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  • Advantages of seaweed fertilizer for plants

    By Darren Chan

    Published Dec 31, 2019

    Below are the advantages of seaweed fertilizer for plants:1 Nutrient-richThe active seaweed fertilizer contains a large amount of non-nitrogen-containing organic matter, including 40 kinds of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and iodine, and abundant vitamins, which are unmatched by terrestrial plants, especially seaweed polysaccharides unique to seaweeds. Alginic acid, highly unsaturated fatty acids and a variety of natural plant growth regulators can stimulate the production of non-specific active factors in plants and regulate the balance of endogenous elements. 2 Easily absorbed by plantsThe active ingredients in seaweed fertilizers are particularly active after they have been specially treated, and they enter the plants within 2 to 3 hours after application, and they have a speedy absorption and conduction velocity. Alginic acid in seaweed fertilizer can reduce the surface tension of water, forming a layer of film on the surface of the plant, increasing the contact area, water-soluble substances are relatively easy to penetrate the surface cells of stems and leaves so that plants can effectively absorb the nutrients in the seaweed extract... It can directly increase soil organic matter through soil or plants and activate various microorganisms in the soil...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Specialty/Vegetable

    How to get rid of powdery mildew on plants ?

    By Darren Chan

    Published Aug 31, 2018

    For Agricultural control1. Select resistant varietiesThere is a difference in resistant ability between the varieties of powdery mildew, so first we must select disease-resistant varieties. 2 Improve conditions of Ventilation and transmittanceThe planting density is appropriate, and the old leaves at the bottom are destroyed in time, which is conducive to the light penetration of the fields. Clean the pastoral areas, remove diseased leaves, diseased locusts, and broken twigs, and remove it from the field and concentrate or burn it. It should strengthen ventilation, reduce humidity, and scientifically water, creating an environment that is not conducive to the development of powdery mildew...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Dairy, Irrigation

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Nov 2, 2018

    If someone asked you, “How do plants take up the water and nutrients they need?” you’d probably tell them through the roots... Researchers found that over 50% of phosphorus uptake in plants was absorbed via AMF, and phosphorus 32 was only detected in the AMF plants. In fact, an influx of phosphorus in roots colonized by mycorrhizal fungi can be three to five times higher than in non-mycorrhizal roots, according to the article “Phosphorus Uptake by Plants: From Soil to Cell... Grow Native SpeciesInstead, Hart recommends growers focus on promoting the mycorrhizal fungi populations already in their fields by trying to grow plants that are native to the land — whether it be through cash crops, intercropping or cover crops — so the mycorrhizal fungi and all of the soil microbes become more diverse, sustainable, and ultimately, more functional... “Because native plants and fungi have evolved together, so they are more likely more beneficial for each other...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    How to Create a Low-Input, High-Revenue System with Wide-Row Intercropping

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Dec 9, 2019

    He explains that the wheat plants will compete with others for sunlight, and in those wider rows, this results in the crop forming a half circle — the outsides of the row will be shorter and jet out, while the middle of the row will be taller and grow straight up... Planting in twin rows is also important because the plants are too close together in single rows and will block the solar angles too much, Mauck says... On his farm, he normally plants his wheat at 1... “But planting half the plants doesn’t mean you’re only going to get half the yield... “Corn has an incredible ability to recognize space...

    Categories: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat

    How Brazilian Big Agriculture is Destroying the Brazilian Amazon

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Apr 4, 2018

    When there are millions of dollars worth of profits on the line, it’s the land and its native inhabitants that end up getting hurt the most... This in turn is displacing entire civilizations of native residents who now have nowhere else to go to escape the development but deeper and deeper into the previously untouched forest... So this vital forest is being fought over by big agri-business, loggers and cattle ranchers and a population of poor natives that don’t stand a chance of keeping their ancestral lands... Ruralist members of the government have little interest in the plight of the Brazilian native population and have even voiced their intent to continue to develop indigenous lands... Currently, the suicide rate of native Brazilians is 22 times higher than that of non-indigenous residents, and people researching this recent rise believe it to be much higher...

