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  1. Hybrid Fv - Biogas/Diesel System Measuring With Homer. Case of Application: Farm Pozo Verde, Jamundi Municipality, Cauca Valley, Colombia; Dimensionado de un Sistema Hibrido Fv - Biogas/Diesel mediante el Empleo de la Herramienta Homer. Caso de Aplicacion: Granja Pozo Verde, Municipio de Jamundi, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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    Dominguez, J.; Manrique, P. A.; Pinedo, I.

    2009-11-25

    This report completes the previous one, by adding the characterization of renewable energy systems based on optimization and sizing tools. A case study has been carried out in the Valley of Cauca (Colombia) using HOMER, once the solar energy potential was defined. This work is about the production of electricity using hybrid power systems (HPS). The HPS chosen for this study is based on two of the most common energy resources in most of Colombian rural areas: solar energy and biomass waste. The biomass waste is obtained by animal manure from livestock farms, particularly from pigs, which is highly valued in terms of energy production. The breeding of pigs has a huge economic, environmental and social importance in this Colombian region. In this report, the HPS technology and the energy contribution of the biogas produced from animal manure are described. A technical and economic simulation of a HPS has been performed using the optimization tool HOMER. These reports are the result of a collaboration established between Universidad del Valle (Colombia) and CIEMAT (Spain), and have been done by the author while his staying at our center included on his PhD program. Keywords: renewable energies, hybrid systems, biogas, technology sizing, rural electrification, Latin America. (Author) 8 refs.

  2. Using hyperspectral data in precision farming applications

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    Precision farming practices such as variable rate applications of fertilizer and agricultural chemicals require accurate field variability mapping. This chapter investigated the value of hyperspectral remote sensing in providing useful information for five applications of precision farming: (a) Soil...

  3. POZO EL MORAL [Material gráfico

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    Fundación para la Etnografía y el Desarrollo de la Artesanía Canaria

    1990-01-01

    EN EL EXTERIOR DEL POZO HAY ÁRBOLES DE GRAN TAMAÑO (FICUS). LA CASA DEL POCERO ESTA ABANDONADA Y SE UTILIZA COMO ALMACEN. EN EL MURO EXTERIOR DEL POZO HAY UN LETRERO CON SU NOMBRE, "POZO DEL MORAL". CERCA DEL BIEN HAY UN HORNO DE PAN DE PIEDRA Y CANTERIA DE PICON APELMAZADO CON UNA FECHA INSCRITA: 24-6-76

  4. Learning in Organic Farming An Application on Finnish Dairy Farms

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    Sipilainen, Timo; Oude Lansink, Alfons G. J. M.

    2005-01-01

    Organic farming technology may be relatively unknown to farmers at the time when they switch from conventional into organic farming. Therefore, experience gained over time and learning by doing may be important determinants in the efficiency of organic farming. It may also take time to reach the optimal nutrient stock of soil and optimal nutrient supply for arable crops under organic farming. Thus, efficiency of organic farming can either grow or decrease over time depending on the nature of ...

  5. Remote sensing applications to precision farming

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    Traditional mechanized agriculture treats large fields with uniform agronomic practices. Precision agriculture/precision farming brings a new concept to manage in-field variability with variable rate application of fertilizers and pesticides, site-specific water management, as well as planting, etc....

  6. Development and application of the capacity to make tests of dynamic displacement in samples of oil well drilling cores; Desarrollo y aplicacion de la capacidad para realizar pruebas de desplazamiento dinamico en muestras de nucleos de perforacion de pozos petroleros

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    Contreras L, Enrique; Garcia M, Pablo [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2001-07-01

    In the Laboratory of Deposits of the Gerencia de Geotermia of the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) the capacity has been developed to make tests of dynamic oil displacement by means of gas or brine injection in samples of oil well drilling cores. Also the methodologies to interpret the results of these tests in terms of dynamics and the efficiency of the oil recovery in terms of the relative permeability have been developed. These capacities represent a very important contribution towards the improvement of the insufficiency that exists in the country to make the large amount of tests of dynamic displacement that demand the different Actives of PEMEX Exploration and Production (PEP), since they satisfy their necessities of data on which the activities of design and implementation of the most suitable techniques for the hydrocarbon recovery of the oil deposits lean. In the present work these capacities are described and some examples are presented of the results that have been obtained from their application in special studies of drilling cores, which have been recently made in the Laboratory of Deposits of the IIE for diverse Actives of PEP exploitation. [Spanish] En el laboratorio de yacimientos de la Gerencia de Geotermia del Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) se ha desarrollado la capacidad de realizar pruebas de desplazamiento dinamico de aceite mediante inyeccion de salmuera o de gases en muestras de nucleos de perforacion de pozos petroleros. Tambien se han desarrollado las metodologias para interpretar los resultados de estas pruebas en terminos de la dinamica y la eficiencia de la recuperacion de aceite y en terminos de la permeabilidades relativas. Estas capacidades representan una contribucion muy importante hacia el mejoramiento de la insuficiencia que existe en el pais para realizar la gran cantidad de pruebas de desplazamiento dinamico que demandan los diferentes activos de explotacion de PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion (PEP), ya

  7. Economic assessment of alternatives for glyphosate application in arable farming

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    Kehlenbeck, Hella; Saltzmann, Jovanka; Schwarz, Jürgen; Zwerger, Peter; Nordmeyer, Henning

    2016-01-01

    Application and sales of herbicides with glyphosate have strongly increased in Germany during the past 10 years. This has raised a number of questions and discussions concerning glyphosate use. Therefore, this paper identifies and evaluates alternatives with an efficacy almost equivalent to glyphosate for different treatmentareas in terms of economic consequences for farms in comparison to glyphosate use by way of example. With the help of exemplary crop rotations uses in arable farming fo...

  8. Application of SMES in wind farm to improve voltage stability

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    Shi, J. [R and D Center of Applied Superconductivity, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province 430074 (China)], E-mail: shijing_hust@126.com; Tang, Y.J.; Ren, L.; Li, J.D.; Chen, S.J. [R and D Center of Applied Superconductivity, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province 430074 (China)

    2008-09-15

    For the wind farms introducing doubly fed induction generators (DFIGs), voltage stability is an essential issue which influences their widely integration into the power grid. This paper proposes the application of superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) in the power system integrated with wind farms. SMES can control the active and reactive power flow, realizing the operation in four quadrants independently. The introducing of SMES can smooth the output power flow of the wind farms, and supply dynamic voltage support. Using MATLAB/SIMULINK, the models of the DFIG, the power grid connected and the SMES are created. Simulation results show that the voltage stability of the power system integrated with wind farms can be improved considerably.

  9. Application of SMES in wind farm to improve voltage stability

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    Shi, J.; Tang, Y. J.; Ren, L.; Li, J. D.; Chen, S. J.

    2008-09-01

    For the wind farms introducing doubly fed induction generators (DFIGs), voltage stability is an essential issue which influences their widely integration into the power grid. This paper proposes the application of superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) in the power system integrated with wind farms. SMES can control the active and reactive power flow, realizing the operation in four quadrants independently. The introducing of SMES can smooth the output power flow of the wind farms, and supply dynamic voltage support. Using MATLAB/SIMULINK, the models of the DFIG, the power grid connected and the SMES are created. Simulation results show that the voltage stability of the power system integrated with wind farms can be improved considerably.

  10. Optimization Model for Mitigating Global Warming at the Farm Scale: An Application to Japanese Rice Farms

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    Kiyotaka Masuda

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In Japan, greenhouse gas emissions from rice production, especially CH4 emissions in rice paddy fields, are the primary contributors to global warming from agriculture. When prolonged midseason drainage for mitigating CH4 emissions from rice paddy fields is practiced with environmentally friendly rice production based on reduced use of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, Japanese rice farmers can receive an agri-environmental direct payment. This paper examines the economic and environmental effects of the agri-environmental direct payment on the adoption of a measure to mitigate global warming in Japanese rice farms using a combined application of linear programming and life cycle assessment at the farm scale. Eco-efficiency, which is defined as net farm income divided by global warming potential, is used as an integrated indicator for assessing the economic and environmental feasibilities. The results show that under the current direct payment level, the prolonged midseason drainage technique does not improve the eco-efficiency of Japanese rice farms because the practice of this technique in environmentally friendly rice production causes large economic disadvantages in exchange for small environmental advantages. The direct payment rates for agri-environmental measures should be determined based on the condition that environmentally friendly agricultural practices improve eco-efficiency compared with conventional agriculture.

  11. Team 9: Healthcare Applications of Data Farming

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    Cornell, Paul; Paterson, Jennifer,; Young, Nancy; Chites, Lawton; Wan, Hong; Kang, Keebom

    2007-01-01

    Healthcare in the United States is expensive and inefficient. As a whole, it is at least ten years behind other industries in the application of information technology to processes and practices. Hospital administrators, with a cadre of consultants and vendors in tow, are rushing to catch up, spending billions on IT. Unfortunately, process knowledge is often lacking, and technology interventions fail to achieve their goals. This contributes to the low rate of ...

  12. Applications of Open Source 3-D Printing on Small Farms

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    Joshua M. Pearce

    2014-01-01

    There is growing evidence that low-cost open-source 3-D printers can reduce costs by enabling distributed manufacturing of substitutes for both specialty equipment and conventional mass-manufactured products. The rate of 3-D printable designs under open licenses is growing exponentially and there arealready hundreds of designs applicable to small-scale organic farming. It has also been hypothesized that this technology could assist sustainable development in rural communities that rely on sma...

  13. Applications of Open Source 3-D Printing on Small Farms

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    Joshua M. Pearce

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available There is growing evidence that low-cost open-source 3-D printers can reduce costs by enabling distributed manufacturing of substitutes for both specialty equipment and conventional mass-manufactured products. The rate of 3-D printable designs under open licenses is growing exponentially and there arealready hundreds of designs applicable to small-scale organic farming. It has also been hypothesized that this technology could assist sustainable development in rural communities that rely on small-scale organic agriculture. To gauge the present utility of open-source 3-D printers in this organic farm context both in the developed and developing world, this paper reviews the current open-source designs available and evaluates the ability of low-cost 3-D printers to be effective at reducing the economic costs of farming.This study limits the evaluation of open-source 3-D printers to only the most-developed fused filament fabrication of the bioplastic polylactic acid (PLA. PLA is a strong biodegradable and recyclable thermoplastic appropriate for a range of representative products, which are grouped into five categories of prints: handtools, food processing, animal management, water management and hydroponics. The advantages and shortcomings of applying 3-D printing to each technology are evaluated. The results show a general izabletechnical viability and economic benefit to adopting open-source 3-D printing for any of the technologies, although the individual economic impact is highly dependent on needs and frequency of use on a specific farm. Capital costs of a 3-D printer may be saved from on-farm printing of a single advanced analytical instrument in a day or replacing hundreds of inexpensive products over a year. In order for the full potential of open-source 3-D printing to be realized to assist organic farm economic resiliency and self-sufficiency, future work is outlined in five core areas: designs of 3-D printable objects, 3-D printing

  14. Mobile sensor platforms: categorisation and research applications in precision farming

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    C. W. Zecha

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The usage of mobile sensor platforms arose in research a few decades ago. Since the beginning of satellite sensing, measurement principles and analysing methods have become widely implemented for aerial and ground vehicles. Mainly in Europe, the United States and Australia, sensor platforms in precision farming are used for surveying, monitoring and scouting tasks. This review gives an overview of available sensor platforms used in recent agricultural and related research projects. A general categorisation tree for platforms is outlined in this work. Working in manual, automatic or autonomous ways, these ground platforms and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS with an agricultural scope are presented with their sensor equipment and the possible architectural models. Thanks to advances in highly powerful electronics, smaller devices mounted on platforms have become economically feasible for many applications. Designed to work automatically or autonomously, they will be able to interact in intelligent swarms. Sensor platforms can fulfil the need for developing, testing and optimising new applications in precision farming like weed control or pest management. Furthermore, commercial suppliers of platform hardware used in sensing tasks are listed.

