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The Non Toxic Farming Handbook

Author : Philip A. Wheeler
ISBN : WISC:89063848733
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Teaches farmers, growers and serious gardeners how to farm without dangerous chemicals.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Integrated Organic Farming Handbook

Author : Dr. H. Panda
ISBN : 9788178331522
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Organic agriculture has grown out of the conscious efforts by inspired people to create the best possible relationship between the earth and men. After almost a century of neglect, organic agriculture is now finding place in the mainstream of development and shows great promise commercially, socially and environmentally. Integrated organic farming is a commonly and broadly used word to explain a more integrated approach to farming as compared to existing monoculture approaches. It refers to agricultural systems that integrate livestock and crop production and may sometimes be known as Integrated Bio systems. It denotes a holistic system of farming which optimizes productivity in a sustainable manner through creation of interdependent agri-eco systems where annual crop plants (e.g. wheat), perennial trees (e.g. horticulture) and animals (including fishes where relevant) are integrated on a given field or property .This concept of organic farming is based on following principles: 1. Nature is the best role model for farming, since it does not use any inputs nor demand unreasonable quantities of water.2. The entire system is based on intimate understanding of nature's ways of replenishment. The system does not believe in mining of the soil of its nutrients and do not degrade it in any way. 3. The soil in this system is considered as a living entity 4. The soil's living population of microbes and other organisms are significant contributors to its fertility on a sustained basis and must be protected and nurtured, at all cost. 5. The total environment of the soil, from soil structure to soil cover is more important and must be preserved. Integrated Organic farming is a method of farming system, which primarily aims at cultivating the land and raising crops in such a way, so as to keep the soil alive and in good health. It is the use of organic wastes (crop, animal and farm wastes, aquatic wastes) and other biological materials, mostly produced insitu- along with beneficial microbes (bio fertilizers) to release nutrients to crops, which connotes the ‘organic’ nature of organic farming. It is also termed as organic agriculture. In the Indian context it is also termed as ‘Javik Krishi’. We have compiled all the relevant information regarding integrated organic farming in this book. This is first book of its kind which contains reliable details related to organic farming, green manuring, biological nitrogen fixation, uses of vermiculture bio-tech, organic fertilizers for flooded rice ecosystem, biological pest management, press mud as plant growth promoters, bio fertilizer for multipurpose tree species, rice- fish integration, response of crops to organic fertilizer and many more. The book is very useful for farmers, agriculture, universities, consultants and research scholars.

Agriculture Handbook

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ISBN : MINN:31951D006137682
Genre : Agriculture
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Set includes revised editions of some issues.
Category: Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture Directory Of Expertise

Author : Cynthia Arnold
ISBN : 0788138308
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Profiles of 723 organizations that can help farmers meet their farming stewardship and profitability goals. Includes 1,000 individuals and more than 200 organizations in all 50 states. Covers 169 farmers and ranchers, 247 ag. researchers, 161 Coop. Extension Service personnel, 72 agribus. people, and 63 farm consultants. Lists their special skills and knowledge in crop, forage and livestock production, soil and water mgmt., marketing, organics, pest control, cropping systems, erosion control, irrigation methods, and livestock feed and health mgmt. systems.

Weed Management Handbook

Author : Robert E. L. Naylor
ISBN : 9780470750384
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Weed Management Handbook updates the 8th edition of Weed Control Handbook (1990). The change in the title and contents of the book from previous editions reflects both the current emphasis on producing crops in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner, and the new weed management challenges presenting themselves. This landmark publication contains cutting edge chapters, each written by acknowledged experts in their fields and carefully drawn together and edited by Professor Robert Naylor, known and respected world-wide for his knowledge of the area. The sequence of chapters included reflects a progression from the biology of weeds, through the underpinning science and technology relating to weed management techniques including herbicides and their application to crops, leading to principles of weed management techniques. Finally a set of relevant case studies describes the main management options available and addresses the challenges of reduced chemical options in many crops. Weed Management Handbook is a vital tool for all those involved in the crop protection / agrochemical industry, including business managers, horticultural and agricultural scientists, plant physiologists, botanists and those studying and teaching BASIS courses. As an important reference guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying horticultural and agricultural sciences, plant physiology, botany and crop protection, copies of the book should be available on the shelves of all research establishments and universities where these subjects are studied and taught. Weed Management Handbook is published for the British Crop Protection Council (BCPC) by Blackwell Publishing.
Category: Technology & Engineering

