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Understanding Fertilizers and Soil Fertility

Soil Fertility is the most limiting factor to economic crop yields in many regions across the Equatorial belt and Sub-Saharan Africa.  The expense of purchasing fertilizers is several times higher than in other regions of the world.  For example, it might cost a smallholder of land 100 km from a port more to transport fertilizer from the port than it cost to ship it thousands of miles across the ocean. However, the dilemma still exists, and as food and other [...]

Raised Bed Maker on Subcompact Tractor

Raised Bed Farming

Many small farms are converting from flat land field management to raised beds.  There are several considerations to go through before converting to raised beds that we’ll cover here. “Raised-beds are a type of planting crops in which furrows – long, narrow trenches made in the ground by a plow – are widely spaced and crops are planted on raised strips. The width of the strips is determined to ensure homogeneous adequate water distribution into the soil profile to meet [...]

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Did you Know? You Can Also Use Agricultural Implements with ATVs

ATVs (also known as Gators), Compact and Sub-Compact Tractors with the appropriate agricultural implements offer an efficient way to manage small jobs, or can be used across many jobs on small farms.  In this article, I want to focus on what types of attachments can be used with a compact tractor for your field tillage needs and what to look for in them. Maybe you know you need a tractor to help you take care of many of the heavy [...]

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Did you Know? You Can Also Use Ag Implements with ATVs-2

Powered Tillage (Rototillers) Rototillers are an excellent power implement to equip with your compact tractor in that they will work in a variety of conditions, depending on how they are set up. Chain vs Shaft Driven – Rototillers are set up according to the outside width of your tractor tires.  Many compact and sub-compact tractors will be equipped with a 48” rototiller.  When you’re operating this small a tiller, it’s best to use a Chain driven type because of cost, and [...]

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Understanding Pesticides and their Fate in the Environment

Pesticides have gotten their fair share of abuse over the years. Some of it justified, some of it hogwash.  In these days of social media and ‘fake news’, whomever can make the biggest splash for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and unique hits to a webpage or a video, wins.  Right?..uhm..not so much. The bottom line with Plant Protection using pesticides lies in risk: benefit.  The risk being economics, effectiveness, the persistence of the chemical in the environment, and the hazard [...]

2016 Count of Certified Organic Agriculture Operations Shows Continued Growth in U.S. Market

Organic Agriculture – Is it Really the Answer? What’s the Question?

Having been educated in Agriculture, with a particular focus on Agronomy, I’ve been particularly interested in the ‘Organic’ trend sweeping the politics, economy, and agricultural industry today.  Consumer perceptions of Organic Agriculture as being something ‘new’ to farmers is particularly unsettling to me, and I’m sure, to many of us who have either farmed it or worked with farmers over the years. I thought I’d write about this topic today, so I did my usual search of the internet for [...]

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Irrigation Systems for Sub-Tropical Agriculture

Technology in irrigation systems has been rapidly advancing across the world.  Low flow systems are assisting farmers at reducing the amount of water they need to satisfy the crop’s requirements while keeping their energy and costs associated with irrigation down.  ‘Smart Phone’ technology allows farmers to monitor the moisture and temperature in their fields from the palm of their hand, which will greatly reduce waste and increase economic yield when used properly.  Advancements in pump designs, water delivery systems, [...]

Incorporating Biochar before planting

Biochar and Subtropical Agriculture

Before going on the fine print about Biochar, we have to mention that half of the world’s population resides in the wide belt of land and water that lies between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn known as the Subtropics.  The world’s people and governments are becoming increasingly aware of the region ‘s unique properties, problems, and potential.  We have come a long way to understanding the diverse biological system that exists there, as well as its important role [...]

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Current State of Investments in Agriculture

This report summarizes the state of investment activity in the Agricultural Industry.  It will focus on trends relating to Sustainable Systems development, as well as new technology which might be applied to increase yield and/or quality of the food produced in the US. “Agriculture” is a widely defined industry.  It spans from the mining industry through to the manufacturing sector, production, processing, and distribution networks which derive most of their gross receipts in support of, or in the process of [...]

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Gear Up – Throttle Down – Save Fuel

Selecting the right tractor, setting the right gear, and reducing the throttle to the right RPM’s can save fuel and generate big savings when operating your tractor in field operations. POWER, ENERGY, EFFICIENCY Fuel costs can be a significant portion of a farm’s expenses.  With tractors and field equipment, we sometimes think that the operation we’re performing must always be done with the tractor running at a high RPM and that lower RPM’s might be bad for the engine and drive [...]

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