    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... He asks, if you can put nutrients on top in a natural growing system, why can’t they be placed on top in a cropland system?Ward also points out in native prairies, nutrients work their way down into the soil naturally, just as it occurs in no-till systems... ”He notes that soil health is critical in how plants uptake nutrients, so if a grower hasn’t developed the soil health yet, then the plants may not be able to uptake those nutrients, regardless of how and where the fertilizer is applied... Ward says that aside from nitrogen and some sulfur, which plants can acquire from the air, most nutrients that are removed from the soil will need to be replaced...

    Categories: Corn, Cover Crops

    Recent College Grad? Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Pursue A Career In Farming

    By Cortney Farmer

    Published Apr 17, 2018

    The U. S. agricultural industry finds itself at a precarious professional crossroads... As the population continues to grow, we'll continue to rely heavily on new agricultural innovations and alternatives, as well as the farmers themselves, to sustain our universal communities... As long as bio-engineers and growers can use skyscrapers and other city features to cultivate plants and animal life, modern-day farmers can opt to perfect their professional trade in regions that best suit their personal preferences and tastes...

    Michel Mercier: Peas as an Agronomic Weeding Tool

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published Aug 24, 2018

    From Direct Driller Magazine: Issue 2Written by Frédéric ThomasLike many farmers, Michel Mercier first got into direct drilling based on the economic savings it offered. He first worked with an SE Horsch then onto an AT Köckerling, then onto a SD Kuhn, only to find that the drill is only an ingredient, only part of a solution, purely the way to do something... Rather than simply give up on his zero-till journey Michel sought alternatives through agronomic rather than mechanical change, growing peas between wheat and OSR creating a double break in his rotation... Mercier has been growing, hybrid rye as an alternative to wheat with yield potential on his farm about 10% higher than that of a soft wheat especially in a dry season It’s a much more aggressive, more robust and better able to access soils residual nutrition with average nitrogen application usually 60 kg / ha against 130 for his wheat... His hope is that the lower seed rate crop may reduce disease and therefore fungicide use, as in spite of the plants robust agronomic nature, it is necessary to remain vigilant on rust and a good growth regulator programme is very important to keep thicker crops standing ...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Data sheet: Ginger cultivation "djindja"

    By Banda Nkani

    Published Dec 3, 2018

    Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a herbaceous plant native to Asia... As it takes 2 to 3 months to plant rhizome pieces from a plantation, the plants can be left in the soil until planting... Data sheet: Ginger cultivation djindja Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a herbaceous plant native to Asia... Density of plantation To have a density of 95000 plants to 100000 plants per hectare, the following distances are required: Width of the ridges: 0,90 m Distance between the ridges: 25 to 30 cm Spacings between plants: 15 x 25 cm; 25 x 30 cm; 30 x 30 cm... Fertilization They are exhausting plants...

    Categories: Specialty/Vegetable

  • Kindlewood Farms Horry United States, SC, Ladson

    Business Title: Kindlewood Farms
    Job Title: Grafted Heirloom Tomates
    About: We are a small farm/nursery that specializes in grafted heirloom tomato transplants. We grow all of our transplants from seed in our greenhouses. We use sustainable practices and are working towards becoming organically certified.
    Interests: Organic

    Terry Siegfried United States, SD, Newell

    Business Title: Bear Butte Boers
    About: Retired military. Raising goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, maybe a pig or three, and other edible animals and vegetation, too. We also have horses in case we run out of things to do.
    Interests: Poultry, Cover Crops, Irrigation, Grass, Meat Goat

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  • Advantages of seaweed fertilizer for plants

    By Darren Chan

    Published Dec 31, 2019

    Below are the advantages of seaweed fertilizer for plants:1 Nutrient-richThe active seaweed fertilizer contains a large amount of non-nitrogen-containing organic matter, including 40 kinds of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and iodine, and abundant vitamins, which are unmatched by terrestrial plants, especially seaweed polysaccharides unique to seaweeds. Alginic acid, highly unsaturated fatty acids and a variety of natural plant growth regulators can stimulate the production of non-specific active factors in plants and regulate the balance of endogenous elements. 2 Easily absorbed by plantsThe active ingredients in seaweed fertilizers are particularly active after they have been specially treated, and they enter the plants within 2 to 3 hours after application, and they have a speedy absorption and conduction velocity. Alginic acid in seaweed fertilizer can reduce the surface tension of water, forming a layer of film on the surface of the plant, increasing the contact area, water-soluble substances are relatively easy to penetrate the surface cells of stems and leaves so that plants can effectively absorb the nutrients in the seaweed extract... It can directly increase soil organic matter through soil or plants and activate various microorganisms in the soil...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Specialty/Vegetable

    How to get rid of powdery mildew on plants ?

