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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...

XiteBio / 25.03.2013

Farmers never want to hear that their crops have been infected with a virus or fungus, but it may not be long before that attitude begins to change. Scientists are discovering that some viruses have the ability to help infected plants better tolerate different stresses. Dr. Marilyn Roossinck is a professor at Penn State University and recently reported on some of these discoveries. They have found examples of viruses that are able to help plants tolerate drought. They have found others that help plants better tolerate cold temperatures. At...