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Coverage of soil fertility since February 23, 2021.

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From the Field: Working with nature to transform lives

"...8 January 2022Economic DevelopmentSo-called “nature-based solutions” are an important element in tackling the climate crisis, but they also play a major role in addressing other challenges, from food security, to health, and sustainable development..."

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ʔaq̓am, with support Columbia Basin Trust, work on ecosystem renewal

"...By thinning dense Douglas fir, the project aims to improve habitat for elk, deer and several rare and endangered species, including the flammulated owl, Lewis’s woodpecker and little brown bat. Prescribed burning increases soil fertility and, in this ecosystem has the potential to aid the growth of rare plant species like scarlet gaura, prairie gold bean and hairstem ground smoke, which are native to the area. ..."

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Enjoy your guac while you still can: Why some chefs are smashing the avocado trend

"...Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, told CTV's Your Morning on Tuesday that avocado production is linked to a loss of biodiversity, water shortages and deforestation..."

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Is conservation agriculture a 'climate smart' solution for African farmers?

"...Farmer Elizabeth Mpofu does not feel that the CA concept is a solution to food sovereignty or food security. As general coordinator of the La Via Campesina movement, which advocates for family-farm-based sustainable agriculture, she advocates for agroecology, a farming method that applies ecological and social concepts to managing food and agriculture systems by optimizing relationships between plants, animals, people and the environment..."

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Soil Health Can Positively Affect Farm Revenue JSTOR Daily

"...The authors suggest that farms can diversify their crops to increase soil fertility, or even mix livestock and crops. In turn, a more diverse ecosystem is more likely to be resilient to the many issues farmers face today and in the future, like climate change, evolving markets, and land degradation. In future studies, the researchers want to increase the length of the dataset to see if these findings are true over time..."

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Clayhurst ranch trying their hand at renewable gas

"...Stacy Esau, President of Horseshoe Valley Ranch, says, “The on-farm anaerobic digester will make organic crop production nutrients available to crops much more quickly than conventional composting. We anticipate much Higher carbon carrying capacity and improved soil fertility, resulting in increased crop yield and reduced crop input costs. ”Matter Global Solutions Inc..."

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Digital precision agriculture tool helps Nepalese rice farmers breakthrough yield barriers

"...To date, farmers in the area have lacked the knowledge and support they need to properly plan nutrient applications for their crops. Current nutrient recommendation systems only provide "blanket" prescriptions that fail to consider the large variability that occurs across their rice-growing landscapes. Nepal's rice yield gaps--the difference between actual and attainable yields--are widening as soil fertility declines, which represents a major threat to the sustainability of these smallholder farms..."

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What is sustainable agriculture? ECO Canada

"...Some problematic areas that are primed for improvement include greenhouse gases (GHGs) from food waste decomposition, the effects of fertilizer and pesticide use on wildlife and surrounding areas, the eutrophication (growth of algae in water sources leading to the eventual die-off of all fish and plants) and monoculture agriculture (where one crop is grown on the land at a time) which can lead to land degradation making the land unsuitable for further farming..."

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Airborne laser scanning of gaps in Amazon rainforest helps explain tree mortality

"...The researchers concluded that water stress, soil fertility and human-induced forest degradation cause gaps in the world's largest tropical forest..."

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Functional consequences of global biodiversity loss guide future nature conservation

"...The research group also explored how much we can lose from the functional space if these one million threatened species do go extinct. Dr Carmona continues, "We wanted to explore how extinctions will affect the functioning of different groups of organisms. We found that large, long-lived, and low-fertility species are universally more likely to be threatened..."

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Report Highlight: Climate Security and the Strategic Energy Pathway in South Asia

"...Climate change also presents many domestic security challenges for South Asian countries. It threatens food and water security and magnifies natural disasters such as floods, compounded by sea level rise. The recent natural disaster in the Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, which killed dozens and destroyed two hydropower plants, offered a tragic glimpse of what an increasingly devastating climate-influenced future looks like..."

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Mangrove forests store more carbon when they're more diverse

"...Researchers studying mangrove forests in Hainan Island, China, have found that species diversity in mangrove forests enhances both biomass production (the quantity of organic matter) and soil carbon storage. The findings highlight the impotence of conserving mangrove biodiversity as a nature-based solution to mitigate climate change..."

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Jobs in soil fertility

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Precision Ag Specialist - FS PARTNERS - Alliston, Ontario

"...soil sampling, variable rate prescriptions, yield data and ROI analysis, spatial data, record keeping, crop scouting program, field trials and 4R Nutrient Stewardship..."

