Agroforestry - combining trees and agriculture to improve Soil - Water Conservation

Agroforestry – combining trees and agriculture to improve Soil – Water Conservation

Cover picture: Shelter belt as windbreak. This is one form of agroforestry where interactions of trees or shrubs and crops are used. Agroforestry does not necessarily mean that the field […]

Intercropping for better soil and water management

Intercropping for better soil and water management

Intercropping means growing different crops at the same (or overlapping) time and same area.  Relay intercropping means that crops only overlap some part of the time. Strip intercropping means stripes of […]

Plant Cover and Soil - Water Conservation

Plant Cover and Soil – Water Conservation

Vegetative soil conservation Good protective cover near the soil surface early in the growing season of crops is important for soil and water conservation – at least in stripes across […]

Tillage can sometimes help but usually harm soil and water conservation

Tillage can sometimes help but usually harm soil and water conservation

Tillage like ploughing, harrowing, ridging or hoeing can help water to enter the soil and reduce wind at a roughened soil surface, but can often powderise soil and thus making […]

Soil and Water Conservation Structures

Soil and Water Conservation Structures

Soil conservation structures protect the soil before seasonal crops establish. They can be constructed directly from the start or develop from lines with protecting contour stripes. Soil conservation structures range […]

Soil and Water Conservation Strategies

Soil and Water Conservation Strategies

Several practical principles for soil and water conservations are important to be understood and combined – including how to use them so they help rather than harm and give multiple […]

Causes and Effects of Soil Erosion and rapid Water Run-off

Causes and Effects of Soil Erosion and rapid Water Run-off

Understand practically important principles and signs of soil degradation and erosion by Torsten Mandal, agronomist Causes of soil erosion. Bare loose soil can easily be eroded by wind or water […]

The push-pull strategy controls stemborers and striga increasing corn yields

The Push-Pull Strategy: Controlling Stemborers and Striga to Increase Corn Yields

Do you lose your maize yield due to stemborers and Striga? Learn how the push-pull habitat management approach leads to higher yields of maize Stemborers and Striga weeds cause significant losses to […]

What is Syntropic Farming, and how can farmers benefit

What is Syntropic Farming, and how can farmers benefit

Authors: Dayana Andrade & Felipe Pasini What is Syntropy? (and what does it have to do with agriculture?)  In short, syntropy is the complementary opposite of entropy. While entropy governs […]

What is Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture?

What is Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture?

What is Biocyclic Vegan Farming? Biocyclic vegan agriculture is a new, plant-based approach to organic farming. This form of cultivation excludes all commercial animal husbandry and slaughter and does not […]