    By Darren Chan

    Published Aug 31, 2018

    For Agricultural control1. Select resistant varietiesThere is a difference in resistant ability between the varieties of powdery mildew, so first we must select disease-resistant varieties. 2 Improve conditions of Ventilation and transmittanceThe planting density is appropriate, and the old leaves at the bottom are destroyed in time, which is conducive to the light penetration of the fields. Clean the pastoral areas, remove diseased leaves, diseased locusts, and broken twigs, and remove it from the field and concentrate or burn it. It should strengthen ventilation, reduce humidity, and scientifically water, creating an environment that is not conducive to the development of powdery mildew...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Dairy, Irrigation

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Nov 2, 2018

    If someone asked you, “How do plants take up the water and nutrients they need?” you’d probably tell them through the roots... Researchers found that over 50% of phosphorus uptake in plants was absorbed via AMF, and phosphorus 32 was only detected in the AMF plants. In fact, an influx of phosphorus in roots colonized by mycorrhizal fungi can be three to five times higher than in non-mycorrhizal roots, according to the article “Phosphorus Uptake by Plants: From Soil to Cell... Grow Native SpeciesInstead, Hart recommends growers focus on promoting the mycorrhizal fungi populations already in their fields by trying to grow plants that are native to the land — whether it be through cash crops, intercropping or cover crops — so the mycorrhizal fungi and all of the soil microbes become more diverse, sustainable, and ultimately, more functional... “Because native plants and fungi have evolved together, so they are more likely more beneficial for each other...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    How to Create a Low-Input, High-Revenue System with Wide-Row Intercropping

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Dec 9, 2019

    He explains that the wheat plants will compete with others for sunlight, and in those wider rows, this results in the crop forming a half circle — the outsides of the row will be shorter and jet out, while the middle of the row will be taller and grow straight up... Planting in twin rows is also important because the plants are too close together in single rows and will block the solar angles too much, Mauck says... On his farm, he normally plants his wheat at 1... “But planting half the plants doesn’t mean you’re only going to get half the yield... “Corn has an incredible ability to recognize space...

    Categories: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat

    How Brazilian Big Agriculture is Destroying the Brazilian Amazon

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Apr 4, 2018

    When there are millions of dollars worth of profits on the line, it’s the land and its native inhabitants that end up getting hurt the most... This in turn is displacing entire civilizations of native residents who now have nowhere else to go to escape the development but deeper and deeper into the previously untouched forest... So this vital forest is being fought over by big agri-business, loggers and cattle ranchers and a population of poor natives that don’t stand a chance of keeping their ancestral lands... Ruralist members of the government have little interest in the plight of the Brazilian native population and have even voiced their intent to continue to develop indigenous lands... Currently, the suicide rate of native Brazilians is 22 times higher than that of non-indigenous residents, and people researching this recent rise believe it to be much higher...

    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... He asks, if you can put nutrients on top in a natural growing system, why can’t they be placed on top in a cropland system?Ward also points out in native prairies, nutrients work their way down into the soil naturally, just as it occurs in no-till systems... ”He notes that soil health is critical in how plants uptake nutrients, so if a grower hasn’t developed the soil health yet, then the plants may not be able to uptake those nutrients, regardless of how and where the fertilizer is applied... Ward says that aside from nitrogen and some sulfur, which plants can acquire from the air, most nutrients that are removed from the soil will need to be replaced...

    Categories: Corn, Cover Crops

    Recent College Grad? Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Pursue A Career In Farming

    By Cortney Farmer

    Published Apr 17, 2018

    The U. S. agricultural industry finds itself at a precarious professional crossroads... As the population continues to grow, we'll continue to rely heavily on new agricultural innovations and alternatives, as well as the farmers themselves, to sustain our universal communities... As long as bio-engineers and growers can use skyscrapers and other city features to cultivate plants and animal life, modern-day farmers can opt to perfect their professional trade in regions that best suit their personal preferences and tastes...