  15. The wellbore simulator SIMU1999; El simulador de pozos SIMU1999

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    Sanchez Upton, Pedro [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

    1999-08-01

    into a friendly Windows 95 environment for the user. Up to date, results obtained through the application of SIMU 1999 on multiple wells, covering a broad extent of thermal conditions, have been good enough from the engineering point of view, Nevertheless, updating of the simulator performance, but also looking for extending its application field. [Spanish] En este trabajo se describen brevemente las caracterIticas operacionales y algoritmicas del simulador de pozos SIMU1999. En general, la reproduccion de las condiciones termodinamicas registradas en el interior de los pozos, es su principal objetivo. El simulador utiliza un modelo de flujo homogeneo que incorpora las teorias fundamentales de la mecanica de fluidos y permite el manejo de mezclas bifasicas tricomponentes. Estas mezclas incluyen a los principales constituyentes que aparecen en la produccion de fluidos geotermicos (H{sub 2}O-NaCl-CO{sub 2}). SIMU1999 utiliza un factor de friccion para flujos bifasicos deducido a partir de 64 pruebas de produccion efectuadas en 45 pozos diferentes. Mas de 324 datos de caidas de presion y 648 valores de temperatura se obtuvieron a partir de estas pruebas. Las mediciones se tomaron principalmente con registradores del tipo mecanico (Kuster), sin embargo, algunas de ellas provinieron de registradores de tipo electronico (Hot Hole y Pruett). El factor de friccion se calcula a partir del numero de Reynolds de la presion del fluido y de la calidad del vapor, por lo que es independiente de la identificacion previa del patron de flujo. Los datos de produccion disponibles abarcaron entalpias especificas desde 650 hasta 2 780 kj/kg, presiones que van de los 0.4 a los 14 MPa, y temperaturas entre 110 y 340 grados centigrados. El codigo computacional de SIMU1999 fue escrito en Fortran 90 y genera un archivo ejecutable ligeramente mayor a 1 Mb. El programa actualmente consta de cuatro partes: el simulador de pozos; una salida grafica para analizar por pantalla los resultados de la

  16. 40 CFR 408.10 - Applicability; description of the farm-raised catfish processing subcategory.

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    2010-07-01

    ...-raised catfish processing subcategory. 408.10 Section 408.10 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... SOURCE CATEGORY Farm-Raised Catfish Processing Subcategory § 408.10 Applicability; description of the farm-raised catfish processing subcategory. The provisions of this subpart are applicable to...

  17. Technical Efficiency in Organic Farming: an Application on Italian Cereal Farms using a Parametric Approach

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    Madau, Fabio Albino

    2005-01-01

    A stochastic frontier production model was applied to estimate technical efficiency in a sample of Italian organic and conventional cereal farms. The main purpose was to assess which production technique revealed higher efficiency. Statistical tests on the pool sample model suggested that differences between the two cultivation methods were significant from a technological viewpoint. Separate analyses of two sub-samples (93 and 138 observations for organic and conventional farms, ...

  18. Determination of the geothermal well damage from its production tests; Determinacion del dano en pozos geotermicos a partir de sus pruebas de produccion

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    Aragon Aguilar, Alfonso; Izquierdo Montalvo, Georgina; Arellano Gomez, Victor [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2011-06-13

    In this work the evolution is described that undergoes the factor of damage in a well during its productive stage, which is identifiable from the diminution in the characteristics of its production. It is mentioned that during the productive stage of wells, its declination is, in many occasions, synonymous of the damage presence. Traditionally, the damage effect is determined from the equations for analysis of the transitory tests of pressure. Nevertheless, the execution of this type of tests requires relatively long periods of time to obtain the stabilization of the well and of significant costs. By the previous facts the development of techniques to determine the damage from production tests was initiated. In this article is presented the curve-type of geothermal inflow affected by the damage, from which the value of this one in a geothermal well for the time in which its test of production is realized can be determined. A methodology is proposed to determine the damage effect in the well using the proposed curve-type and its applicability with examples of test measurements of well discharge is demonstrated in Mexican geothermal fields. From the conducted analyses it is found that the numerical value of the damage determined in selected wells increases based on the time of exploitation, which indicates a deterioration of its productive characteristics. The previous statements aid to constitute a technical endorsement for the decision making, on the pertinent actions that can be executed in the well. [Spanish] En este trabajo se describe la evolucion que sufre el factor de dano en un pozo durante su etapa productiva, el cual es identificable a partir de la disminucion en las caracteristicas de su produccion. Se menciona que durante la etapa productiva de los pozos, su declinacion es, en muchas ocasiones, sinonimo de la presencia de dano. Tradicionalmente, el efecto de dano se determina a partir de las ecuaciones para analisis de las pruebas transitorias de presion

  19. Application of genetic algorithm in electrical system optimization for offshore wind farms

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    Chen, Zhe; Zhao, M.; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2008-01-01

    Genetic Algorithm (GA) has been widely used in solving optimization problem in different areas. This paper illustrates the application of GA in the electrical system design for offshore wind farms, where the main components of a wind farm and key technical specifications are used as input...... parameters and the electrical system design of the wind farm is to be optimized regarding both the production cost and the system reliability....

  20. Precision farming - Technology assessment of site-specific input application in cereals

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    Pedersen, Søren Marcus

    economic and socio-economic analysis. The current status of precision farming in Denmark is as follows: • The technology is primarily applicable for large farm holdings • Economic viability depends on site-specific yield variation • So far, the business economic benefits from most PF-practices are modest...... but it seems possible to obtain a socio-economic benefits from lime, variable rate herbicide and possibly nitrogen application • The technology may improve farm logistics, planning and crop quality (e.g. protein content) - but • The costs of implementing PF-practices are high and • Technical functionality...... several years before the next generation of precision farming systems will be available in practice. Meanwhile, those farmers who already have invested in yield monitors and soil analysis for precision farming should be able to use the current technology in the best possible way....

  1. Integrating ICT applications for farm business collaboration processes using FIspace

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    Kruize, J.W.; Wolfert, J.; Goense, D.; Scholten, H.; Beulens, A.J.M.; Veenstra, T.

    2014-01-01

    Agri-Food Supply Chain Networks are required to increase production and to be transparent while reducing environmental impact. This challenges farm enterprises to innovate their production processes. These processes need to be supported by advanced ICT components that are developed by multiple vendo

  2. The Production Economics of Precision Farming and Its Possible Application for Grain Corn in Turkey

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    M. M. Ozguven; U. Turker

    2010-01-01

    In this study, it was aimed that whether the application of precision farming in different field scala and farm input level is economical or not in grain corn production in Çukurova region by using partial budgetting method for examining the variable costs in the period of the years between 2002-2008. The revenue obtained from yield and the minimum saving from fertilizer, pesticide and seeds were compared with precision farming initial costs in order to cover the investment together with econ...

  3. Mobile sensor platforms: categorisation and research applications in precision farming

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    Zecha, C. W.; Link, J.; Claupein, W.

    2013-01-01

    The usage of mobile sensor platforms arose in research a few decades ago. Since the beginning of satellite sensing, measurement principles and analysing methods have become widely implemented for aerial and ground vehicles. Mainly in Europe, the United States and Australia, sensor platforms in precision farming are used for surveying, monitoring and scouting tasks. This review gives an overview of available sensor platforms used in recent agricultural and related research projects. A general ...

  4. Application of x-ray techniques in precision farming

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    The precision farming is a relatively new concept basing farming upon quantitative determination of various parameters in the farming practices. One of these parameters is accurate measurement of grain flow rates on real time basis. Although there are various techniques already available for this purpose, x-rays provide a very competitive alternative to the current state of art. In this work, the use of low energy bremsstrahlung x-ray, up to 30 keV, densitometry is demonstrated for grain flow rate measurements. Mass flow rates for corn are related to measured x-ray intensity in gray scale units with a 0.99 correlation coefficient for flow rates ranging from 2 kg/s to 6 kg/s. Higher flow rate values can be measured by using slightly more energetic x-rays or a higher tube current. Measurements were done in real time at a 30 Hz sampling rate. Flow rate measurements are independent of grain moisture due to a negligible change in the x-ray attenuation coefficients at typical moisture content values from 15% to 25%. Grain flow profile changes do not affect measurement accuracy. X-rays easily capture variations in the corn stream. Due to the low energy of the x-ray photons, biological shielding can easily be accomplished with 2 mm thick lead foil or 5 mm of steel

  5. Drilling of bilateral wells: analysis and selection of wells in the Los Humeros, Pue., geothermal field; Perforacion de pozos bilaterales: analisis y seleccion de pozos en el campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Pue.

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    Flores Armenta, Magaly del Carmen; Ramirez Montes, Miguel [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)]. E-mail: miguel.ramirez02@cfe.gob.mx

    2010-01-15

    Drilling bilateral geothermal wells has been conducted successfully in fields in the U.S., the Philippines and Japan, among other places. The reason for drilling a second leg in a well is to increase production by penetrating additional production zones. In this report, criteria are presented for selecting wells in Los Humeros, Pue., geothermal field to be considered for a second leg, taking into account the mechanical condition of the wells, geological targets, distances between wells, production characteristics and thermodynamic conditions. The cases of wells H-3, H-8, H-11, H-16, H-33, H-34 and H-36, which have low production, were reviewed. Wells H-3, H-8 and H-34 were selected as the best subjects for bi-directional drilling. A design is proposed for constructing a second leg in well H-8. [Spanish] La perforacion de pozos bilaterales se ha venido realizando de manera exitosa en campos geotermicos de Estados Unidos, Filipinas y Japon, entre otros. El objetivo de perforar una segunda pierna en un mismo pozo es incrementar su produccion, ya que habran mas zonas de produccion. En este reporte se presentan los criterios para la seleccion de pozos del campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Pue., candidatos para una segunda pierna, considerando el estado mecanico de los mismos, los objetivos geologicos, la distancia entre pozos, sus caracteristicas de produccion y sus condiciones termodinamicas. Para ello se revisaron los casos de los pozos H-3, H-8, H-11, H-16, H-33, H-34 y H-36, que presentan una produccion baja. Posteriormente, aplicando los criterios de evaluacion y con la informacion obtenida de cada pozo, se seleccionaron los pozos H-3, H-8 y H-34 como los que presentan mejores condiciones para la perforacion bidireccional. Finalmente, se establecio un diseno para la construccion de una segunda pierna en el pozo H-8.

