Rice Reaper Binder Machine

Small Farm Rice Production

Small farm rice production in Japan (Source: Growing Rice in Japan) Rice production is on the rise in many areas of Africa and other regions of the equatorial belt, specially small farm rice production. Many farms in these areas working with small plots of land may hold promise for the use of compact tractors in producing a successful rice crop. Building Bunds/Levees In order to contain the water that will be flooded or irrigated into the paddy, the building of dams or [...]

tractor spraying pesticides

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 [...]

Overhead Center Pivot Irrigation in Israel

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 [...]

indoor agriculture - aeroponics illustration

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 [...]

Nasa atmospheric CO2 levels ice core

Is Climate Change for Real?

Or..…Is the Sky Blue? The Climates of our planet have undergone climate change and shifts and trends for millennia after millennia since the dawn of time.  The difference now, is that we can actually measure it with more accuracy than ever before.  When you combine that with the advances in atmospheric science, the consensus among scientists is that this time, we as humans play a significant role in its pace. I’m not much of a political type.  However, I remember actually [...]

WAAPP training scientists

Agricultural Productivity on the Rise in West Africa

West African Agricultural Productivity  is on the rise thanks to a program created by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and funded in part by the World Bank.  The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) as it is called is striving to step up to this challenge.  13 West African countries are engaged in this effort and great strides are being made in productive, sustainable food systems which are improving nutrition, creating jobs, and opening doors to [...]

Disking in a cover crop of peas and triticale

Integrated Nutrient Management in the Subtropics

Nutrient management is a key component to increasing sustainable yields of crops in sub-tropic regions of the world.  The heavily weathered soils and rapid degradation of existing organic matter in those soils makes for a seemingly insurmountable task of establishing viable agricultural crop systems. An understanding of what factors are at work in your soils, and how to respond to them is an important first step.  The important finding in research and actual practice in these regions; combined with known [...]

No-Till Farming Protects teh Soil

Bringing Cleared Land into Agricultural Production

By John Deibel, Freelance Author and Agronomist As the adoption of new Agricultural technologies evolve in the countries of sub-tropic regions around the world, the clearing of land once occupied by forests, fringe mixed stands, non-agricultural brush land, and other non-agricultural areas is continually increasing.  In the past, we did not know what we know today about Sustainable systems whereby any human activity, no matter where it is carried out, needs to be cognizant of the fact that it will affect [...]

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