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This high-clearance sprayer makes variable-rate nitrogen applications to corn based on sensor readings. The sensors monitor plant stresses that are frequently related to nitrogen status. Photo by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS.
Updated May 12, 2020
For growers who are trying to follow the “4Rs” of nutrient stewardship — applying the right fertilizer source at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place, as set forth by The Fertilizer Institute — variable-rate technology (VRT) can help them tackle two of the four, as it can determine the right rate and the right place based on prescription maps... Consider a study conducted in North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota from 2000-2003, where fields were divided so that nitrogen fertilizer was either variable-rated or applied uniformly. As the North Dakota State University (NDSU) article explains, using nitrogen fertilizer recommendations at the time and variable-rate applying it on a zone approach provided no economic advantage over the uniform rate. However, the same article cites a study conducted for more than 10 years on a 40-acre field in North Dakota where variable-rating nitrogen resulted in a $14... A case study on Genesee, Idaho, farmer Eric Odberg also highlights the savings some growers can reap from variable-rating...
Categories: Precision Agriculture
By John Moody
Published Apr 9, 2018
Yet some farms and farmers are are faring better than others, especially those who have incorporated direct to consumer or value added products into their operations... In a comparison of farms across four size categories (defined by annual sales in 2007), farmers with DTC sales had a higher survival rate in each category. The difference in survival rates ranged from 10 percentage points among the smallest farms to about 6 percentage points among the largest... The act was first passed in 2015 to allow local food producers to Get More from Your Milk: Increasing Profit through Value-Added Products This article will guide you through the important issues that you need to consider before starting a value-added dairy enterprise. Farms that direct market and value add also have greater control over their prices and sometimes, far less competition...
By Vuon Hat
Published Jul 1
Ngày nay, 70% lượng hạnh nhân chất lượng được tiêu thụ trên thế giới được nhập khẩu từ Mỹ. Ở Việt Nam, hạnh nhân được trồng nhiều ở các tỉnh Bắc Trung Bộ như Nghệ An, Hà Tĩnh, Thanh Hóa… Bên cạnh đó còn có hạnh nhân Trung Quốc, Thái Lan cũng tràn lan trên thị trường hạt dinh dưỡng Việt Nam. Nếu bạn đang cần mua hạt hạnh nhân ở đâu uy tín tại Tp. HCM và Hà Nội? Hãy để Vườn Hạt gợi ý cho bạn. Các loại hạnh nhân đang bán ở Việt NamHiện nay trên thị trường Việt Nam có các loại hạnh nhân Mỹ, Trung Quốc, Úc và số ít của Việt Nam...
By Darren Chan
Published Dec 31, 2019
Seaweed fertilizer is an organic fertilizer produced by accurate processing of marine plant seaweed as the primary raw material... 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... It can directly increase soil organic matter through soil or plants and activate various microorganisms in the soil... 4 Fertilizer effect special longSeaweed fertilizer can directly increase soil organic matter through the soil or plants, and activate various beneficial microorganisms in the soil...
Published Sep 9, 2020
There are different pipe arrangement variations, but the pipes are usually placed at a distance of 38 to 84 and at a depth of 6 to 10 below the soil surface... History of Subsurface Drip Irrigation Technological advances within the plastics industry have led to significant progress for irrigation systems... These methods, including SDI, have improved production and yield in scientific experiments for various crops... The amount of costs largely depends on the choice of materials, the availability of a water source, water quality, filtration method, the type of soil, and the degree of automation of the system itself... Vories  explains that to achieve maximum corn yields using subsurface drip irrigation, the system needs to replace 60% of the estimated daily crop evapotranspiration (ET)...
Published Jun 14, 2018
Business valuations are frequently performed when one company acquires another company, when a company is targeted for an acquisition, when a company’s capital structure is reorganized, when a company splits up, or when a company enters bankruptcy in liquidation or reorganization... Mergers will generally require both companies to be valued, while an acquisition may require only a single valuation... Typically most business valuations are performed to determine the proposed value of a business, Agrilend focuses on the enterprise value of the business which includes all equity stakeholders or shareholders, interest bearing debt, net working assets, fixed assets as well as intangibles also described as goodwill. The reasoning implicit in The Agrilend model is the typical business valuation of an ongoing concern will provide a methodology for valuing its monetary efficiency by the market, asset, and income approach, however when dealing with established food manufacturing brands there is a different element to be considered to determine which constitutes its inherent customer base and brand positioning and therefore the multiple the target company can be purchased at or resold to a secondary private equity group, lender, or investor with an emphasis proportionally irrespective of discounted cash flows, capitalization rate, risk free rate, debt capital structure, capital asset pricing method, equity risk premium or company specific risk premium. In food manufacturing established brands with distribution in retail, it is still necessary to gauge the capital structure to determine the weighted average cost of capital to make a decision for a minority or majority purchase, however Agrilend places an emphasis on this intangible value with greater weight...
By Banda Nkani
Published Dec 3, 2018
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... Bakers and confectioners also use it for meat preservation... Data sheet: Ginger cultivation djindja 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... Bakers and confectioners also use it for meat preservation...
Updated Aug 19, 2020
The main problem concerning corn cultivation is water stress: the most critical phases that suffer from water shortages, which can lead to significant production losses, are from the emission of the plume to flowering and the ripening stage. In order to obtain high yields, it is necessary to satisfy the evapotranspiration demand of the crop, which is between 0... The market offers various systems including the most well-known and widely-used option of central pivot and the newer solution of drip irrigation. What are the differences between the two systems?Among the relevant differences to consider is the investment cost, adaptability to the rotation, weather conditions, irrigation availability and the efficiency of any fertigation... In practice, these figures will be influenced by various factors such as the yield and market price of corn, the extent of cultivation and the effective duration of the system, which depends on the proper design and maintenance...
Updated Oct 24, 2020
Although specific growing methods may vary based on region and farm size, there are general principles that can be applied throughout the world when it comes to growing organic cottonEconomicsThere are many reasons to grow cotton organically... Cotton (Gossypium spp) belongs to Malvaceae and grows in tropical to subtropical climates... To optimize growing conditions, the following organic cultivation methods are recommended, and Figure 1 shows the best timing for each operation. Correct selection of varietiesManure and minerals for nutrient applicationCrop rotation IntercroppingIrrigationControlling biotic stressFigure 1: Timing of different operations and the growth cycle in organic cotton... org)Seed SelectionThough seed selection is an important strategy to enhance cotton yield, 80% of farmers, globally, have problems finding organic varieties...
By Chloe Alonzi
Published Sep 3
The Farm Business Innovation Show is finally opening its doors, in person, at the NEC Birmingham on the 10th & 11th November this year. This is the UK's most innovative event for farmers & landowners to make more money from their land. So if you are interested in finding new ways to do so, we highly recommend that you attend!What can you expect to see at the show?With over 1000 exhibitors, 500 seminars, and an incredible schedule of keynote speakers and panel discussions, the show will tackle everything from boosting your offering to marketing and new business strategies. These invaluable insights will be delivered by some of the biggest names and associations within the industry, including the likes of CLA, Rural Solutions and Clear Sky Safari Tents... You can discover the latest technology from the sector, receive exclusive offers on products from leading suppliers such as Canopy & Stars and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, and demo the next generation solutions which are paving the way for the future of the industry...
By Pat Rogers
Published Feb 24
What is the likelihood that we will see drones spraying commodity value crops like corn and soybeans in the near future? Will this ever be cost effective and efficient enough to replace airplane spraying or even in field sprayers?
Published Jul 30
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