  6. An Indicator-Based Framework to Evaluate Sustainability of Farming Systems: Review of Applications in Tuscany

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    Concetta Vazzana

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Agricultural researchers widely recognise the importance of sustainable agricultural production systems and the need to develop appropriate methods to measure sustainability at the farm level. Policymakers need accounting and evaluation tools to be able to assess the potential of sustainable production practices and to provide appropriate agro-environmental policy measures. Farmers are in search of sustainable management tools to cope with regulations and enhance efficiency. This study proposes an indicator-based framework to evaluate sustainability of farming systems. Main features of the indicators’ framework are the relevance given to different spatial scales (farm, site and field, production and pedo-climatic factors, and a holistic view of the agro-ecosystem. The framework has been conceived to tackle different purposes ranging from detailed scientific analyses to farm-level management systems and cross-compliance. Agro-environmental indicators can be calculated, simulated with models or directly measured with different levels of detail proportionally to the aims of the evaluation exercise. The framework is organised in a number of environmental and production systems and sub-systems. For each system environmental critical points are identified with corresponding agro-environmental indicators and processing methods. A review of applications of the framework in Tuscany, Italy, since 1991 is presented. Applications range from prototyping farming systems, to integrated farm ecological-economic modelling, comparisons between organic, integrated and conventional farming systems, farm eco-management voluntary audit schemes and cross-compliance. Strengths and weaknesses of the framework are discussed against generic requirements of information systems and operational issues.

  7. An Indicator-Based Framework to Evaluate Sustainability of Farming Systems: Review of Applications in Tuscany

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    Cesare Pacini

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Agricultural researchers widely recognise the importance of sustainable agricultural production systems and the need to develop appropriate methods to measure sustainability at the farm level. Policymakers need accounting and evaluation tools to be able to assess the potential of sustainable production practices and to provide appropriate agro-environmental policy measures. Farmers are in search of sustainable management tools to cope with regulations and enhance efficiency. This study proposes an indicator-based framework to evaluate sustainability of farming systems. Main features of the indicators’ framework are the relevance given to different spatial scales (farm, site and field, production and pedo-climatic factors, and a holistic view of the agro-ecosystem. The framework has been conceived to tackle different purposes ranging from detailed scientific analyses to farm-level management systems and cross-compliance. Agro-environmental indicators can be calculated, simulated with models or directly measured with different levels of detail proportionally to the aims of the evaluation exercise. The framework is organised in a number of environmental and production systems and sub-systems. For each system environmental critical points are identified with corresponding agro-environmental indicators and processing methods. A review of applications of the framework in Tuscany, Italy, since 1991 is presented. Applications range from prototyping farming systems, to integrated farm ecological-economic modelling, comparisons between organic, integrated and conventional farming systems, farm eco-management voluntary audit schemes and cross-compliance. Strengths and weaknesses of the framework are discussed against generic requirements of information systems and operational issues.

  8. The Application of Batteries as a Backup of Large Wind Farms

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    The largest disadvantage of the wind energy is its dependence on the climate conditions. Although much improved, the wind forecast is still very complicated and inaccurate. Furthermore, due to sudden and abrupt changes of the wind speed, the power output from a wind farm can have large fluctuations. To maintain reliable electricity supply, in this paper the possible technical employment of batteries as electricity storage for large wind farms is presented. Due to possible cost reduction, the use of the batteries can be very attractive in cooperation with HVDC transmission. At the beginning the working principle of wind farm and battery storage is explained and possible load flows between wind farm, battery and power grid are detailed. A battery storage system for one 300 MW wind farm has been chosen. The model of the battery which takes into account its charging/discharging time constants and power losses will be introduced. From the technical point of view two main applications of the battery storage will be distinguished: power and energy backup. Power backup is connected with very fast power fluctuations in the range of seconds up to several minutes. In this case the power output fluctuations from the wind farm have to be smoothed and the power at the connection point has to be kept constant. Also, in case of windstorm, when in a short time the whole wind farm has to be shut down, the battery storage has to deliver large amount of energy in a short period. The energy application of the batteries is in the time frame from several hours up to several days. Several typical cases have been analysed concerning wind and battery condition. Furthermore, the use of the batteries as 'market balance' to regulate the power output and maximize the profit of the wind farm will be treated. These analyses can be very important for possible future deployment of batteries, especially regarding the volatility of the electricity prices.

  9. The Production Economics of Precision Farming and Its Possible Application for Grain Corn in Turkey

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    M. M. Ozguven

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, it was aimed that whether the application of precision farming in different field scala and farm input level is economical or not in grain corn production in Çukurova region by using partial budgetting method for examining the variable costs in the period of the years between 2002-2008. The revenue obtained from yield and the minimum saving from fertilizer, pesticide and seeds were compared with precision farming initial costs in order to cover the investment together with economical field sizes. It was ascertained that investment conditions of precision farming have changed and investment has become more attractive in some years during this period. Depending on the variation of the input costs and exchange rate of Euro, input prices have increased and technology prices have decreased, the investment of precision farming have become attractive. Moreover, depending on the variability on field, sensitive analysis was made in + % 5, + % 10, + % 20, + % 50 variable intervals. Using combine systems for 100 ha field size, it was concluded that the costs of precision farming can be covered by 4,01% of yield increase and 12,02% of overall cost decrease in grain corn production in Çukurova in 2008.

  10. Environmental tasks of anthropogenic actions and climatic changes in pozo del Molle, Cordoba Argentina

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    This work was made in Pozo del Molle town, Rio Segundo, Cordoba. Argentina. The human impact added to climate changes, mainly the increase of precipitations, affects negatively in the environmental problems. In the area, in the last years, the problems that lead to the degradation of the environment were accentuated. The disposition of the final waste disposal has been determined through the following studies: analysis of the geological conditions of the area, consideration of the climatic situation, and the elevation and contamination the phreatic. Also an analysis about the rate of the habitant/day solid residual generation, the distance between the site where is located the urban solid residues and the town, the predominant winds and the vulnerability of the phreatic, which represents the greatest problem of the area, was made. It has been established the alternatives to carry out an appropriate environmental administration. Key words: human impact, climatic changes, environmental problems, phreatic, Pozo del Molle (Argentina). (author)

  11. Application of SPCALC for chemical and thermodynamic speciation of fluids -example for wells LV-4A, LV-11 and LV-13, Las Tres Virgenes geothermal field, BCS; Aplicacion del SPCALC en la especiacion quimica y termodinamica de fluidos: ejemplo del caso de los pozos LV-4A, LV-11 y LV-13, del campo geotermico de Las Tres Virgenes, BCS

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    Viggiano Guerra, J.C.; Sandoval Medina, F.; Flores Armenta, M.C. [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)]. E-mail: fernando.sandoval@cfe.gob.mx, E-mail: magaly.flores@cfe.gob.mx; Perez, R.J. [Universidad de Calgary (Canada); Gonzalez Partida, E. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Geociencias, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2009-01-15

    SPCALC is an excellent software application providing chemical and multi-phase speciation for geothermal fluids. Recently it was acquired by the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) through a contract with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Calgary, Canada. Software methodology consists of calculating thermodynamic variables, such as activity (a) and fugacity (f) of chemical species, as well as the saturation indices (log Q/K) of mineral phases of the reservoir. In other words, it models the thermodynamic conditions of the reservoir (pH among other) and simulates the fluid-corrosion rate. This allows the software to foresee scaling and corrosion. In this paper, pervasive fluids in Cretaceous granitic rocks penetrated by wells LV-4A, LV-11 and LV-13 in Las Tres Virgenes geothermal field, BCS, are modeled, starting with chemical analyses. The more important ratios among activities [those which influence the fluid-rock interaction (i.e. {sup a}K{sup +}/{sup a}H{sup +}, {sup a}Ca{sup ++}/{sup a}H{sup +}, {sup a}Na{sup +}/{sup a}H{sup +}, {sup a}Mg{sup ++}/{sup a}H{sup +}) and whose results are the minerals visible under a microscope] are graphed in balance diagrams compatible with the pressure (P) and temperature (T) conditions in the reservoir. Epidote (zoisite) is the mineral found in congruent equilibrium with the system. The main mineral association at those conditions (200-250 degrees Celsius and {approx}18 bar), as observed in the well cuttings, is calcite+illite-quartz{+-}epidote, which is explained by the hydrolithic reactions that form replacement calcite in the presence of CO{sub 2}, thus restricting the formation of epidote and eventually eliminating it. The process enhances the CO{sub 2} molarity in the residual fluid, even up to {sup m}CO{sub 2} 1, which means the CO{sub 2} can be diluted back into fluid and intervene again in the process of calcite formation (2HCO{sub 3}{sup -} + Ca{sup ++} = calcite + H{sub 2}O

  12. Application of Multi Temporal Remote Sensing for Precision Farming

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    L. Khodakarami

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Precision farming aims to optimize field-level management by providing information on production rate, crop needs, nutrients, pest/disease control, environmental contamination, timing of field practices, soil organic matter and irrigation. Remote sensing and GIS have made huge impacts on agricultural industry by monitoring and managing agricultural lands. Using vegetation indices have been widely used for quantifying net annual production on different scales. The aim of this study was to find a rapid method with acceptable precision for the identification and classification of agricultural lands under cultivation (wheat and barley, alfalfa and potatoes. We used multi-temporal AWiFS data and applied Boolean logic and unsupervised classification. Results indicated that Boolean logic approach had a higher accuracy and precision in comparison to unsupervised classification, although it is more complicated and time consuming.

  13. Farm application of radioimmunoassay technology in dairy cattle management

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    Monitoring of progesterone concentrations in milk or blood plasma of farm animals, using radioimmunoassay technology is presented in this report. This was instituted among 103 dairy cows managed by dairy cooperatives under smallholder level in Sta. Cruz-Pagsanjan, Laguna and Sariaya, Quezon (n=103), and under communal level Pontevedra, Capiz (n=48). The authors observed that the measurement of progesterone in milk/plasma was proven useful as a diagnotic aid in dairy cattle production studies such as: (a) early pregnancy diagnosis; (b) identification of fertile and abnormally cycling/subestrus or anestrous cows, and (c) appropriate timing for breeding services especially at post-partum stage. This information is relevant where appropriate management intervention measures are indicated to improve dairy cattle production in the country. (author)

  14. PRESENCIA DE ARSÉNICO EN POZOS Y EN CULTIVOS EN OAXACA, MÉXICO

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    Pablo Ubaldo Caballero-Guti\\u00E9rrez

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo fue determinar la presencia de arsénico en agua de pozos y en cultivos. Se muestrearon pozos noria y semip rofundos, y diferentes cultivos (tomate, lechuga, frijol y maíz, pertenecie ntes al paraje "Flor de Guayabal", en Tlacolula, Oaxaca, México, durante un periodo de 10 meses (julio 2006 a abril 2007.Hubo dos fases: la primera fue el diagnóstico que se obtuvo de la determinación mensual del arsénico en los pozos, y en la segunda, el establecimie nto de cultivos y el muestreo de plantas para los análisis químicos. En los resultados del análisis de agua (julio-abril, hubo arsénico (¿=0,1 mg/l en niveles que superan lo establecido en la norma oficial mexicana (0,025 mg/l. En la segunda fase, en los órganos comestibles de jitomate, lechuga, zanahoria, maíz y frijol cultivados en el paraje, no se encontró evidencias sobre la presencia de este metal.

