By: Molly Shaw and Charles Merfield Published: The BHU Future Farming Centre, The FCC Bulletin – 2013 V1 July Soils are quite literally the foundation of the farm so ensuring they are well managed is a fundamental task for farmers and growers. For decades now we have been good at measuring and managing […]
By: Gemma Claxton Published: Farmers Weekly, 20 November 2013 Farmers need to “reinvigorate soils with life” in order to prevent losses and maximise outputs. According to Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association, soils are being destroyed 10 times faster than they are created, with soil losses of 2m tonnes a year. Speaking at […]
By: Helen Browning Published: The Ecologist, Nov. 8, 2013
As a farmer, my foremost responsibility is to protect and enhance the soil in my care. It can take more than 500 years to generate an inch of soil, yet our farming activity can erode or degrade it in a decade or two if we […]
Published: Northumberland View, July 15, 2013
Recent talk of new tariffs demonstrates that policies to stop urban sprawl are not just good for the environment, but essential ingredients for our economic security
Recent moves by the Canadian government to slap new tariffs on American goods demonstrate the importance of policies that stop urban sprawl from gobbling up […]
Published: JIC News, July 18, 2013
Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease. A new study to be published in Nature’s ‘The ISME Journal’ reveals the profound effect it has on enriching soil with bacteria, fungi and protozoa.
“Changing the crop species massively […]
By: Mark Wales Published: Blackburn News, July 8, 2013
Ontario loses approximately 100 acres of farmland every day, and our best, most productive soils are going the fastest. That’s why the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) recently signed a letter of support for Ontario Farmland Trust’s (OFT) new strategic plan and Farmland Forever fundraising […]
Published by: Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, 2013
Here you will find recordings of the webinars presented in the 2013 Cover Crop Innovations Webinar Series, along with resources that you can use to learn more about each topic and that you can share with others.
By: David Cohlmeyer Published: May, 2013
Despite soil being abundant and nearby, less than 10% of this incredible diversity has even been described, named and catalogued. The plants that nourish and shelter people have spent millennia developing resilient relationships with the living soil. Insects, birds, animals and humans have also evolved alongside this complex […]
Farming Online – June 29, 2012
Scientists could take greater strides toward crop improvement if there were wider adoption of advanced techniques used to understand the mechanisms that allow plants to adapt to their environments, current and former Purdue University researchers say.
In a perspective for the journal Science, Brian Dilkes, a Purdue assistant […]