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Agronomist

"...soil and tissue tests and required, and be able to recommend best practices for soil fertility management for local customers..."

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Staff Agronomist

"...The ideal candidate will have a diploma/degree in agriculture, 2-5 years related agriculture experience; a farm background..."

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Customer Success Representative (North West SK)

"...To assist the Sales function by providing ongoing account management and support to..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention soil fertility.

Incorporating manure into the soil fertility plan

Duration: 11:38

"...Farmers across the country are getting creative in trying to find the answer to high fertilizer prices and tight supply for 2022..."

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Episode #71: Harriet Mella

Duration: 01:00:27

"...Independent Austrian researcher, Harriet Mella, sits down with John to discuss soil carbon, soil fertility, and the phenomena of plant development. ..."

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A plan for pasture management under dry conditions

Duration: 7:03

"...Integrated pasture management can include practices such as grazing rotations, herbicide applications, fertility analysis, mechanical brush management, and regular pasture health assessments..."

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The Agronomists, Ep 24 — Deb Campbell and Don Flaten on 4R nutrient strategy

Duration: 54:46

"...The right source, right rate, right time, right place for nutrients adds up to more efficient use of fertilizer dollars and keeps nutrients in the fields and out of our water and air..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about soil fertility.

The role of insects in a circular economy for food | Circular food systems in East Africa 2/5

"...In this film, we hear from two companies, Sanergy and InsectiPro, about how insects can transform waste into profits and how soil fertility can be a key component of a circular economy for food in cities..."

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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..."

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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..."

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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..."

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Academic Research

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

Organic Farming for Sustainable Soil Use, Management, Food Production and Climate Change Mitigation

"...Organic farming or organic agriculture has been adopted as a new and sustainable agriculture technology due to its environmentally friendly nature and healthy produce..."

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Impact of land use type and organic farming on the abundance, diversity, community composition and functional properties of soil

"...The excessive application of chemical fertilizers in intensively managed agricultural fields worldwide has resulted in soil degradation and biodiversity loss..."

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Environmental and Economic Assessment of Land Degradation in Different Regions of the Russian Plain

"...Thus, the application of the action/inaction assessment method has shown that the restoration of land productivity and the maintenance of ecosystem services are economically viable..."

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Environmental and financial benefits of improved cookstove technologies in the central highlands of Ethiopia

"...The greenhouse gas emission reductions in carbon dioxide equivalents were 4534 (±32) kg y−1, 6370 (±42) kg y−1, 6953 (±51) kg y−1, 7661 (±43) kg y−1 for the mud stove, mirt stove, mud stove with an additional biogas stove and mirt stove with an additional biogas stove respectively..."

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Plantations modified leaf elemental stoichiometry compared to the native shrub community in karst areas, Southwest of China

"...In karst ecosystems, southwest China, afforestation has been widely adopted to restore soil fertility and enhance ecosystem functioning under degraded native shrub stands..."

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Trees enhance abundance of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, soil structure, and nutrient retention in low-input maize cropping syst

"...As such, agroforestry trees can contribute to a more sustainable agriculture positively affecting the environment via mitigating soil degradation..."

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Relevance of phosphate solubilizing microbes in sustainable crop production: a review

"...Its deficiency can be compensated by adding chemical fertilizers which are expensive and have an overall negative impact on the ecosystem..."

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No evidence of positive feedback between litter deposition and seedling growth rate in Neotropical savannas

"...Purpose Plant-soil feedbacks are important drivers of ecosystem dynamics and have been hypothesized to affect woody encroachment in savannas..."

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A Review on Technological Approach for Obtaining Nutrient from Solid Waste

"...Farmyard manure, biochar, poultry manure, vermicompost, biogas digest, and urban compost are rich sources of vitamins, growth-promoting substances, macro-, and micro-nutrients..."

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Reclamation of Mechanically Disturbed Soils Using Forest Plantations

"...Their removal sharply reduces soil fertility, negatively affects reforestation, productivity and quality of forest ecosystems..."

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Fractional order model for yield through diagnosed/undiagnosed soil

"...With reference to the basic reproduction number, bifurcation analysis has been defined which expresses the chaotic nature of soil fertility..."

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Physiological and Proteomic Studies of the Cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. Acclimated to Desiccation Stress

"...Agricultural productivity is threatened by increasing incidence of drought and the drought tolerant cyanobacteria offer a better solution in the restoration of soil fertility and productivity..."

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