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.
In agriculture, one of the most common problems the farmer has to face is represented by the stones, clods or crop residues, which make soil preparation more difficult. For this reason, a good solution for the preparation of an optimal seedbed is the stone burier, machine designed to prepare the soil for the upcoming seeding session, performing more functions in just one pass.
However, how does the stone burier work? Which kind of advantages can it bring? In this article, we will analyze in detail all that matters concerning the stone burier machine and the benefits the farmer can get from its use.
Since almost a thousand years, plowing technique has considered one of the main soil preparation procedure: rolling over the clods allows to bring the soil back to its initial structure and start with the seed bed preparation. However, how this technique should be performed? When should it be done? Which kind of benefits and drawbacks does it bring? In which manner plowing may affect the soil and the surrounding environment? In this article we will discover plowing in detail, its objective and its’ alternative methods.
Cover crops. What does it mean? A lot of people talk about this typology of crops and many suggest its utilization. But, in particular, what are they? What kind of benefits could they provide to a farm? One of our Forigo experts will explain this to you.
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Especially in the last 40 years, whom is concerned into the agricultural sector has adopted a series of strategies to increase the production: chemical fertilizers, new specialized crops (single crop and continuous crop) and more and more bigger machines. On one hand these strategies allowed the farms to obtain rich crops, however , on the other hand, they caused some important problems related to soil compaction. In this article we will analyze in detail what soil compaction is, its causes, the consequences and how to prevent this problem, a proper nightmare for farms owners.