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Special  –  Water


Houston company builds water-saving greenhouse in Mexico

Monarca is sharply forced on food, energy, water and jobs, and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico is the location for phase one of their large high yield greenhouse project.Monarca, a Mexico City company, has contracted with Turf Feeding Systems to design, build and manage a large 33,000 hectare agriculture.....

Neil Mattson in Urban Ag News:

"Monitoring is critical for hydroponic production systems"

Growers who are doing hydroponic production in nutrient film technique (NFT) or deep water raft systems should be monitoring pH and soluble salts content (electrical conductivity) more often than growers using container substrates.by David Kuackfor Urban Ag News“With hydroponics, especially with NFT.....

Water conservation aid helps root development in strawberries

A recent trial has shown that mixing water with the conservation agent, H2Flo from ICL, causes the water to penetrate the soil three times as deep as water alone, encouraging healthy root development in strawberry crops.H2Flo enhances the lateral and vertical movement of water within soil, helping to reduce.....

Water in Agriculture Forum highlights cooperation between California and Israel

On May 25, Secretary Karen Ross and Israeli Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel signed a Letter of Intent on agricultural cooperation furthering the commitment between California and Israel in addressing issues related to a changing climate. CDFA Secretary Karen Ross discusses cooperative efforts with Minister.....

HortScience report:

Reduced nutrient concentration in hydroponic tomatoes

Reduced nutrient concentration (NC) through fertigation in an open-bag hydroponic system with additional foliar fertilizer application may reduce nutrient wastage and thus decrease the production costs. A study was conducted to determine the effect of foliar fertilizer in combination with reduced NCs on the.....

How clean is your purified water really?

More and more growers are working to organize collective purification of waste water. But how do you know if the water is purified properly?Groen Agro Control does the monitoring of purification plants. For BZG-assessment is primarily about the breakdown of pesticides. Also other characteristics are.....

UK: Unseasonably dry spring calls for smart water management

One of the driest April’s on record has threatened crop quality in the most arid parts of the country. The UK saw as little as half of the rainfall expected for April, and as a result, farmers are being urged to consider smarter water management practices to future-proof against increasingly volatile weather.....

Scientists claim plants can hear water

Scientists are studying and confirming that plants may actually have the ability to sense sounds, like flowing water in a pipe ― or even buzzing insects.Researchers at the University of Western Australia have conducted experiments which point to the possibility that some plants may actually detect.....

Mike Chapman, Horticulture New Zealand:

"Irrigation investment first step towards food security"

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes the Government’s planned increase in grant funding and capital investment towards irrigation and water infrastructure in Budget 2017.Of the new funding, $26.7 million provides matched grant funding to regional scale irrigation schemes, while $63 million of new capital.....

Stolze ventures into Azerbaijan with Stolze Caspian

Stolze is a supplier and installer of technical systems within the international horticulture. The company, with its roots in Westland, The Netherlands, has clients in all major horticultural areas in the world.Due to growing scale enlargements and professionalization, it becomes increasingly important for.....

New podcast explores agricultural impact on soil and water

Farmers are looking at agronomics from a different point of view. They know that the future of their land, and its potential to achieve higher yields and healthier crops, is firmly rooted in the sustainable best practices they implement today.Groundswell, a new podcast series by www.GroundWork.ag, takes a.....

MIT develops new way to clear pollutants from water

When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at MIT could provide a selective alternative for removing even extremely low levels of unwanted compounds.The new approach is.....

Drought documentary “State of Urgency”

Milestones, lessons from California’s historic drought

On Friday, April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued an executive order ending the drought emergency in all but a few California counties. This came about 27 months after he declared a state of drought emergency for California on January 17, 2014. At that point, the state was headed into its fourth straight year.....

EPA asks States for input on new WOTUS rule

With the proposal to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. rule under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking states to share with the agency what they think a new rule should look like.EPA and the U.S. Army sent a letter to state governors on May 9.....