Sustainable Agriculture

Cover Crops for Organic Farms

Cover crops are pivotal parts of every organic farmer’s management scheme. They are crucial to the main goals of building soil health and preventing soil erosion. Cover crops are also important tools for increasing fertility and controlling weeds, pathogens, and insects in organic crops. In...
Keith R. Baldwin
Nancy G. Creamer
North Carolina State University

Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers, and Conservationists

This book could not have come at a better time. We stand at a crossroads, where honey bee losses and rental rates for pollination are on the rise, research is expanding our knowledge of native bees’ role in crop pollination, and growers are looking for pollination alternatives to improve...
Eric Mader
Marla Spivak
Elaine Evans
SARE and NRAES

Atrazine Use and Weed Management Strategies to Protect Surface Water Quality

Atrazine can be applied to the soil surface either before or after planting, incorporated into the soil prior to planting, or sprayed on corn and weeds, postemergence. Knowing that atrazine moves predominately in solution (dissolved in water) versus attaching to soil particles aids our...
Bill Johnson
Fred Whitford
Dave Flakne
Tom Bauman
Glenn Nice
Jane Frankenberger
Leighanne Hahn
Tony Bailey
Bill Donald
Chris Mann
Lance Murrell
Dane Bowers
Dennis Tierney
Cheri Janssen
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service

Intercropping of Annual Foodcrops

Maintaining soil fertility is often one of the main challenges in agricultural production. Intercropping is one of the options available to maintain soil fertility and crop yields. Other benefits of intercropping are risk spreading, weed control and the decrease of pest and disease incidence. In...
Martine van Wolfswinkel
Agromisa

Best Management Practices for Wood Ash as Agricultural Soil Amendment

Wood was burned in the United States in the 1700s through the early 1900s to produce ash for chemical extraction. The ash was used mainly to produce potash for fertilizer and alkali for industry. As other potash production technologies became more economical, the value of wood ash as a raw...
Mark Risse
University of Georgia

Obras de conservación de suelos y agua en laderas

En esta publicación El Proyecto Red SICTA, del IICA/Cooperación Suiza, hace un esfuerzo por rescatar diversas alternativas de Conservación de Suelos y Agua (CSA), tomando en cuenta que las laderas son ambientes heterogéneos. Desde el punto de vista técnico-cient...
Proyecto Red SICTA del IICA/Cooperación Suiza en América Central
Proyecto Red SICTA del IICA/Cooperación Suiza en América Central

Composting of wine industry wastes and their use as a substrate for growing soilless ornamental plants

To study the process of composting of grape marc and test the resulting compost as a substrate for the cultivation of ornamental plants, six composting processes, with mixtures of dealcoholised grapevine marc and grape stalk (DM+GS) in a 1:1 ratio (v:v), were carried out in Seville (Spain) between...
E. Carmona
M. T. Moreno
M. Avilés
J. Ordovás
Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research

Installation of a Low Cost Polyethylene Biodigester

A Biodigester refers to a technology that permits the decomposition of organic materials, mainly manure, for the production of methane gas (biogas) that can be used for cooking, lighting and as fuel for the operation of some generators and combustion engines. A biodigester is normally made out of...
Maximiliano Ortega
IICA

Growth and Yield Response of Okra Intercropped with Live Mulches

    The objective of the study was to compare the yield of okra grown under different weed management strategies. Field experiments were carried out in 2007 and 2008 cropping season at National Horticultural Research Institute, Ibadan, Nigeria. The experimental design was a split plot...
H.A. Akintoye
A.G. Adebayo
O.O. Aina
Asian Journal of Agricultural Research

Managing Litter Re-use for Minimal Nutrient Run-off to Surface Water

The chicken meat industry currently produces over 1.5 million cubic metres of spent litter each year that is predominantly used by other agricultural industries as a fertiliser source that is rich in plant essential nutrients—especially phosphorus and nitrogen. The use of spent litter is...
Jarl Devereux
RIRDC Australia