  15. Improved Relay Node Placement Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks Application in Wind Farm

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    Chen, Qinyin; Hu, Y.; Chen, Zhe;

    2013-01-01

    An emergent application of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technology is in the area of Wind Farm Monitoring (WFM), in which relays are used to connect sensors. Key problems to solve in WFM include how to balance loads across relay nodes and how to place relay nodes for redundancy and fault...

  16. INTERNET USE AND FACTORS AFFECTING ADOPTION OF INTERNET APPLICATIONS BY SUGARCANE FARM BUSINESSES IN THE KWAZULU-NATAL MIDLANDS

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    Ferrer, Stuart R.D.; Schroeder, D.H.; Ortmann, Gerald F.

    2003-01-01

    Regression analysis is used to delineate significant determinants associated with the use of Internet applications by commercial sugarcane farm businesses in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Eighty-six percent of farm businesses surveyed had Internet connections and 83 percent used Internet applications (including e-mail, on-line banking and gathering information from the World Wide Web) for business purposes. Results indicate that significant determinants of the range of Internet applications by ...

  17. Fast All-Sky Radiation Model for Solar Applications (FARMS): A Brief Overview of Mechanisms, Performance, and Applications: Preprint

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    Xie, Yu; Sengupta, Manajit

    2016-06-01

    Solar radiation can be computed using radiative transfer models, such as the Rapid Radiation Transfer Model (RRTM) and its general circulation model applications, and used for various energy applications. Due to the complexity of computing radiation fields in aerosol and cloudy atmospheres, simulating solar radiation can be extremely time-consuming, but many approximations--e.g., the two-stream approach and the delta-M truncation scheme--can be utilized. To provide a new fast option for computing solar radiation, we developed the Fast All-sky Radiation Model for Solar applications (FARMS) by parameterizing the simulated diffuse horizontal irradiance and direct normal irradiance for cloudy conditions from the RRTM runs using a 16-stream discrete ordinates radiative transfer method. The solar irradiance at the surface was simulated by combining the cloud irradiance parameterizations with a fast clear-sky model, REST2. To understand the accuracy and efficiency of the newly developed fast model, we analyzed FARMS runs using cloud optical and microphysical properties retrieved using GOES data from 2009-2012. The global horizontal irradiance for cloudy conditions was simulated using FARMS and RRTM for global circulation modeling with a two-stream approximation and compared to measurements taken from the U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility Southern Great Plains site. Our results indicate that the accuracy of FARMS is comparable to or better than the two-stream approach; however, FARMS is approximately 400 times more efficient because it does not explicitly solve the radiative transfer equation for each individual cloud condition. Radiative transfer model runs are computationally expensive, but this model is promising for broad applications in solar resource assessment and forecasting. It is currently being used in the National Solar Radiation Database, which is publicly available from the National Renewable Energy

  18. Mineralog??a de alteraci??n en el pozo Pte-1, campo geotermal Tinguiririca, Chile

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    Droguett, B??rbara; Morata, Diego; Clavero, Jorge; Pineda, Germ??n; Morales-Ruano, Salvador; Carrillo-Ros??a, Javier

    2012-01-01

    Este trabajo presenta los avances en el estudio mediante petrograf??a ??ptica, DRX y SEM de la mineralog??a de alteraci??n presente en el pozo PTe-1, ubicado en el campo geot??rmico Tinguiririca (Chile central). Los 813,85m de rocas perforadas pertenecen al Complejo Volc??nico Tinguiririca (Pleistoceno-Holoceno) formado por lavas, tobas y brechas volc??nicas de composici??n andes??tica. Sobre la base de las asociaciones minerales se ha determinado dos zonas de alteraci??n principales. La de m...

  19. The accuracy of farm machinery for precision agriculture: a case for fertilizer application.

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    Goense, D.

    1997-01-01

    Work quality, capacity and reliability are important criteria for design and evaluation of farm equipment. With the introduction of precision agriculture, the ability to adapt to spatially variable soil and crop conditions, becomes an additional aspect. A calculation method was developed to find the precision of site specific fertilizer application. The variance between the required rate, RR, and the applied rate, AR, was used as a measure for precision. The theory of geo-statistics was used ...

  20. Evaluating Multispectral Images and Vegetation Indices for Precision Farming Applications from UAV Images

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    Sebastian Candiago; Fabio Remondino; Michaela De Giglio; Marco Dubbini; Mario Gattelli

    2015-01-01

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)-based remote sensing offers great possibilities to acquire in a fast and easy way field data for precision agriculture applications. This field of study is rapidly increasing due to the benefits and advantages for farm resources management, particularly for studying crop health. This paper reports some experiences related to the analysis of cultivations (vineyards and tomatoes) with Tetracam multispectral data. The Tetracam camera was mounted on a multi-rotor he...

  1. A COMPARISON OF NUTRIENT APPLICATION TRENDS ON LIVESTOCK FARMS IN CORN AND COTTON GROWING REGIONS

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    Nehring, Richard F.; Christensen, Lee A.; O'Donoghue, Erik J.; Sandretto, Carmen L.

    2004-01-01

    Recent trends in livestock concentration suggest that there may be an increasing risk of water pollution from manure applications. These trends in livestock operations may be offsetting improvements in commercial fertilizer management that have the potential to reduce the risk of water pollution. This conclusion was derived by tracking excess nutrient trends between 1996 and 2002 and by examining measures of economic performance for livestock farms. First, a link was established between the e...

  2. Geochemical and isotopic behavior of fluids from wells in Los Humeros geothermal field, Puebla, Mexico; Comportamiento geoquimico e isotopico del fluido de los pozos del campo geotermico Los Humeros, Puebla, Mexico

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    Tovar Aguado, Rigoberto; Lopez Romero, Oscar [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Los Humeros, Puebla (Mexico)

    1999-12-01

    In general the wells in Los Humeros geothermal fields produce sodium bicarbonate water with a low salinity because the fluids are produced from the shallow part of the reservoir. The fluids in wells H-33 and H-6 are sodium chloride: the first influenced by fluids from deep levels in the reservoir and the second by fluids coming only from the deeps part of the reservoir. Fluid mixture for other wells depends on operating conditions. To date, it has been difficult with the geothermetric temperatures to establish the underground flow directions and whether or not an infiltration of shallow low-temperature fluids occurs. Well H-16 has the lowest-temperature fluid in the liquid phase, which suggests infiltration of shallow local fluids-a result corroborated by an isotopic study. Using the methodology of Giggenbach and Goguel, we found that the gases are in equilibrium with the liquid phase at temperatures between 275 and 325 Celsius degrees. The maximum temperature is measured in wells H-12 and H-9, where good agreement exists between this temperature and those calculated with a geothermometer of CO{sub 2}/H{sub 2} . Isotopic results show, in general, that the wells with the highest levels of oxygen-18 are those with the highest geothermetric temperatures (CO{sub 2}/H{sub 2})- both in the north (H-35 and H-9) and in the south (H-6 and H-12)-results that agree with the temperatures measured in the field. The initial thermodynamic conditions of the wells show that they produce fluids from the liquid region. This fact, together with the low salinity, permit the application of the D' Amore methodology, with which the estimations of vapor fractions in the reservoir are relatively low. [Spanish] En general, los pozos del campo geotermico de Los Humeros producen agua del tipo bicarbonato sodico con baja salinidad. Esto se debe a que extraen fluidos de la parte somera del yacimiento. Los pozos H-33 y H-6 son clorurados sodicos; el primero por cierta influencia de la zona

  3. AN ANALYSIS OF ON-FARM COSTS OF TIMING N APPLICATIONS TO REDUCE N LOSSES

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    Huang, Wen-Yuan; Hewitt, Tracy I.; Shank, David

    1998-01-01

    Timing nitrogen applications to the biological needs of a crop is an effective way to reduce nitrogen losses to the environment. However, this strategy may carry a production risk and conflict with farmersÂ’' economic objectives. A field-level production decision model was used to estimate on-farm costs associated with timing nitrogen applications for crop needs in Indiana. For risk-neutral farmer, the estimated cost is less than $1 per acre with a reduction of 11 pounds of residual nitrogen....

  4. Processes of heat transference during the construction of oil wells: inverse problem; Procesos de transferencia de calor durante la construccion de pozos petroleros: problema inverso

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    Olea Gonzalez, Ulises

    2007-08-15

    In the oil industry and during the drilling and completion of oil wells, it is indispensable to count on reliable temperature estimations of the formation; its relevance and application are found in many areas of the geophysics, of the reservoir engineering and oil engineering. Unfortunately, the temperatures registered during the runs normally are lower than the real temperature of the formation, this is due to the fact that the times of interruption and flow circulation and circulation in the well are too short so that they do not allow the mud at the well bottom reaches the heat balance, which usually requires several days or weeks, economically non feasible situation to determine temperature profiles, since the times and costs of services of drilling would exceed the programmed technical economic limits. In order to confront this critical process a numerical code was developed, which consists of an analytical and numerical solution of the equations of heat transfer which they govern a system well-formation, which are used to model the thermal stabilization of an oil well after the drilling fluid flow has been stopped, supposing that the formation consists of an homogenous porous medium. The mathematical context is to find the initial conditions of the ensemble of partial differential equations that govern the phenomena of heat transference in the well and the formation. These equations form a bi-dimensional model in transient state. The mathematical model is established for four regions in the system well-formation and the border conditions and the initial conditions tie the partial differential equations for the well as for the formation. With the previous thing a generated methodology is obtained to determine the field of formation temperatures. Later, a particular analysis based on the thermo physical properties of the well geometry, the border conditions and the initial condition is proposed, parameter that is indeed the incognito of the problem. Ahead of

  5. Análisis autosimilar de pozos cuánticos cuasirregulares delta dopados tipo n en GaAs

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    Heraclio García-Cervantes

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Se estudia la esctructura electrónica de pozos cuánticos delta dopados tipo n en GaAs, en el cual el sistema de multiples pozos es construido de acuerdo a la secuencia de Fibonacci. Los bloques A y B corresponden a pozos delta dopados con una densidad de impurezas n2DA y n2DB, y el mismo ancho de los pozos. La aproximación de Thomas-Fermi, el modesemi-empírico de enlace fuerte (tight-binding sp3s* incluyendo el espín, el modelo de empalme de la función de Green y la matriz de transferencia fueron implementados para obtener el potencial de confinamiento, la estructura electrónica y la autosimilaridad del espectro. La fragmentación del espectro electrónico se presenta cada vez que los bloques A y B interaccionan, y aumenta a medida que la diferencia de impurezas entre A y B aumenta. La función de onda del primer estado de las bandas fragmentadas presenta características críticas, esto es, no es un estado localizado ni extendido, presenta características de autosimilaridad. Por lo tanto, las características cuasiregulares se conservan independientemente de la complejidad del sistema y pueden afectar el funcionamiento de los dispositivos basados a estas estructuras.

