UC Researcher Jeff Mitchell has encouraged an increasing number of producers to develop farm systems that are closer to the kinds of systems found in nature. Conservation agriculture, also known as no-till/minimum-till farming, is his passion.
Farmers across the country could increase their yeilds by 30% and reduce their cost of production by 40% through conservation agriculture that is set to reduce the loses incurred from soil erosion effects.
DICKINSON, N.D. • Are there benefits to no-till farming that we still don’t know about?
And what does it mean for yields that soil pH is decreasing?
New or continuing research is looking into this and other new technologies that are being discovered about no-till and soil, said Dr. Pat Carr, agronomist at North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC).
Creating a sustainable agricultural system is one of the greatest concerns facing the world today. Human population growth, degraded lands, and stagnating productivity gains are combining to produce a global agricultural emergency. Past work has predicted that crop productivity will need to double to feed a growing population of 7 billion. The solution will likely come from a combination of sources: altered dietary habits, technological breakthroughs, and more sustainable and efficient use of currently cultivated lands.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Indonesia is piloting the development of conservation agriculture in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), two eastern Indonesian provinces known for low rainfall.
Across dusty roads and the course of two decades, a University of California researcher named Jeff Mitchell has encouraged an increasing number of producers to develop farm systems that are closer to the kinds of systems found in nature. Conservation agriculture, also known as no-till/minimum-till f
BEAUSEJOUR, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - April 7, 2016) - Soil, air, water, and wildlife that share the land with agricultural production are all impacted by soil management. National Soil Conservation Week, which runs from April 17 to 23, is focusing on the importance of proper land stewardship for the benefit o
When Iowa State University researchers asked Justin Hanson about installing a saturated buffer strip on his farm near Roland, Iowa, his first concern, naturally, was if it would hurt his nearby crops. “First thing I asked, is it going to back up my tile?” he recalls.
Since its installation in late 2009, it hasn’t. The 120-acre field next to it is rotated between corn and soybeans. It has about 11 tiled acres at a flatter top of a slope that drains into Bear Creek. Hanson’s family installed a riparian buffer of switchgrass, shrubs, and trees along the creek in 1995 that’s about 66 feet wide.
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