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Coverage of soil fertility since March 18, 2022.

Cabo Verde beats back climate change through South-South cooperation

"...The UN agency facilitates experts from China who share their knowledge and skills with farmers in the West African nation through a collaborative process known as South-South cooperation. * Cabo Verde consists of 10 islands located in the central Atlantic Ocean, nine of which are inhabited.  Although the countrys name means Green Cape in Portuguese, it is not that green at this time of year..."


Rewind. Fast forward. African farmers are looking everywhere to navigate climate change

"...He applies livestock droppings, grass, plant residue, remains of small animals, tree leaves and bark, food scraps and other biodegradable items like paper. Even the bones of animals that are dying in increasing numbers due to the drought are burned before being crushed into ash for their calcium..."


Uzelman: Amidst wildfires B.C supports forest protection, government resists

"...Provincial governments, and definitely the British Columbia government, tolerate activities in the forests which have proven extremely damaging. Clearcuts not only continue; they are the norm. And provinces accept deficient remediation of harvested areas..."


Rolling around the dream of planting a meadow

"...First, remove weeds and turfgrasses from the area. Digging them up would be the most labour-intensive way of doing this, and risks moving weed seeds to the surface, making the problem worse. An easier, often more effective strategy is to smother or solarize the existing vegetation, which requires patience..."


Kenya's smallholder farmers embrace soil science to cope with the climate crisis

"...High population growth and increasing demand for food have seen smallholder farmers in Kenya embrace soil science to cope with the vagaries of climate change..."


Extreme wind causes concerns of soil erosion in Alberta agriculture industry

"...The province has a soil conservation act that says landowners must remedy the cause of soil erosion or be faced with fines. We just don't want to see that loss of topsoil for farmers across the prairies, said Mike Gretzinger, research coordinator for Farming Smarter. He hopes research being done now will help with conditions that are changing annually to keep more of this precious earth in the ground..."


Waste Not, Want Not

"...The precepts of circular economyreusing water, using biodegradable plastic, composting food leftovers so they can be returned to the soil rather than become landfillare among the hottest ideas of our century. But what about recycling what our food becomes after we eat it? Yes, that means excrement, a critical substance in the thoroughly functioning circular economy, seems to be left out of the equation..."


Agriculture can play major role in replenishing the planet, says US business leader

"...In calling for greater investments to protect the planet, Alltech pledged to focus on proactive conservation, management and restoration of natural ecosystems and biodiversity to help address the challenges of climate change, food and water security and human health..."


Choose the Correct Cover Crop

"...In organic farming, any strategy to preserve soil fertility is particularly important. When animal husbandry is not included in the farming system, green manure is crucial to preserve or increase soil organic matter content, writes Anna Lenzi, who led a team that analyzed different cover crops to determine how they well support soil health and increase tomato yield..."


Flooded fields impacting fertilizer decisions

"..."With the drought in a lot of the area last year, it left a lot of excess nitrogen in the soil and we were counting on that as being money in the bank," he said. "There was a lot of soil sampling being done and we usually anticipate that that is going to be there, ready for use this next year and farmers were planning to adjust their fertilizer rates accordingly. Now with this amount of rain and potential flooding, people are starting to get a bit antsy about that..."


Beyond wars and pandemics, the climate crisis is the greatest risk to food supply chains Corporate Knights

"...The economic effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine will likely ripple for years, if not decades. Global food systems have not been spared from disruption, as the war has pushed the price of wheat and other commodities to their highest in years. This disruption, like that from the pandemic, highlights some of the risks built into our highly efficient, trade-dependent food supply chain..."


Opinion: GMO cowpea can support biodiversity

"...Cowpea, commonly known as beans, is drought-resistant and highly adaptable to different soil types. It also has the potential to improve soil fertility and prevent erosion. It is an important legume grown by over 70 percent of Nigerian smallholder farmers..."


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Recent episodes that mention soil fertility.

