Publications on Sustainable
9 publications were found.
Alternatives to Synthetic Herbicides for Weed Management in Container Nurseries
Weed management is one of the most critical and costly aspects for container nursery production. High irrigation and fertilization rates create a favorable environment for weed growth in addition to crop growth. Weeds can quickly out-compete the crop for light and other resources, reducing the rate and amount of crop growth as well as salability. Weed management in nursery production is most effectively achieved by preventative practices, primarily with the use of pre-emergent herbicides. However, there are valid reasons for managing weeds using alternatives to synthetic herbicides. Weed management alternatives to synthetic herbicides include sanitation, exclusion, prevention, hand weeding, mulching and use of cover crops, heat and non-synthetic herbicides. Only some of these alternative methods can be used to control weeds in containers, but all can be used to manage weeds around containers and in non-crop
areas. Published on Mar 31, 2017.
Beneficial Insects, Spiders, and Mites in the Southeast
The purpose of this guide is to help users identify insects, spiders and mites that are beneficial to the garden. Such beneficials help manage pests that can damage plants. Tips to conserve and protect beneficials are also included. Published on Aug 31, 2014.
Compost Utilization for Erosion Control
Composting is the controlled biological process of decomposition and recycling of organic material into a humus-rich soil amendment known as compost. Mixed organic materials such as manure, yard trimmings, food waste and biosolids must go through a controlled heat process before they can be used as high quality, biologically stable and mature compost (otherwise it is just mulch, manure or byproduct). Compost has a variety of uses and is known to improve soil quality and productivity as well as prevent and control erosion. Published on Feb 28, 2015.
Cover Crop Biomass Sampling
Cover crops are one of the most important practices that farmers can use to improve their soils and the sustainability of their production system. Knowing how much biomass there is in a field is a critical piece of information for cover crop management. Part 1 of this circular provides a step-by-step guide to taking a sample that will be representative of your field. Part 2 provides additional steps for preparing a fresh cover crop sample to send to the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratory so it can be analyzed to determine nitrogen availability to the following crop. Equation examples and data sheets are also provided in order to help users calculate necessary information for submission using the given formulas. Published on Dec 31, 2015.
Organic Cover Crop Seed Production in Georgia
Cover crops are in essential part of an organic production system. Cereal rye and crimson clover are cover crops that are commonly used. If organic cover crop production is a viable enterprise for growers, it could improve the availability of varieties adapted to the Southeast; provide a source for locally grown seeds; and be another profit center for growers, seed cleaners, and local seed companies.
This bulletin discusses what farmers need to know about producing cover crops organically and gives example enterprise budgets for cereal rye and crimson clover. A two-year on-farm trial indicated that producing organic cover crop seed may be profitable. Published on Apr 16, 2015.
Spanish Series: La Importancia de Preservar la Biodiversidad en el Paisaje y cómo Podemos Ayudar
Para preservar la biodiversidad en los paisajes urbanos, las plantas nativas necesitan ser proveídas de una forma que mantiene sus beneficios ecológicos. Al mismo tiempo, las plantas nativas necesitan ser atractivas para los consumidores y económicamente factibles de producir para los viveros. Actualmente hay una disponibilidad limitada de plantas ornamentales nativas que tanto ayudan a la ecología como parecen estéticamente agradables. El aumento de su uso en jardinería requiere satisfacer estas demandas diferentes. Este artículo explica la importancia de las plantas nativas y ofrece información sobre las asociaciones entre los científicos, la industria, y el público en la preservación de la biodiversidad y la salud ecológica los paisajes urbanos.
[To preserve biodiversity in urban landscapes, native plants need to be included in a way that maintains their ecological benefits. At the same time, native plants need to be attractive to consumers and economically feasible for nurseries to produce. There is currently a limited availability of native ornamental plants that both help the ecology and appear aesthetically pleasing. Increasing their use in landscaping requires satisfying these different demands. This bulletin explains the role of native plants and outlines the partnerships among scientists, industry, and the public in preserving biodiversity and ecological health in the urban environment.] Published on Nov 30, 2015.
The Importance of Preserving Biodiversity in the Urban Landscape and How We Can Help
To preserve biodiversity in urban landscapes, native plants need to be included in a way that maintains their ecological benefits. At the same time, native plants need to be attractive to consumers and economically feasible for nurseries to produce. There is currently a limited availability of native ornamental plants that both help the ecology and appear aesthetically pleasing. Increasing their use in landscaping requires satisfying these different demands.
This bulletin explains the role of native plants and outlines the partnerships among scientists, industry, and the public in preserving biodiversity and ecological health in the urban environment. Published on Nov 30, 2015.
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