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growing cover crops in organic arable crop rotations: best practices from denmar




reduced soil quality, soil erosion, nutrient losses and high weed pressure are common challenges in arable farming. cover crops can help to overcome these problems. but they are ‘yet another expense’ and might compete with the main crop for water, light and nutrients. thus, successful implementa...



keep soils covered for financial gain




building cover crops into rotations will deliver financial rewards in the long run, growers have been advised. (ahdb)while turning fields that would normally be used for growing marketable crops over to cover crops seems an expensive decision, a longer-term view on investment is needed, delegates at...



keep soils covered for financial gain




building cover crops into rotations will deliver financial rewards in the long run, growers have been advised.while turning fields that would normally be used for growing marketable crops over to cover crops seems an expensive decision, a longer-term view on investment is needed, delegates at the la...



give sugar beet a boost with green cover




the uk sugar beet crop is set to increase by up to 25% this year as the sugar surplus has eased and quotas are due to end. however, yields will suffer if sugar beet is sown into poor soils and despite many growers taking an interest in improving soil health and structure, there is plenty still to be...



timing of cover crop rolling is key




organic farmers can use a combination of cover crops and no-till methods to improve soil health, suppress weeds, and retain moisture, suggests a new report. (science daily)organic farmers have to make hard choices between protecting soil from erosion and controlling weeds. for example, large-scale o...



basic microbiology research study unexpectedly uncovers practical findings for g




cover cropping, or the practice of growing unharvested crops to protect and enrich the soil during off-season periods, is a promising approach to reducing some of the negative environmental impacts of production agriculture.



basic microbiology research study unexpectedly uncovers practical findings for g




image: phytobiomes journal cover. view more credit: the american phytopathological soceityst. paul, minn. (march 2017)--cover cropping, or the practice of growing unharvested crops to protect and enrich the soil during off-season periods, is a promising approach to reducing some of the negative env...



specialist crops to boost farm margins




arable farmers could maximise returns by including specialist crops in their rotations – and they can find out how at the cereals event 2017.as pressure to diversify and increase profits mounts, this year’s cereals event (14-15 june) will see the addition of the brand new specialist crop zone. ...



study ids ways to encourage 'refuge' planting, slowing resistance to bt crops




a new study from north carolina state university finds a significant shortfall in the amount of "refuge" cropland being planted in north carolina -- likely increasing the rate at which crop pests will evolve the ability to safely devour genetically engineered bt crops. however, the study also identi...



diverse rotations and poultry litter improves soybean yield




an aerial photo of agronomic systems study in milan, tenn. credit: jason wightcontinuous cropping systems without rotations or cover crops are perceived as unsustainable for long-term yield and soil health. continuous systems, defined as continually producing a crop on the same parcel of land for mo...



diverse rotations and poultry litter improves soybean yield




image: this is an aerial photo of agronomic systems study in milan, tenn. view more credit: photo cred: jason wightcontinuous cropping systems without rotations or cover crops are perceived as unsustainable for long-term yield and soil health. continuous systems, defined as continually producing a...



‘some parts of australia are really crying out for a bit of rain’ as crops turn




the severe dry conditions affecting grain growing districts across australia are expected to rob crops of potential and are threatening to put an unwelcome dent in the nation's grain production this season.in parts of nsw, some farmers have watched on as some of their grain crops, in need of moistur...



‘some parts of australia are really crying out for a bit of rain’, as crops turn




the severe dry conditions affecting grain growing districts across australia are expected to rob crops of potential and are threatening to put an unwelcome dent in the nation's grain production this season.in parts of nsw some farmers have watched on as some of their grain crops, in need of moisture...



new smart radish recycles and builds soil nutrients




after seven years of research and development, norwest is in its final year of testing a new cover crop radish in 2017, and if the results are as expected, the company will have seed for sale in 2018. today’s cover crops mixes include brassicas, grasses, legumes and non-legume species, and mixes ...



the key to drought-tolerant crops may be in the leaves




a solution to help farmers to grow crops in dry areas or during stretches of drought may depend on breeding and cultivating plants that protect themselves with a thicker layer of leaf wax, a new study shows.



sweet bribes for ants are key to crops bearing fruit, study shows




flowering crops such as beans and cotton offer their sweetest nectar to recruit colonising ants in a strategy that balances their need for defence and to reproduce, research suggests.



breeding crops today for an uncertain tomorrow




variable weather is creating extreme challenges for crop breeding in california. how do you develop crops that will thrive under certain conditions when you can no longer predict what those conditions will be?



cover crop prevents weeds, protects soil




organic farmers have to make hard choices between protecting soil from erosion and controlling weeds. for example, large-scale organic farming relies heavily on tillage. tilling breaks up the soil to kill weeds and prepare for planting. but intense tillage can compact soil, cause erosion, and deplet...



planting native vegetation for productive crops




the university of adelaide, working with south australian industry groups, is helping farmers and growers design and implement native plantings to support bee and other insect populations needed to pollinate their crops and orchards.



new strains of staple crops serve up essential vitamins




research on finger millet crops aims to boost essential vitamins to tackle malnutrition. credit: ‘a scene of ragi’ by thamizhpparithi maari is licenced under cc by-sa 3.0more nutritious versions of staple crops could increase daily vitamin and mineral intake for millions of people with poor diet...



hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques




image: precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper by richard sowers, a professor of engineering and of mathematics at... view more credit: photo by l. brian staufferchampaign, ill. -- timing the h...



temperature variability and wheat quality




increased hot and cold spells resulting from climate change could affect bread-making quality or seed quality for growing subsequent wheat crops, depending upon when they occur.



heavy rains wash away zimbabwe’s roads, leaving crops stranded - zimbabwe




rains finally promise a good harvest in most parts of zimbabwe's manicaland province - but only if farmers can get it to marketby andrew mambondiyanichipendeke, zimbabwe, march 23 (thomson reuters foundation) - after two consecutive seasons of drought, heavy rains finally promise a good harvest in m...



african forests threatened by global demand for commodity crops




international demand for commodity crops like cocoa is putting increasing pressure on tropical forests in sub-saharan africa, according to new research.



why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming?




the beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries. researchers from the grantham centre for sustainable futures at the university of sheffield have shed light on how hunter-gatherers first began farming and how crops were domesticated to depend on humans...