  6. The effects of land application of farm dairy effluent on groundwater quality : West Coast 2001

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    Land application of agricultural effluent is becoming a standard farming practice. The application of farm dairy effluent to land, as opposed to direct discharge to waterways, is the preferred method for disposal in New Zealand as regulatory authorities move to protect and enhance water quality and meet Maori spiritual and cultural values. Land application recognises the nutrient value of dairy effluent; however, it is not without risks. Careful management of land application of the effluent is required because of the potential nutrient and bacterial contamination of groundwater. In 2001, 19 groundwater bores were sampled on four occasions to assess the effects of farm dairy effluent on groundwater quality. Elevated (> 1.6 g m-3 nitrate-nitrogen concentrations were found in 14 of these bores (43 of 74 samples). The available long-term data shows statistically significant increasing trends in nitrate-nitrogen and chloride over the period 1998 to 2007. The nitrate-nitrogen and chloride results suggest effluent is the source of the elevated nitrate-nitrogen; however, the nitrogen isotope analysis indicates that the source of the nitrate-nitrogen may be from fertiliser or soil organic matter (average δ15N value of 3.5 permille). Spatially isolated occurrences of bacterial contamination were also recorded: in 7 bores and 12% of all samples analysed. Groundwater dating, using chlorofluorocarbons, suggested that the groundwater in the region was young (8 to 12 years). Overall, the spatial and temporal data suggests human influences are affecting groundwater quality on the West Coast. (author). 27 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs

  7. Caracterización ecológica de la salina artificial Pozos colorados, Caribe colombiano

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    Mancera-P., J.E.

    1990-01-01

    Un estudio ecológico de la salina marina Pozos Colorados se llevó a cabo entre enero y agosto de 1987. Si bien las dos estaciones de muestreo presentaron amplias diferencias entre si; en general la dinámica del ecosistema dependió aparentemente de la salinidad, la cual varió entre 75 y 341 °/oo; su incremento y la disminución del nivel de agua, al parecer generaron aumento de la temperatura y disminución del oxígeno disuelto, con rangos de 26,3 y 41 °C para la primera y O y 5,4 mg/l para e...

  8. Evaluating Multispectral Images and Vegetation Indices for Precision Farming Applications from UAV Images

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    Sebastian Candiago

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV-based remote sensing offers great possibilities to acquire in a fast and easy way field data for precision agriculture applications. This field of study is rapidly increasing due to the benefits and advantages for farm resources management, particularly for studying crop health. This paper reports some experiences related to the analysis of cultivations (vineyards and tomatoes with Tetracam multispectral data. The Tetracam camera was mounted on a multi-rotor hexacopter. The multispectral data were processed with a photogrammetric pipeline to create triband orthoimages of the surveyed sites. Those orthoimages were employed to extract some Vegetation Indices (VI such as the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI, the Green Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (GNDVI, and the Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index (SAVI, examining the vegetation vigor for each crop. The paper demonstrates the great potential of high-resolution UAV data and photogrammetric techniques applied in the agriculture framework to collect multispectral images and evaluate different VI, suggesting that these instruments represent a fast, reliable, and cost-effective resource in crop assessment for precision farming applications.

  9. metodología para la evaluación de integridad en pozos con calentamiento eléctrico

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    JULIO PÉREZ

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available La integridad de los equipos en la Industria Petrolera, es de gran importancia por razones de seguridad, cumplimiento con regulaciones ambientales, reducción de costos de mantenimiento y prevención de paros inesperados de producción. El objetivo de este artículo es establecer una metodología para evaluar la integridad de pozos que utilicen el Calentamiento Eléctrico como método de recobro mejorado, de tal manera que se pueda definir si los pozos en estudio se encuentran en condiciones mecánico - metalúrgica adecuadas para implementar dicho método. La metodología propuesta se divide en tres etapas como son: planeación, criterios de evaluación y análisis de resultados. La planeación está dirigida hacia la elaboración de un plan de trabajo que será realizado en el sistema con el propósito de recolectar información histórica de inspección, mantenimiento y cálculos de velocidad de corrosión; para evaluar las condiciones actuales se utiliza una matriz de evaluación que determina la aplicabilidad del método de calentamiento eléctrico en los pozos en función de los parámetros que definen el ambiente del sistema y del material del revestimiento; luego de analizar los resultados el ingeniero de corrosión da su juicio determinando si el pozo es apto para la aplicación del método de recobro. Finalmente el artículo muestra dos ejemplos de aplicación de la metodología a pozos del campo La Hocha de la empresa (HOCOL S.A. que se encuentran ubicados en Huila – Colombia. El mayor aporte de este artículo a la industria petrolera, es el desarrollo de una metodología que permita evaluar en forma conjunta diferentes parámetros estructurales y de operación para dar un diagnóstico del pozo antes de diseñar e implementar el calentamiento eléctrico como método de recobro, evitando de esta forma pérdidas económicas.

  10. Application of geographical information system for farm mechanization education and training

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    R.M. Hudzari

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Precision farming is managing each crop production input such as fertilizer, water, lime, herbicide, insecticide and seed on a site-specific basis to reduce waste, increase profit and maintain the quality of the environment. Without some remarkable enabling assisting technologies, the individual treatment of each plant is impossible and the concept of precision farming would not be feasible. Based on the trip, we can gain more information about the new technology that applies nowadays in agriculture. By using remote sensing that transmitted data from GPS, we can used to determination of generic object type, character and property as well as it’s abstract meaning. Besides, the application of remote sensing has been used in soil electrical conductivity sensor which used for show the variability of soil properties in detail and rapidly using simple equipment with less cost and labor force. Action maps will then be produced for farmers to apply fertilizers at different rates according to the delineated zones.

  11. Municipal sewage sludge application on Ohio farms: tissue metal residues and infections

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    Reddy, C.S.; Dorn, C.R.; Lamphere, D.N.; Powers, J.D.

    1985-12-01

    Transmission of infectious agents and translocation of Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn from anaerobically digested sludge to the tissues of farm animals grazing on pastures to which sludge was applied (2-10 metric tons per hectare) were studied on eight farms. No significant health risk associated with the possible presence in sludge of Salmonella spp., or of common animal parasites including Nematodirus spp., Strongylus spp., Strongyloides spp., Trichuris spp., Eimeria spp., Ascaris spp., and Ancylostomum spp. was noted. Caudal fold as well as cervical tuberculin testing indicated no conversions from negative to positive following exposure of cattle to sludge. Significantly higher fecal Cd concentrations were detected in samples collected from cattle soon after being placed on sludge-treated pastures compared to preexposure values in the same animals. Significant Cd and Pb accumulations were found in the kidneys of calves grazing sludge-treated pastures compared to control calves. Although older cows grazing sludge-treated pastures had significantly higher blood Pb levels, no metal accumulation was observed in other tissues. Statistically significant accumulations of Cd and Pb in the kidney of calves grazing these pastures for a relatively short period suggest that caution should be exercised to avoid prolonged grazing of cattle on pastures receiving heavy sludge applications, especially with sludges containing high concentrations of heavy metals.

  12. Influencia de la permeabilidad vertical en el flujo de petróleo hacia un pozo productor

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    Bidner, M. S.; Savioli, Gabriela B.; Jacovkis, Pablo M.; Lake, Larry W.

    1997-01-01

    Se describe el flujo bidimensional de petróleo a través de un reservorio heterogéneo mediante una ecuación parabólica en derivadas parciales, que es una extensión de la denominada ecuación de difusividad. Este modelo tiene interés práctico en ingeniería de reservorios: se utiliza para predecir la producción de un pozo de petróleo y también en la interpretación de ensayos de presión en pozos. La solución numérica de dicha ecuación se obtiene mediante una familia de esquemas de diferencias f...

  13. Flow visualization using momentum and energy transport tubes and applications to turbulent flow in wind farms

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    Meyers, Johan

    2012-01-01

    As a generalization of the mass-flux based classical stream-tube, the concept of momentum and energy transport tubes is discussed as a flow visualization tool. These transport tubes have the property, respectively, that no fluxes of momentum or energy exist over their respective tube mantles. As an example application using data from large-eddy simulation, such tubes are visualized for the mean-flow structure of turbulent flow in large wind farms, in fully developed wind-turbine-array boundary layers. The three-dimensional organization of energy transport tubes changes considerably when turbine spacings are varied, enabling the visualization of the path taken by the kinetic energy flux that is ultimately available at any given turbine within the array.

  14. Sustainable Energy alternatives for the rural community "Pozo Blanco", in Jatibonico, Sancti Spíritus.

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    Elizabeth Iparraguirre Carbonell

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Is analyzed the decisions taking for the execution of rural energización projects, it showed the ideas developed in the project "Renewable Energy for Ways of Sustainable Life" (RESURL, and the design tools based on the simplified method. Its objective was to identify alternatives to implement the cover of energy inadequacies in the community "Pozo Blanco" of the municipality of Jatibonico, by means of an integral study of selection based in the techniques of multipurpose analysis and the electric systems design, sustained in technologies with the renewable energy use, that provide a sustainable development; that generated concrete proposal. Also was executed a characterization over socioeconomic and energy diagnostic of the community, by means of the software SURE and the calculation based on the simplified method to obtain the matrix. The energy potentials were determined in terms of the indispensable demands, for the infrastructure development of the community. The originated proposal offers solution for electrification of houses in the referred community.

  15. Sedimentary petrology of oil well rock cores; Petrologia sedimentaria de nucleos de rocas de pozos petroleros

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    Izquierdo M, Georgina; Paredes S, Adriana [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2001-07-01

    At the request of PEMEX Exploration and Production (PEP), in the area of Geology of the Gerencia de Geotermia, the necessary methodology has been integrated to carry out the geologic characterization of cores obtained during the oil well drilling. The integrated studies have been of utility for PEMEX, because they provide detailed information on the processes, conditions of deposition and diagenesis that occur in sedimentary rocks. On the other hand, this geologic information contributes to the update of the geologic model of the field in study. [Spanish] A solicitud de PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion (PEP), en el area de Geologia de la Gerencia de Geotermia, se ha integrado la metodologia necesaria para llevar a cabo la caracterizacion geologica de nucleos obtenidos durante la perforacion de pozos petroleros. Los estudios integrados han sido de utilidad para PEMEX, pues proporcionan informacion detallada sobre los procesos, condiciones de depositacion y diagenesis que ocurren en rocas sedimentarias. Por otro lado, esta informacion geologica contribuye a la actualizacion del modelo geologico del campo en estudio.