    Michel Mercier: Peas as an Agronomic Weeding Tool

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published Aug 24, 2018

    From Direct Driller Magazine: Issue 2Written by Frédéric ThomasLike many farmers, Michel Mercier first got into direct drilling based on the economic savings it offered. He first worked with an SE Horsch then onto an AT Köckerling, then onto a SD Kuhn, only to find that the drill is only an ingredient, only part of a solution, purely the way to do something... Rather than simply give up on his zero-till journey Michel sought alternatives through agronomic rather than mechanical change, growing peas between wheat and OSR creating a double break in his rotation... Mercier has been growing, hybrid rye as an alternative to wheat with yield potential on his farm about 10% higher than that of a soft wheat especially in a dry season It’s a much more aggressive, more robust and better able to access soils residual nutrition with average nitrogen application usually 60 kg / ha against 130 for his wheat... His hope is that the lower seed rate crop may reduce disease and therefore fungicide use, as in spite of the plants robust agronomic nature, it is necessary to remain vigilant on rust and a good growth regulator programme is very important to keep thicker crops standing ...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Data sheet: Ginger cultivation "djindja"

    By Banda Nkani

    Published Dec 3, 2018

    Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a herbaceous plant native to Asia... As it takes 2 to 3 months to plant rhizome pieces from a plantation, the plants can be left in the soil until planting... Data sheet: Ginger cultivation djindja Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a herbaceous plant native to Asia... Density of plantation To have a density of 95000 plants to 100000 plants per hectare, the following distances are required: Width of the ridges: 0,90 m Distance between the ridges: 25 to 30 cm Spacings between plants: 15 x 25 cm; 25 x 30 cm; 30 x 30 cm... Fertilization They are exhausting plants...

    Categories: Specialty/Vegetable

    What's symptom Grape leaf roll disease ?

    By Darren Chan

    Published Dec 4, 2018

    Grape leafroll DiseasesGrape leafroll disease is a common virus disease in grape production, which is widely spread... Most Eurasian plants show symptoms only at fruit ripening stage... It can be transmitted by using cuttings or buds and rootstocks of diseased plants as asexual reproductive materials... Quarantine and inspection should be strengthened and virus-free mother plants should be selected to propagate seedlings... The virus-free seedlings had to be tested for non-toxicity before they could be used as mother plants...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Marketing, Organic

  • Posted By Cortney Farmer
    Apr 17, 2018

    https://agfuse.com/article/recent-college-grad-why-now-is-the-perfect-time-to-pursue-a-career-in-farming

    Posted By Maria Dampman
    Apr 4, 2018

    https://agfuse.com/article/how-brazilian-big-agriculture-is-destroying-the-brazilian-amazon

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Apr 12, 2018

    https://www.theaccidentalagronomist.com/news/2018/4/2/alternative-fertility-options

    ToasterLAB program to help Agri-Food Startups to Scale up and Industrialize their products and services

    ToasterLAB is open to startups from throughout the world. All activites can apply, but particular attention will be paid to the following topics:

    - Agriculture: robotics and agri-supplies

    - Primary processing: functional ingredients, fermentation and alternative proteins (including plant, insect and microalgae etc.)

    - Secondary processing: high added value foods, anti-waste solutions, “free from” products, local products, blockchain and IOT for tomorrow’s food factory

    - Functional drinks or natural soft drinks

    - Packaging: intelligent packaging, solutions for reducing packaging or optimising sustainability (recyclable, recycled or reusable, plastic-free, etc.), edible packaging

    - Personalised nutrition: products and services for targeted nutritional impact

    - Petfood: innovative food solutions for domestic pets

    Application deadline: 24th February 2020

    Illustration Photo: Laval Greenhouse, Lufa Farms (credits: Lufa Farms / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    The EU-funded REHAP project to transform agricultural and forestry waste into bio-based materials

    Waste and other residues from agriculture and forestry are increasingly seen as a useful source for the production of clean sustainable and affordable high-value fuels or chemicals. To realise the full potential of cellulose-based non-edible biomass and agricultural waste as a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels it’s crucial to assess their prevalence. Supported by the EU-funded REHAP project researchers have addressed the issue of how to forecast the availability of such feedstock.

