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By Darren Chan
Published Sep 3, 2019
Importance of healthy rootsFirst, they anchor the plant in place, resisting the forces of wind and running water or mudflow. Secondly, the root system takes in oxygen, water and nutrients from the soil, to move them up through the plant to the stems, leaves, and blooms. where they can interact with sunlight to produce sugars and energy for the plant. Last but not least, scientists have recently discovered that roots actually secrete compounds that affect the microorganisms in the soil, which can help protect the plants from disease and encourage it to absorb nutrients from the soil... Root Stimulators HormonesAuxin is a plant hormone that plays an important role in plant growth and development as a regulator of many biological processes, especially IAA, IBA & NAA...
By Jenny Hoo
Published Sep 13, 2019
Pineapple pineapple cultivation Of late, the talk of the town seems to be revolving around the planting of MD2 pineapple. The questions is, why is this MD2 pineapple so popular?Pineapple is known to contain highest amount of vitamin C among all various types of fruits. It also contains a fair amount of magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron and develops a bromelin, of which is a type of enzyme... The variety was later renamed MD2 to honour the wife of the then General Manager of the Maui Pineapple Company... It does not require any irrigation system, dependant solely on the natural rainfall and water source...
Published Sep 9, 2018
Despite the fact that there is near-guaranteed job security, thanks to booming population growth, many beginning farmers face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to bringing a product to market... As Jason pointed out, “This is telling us, in a broad sense, that many folks are starting new farms, but not enough of them are making it past the ten year mark... ” Jason continued, “Many first generation farmers that I know have similar stories, or at least have acquired a wealth of knowledge working for others before starting their own enterprise... As Jason pointed out, that can be compounded by many coming from academia, as financial woes “often include student loan debt... ”The Benefits of RentingOne bit of financial advice Jason offered that many might think is contrary to sound financial practices is to focus on renting...
By Darren Chan
Published Jan 2, 2019
Introduction of MycorrhizaExcessive dependence on chemical fertilizers can result in the destruction of a large number of beneficial microbial communities in the soil and a decrease in soil activity. To improve the current soil ecosystem with serious damage and improve soil fertility, it is imperative to supplement soil beneficial microorganisms... Around the roots of the plants, there are many free myceliums, which we call externalhyphae... Enhance plant disease resistanceMany studies have shown that some ectomycorrhizal fungi have obvious “antagonistic” effects on certain plant pathogenic bacteria... In addition, many studies have also shown that mycorrhiza can also improve other stress resistance of plants, such as drought resistance, cold resistance, salt and alkali resistance, and heavy metal pollution...
By Cover Crops
Published Sep 14, 2018
It's a fact: cover crops tend to make good farmers into great farmers and average farmers into bad farmers. Cover crops work. But, management is key and the learning curve can be steep. If you've been sitting on the sidelines in the past but are interested in jumping on the cover crop bandwagon, don't be intimidated... It takes a lot less land, inputs and work to get the quantity of bushels produced for our cover crop needs with black oats than it does with any other alternative...
Categories: Cover Crops
Published Jul 18, 2018
“It’s going to eat anything that is carbon based and basically turn it into carbon dioxide, thereby reducing soil carbon, and by definition, soil organic matter. So anything dead it’s going to decompose pretty rapidly and turn into CO2... In addition to organic matter increasing, Kloot discovered that nutrient levels and pH on the five farmers’ soils were quite stable — remaining practically unchanged, despite being in full production and not having any commercial fertilizer applied, except for nitrogen to grass crops, which Kloot says was typically applied at lower rates... 5% without any manure, while another working in a loamy sand soil saw his levels increase from 1% to 1... Kloot says that while species like grass crops tend to bring more carbon into the soil because they have more biomass, continuously growing grasses without any additional diversity will cause productivity in the soil to go down...
Categories: Cover Crops
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... ” Since that time, John’s family farm has not undergone any “fundamental change in the daily operation of the business... ” As Joel explained, these obstacles “keep many would-be farmers from being successful, because most of us hate paperwork and just want to farm...
Published Nov 2, 2018
But did you know that for many crops, those roots aren’t working alone?That’s because most plant species associate with mycorrhizal fungi... Although there are many different types of mycorrhizae, the only one crop farmers need to be concerned about is arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), as 65% of plant species associate with it... And barring anything extreme that’s happened to your fields — such as mining or a toxic spill — your soils should already have AMF in it, says Miranda Hart, a soil microbial ecologist at the University of British Columbia... 26,” explains that while root hairs can only extend a few millimeters, the hyphae of some AMF can extend many centimeters away... When Mycorrhizae Becomes ParasiticWhile AMF can provide many benefits for plants, Cahill says that in some situations the relationship can be parasitic...
Categories: Cover Crops
Published Dec 9, 2019
5 inches turns into a 20- to 30-inch-wide group of wheat heads, resulting in 4 times as many wheat heads... If you can get the canopy, then weeds aren’t a problem anymore... This avoids having to invest in new equipment like skinny tires... “If you have early maturing beans and they don’t fill in the rows, then you’ll have quite a bit of sunlight to empower any volunteer wheat and it will multiply and you’ll have a field of grass... “I know the big companies say ‘feed the world,’ but eventually we only get so much water, so much sunlight and so many nutrients...
By Darren Chan
Published Sep 20, 2018
Rose ,so romantic and lovely. It is really a pleasure to plant roses. Today when you come to your beloved rose bushes, you are surprised to find that your lovely roses are covered by a dusting of white powder on buds,stems and leaves. These white powder makes your roses,once beautiful and heathy,look sick and ugly... Homemade preventationMilk has been proved by many gardeners to be effective in treating powdery mildew of roses...