Sustainable Agriculture

Using Organic Fertilizers

Sustainability of agriculture has become a major global concern since the 1980s. Soil organic matter is very important in the functions of soil inasmuch as it is a good indicator of soil quality because it mediates many of the chemical, physical, and biological processes controlling the capacity...
Ren-Shih Chong
Food & Fertilizer Technology Center

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual

Crop rotation is a critical feature of all organic cropping systems because it provides the principal mechanism for building healthy soils, a major way to control pests, and a variety of other benefits. Crop rotation means changing the type of crop grown on a particular piece of land from year to...
Charles L. Mohler
Sue Ellen Johnson
Jody Bolluyt
Peter Lowy
Margaret Tuttle McGrath
Anusuya Rangarajan
Kimberly A. Stoner
Eric Toensmeier
Harold van Es
Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES)

Summer Cover Crops

There is growing interest in the use of shortseason summer annual legumes or grasses as cover crops and green manures in vegetable production systems. Cover crops can provide a significant source of nitrogen (N) for subsequent crops; reduce erosion, runoff, and potential pollution of surface...
N.G. Creamer
K. R. Baldwin
North Carolina State University

Effect of mycorrhizal inoculants in the development of Mexican landrace avocado rootstocks

The aim of this work was to assess the effect of two arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) inoculants in the development of avocado rootstocks. Seeds of Mexican landrace avocado (Persea americana Mill. var. drymifolia) were used, with two commercial inoculants: T1 containing Glomus fasciculatum, G....
Edgar Castro Alvarado
Ana Tztzqui Chávez Bárcenas
Pedro Antonio García Saucedo
Leovigilda Reyes Ramírez
Ana Elizabeth Bárcenas Ortega
Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems

Manual de Producción de Cacao Fino de Aroma a través de Manejo Ecológico

En el presente trabajo se propone una alternativa para los agricultores para mejorar sus vidas mediante una agricultura sostenible en la cual se propone la disminución del uso de agrotóxicos sustituyéndolos por abonos orgánicos tales como el bocashi y el compost los...
Luis Andrés Torres Gutiérrez.
Universidad de Cuenca

Small-Scale Production of Filtered Coconut Oil in Support of the Plant Oil Stove in the Philippines

  A complete package of technology and equipment was developed, evaluated, and pilot tested for sustainable small-scale production of filtered coconut oil to support the promotion of the plant oil stove — an environment-friendly stove that uses all types of plant oil as fuel. The...
Roberto C. Guarte
The University of Queensland

Conservation Tillage on Organic Farms

Two-hundred years of tillage have taken their toll on America’s farm soils. The moldboard plow, extensive tillage, and other soil management practices have promoted wind and water erosion, costly nutrient losses from farm fields due to runoff and leaching, and a serious depletion of soil...
Keith R. Baldwin
CEFS NC State University

Manageable agronomic practices in organic production of cowpea (Vigna unguidulata [L. Walp] in a mixed culture with sorghum

  A three year (2002, 2003 and 2004) field experiment was conducted with the main objective of achieving optimum cowpea grain yield without starter mineral nitrogen and inorganic pesticides. Three spatial arrangements were tested against three weeding frequency. The experiment was a factorial...
Vincent A. Tenebe
Abiona M. Petu-Ibikunle
eSci Journal Crop Production

Toolkit: Reducing the Food Wastage Footprint

  One-third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted from farm to fork, according to estimates calculated by FAO (2011). This wastage not only has an enormous negative impact on the global economy and food availability, it also has major environmental impacts. The direct economic...
Nadia El-Hage Scialabba
Mathilde Iweins
Gaia Pisani

Huerta Agroecológica de Autosustento

Se entiende por agroecológico a todo sistema de producción sustentable en el tiempo, que mediante el manejo racional de los recursos naturales, contemplando la diversidad biológica y sin la utilización de productos de síntesis química, brinde alimentos...
Juan Rubén Tannfeld
INTA Argentina