RealAg Radio: Split N applications, soil fertility, and cutting corners, Feb 26, 2024

Duration: 55:15

"...Thanks for tuning into this Agronomic Monday edition of RealAg Radio! On this episode, host Shaun Haney is joined by RealAgriculture's in-house agronomist, Peter ‘Wheat Pete' Johnson to discuss if there are places to cut corners or not cut when it comes to agronomics, split N applications, soil fertility, and more! Then hear the spotlight. ..."


Knowing the ‘4Ls' helps manage nitrogen

Duration: 12:35

"...When it comes to improving fertilizer application and utilization, growers are encouraged to focus on the 4Rs the right source, right rate, right time, and right place..."


Soil School: Putting three sampling and mapping technologies to the test

Duration: 9:52

"...How can farmers diagnose soil fertility issues? What tools can identify nutrient deficiencies and best manage variability across fields and farms? On this episode of RealAgriculture's Soil School, Bernard Tobin visits Southwest Crop Diagnostic Days at the Ridgetown College campus, University of Guelph, to report on three soil testing and mapping technologies GroundWork, SoilOptix. ..."


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Corn School: 4Rs drive side-dress nitrogen application

Duration: 9:04

"...It's been dry and cool in Ontario for most of this spring and those growing conditions impact everything from planting, to weed control, and even nitrogen application..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about soil fertility.

Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."


Regenerative Farming in Kenya | Circular food systems in East Africa 1/5

"...In this film, hear from two innovative farms in Kenya as they demonstrate how their regenerative farming practices have had a beneficial impact on nature and rural communities, while at the same time helping combat biodiversity loss and climate change..."


Soil Health Planning Principles: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 3

"...Soil function is related to the four ecosystem processes of carbon cycling, biocommunity cycling, water cycling and nutrient cycling, which are in every agroecosystem..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about soil fertility relevant to the latest news.

Revegetation and ecosystem reclamation of post-mined land: toward sustainable mining

"...Although there are challenges such as species selection and harsh environmental conditions, revegetation and remediation techniques for reclamation offer many benefits, including soil enrichment, habitat restoration and promoting the recovery of local biodiversity..."


Application of algae for enhanced plant growth and food productivity

"...The review focuses on an in-depth exploration of the implementation of algae as biofertilizers, specifically BGA, emphasizing their profound impact on soil ecosystems and sustainable agricultural practices..."


Agrobiodiversity, Social Institutions, and Indigenous Farming Practices: A Case Study of the Rukai in Wutai, Taiwan

"...Rukai farmers practice swidden cultivation utilizing five mixed cropping systems in seven different ecosystems that vary by elevation, length of exposure to sunlight, and temperature, intercropping, and regular fallows to maintain soil fertility..."


Recent advances in Bacillus-mediated plant growth enhancement: a paradigm shift in redefining crop resilience

"...Apart from this, the combination of biochar and Bacillus species in current biotechnology is critical for improving soil fertility and encouraging sustainable agriculture through enhanced nutrient retention and plant growth..."


Morpho-Physiological and Enzymatic Responses of Zinnia (Zinnia elegans L.) to Different Metal Hoarded Wastewaters

"...This practice contributes to environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, efficient water resource management, reduced energy use, and enhanced soil health, making it a cost-effective and eco-friendly option for floriculture..."


Initiatives for biodiversity conservation and utilization in crop protection: A strategy for sustainable crop production

"...Because biodiversity offers a variety of ecosystem services that can be used to boost agricultural production and encourage sustainability, it is crucial to use it for crop protection..."


Soil microbial community response to ectomycorrhizal dominance in diverse neotropical montane forests

"...We examined fungal and prokaryotic community composition in surface soil samples from mixed arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) and ectomycorrhizal (EM) stands as well as stands dominated by EM-associated Oreomunnea mexicana (Juglandaceae) in four watersheds differing in soil fertility in the Fortuna Forest Reserve, Panama..."