  16. Economic aspects of the application of plant protection and biopreparations in selected organic farms

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    Justyna Janowska-Biernat

    2009-01-01

    This article presents the cost of plant protection products and their direct participation in the gross margin in horticultural crops and vegetables production of the selected group of organic farms. A small number of eligible plant protection products authorised for use in organic farming and their high prices mean that the owners of small, organic farms draw up their own biopreparations against plant diseases and pests. Estimating the average cost of production of these preparations require...

  17. Understanding farmers’ uptake of organic farming: An application of the theory of planned behaviour

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    Lapple, Doris; Kelley, Hugh

    2010-01-01

    Whilst the adoption of agricultural techniques has received considerable attention in the literature, the ability and willingness of potential adopters to change their current farming system is often overlooked. This paper is concerned with the intention of conventional farmers to convert to organic farming by using the social-psychology theory of planned behaviour. Drivers and barriers of conversion to organic farming are identified by applying a belief based concept, which is confirmed usin...

  18. Analysis of inflow in geothermal wells to determine their maximum flow; Analisis del influjo en pozos geotermicos para la determinacion de sus flujos maximos

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    Aragon-Aguilar, Alfonso; Izquierdo-Montalvo, Georgina; Pal-Verma, Mahendra; Santoyo-Gutierrez, Socrates [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (Mexico); Moya-Acosta, Sara L [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico (Mexico)

    2009-01-15

    Inflow performance relationships developed for petroleum and geothermal reservoirs are presented. Four of them were selected to be used in this work. Such relationships were developed considering features of a typical geothermal system. The performance of the selected relationships was assessed using data from production tests in several wells of different fields. A methodology is presented to determine the value of the maximum flow (W{sub max}) from the inflow relationships; its application is demonstrated using the data of the 10 production tests. It was found that the calculated value of W{sub max} under stabilization conditions may be related to the reservoir response. In general, there is a good agreement between the calculated values of W{sub max} from the different methods. The differences in the W{sub max} values vary within 10%. It was found that the stability in the calculated values of W{sub max} as a response of the reservoir is a function of the flow magnitude. So, the wells with flow greater than 200 t/h reach the stability of W{sub max} at openings 50% less of their total capacity. [Spanish] Se presentan las relaciones del comportamiento de influjo desarrolladas para yacimientos petroleros y geotermicos. Se seleccionaron cuatro de ellas para usar en este trabajo. Tales relaciones fueron desarrolladas considerando condiciones de un sistema geotermico tipico. Se analizo el comportamiento de las relaciones escogidas utilizando datos de pruebas de produccion de varios pozos de diferentes campos. Se presenta una metodologia para determinar el valor del flujo maximo (W{sub max}) a partir de las relaciones de influjo; se demuestra su aplicabilidad usando los datos de diez pruebas de produccion. Se encontro que el valor de W{sub max} calculado bajo condiciones de estabilizacion se puede relacionar con la respuesta del yacimiento. En general se encuentra buena concordancia entre los valores calculados de W{sub max} usando los diferentes metodos. Las

  19. A dynamic product flow model for a mixed ecological farm - an ICT application for ecological agriculture

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    Wolfert, J.; Oomen, G.J.M.; Scholten, H.; Beulens, A.J.M.; Goewie, E.A.

    1998-01-01

    Specialised farming systems, which focus on producing one or few products, are characterised by high productivity but also by high amounts of detrimental emissions and low quality residual products that makes them unsustainable. Mixed ecological farming systems, which focus on several products, are

  20. Thermal fracturing of the well H-40, Los Humeros, Pue., geothermal field; Fracturamiento termico del pozo H-40 del campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Pue.

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    Flores Armenta, Magaly; Tovar Aguado, Rigoberto [Comision Federal de Electricidad (Mexico)]. E-mail: magaly.flores@cfe.gob.mx

    2007-01-15

    Well H-40 was drilled for production in 1997, but the well was not able to sustain flow. After it was monitored to assess its injection capacity, the well was changed to an injection well, but the well did not accept more than 5 tons of fluid per hour (t/h). The well was stimulated by thermal fracturing in three tests made in October 2005. As a result, the well can accept up to 110t/h and can be used as an injection well. [Spanish] El pozo H-40 se perforo con objetivos de produccion en 1997. Sin embargo, el pozo resulto incapaz de mantenerse fluyendo. Despues de un periodo de monitoreo se evaluo su capacidad de aceptacion para tratar de utilizarlo como pozo inyector, observandose que no aceptaba mas de 5 toneladas por hora (t/h) de fluido. Por lo tanto, se decidio estimularlo mediante fracturamiento termico con tres pruebas que se realizaron en octubre de 2005, lograndose que el pozo llegara a aceptar hasta 110 t/h, lo que permitira que el pozo pueda ser usado como inyector.

  1. APPLICATION OF GIS FOR ASSESSING PRAWN FARM DEVELOPMENT IN TULLY-CARDWELL, NORTH QUEENSLAND

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    Zainul Hidayah

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, Geographical Information Systems (GIS has been employed for various studies in aquaculture where geographical factors, natural resources and human activities are involved This study is intended to become a preliminary investigation for the development of prawn farm in Tully-Cardwell region of North Queensland. The aim of this research is to ident suitable sites for development of prawn farming using GIS multi-based criteria based on the basic requirements for prawn farming. Further analysis explains that 36,006.67 Ha of area which consists of 52 polygons are identified as suitable for the development of prawn farm in the region.Keywords: GIS, prawn farm, Queensland

  2. Uav Multispectral Survey to Map Soil and Crop for Precision Farming Applications

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    Sonaa, Giovanna; Passoni, Daniele; Pinto, Livio; Pagliari, Diana; Masseroni, Daniele; Ortuani, Bianca; Facchi, Arianna

    2016-06-01

    New sensors mounted on UAV and optimal procedures for survey, data acquisition and analysis are continuously developed and tested for applications in precision farming. Procedures to integrate multispectral aerial data about soil and crop and ground-based proximal geophysical data are a recent research topic aimed to delineate homogeneous zones for the management of agricultural inputs (i.e., water, nutrients). Multispectral and multitemporal orthomosaics were produced over a test field (a 100 m x 200 m plot within a maize field), to map vegetation and soil indices, as well as crop heights, with suitable ground resolution. UAV flights were performed in two moments during the crop season, before sowing on bare soil, and just before flowering when maize was nearly at the maximum height. Two cameras, for color (RGB) and false color (NIR-RG) images, were used. The images were processed in Agisoft Photoscan to produce Digital Surface Model (DSM) of bare soil and crop, and multispectral orthophotos. To overcome some difficulties in the automatic searching of matching points for the block adjustment of the crop image, also the scientific software developed by Politecnico of Milan was used to enhance images orientation. Surveys and image processing are described, as well as results about classification of multispectral-multitemporal orthophotos and soil indices.

  3. Economic aspects of the application of plant protection and biopreparations in selected organic farms

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    Justyna Janowska-Biernat

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This article presents the cost of plant protection products and their direct participation in the gross margin in horticultural crops and vegetables production of the selected group of organic farms. A small number of eligible plant protection products authorised for use in organic farming and their high prices mean that the owners of small, organic farms draw up their own biopreparations against plant diseases and pests. Estimating the average cost of production of these preparations requires research to develop recipes for their preparation and regulations for their use.

  4. Comparative applications of azadirachtin- and Brevibacillus laterosporus-based formulations for house fly management experiments in dairy farms.

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    Ruiu, L; Satta, A; Floris, I

    2011-03-01

    The potential of two bioinsecticidal formulations containing Brevibacillus laterosporus spores and azadirachtin, respectively, was assayed in laboratory and in comparative field treatments for the management of immature house flies on dairy farms. As already known for B. laterosporus, preliminary laboratory experiments with azadirachtin evidenced a concentration-dependent effect. Azadirachtin median lethal concentration (LC50) value determined for second instar larvae was 24.5 microg/g diet. Applications in dairy farms were performed at dosages and concentrations predetermined in laboratory experiments, to employ the two formulations at an equal insecticidal potential. Repeated applications on the cow pen caused a significant fly development depression in areas treated with azadirachtin (63%) and B. laterosporus (46%), compared with the control. Formulations were applied at a dosage of 3 liters/m2, and concentrations of 2 x 10(8) B. laterosporus spores/ml and 25 microg azadirachtin/ml, respectively. PMID:21485372

  5. Fast All-Sky Radiation Model for Solar applications (FARMS): Algorithm and Performance Evaluation

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    Xie, Yu; Sengupta, Manajit; Dudhia, Jimy

    2016-10-01

    Radiative transfer (RT) models simulating broadband solar radiation have been widely used by atmospheric scientists to model solar resources for various energy applications such as operational forecasting. Due to the complexity of solving the RT equation, the computation under cloudy conditions can be extremely time-consuming, though many approximations (e.g., two-stream approach and delta-M truncation scheme) have been utilized. Thus, a more efficient RT model is crucial for model developers as a new option for approximating solar radiation at the land surface with minimal loss of accuracy. In this study, we developed a fast all-sky radiation model for solar applications (FARMS) using the simplified clear-sky RT model, REST2, and simulated cloud transmittances and reflectances from the Rapid Radiation Transfer Model (RRTM) with a 16-stream Discrete Ordinates Radiative Transfer (DISORT). Simulated lookup tables (LUTs) of cloud transmittances and reflectances are created by varying cloud optical thicknesses, cloud particle sizes, and solar zenith angles. Equations with optimized parameters are fitted to the cloud transmittances and reflectances to develop the model. The all-sky solar irradiance at the land surface can then be computed rapidly by combining REST2 with the cloud transmittances and reflectances. This new RT model is more than 1,000 times faster than those currently utilized in solar resource assessment and forecasting because it does not explicitly solve the RT equation for each individual cloud condition. Our results indicate that the accuracy of the fast radiative transfer model is comparable to or better than two-stream approximation in term of computing cloud transmittance and solar radiation.

  6. Adding Complex Terrain and Stable Atmospheric Condition Capability to the Simulator for On/Offshore Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) (Presentation)

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    Churchfield, M. J.

    2013-06-01

    This presentation describes changes made to NREL's OpenFOAM-based wind plant aerodynamics solver so that it can compute the stably stratified atmospheric boundary layer and flow over terrain. Background about the flow solver, the Simulator for Off/Onshore Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) is given, followed by details of the stable stratification/complex terrain modifications to SOWFA, along with some preliminary results calculations of a stable atmospheric boundary layer and flow over a simple set of hills.

  7. Application of fertilizer nitrogen to farm land in the United States Pacific Northwest for 2002

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This spatial data set was created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to represent the amount of fertilizer nitrogen that was applied to farm land in the Pacific...

