News tagged with soil organisms

Using ground covers in organic production

Studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists indicate that organic farmers who need to periodically amend their soils with compost after planting can still control weeds -- and hold down costs -- by using fabric ...

Aug 30, 2011
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Schnitzel is bad for the environment

If you want to protect the environment, you should first of all think about eating less meat. An Austrian study done at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) unveils the remarkable ecological advantages ...

Aug 16, 2011
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In soil we trust

Put simply, we cannot survive without soil. Its rich combination of minerals, carbon-rich organic matter and water supports plant life. It also harbours its own diverse ecosystem of millions of microbes and ...

Jul 14, 2011
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The future of cover crops

Winter cover crops are an important component of nutrient cycling, soil cover and organic matter content. Although its benefits are well documented, cover crop use in farming systems is relatively low. Research has shown ...

Jul 13, 2011
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Dairy manure goes urban

When natural ecosystems are replaced by roads, homes, and commercial structures, soil is negatively impacted. Studies have shown that, among other issues, distressed urban soils are often significantly compacted, ...

Jun 23, 2011
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Soil nutrient management for organic production

Organic producers are faced with somewhat different challenges in maintaining their soil nutrient levels than are conventional producers. The new Montana State University Extension bulletin Soil Nutrient Management on Organic ...

Dec 03, 2010
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Keeping nitrogen in the soil and out of the water

(PhysOrg.com) -- Nitrogen is important for optimal crop production, but can be lost to leaching as nitrate. High amounts of nitrate in drinking water can be harmful to people, especially infants and pregnant women. While ...

Jun 11, 2010
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No-till farming improves soil stability

A joint Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-multi-university study across the central Great Plains on the effects of more than 19 years of various tillage practices shows that no-till makes soil much more stable than plowed ...

May 11, 2010
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ARS Explores Ways to Keep Carbon in the Soil

(PhysOrg.com) -- Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon ...

Dec 03, 2009
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Organic weed control options for highbush blueberry

Research scientists at Nova Scotia Agricultural College have been working steadily to find effective organic methods to control weeds in cultivated blueberry crops. One resulting study, published in a recent ...

Nov 04, 2009
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