Did you know that conservative soil tillage, an alternative to classic deep ploughing, is attracting more and more interest among farmers? Among these, the most “extreme” choice is precisely no-till seeding: an agronomic technique that involves the use of specific seed drills capable of working on soil that has not yet been processed.
It is well known that market prices of arable land are now more and more volatile and with increasing production costs, especially when compared to those of the last years. The main cause of this price increase is mainly due to the price increase of nitrogen and diesel oil.
Few pieces of equipment like shredders - a category that brings together flail mowers and straw choppers - are used in extreme conditions. In fact, this type of machine is required to perform extremely mechanically demanding operations, ranging from cutting spontaneous vegetation to shredding pruning residues on different slopes, most of the time in extremely dusty conditions.
In the last years, climatic change (in particular, the extreme raise of temperature and the lack of rainfalls in summer) became a serious problem everyone must deal with, especially farmers which are forced to adapt their crop to these conditions.
The organic substance in the soil represents the biggest Carbon (C) reserve on Earth. In literature we can see different amounts, whom are estimated on the total quantity of carbon: such values are between 1.000-2.000 billion tons of organic carbon in the soil, in relation to 700-800 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and to 500-600 tons in vegetable biomass. Due to the continuously growing industrialization, the natural balance is getting more and more lost, with a consequent increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Soil organic substance therefore plays an essential part: let’s discover it in this article!
The soil is crucial for plants’ growth since their roots gather water and nutrients from it. During the last years, the level of attention to the safeguard, enhancement and certification of both environment and agricultural products has grown hugely, as the necessity to find a proper way for fertilization. How do we get a proper fertilization, making the soil extremely fertile? Let’s find it out!
Vineyards are a well spread all over Italy and they are dedicated to the production of grapes for both wine and food. However, in order to improve and facilitate a good growth of the plants it’s necessary an accurate soil preparation, using specific solutions. For instance, the use of power harrows in vineyards is extremely crucial, being able to bring incredible results even in the toughest conditions. In this article, we will analyze deeper how these machines work and which benefits they can provide!
The light is a fundamental factor for the life and the growth of plants, especially in greenhouses. Optimizing the use of the light for plants in greenhouses is essential, not only to obtain more quality but also to produce vegetables with healthy properties thanks to some compounds produced by plants.
In some ways, light can be considered a production factor for plants and there is not the habit to take it into account. Otherwise, for protected crops in greenhouses, the light can be a key factor to maximize the production and the quality. Let’s see how!
In agriculture, each soil has different characteristics which make it adapt to different types of crop; such characteristics must be taken into consideration for an optimal work yield. For this purpose, have been invented machines and operations which can optimize the harvesting process and other phases, usually complicate and difficult in terms on time and costs.
Among the solutions which can adapt to different tasks, there are the bed formers for vegetable crops. These machines perform an ideal technique which improve the vegetables growth and, according to the different necessities of production, it’s also possible to adapt them to fit at their best the chosen crop. Let’s go get a deeper knowledge of the details and the special features which make the bed formers for vegetables so flexible and full of advantages.
Ridging technique is mostly used in horticulture and allows to cover with the soil present between the rows, the basis of the plant. It’s a traditional method, often used in both small gardens and big open fields, since can bring various benefits.
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