  8. APPLICATION OF GIS FOR ASSESSING PRAWN FARM DEVELOPMENT IN TULLY-CARDWELL, NORTH QUEENSLAND

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    Zainul Hidayah

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, Geographical Information Systems (GIS has been employed for various studies in aquaculture where geographical factors, natural resources and human activities are involved. With an adequate database GIS, can serve as powerful tools in aquaculture. GIS have capabilities of organizing, analyzing, and displaying large, spatially explicit datasets due to spatial nature of the factors involved in aquaculture development particularly for site suitability studies. This study is intended to become a preliminary investigation for the development of prawn farm in Tully-Cardwell region of North Queensland. The aim of this research is to identify suitable sites for development of prawn farming using GIS multi-based criteria based on the basic requirements for prawn farming, for instance: suitable elevation and slope, proximity to water and distance from urban areas. Key words: Geographical Information Systems (GIS, Tully Cardwell, North Queensland, Prawn farm 

  9. A Bayesian network approach to knowledge integration and representation of farm irrigation: 3. Spatial application

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    Robertson, D. E.; Wang, Q. J.; McAllister, A. T.; Abuzar, M.; Malano, H. M.; Etchells, T.

    2009-02-01

    Catchment managers are interested in understanding impacts of the management options they promote at both farm and regional scales. In this third paper of this series, we use Inteca-Farm, a Bayesian network model of farm irrigation in the Shepparton Irrigation Region of northern Victoria, Australia, to assess the current condition of management outcome measures and the impact of historical and future management intervention. To help overcome difficulties in comprehending modeling results that are expressed as probability distributions, to capture uncertainties, we introduce methods to spatially display and compare the output from Bayesian network models and to use these methods to compare model predictions for three management scenarios. Model predictions suggest that management intervention has made a substantial improvement to the condition of management outcome measures and that further improvements are possible. The results highlight that the management impacts are spatially variable, which demonstrates that farm modeling can provide valuable evidence in substantiating the impact of catchment management intervention.

  10. Wind Power in Mexico: Simulation of a Wind Farm and Application of Probabilistic Safety Analysis

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    C. Martín del Campo–Márquez; P.F. Nelson–Edelstein; M.Á. García–Vázquez

    2009-01-01

    The most important aspects of wind energy in Mexico, including the potential for generating electricity and the major projects planned are presented here. Inparticular, the generation costs are compared to those of other energy sources. The results from the simulation of a 100 MWwind farm in the Tehuantepec Isthmus are also presented. In addition, the environmental impacts related to the wind farm in the mentioned zone are analyzed. Finally, some benefits of using Probabilistic Safety Analysi...

  11. Desarrollo e implementación de una metodología para la evaluación de integridad en pozos con calentamiento eléctrico

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    JULIO PÉREZ; MANUEL CABARCAS; LINA VELILLA; IVAN URIBE; CUSTODIO VASQUEZ

    2008-01-01

    La integridad de los equipos en la Industria Petrolera, es de gran importancia por razones de seguridad, cumplimiento con regulaciones ambientales, reducción de costos de mantenimiento y prevención de paros inesperados de producción. El objetivo de este artículo es establecer una metodología para evaluar la integridad de pozos que utilicen el Calentamiento Eléctrico como método de recobro mejorado, de tal manera que se pueda definir si los pozos en estudio se encuentran en condiciones mecánic...

  12. Application of a large-eddy simulation model to the analysis of flow conditions in offshore wind farms

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    Steinfeld, Gerald; Tambke, Jens; Peinke, Joachim; Heinemann, Detlev

    2010-05-01

    obtained at the offshore test site by data that is obtained from large-eddy simulations (LES) using the LES model PALM with actuator disk and actuator line approaches. The LES approach that shall be validated against the results of the measurements allows us to obtain flow data with a spatial and temporal resolution that cannot be reached in field experiments. Moreover, comprehensive parameter studies can easily be carried out with the LES model just by changing its initial and boundary conditions, such as thermal stratification or large-scale pressure gradient. PALM allows the application of turbulent inflow as well as cyclic lateral boundary conditions. Thus, it can be used to study the flow behind a single wind turbine, the flow within and behind a wind farm that has a limited horizontal extension as well as the flow within a wind farm of unlimited extension. Carrying out the simulations on the HLRN (North German Alliance for Supercomputing) supercomputer with about 25000 CPUs allows us to use a very high resolution of 1 m, while the horizontal extension of the model domain reaches several square kilometres. Thus, PALM seems to be a promising tool to study the turbulent flow in offshore wind farms with their giant numbers and dimensions of wind turbines. The goal of this conference contribution is to point out the great potential of the LES method for the systematic analysis of wind turbine and wind farm wake flows. Results of the wake flow behind a single wind turbine validated with prior numerical results and measurements as well as behind a scale model of the "alpha ventus" test site will be shown.

  13. Non-hazardous pesticide concentrations in surface waters: An integrated approach simulating application thresholds and resulting farm income effects.

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    Bannwarth, M A; Grovermann, C; Schreinemachers, P; Ingwersen, J; Lamers, M; Berger, T; Streck, T

    2016-01-01

    Pesticide application rates are high and increasing in upland agricultural systems in Thailand producing vegetables, fruits and ornamental crops, leading to the pollution of stream water with pesticide residues. The objective of this study was to determine the maximum per hectare application rates of two widely used pesticides that would achieve non-hazardous pesticide concentrations in the stream water and to evaluate how farm household incomes would be affected if farmers complied with these restricted application rates. For this purpose we perform an integrated modeling approach of a hydrological solute transport model (the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, SWAT) and an agent-based farm decision model (Mathematical Programming-based Multi-Agent Systems, MPMAS). SWAT was used to simulate the pesticide fate and behavior. The model was calibrated to a 77 km(2) watershed in northern Thailand. The results show that to stay under a pre-defined eco-toxicological threshold, the current average application of chlorothalonil (0.80 kg/ha) and cypermethrin (0.53 kg/ha) would have to be reduced by 80% and 99%, respectively. The income effect of such reductions was simulated using MPMAS. The results suggest that if farm households complied with the application thresholds then their income would reduce by 17.3% in the case of chlorothalonil and by 38.3% in the case of cypermethrin. Less drastic income effects can be expected if methods of integrated pest management were more widely available. The novelty of this study is to combine two models from distinctive disciplines to evaluate pesticide reduction scenarios based on real-world data from a single study site. PMID:26431614

  14. Storing snow for the next winter: Two case studies on the application of snow farming.

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    Grünewald, Thomas; Wolfsperger, Fabian

    2016-04-01

    Snow farming is the conservation of snow during the warm half-year. This means that large piles of snow are formed in spring in order to be conserved over the summer season. Well-insulating materials such as chipped wood are added as surface cover to reduce melting. The aim of snow farming is to provide a "snow guaranty" for autumn or early winter - this means that a specific amount of snow will definitively be available, independent of the weather conditions. The conserved snow can then be used as basis for the preparation of winter sports grounds such as cross-country tracks or ski runs. This helps in the organization of early winter season sport events such as World Cup races or to provide appropriate training conditions for athletes. We present a study on two snow farming projects, one in Davos (Switzerland) and one in the Martell valley of South Tyrol. At both places snow farming has been used for several years. For the summer season 2015, we monitored both snow piles in order to assess the amount of snow conserved. High resolution terrestrial laser scanning was performed to measure snow volumes of the piles at the beginning and at the end of the summer period. Results showed that only 20% to 30 % of the snow mass was lost due to ablation. This mass loss was surprisingly low considering the extremely warm and dry summer. In order to identify the most relevant drivers of snow melt we also present simulations with the sophisticated snow cover models SNOWPACK and Alpine3D. The simulations are driven by meteorological input data recorded in the vicinity of the piles and enable a detailed analysis of the relevant processes controlling the energy balance. The models can be applied to optimize settings for snow farming and to examine the suitability of new locations, configurations or cover material for future snow farming projects.

  15. Effect of Labor Supply Shifts on U.S. Farm Production: An Application of Muth's Model

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    Gunter, Lewell F.; Duffield, James A.; Jarrett, Joseph C.

    1992-01-01

    Producers with high labor costs may be sensitive to changes in farm labor supply because labor availability can affect wages and production levels. This study develops comparative static models to study how a negative shift in farm labor supply may affect agricultural production of labor-intensive crops. The effects of a 10-percent reduction in labor supply on the output of 10 commodities modeled were small, ranging between 0.66 and 4.25 percent. However, a 30-percent reduction in labor suppl...

  16. Effect of Organic Amendment Application Rate on Greenhouse Gas Emissions at an Organic Farm in Santa Barbara County, California

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    Oyewole, M.; King, J. Y.; Cleveland, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    Though greenhouse gas emissions (GHGEs) from mineral fertilizer application in agriculture have been well studied, the effect of organic amendment (OA) application rate on GHGEs is not yet understood. Application of multiple OAs can improve different properties that control soil fertility, including nutrient availability, aggregate stability, and water-holding capacity. We measured nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane (CH4) flux at an organic farm in Goleta, CA in order to understand how OA application rate affects GHGEs and crop yield from agricultural soils. Based on management practices in the region, we asked farm managers to establish high compost (HC) and low compost (LC) treatments during the growing season of an annual crop (18.2, 9.13 Mg ha-1, respectively), and we measured GHGEs in beds and furrows using static chambers. Organic fertilizer (672 kg ha-1) was applied equally to HC and LC beds six weeks after compost application. Overall, emissions of N2O and CO2 were higher in HC than LC, but yield-scaled emissions were higher in LC. Importantly, treatment differences in both N2O and CO2 emissions were not apparent until after mid-season fertilizer application. Net CH4 uptake was higher in HC than LC in the furrows, but there was no difference in the beds. Our data suggest that high compost application rates likely increased SOM mineralization, soil water content, and nitrification and denitrification rates in HC relative to LC, which led to higher N2O emissions during the growing season. Fertilization primed SOM decomposition and increased soil respiration, which led to increased CO2 emissions. Our results suggest that improved management of application rate and timing during use of multiple OAs could reduce GHGEs while maintaining high crop yield. Understanding the mechanisms by which OA application rates alter the balance between GHGEs and yield is an important step toward reducing agriculture's contribution to climate change through

  17. Scenarios of long-term farm structural change for application in climate change impact assessment

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    Mandryk, M.; Reidsma, P.; Ittersum, van M.K.