A Farmer S Handbook Ecofriendly Cardamom Cultivation

Author : Varadarasan Shanmugavel
ISBN : 1792685955
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Small cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum Maton) is a spice crop cultivated for more than a century in the high altitude (600 - 1200 m above msl) of Western Ghats of Southern India under shade of diverse species of trees. Even though Cardamom cultivation requires rational intervention with chemical pesticides and fertilizers to make the yield sustainable, excess use of these external inputs, as necessitated by intensive cultivation makes the cultivation nonviable. Hence an insight into Ecofriendly cultivation empower the farming community to adopt sustainable cultivation with minimum external inputs, soil health management, conservation of natural enemies of pests and diseases etc. for reaping economically sustainable yield. The most important points covered in the books are: low external inputs, reducing labourrequirements in an era of labour scarcity for farm works, reducing drudgery for farmers, practical and easy methods of improving the soil health as well as conservation of natural enemies of pests and pollinators etc. Such guidelines benefit farmers to reduce the cost of cultivation, produce pesticide residue-free cardamom and to have economically sustainable yield; also aid in conservation of the serene Western Ghats ecosystem for posterity. The present book is written in two parts, the main text and annexes. The main text contains the required information to farmers for Ecofriendly cultivation of cardamom. The annexes contain basic and relevant information on the subjects covered in the main text with a little more scientific terminology. The objective of the book is elaborated in the preface and introduction. A brief history of cardamom cultivation in India is outlined in the first chapter and basic information on cardamom is elaborated in the chapter on 'Know your cardamom' which would be very useful for farmers and the public who wish to know about the crop. The terminology used in this chapter helps to understand information provided in the ensuing chapters. The next chapter 'Planting and maintenance' elaborates on establishing a cardamom field even by a new farmer; methods of seed collection/planting material selection, production of planting materials, field preparation, planting and after care are the highlights in this chapter. The essence of Ecofriendly cardamom cultivation is elaborated in the chapter on 'Requirements for sustainable cultivation' and in the Annexes (I to XVI). Basic requirements for Ecofriendly cardamom cultivation are shade management, pest and disease management, soil health management, conservation and augmentation of natural enemies of pests and pollinators. One of the major problems faced by farmers is the crop loss due to fungal diseases; basic information on preventing/reducing the fungal diseases is addressed by way of practical methods of improving the soil health which in turn supports beneficial and disease antagonistic microbes. The annexes (Annexes I to XVI) are added to increase the value of the handbook; the information provided are for broadening the understanding of the basic concept of the book viz. 'Ecofriendly cardamom cultivation'. Several pictures are added in the annexes with an exclusive annexure on photo gallery for referring field problems. Pictorial information is provided on Large cardamom (Amomum subulatum Roxb.) for comparison on the Ecofriendly cultivation being practiced in the sub Himalayan regions. The last chapter is Harvesting and post-harvest practices. Information is provided on the stage of harvest of cardamom capsules, methods of curing/drying, value addition during curing, polishing and storage for producing high quality green colour capsules to get premium price. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), References cited in the book as well as alphabetically arranged index for easy way of identifying related pages in the book are provided.

Handbook Of Natural Zeolites

Author : Vassilis J. Inglezakis
ISBN : 9781608052615
Genre : Nature
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"Handbook of Natural Zeolites provides a comprehensive and updated summary of all important aspects of natural zeolites science and technology. The e-book contains four sections covering the relevant scientific background, established technologies, recent "
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The Handbook Of Salmon Farming

Author : Selina M. Stead
ISBN : 1852331194
Genre : Nature
File Size : 39.89 MB
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Over the past few years, there has been significant growth and development in the salmon farming industry. In order to be successful, practitioners not only need to know how the salmon lives and survives in the wild but, amongst other things have knowledge of disease, production processes, economics and marketing. The Handbook of Salmon Farming is a practical guide that covers everything the practitioner needs to know, and will also be of great use to academics and students of aquaculture and fish biology. The editors have invited contributions from experts in academia, the fish industry and government to provide an up-to-date and comprehensive handbook.
Category: Nature