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XiteBio / 29.10.2013

Soils that contain high salt content are a critical problem for agriculture in many parts of the world. Saline soils are a major stress on plants, and also limit the growth of beneficial soil bacteria. Salt also inhibits nodulation for those plants that depend on it for nitrogen. Recently in the country of Uzbekistan, A researcher named Dilfuza Egamberdieva discovered several strains of bacteria that can not only survive in saline soils, but also have properties that help boost plant growth. These salt-resistant bacteria have the ability to directly...

XiteBio / 04.07.2013

Nitrogen fertilizer management is important for the success of any crop.  It is an expensive input, so growers are always looking for the best way to reduce application costs while still increasing yields. Nitrogen fertilizer is produced from natural gas, which makes the cost of the fertilizer vulnerable to changes in the supply and price of the gas. High yield crops have a high nitrogen requirement. However, some crops are able to supply their own nitrogen, while adding more to the soil for future crops. Legume crops are able...

XiteBio / 10.06.2013

Farmers benefit as much as anyone from healthy and active soils. A variety of life lives within the soil, ranging from microscopic bacteria to earthworms several inches long, most of them contributing to making the soil a vibrant growing environment for plants. Here are several processes performed by soil organisms that directly impact farmers: Nutrient Cycling: managing nutrients is a very important role for soil organisms. When living matter dies, the nutrients that are stored within it need to re-enter the soil and change form so that other living...

XiteBio / 19.04.2013

It’s common knowledge that Mother Nature can be cruel to farmers. Once crops have been seeded, they can be left exposed and vulnerable to the harshest of weather conditions. Farmers know this, and take every precaution they can to protect their investment. Nothing can provide guaranteed protection, but every step taken gives their crops a better chance to thrive. A farmer would never simply plant and hope everything works out. When it comes to biological inoculants, however, that’s exactly what many growers do. It’s easy to see what...