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85% of dairy farms had insufficient soil fertility levels in 2017
October 29, 2018 | By Seán Cummins |Of the dairy farm soil samples (in Ireland) analyzed by Teagasc in 2017, just 15% had optimal soil fertility levels as indicated by soil pH, phosphorous (P) and potassium (K), delegates were told at the Soil Fertility Conference earlier this week. Fertiliser inputs represent a significant cost, but are necessary for driving high grass, milk and meat outputs.
Modern farming: How Ottawa Valley agriculture is evolving to grow and prosper
October 26, 2018 | By Christopher Guly |When the federal government wanted to launch a clean-technology program this year, it used an Ottawa Valley farm to showcase how bioproducts could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability. The site of the launch was Terryland Farms Inc., a 1,000-acre dairy farm east of Ottawa in St-Eugène. Eleven years ago, Terryland became the first Ontario farm to sell electricity converted from cow manure to the grid, and has since expanded to generating more power — and additional income — from solar panels.
Manure is turned to water in possible solution to farm waste problem
October 25, 2018 | By Keith Micallef |A prototype plant which converts pig and cow manure into clean water could be key to solving the huge environmental problem of the disposal of some 300,000 tonnes of farmyard waste each year. Developed abroad, the plant was brought to Malta for testing. An on-site facility needed to treat manure generated on a farm could produce 60 per cent of the equivalent volume of waste into water. Moreover, part of the bi-product could be used as fertiliser and the rest as fuel for waste to energy plants. Note: A similar U.S. based technology is profiled in the Newtrient Technology Catalog:
Precision nutrition approach can lower feed costs and make dairy more sustainable
October 23, 2018 | By Aerin Einstein-Curtis |Tweaking the levels of crude protein and phosphorus in feed could provide dairy producers a way to reduce feed costs, improve farm profitability and limit unwanted nutrient emissions, says expert.