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Plant Production

Articles on Plant Production. This section includes Agronomy, which deals with field crops and the soils in which they grow, and Horticulture, which is concerned with cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants.

Plant Production Articles

Crop Management: How Small Do We Go?
New research in Agronomy Journal shows that smaller is not always better in precision crop management

Date: 18 Jul 2008, Rating: not rated

Scientist finds best way to measure soil fertility is – in a Mason jar
In a world of technological advancements, a simple wide-mouthed, one-pint Mason jar is the foundation of a diagnostic tool that may revolutionize how farmers determine the nitrogen needs of their cornfields

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: 2.25

Environmentally friendly ways to nourish the 'flower of love'
It’s no wonder that the rose, one of nature’s most delicate and beautiful flowers, represents life’s most delicate and beautiful experiences, love

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

UF researchers develop ways to keep the bloom on the rose
They may not be able to make love last, but a team of University of Florida researchers has figured out how to at least make the flowers go the distance.

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

Study suggests earlier crop plantings could curb future yields
In an ongoing bid to grow more corn, farmers in the U.S. Corn Belt are planting seeds much earlier today than they did 30 years ago, a new study has found.

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

Rearing an army to save wheat
Scientists try to rear wasps to fight off the wheat stem sawfly

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

Tomato Crop Response to Short-Duration Legume Green Manures in Tropical Vegetable Systems
The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of meeting N needs of tomato with legume GM

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: 5.00, 8 pages

Weeding out better wines
Australian red and white wines are about to become greener.

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

Pasture grass fights wheat fungus danger to plants, animals, people
A western American pasture grass crossed with wheat can improve resistance to a fungus that can be toxic to plants, animals and people

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: 1.00

Too Much Fertilizer Ineffective, Data From Historic Farm Plots Indicate
The nation's oldest crop-research plots are speaking out: Soil stewardship pays. Yields in fertilized continuous corn plots are one-third lower than in similarly fertilized plots where long rotations have been used.

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

Improving water use in growing corn possible, study shows
Farmers growing corn in the mid-Atlantic region will have a new tool to help them identify appropriate cultural practices for the types of soils in their fields

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: 4.50

Using Starter Fertilizer On No-Till Corn Increases Yield, Study Shows
Using starter fertilizer on three Illinois no-till farming sites during the past three years has produced economically desirable returns that compensate for the initial investment of equipment and supplies

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

Lowering Applications Of Nitrogen Fertilizer Can Boost Profits
Studies on nitrogen fertilizer use have harvested two surprising finds

Date: 25 Oct 2007, Rating: 5.00

Agronomic options for improving rainfall-use efficiency of crops in dryland farming systems
This review will focus on the agronomic factors that have the potential to increase yields and rainfall-use efficiency in dryland farming systems that rely entirely on rainfall as their source of water.

Date: 11 Jan 2007, Rating: 3.33, 12 pages

The consequences of antibiotic use in horticulture
The problem of antibiotic resistance emerging from the use and misuse of antibiotics in veterinary practice was considered as long ago as the 1960s by the famous Swann Committee.

Date: 9 May 2007, Rating: 4.43

Improving crop salt tolerance
Salinity is an ever-present threat to crop yields, especially in countries where irrigation is an essential aid to agriculture. Although the tolerance of saline conditions by plants is variable, crop species are generally intolerant of one-third of the co

Date: 1 Aug 2006, Rating: 7.00, 9 pages

Organic and conventional tomato cropping systems
The objective of this paper was comparing both organic (OS) and conventional (CS) tomato cropping systems for varieties Débora and Santa Clara, through an interdisciplinary study.

Date: 9 May 2007, Rating: not rated, 7 pages

Domestication of a Mesoamerican cultivated fruit tree, Spondias purpurea
This study investigates the domestication history of jocote (Spondias purpurea), a Mesoamerican cultivated fruit tree.

Date: 9 May 2007, Rating: not rated, 8 pages

Simulating genotypic variation of fruit quality in an advanced peachxPrunus davidiana cross
The present study aims to test the efficiency of an ecophysiological model developed to simulate genotypic variation in fruit quality traits.

Date: 9 May 2007, Rating: 1.00, 9 pages

The nitrogen and nitrate economy of butterhead lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. capitata L.)
In this study, the relationship between shoot relative growth rate and shoot total-N, organic-N and NO3–-N concentration of hydroponically-grown lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. capitata L. cv. Kennedy) was described and simulated.

Date: 9 May 2007, Rating: 5.00, 8 pages