    Illustration Photo: Wheat straw (CC0 Creative Commons from Pixabay.com)

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    Smart Water Management Platform: IoT-Based Precision Irrigation for Agriculture

    Authors: Carlos Kamienski, Juha-Pekka Soininen, Markus Taumberger, Ramide Dantas, Attilio Toscano, Tullio Salmon Cinotti, Rodrigo Filev Maia and André Torre Neto

    Journal: Sensors 2019, 19(2), 276;

    Publisher: MDPI

    The smart management of freshwater for precision irrigation in agriculture is essential for increasing crop yield and decreasing costs, while contributing to environmental sustainability. The intense use of technologies offers a means for providing the exact amount of water needed by plants. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the natural choice for smart water management applications, even though the integration of different technologies required for making it work seamlessly in practice is still not fully accomplished. The SWAMP project develops an IoT-based smart water management platform for precision irrigation in agriculture with a hands-on approach based on four pilots in Brazil and Europe. This paper presents the SWAMP architecture, platform, and system deployments that highlight the replicability of the platform, and, as scalability is a major concern for IoT applications, it includes a performance analysis of FIWARE components used in the Platform. Results show that it is able to provide adequate performance for the SWAMP pilots, but requires specially designed configurations and the re-engineering of some components to provide higher scalability using less computational resources.

    Illustration Photo: Central Pivot, Ebro Valley, Spain (credits: François Molle / Water Alternatives / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    Posted By Canola Growers
    Jun 28, 2018

    http://www.southwestfarmpress.com/crops/texas-grower-plants-winter-canola-alternative-wheat

    Posted By The Peanut Patch
    Jun 19, 2018

    http://www.peanutgrower.com/feature/bolo-cogongrass/

    Posted By Pee Dee Crop Producer Reports
    May 28, 2018

    http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/south-carolina-officials-seek-help-finding-one-of-worlds-worst-invasive-weeds/
    Call for Applications: The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Fellowship

    The purpose of the ABCF fellowship program is to develop capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that ultimately contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa, and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers (and their partners). We seek applicants with innovative ideas for short to medium term research projects (up to 12 months) aligned with national, regional or continental agricultural development priorities that can be undertaken at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

    Areas of research

    Applicants must be scientists affiliated (through employment) with African National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) e.g. national agricultural research institutes and universities, and conducting research in the areas of food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa. Those carrying out research in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply*;

    Improved control of priority livestock and fish diseases including: African Swine Fever (ASF); Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP); Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR); Rift Valley Fever (RVF); East Coast Fever (ECF); Capripox Virus diseases of ruminants;
    Harnessing genetic diversity for conservation, resistance to disease and improving productivity of crops and livestock and fish (livestock focus: African indigenous breeds, particularly goats, chickens, alternative small livestock species);
    Molecular breeding for important food security crops in Africa;
    Plant transformation to address food insecurity in Africa;
    Plant-microbe interactions;
    Tissue culture and virus indexing for production of virus-free planting materials in Africa;
    Orphan/underutilized species of crops and livestock;
    Crop pests, pathogens and weed management research, including biological control;
    Microbial technology for improving adaptation of staple food crops and forages to biotic and abiotic stresses;
    Rapid diagnostics for crop, livestock and fish diseases;
    Genomics, bioinformatics and metagenomics including microbial discovery;
    Studies on climate-smart forage grasses and mixed livestock-crop systems;
    Microbial technology for improving adaptation of staple food crops and forages to biotic and abiotic stresses;
    Soil health in agricultural systems;
    Improved control of parasitic pathogens of plants (bacteria, fungi, oomycetes) that cause enormous economic losses as well as environmental damage in natural ecosystems (e.g.: Phytophthora infestans that causes potato blight).

    Dateline for submission: 30th June 2018

    Illustration Photo: Scientists work in a laboratory at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. (credits: Kate Holt / Africa Practice / ...

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