals. Other people say intensive agriculture is damaging the environment. For this reason, there are several types of agriculture.

    Traditional agriculture is mostly done in poor countries.
    Intensive agriculture is mostly done in countries with more money. It uses pesticides, machinery, chemical fertilizers.
    Organic farming is using only natural products such as compost and green manure.
    Integrated farming is using local resources, and trying to use the waste from one process as a resource in another process.
    Agricultural policy focuses on the goals and methods of agricultural production. Common goals of policy include the quality, amount, and safety of food.
    Appel à projets Alimentation et Agriculture durables 2019

    Cet appel à projet « Alimentation et agriculture durables », proposé par le ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères (MEAE) en partenariat avec le ministère de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation (MAA), invite toutes les collectivités locales françaises et étrangères à travailler ensemble sur un projet de transition vers des systèmes alimentaires durables (allant de la production agricole à la gestion des déchets alimentaires) et à construire les réponses les plus adaptées à leur territoire tout en bénéficiant de l’expérience de chacun.

    La date limite pour soumettre votre projet: 29 mars 2019

    Photo d'illustration: Moisés Herrera vérifie l'état du compost de l'Instituto Hondureño del Café. Le fruit des graines de café est utilisé dans le cadre d'un plan de nutrition organique. (crédits: counterculturecoffee / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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