    2012-01-01

    Towards 2050, climate change is one of the possible drivers that will change the farming landscape, but market, policy and technological development may be at least equally important. In the last decade, many studies assessed impacts of climate change and specific adaptation strategies. However, ada

  18. AESIS: a support tool for the evaluation of sustainability of agroecosystems. Example of applications to organic and integrated farming systems in Tuscany, Italy

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    Gaio Cesare Pacini

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Agricultural researchers widely recognise the importance of sustainable agricultural production systems and the need to develop appropriate methods to measure sustainability on the farm level. Policy makers need accounting and evaluation tools to be able to assess the potential of sustainable production practices and to provide appropriate agro-environmental policy measures. Farmers are in search of sustainable management tools to cope with regulations and enhance efficiency. This paper presents the outcomes of applications to organic and integrated farming of an indicator-based framework to evaluate sustainability of farming systems (Agro-Environmental Sustainability Information System, AESIS. The AESIS was described together with a review of applications dating from 1991 in a previous paper. The objective of the present paper is to present the AESIS application to organic and integrated farming systems in Val d’Elsa (Tuscany and discuss how it is adapted for application to ordinary farms. The AESIS is organised into a number of environmental and production systems. For each system, environmental critical points are identified with corresponding agro-environmental indicators and processing methods. Possible solutions to sustainability issues, and critical points of relevance to the agricultural sector of the local economic and agro-ecological zone, are formulated by including an experimental layout, identifying indicator thresholds and by defining management systems with corresponding policy measures. Alternative solutions are evaluated by calculating and measuring the relevant indicators. The outcomes of the AESIS applications are discussed with specific relevance to the operational adoptability of AESIS to ordinary, agri-touristic farms managed with the organic and the integrated production method, respectively. The AESIS framework proved to be sufficiently flexible to meet the requirements for ordinary farm applications while keeping a

  19. Control and dynamic analysis of a parallel-connected single active bridge DC-DC converter for DC-grid wind farm application

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    Park, Kiwoo; Chen, Zhe

    2015-01-01

    have several advantages for high-power applications, and the modular concept of the parallel-connected converter is highly beneficial especially for offshore wind farm applications in terms of maintenance cost and fault tolerance. To justify the feasibility of the parallel-connected SAB dc-dc converter......This study presents a control strategy and its dynamic analysis of a high-power dc-dc converter, which is constructed with the parallel-connected single active bridge (SAB) dc-dc converters for dc-grid wind farm applications. The structural and operational characteristics of the SAB dc-dc converter...... for dc-grid wind farm applications, an input voltage control method based on the PI control will be introduced and the dynamics of the overall system will be analysed. The analysis results are to be verified by means of simulations and experiments....

  20. Animal behavior and well-being symposium: Farm animal welfare assurance: science and application.

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    Rushen, J; Butterworth, A; Swanson, J C

    2011-04-01

    Public and consumer pressure for assurances that farm animals are raised humanely has led to a range of private and public animal welfare standards, and for methods to assess compliance with these standards. The standards usually claim to be science based, but even though researchers have developed measures of animal welfare and have tested the effects of housing and management variables on welfare within controlled laboratory settings, there are challenges in extending this research to develop on-site animal welfare standards. The standards need to be validated against a definition of welfare that has broad support and which is amenable to scientific investigation. Ensuring that such standards acknowledge scientific uncertainty is also challenging, and balanced input from all scientific disciplines dealing with animal welfare is needed. Agencies providing animal welfare audit services need to integrate these scientific standards and legal requirements into successful programs that effectively measure and objectively report compliance. On-farm assessment of animal welfare requires a combination of animal-based measures to assess the actual state of welfare and resource-based measures to identify risk factors. We illustrate this by referring to a method of assessing welfare in broiler flocks. Compliance with animal welfare standards requires buy-in from all stakeholders, and this will be best achieved by a process of inclusion in the development of pragmatic assessment methods and the development of audit programs verifying the conditions and continuous improvement of farm animal welfare. PMID:21216980

  1. Animal Farm

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    徐蓉蓉

    2015-01-01

    This essayfirst introduce the background of Animal Farm and a brief introduction of the author.Then it discuss three thesis about this novel and briefly discussed about it.At last it give highly review on Animal Farm.

  2. Animal Farm

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    徐蓉蓉

    2015-01-01

    This essay first introduce the background of Animal Farm and a brief introduction of the author.Then it discuss three thesis about this novel and briefly discussed about it.At last it give highly review on Animal Farm.

  3. Farm Living.

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    Marcoux, Mary F.

    1990-01-01

    Described are activities using ants. Ant hunting, a list of books on the topic, information, and ant farming are included. The procedures for assembling and maintenance of an ant farm are presented. (KR)

  4. An Embedded Database Application for the Aggregation of Farming Device Data

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    Iftikhar, Nadeem; Pedersen, Torben Bach

    2010-01-01

    In order to store massive amounts of data produced by the farming devices and to keep data that spans long intervals of time for analysis, reporting and maintenance purposes; it is desirable to reduce the size of the data by maintaining the data at different aggregate levels. The older data can b...... data aggregation effectively. Furthermore, the aggregation is achieved by using either two ratio-based aggregation methods or a time-granularity based aggregation method. A detailed description of the embedded database technology on a tractor computer is also presented in this paper....

  5. Assessing climate change and associated socio-economic scenarios for arable farming in the Netherlands: An application of benchmarking and bio-economic farm modelling

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    Kanellopoulos, A.; Reidsma, P.; Wolf, J.; Ittersum, van M.K.

    2014-01-01

    Future farming systems are challenged to adapt to the changing socio-economic and bio-physical environment in order to remain competitive and to meet the increasing requirements for food and fibres. The scientific challenge is to evaluate the consequences of predefined scenarios, identify current “b

  6. Wind Power in Mexico: Simulation of a Wind Farm and Application of Probabilistic Safety Analysis

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    C. Martín del Campo–Márquez

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The most important aspects of wind energy in Mexico, including the potential for generating electricity and the major projects planned are presented here. Inparticular, the generation costs are compared to those of other energy sources. The results from the simulation of a 100 MWwind farm in the Tehuantepec Isthmus are also presented. In addition, the environmental impacts related to the wind farm in the mentioned zone are analyzed. Finally, some benefits of using Probabilistic Safety Analysis are discussed with respect to evaluating the risks associated with events that can occur in wind parks, being especially useful for design and maintenance of the parks and the wind turbines themselves. In particular, an event tree was developed to analyze possible accident sequences that could occur when the wind speed is too great. Also, fault trees were developed for each mitigating system considered, in order to determine the relative importance of the wind generator components to the failure sequences, in order to evaluate the yield of suggested improvements and the optimization of maintenance programs.

  7. Potential for Ammonia Recapture by Farm Woodlands: Design and Application of a New Experimental Facility

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    Mark R. Theobald

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available There has been increasing pressure on farmers in Europe to reduce the emissions of ammonia from their land. Due to the current financial climate in which farmers have to operate, it is important to identify ammonia control measures that can be adopted with minimum cost. The planting of trees around farmland and buildings has been identified as a potentially effective and low-cost measure to enhance ammonia recapture at a farm level and reduce long-range atmospheric transport. This work assesses experimentally what fraction of ammonia farm woodlands could potentially remove from the atmosphere. We constructed an experimental facility in southern Scotland to simulate a woodland shelterbelt planted in proximity to a small poultry unit. By measuring horizontal and vertical ammonia concentration profiles within the woodland, and comparing this to the concentration of an inert tracer (SF6 we estimate the depletion of ammonia due to dry deposition to the woodland canopy. Together with measurements of mean ammonia concentrations and throughfall fluxes of nitrogen, this information is used to provide a first estimate of the fraction of emitted ammonia that is recaptured by the woodland canopy. Analysis of these data give a lower limit of recapture of emitted ammonia, at the experimental facility, of 3%. By careful design of shelterbelt woodlands this figure could be significantly higher.

  8. APPLICATION OF THE IMITATION MODELING FOR OPTIMIZATION OF CONSISTENCE OF THE CULTIVATION AGGREGATES FOR CROP FARMING

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    Osykin S. V.

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The main indicators of efficiency of a cultivation machine are the following: productiveness and fuel consumption, which depend on complexity of work, operating depth and structure of the machine (type of the tractor and plough. The optimal structure of cultivation aggregate for the needs of each exact farm is complicated to do due to different determined and stochastic factors. In this case, Monte Carlo imitation modeling is proposed to use. As a result of models’ analysis, it is defined that all aggregates could be divided onto 4 groups of efficiency. Curves demonstrating dependence of fuel costs, compensation of losses caused by breakdown of agricultural terms and soil compaction caused by quantity of aggregates are built. After integration of the whole amount of aggregates into a common traditional technology of cultivation and after selection of its characteristics (quantity of aggregates, general fuel costs and losses costs, including fuel costs it was proposed to split it onto 3 category modes: hard (according to technological mode – 2 or 5 shifts, normal (4-10 shifts, mild (6-15 shifts. The obtained models can be successfully applied in software of on-board computers in tractors and PCs of the engineers as well. Dynamical models for other technological processes in plant breeding could be obtained in the same way. All developed models allow us to make one more step towards precision farming and reduce costs for manufacture of end products

  9. Modeling and resonance issues of wind farm integration with related facts applications

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    Auddy, Soubhik

    This thesis deals with electromechanical oscillations, torsional oscillations and resonance issues in power systems fed by conventional steam-turbine generators and emerging wind turbine generators. Solutions to several of these problems are proposed using Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) Controllers. Inter-area oscillations are investigated in the IEEE 39 bus system and are damped by a novel Static VAR Compensator (SVC) control signal utilizing a weighted sum of remote generator speeds derived from bus voltage angles. The weights are calculated from participation factor analysis using commercial software Dynamic Security Assessment (DSA) Power Tools and are validated by EMTDC/PSCAD simulations. Subsynchronous resonance (SSR) in steam-turbine generators has been traditionally damped with SVC using either local signals or signals derived from a combination of local signals. This thesis proposes a novel SVC controller based on remote generator speed for alleviating SSR. This controller is shown from EMTDC/PSCAD simulations to be much more effective than the previously reported controllers for the IEEE First SSR Benchmark system. The efficacy is demonstrated for all the four critical series compensation levels. With the worldwide growth of renewable energy, large wind farms are likely to be connected to series compensated networks for evacuation of bulk power. This may lead to the potential of SSR in the wind turbine generators. For the first time, a detailed electromagnetic transient study using EMTDC/PSCAD has been conducted in this thesis to demonstrate that subsynchronous resonance can be a cause of concern in series compensated wind farms at realistic levels of power flow and series compensation levels. Novel controllers for two FACTS devices - a Static VAR Compensator (SVC) and a Thyristor Controlled Series Capacitor (TCSC) - are proposed to mitigate SSR under all realistic compensation levels in a modified IEEE First Benchmark system. It is further

  10. Photovoltaic solar array technology required for three wide scale generating systems for terrestrial applications: rooftop, solar farm, and satellite

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    Berman, P. A.

    1972-01-01

    Three major options for wide-scale generation of photovoltaic energy for terrestrial use are considered: (1) rooftop array, (2) solar farm, and (3) satellite station. The rooftop array would use solar cell arrays on the roofs of residential or commercial buildings; the solar farm would consist of large ground-based arrays, probably in arid areas with high insolation; and the satellite station would consist of an orbiting solar array, many square kilometers in area. The technology advancement requirements necessary for each option are discussed, including cost reduction of solar cells and arrays, weight reduction, resistance to environmental factors, reliability, and fabrication capability, including the availability of raw materials. The majority of the technology advancement requirements are applicable to all three options, making possible a flexible basic approach regardless of the options that may eventually be chosen. No conclusions are drawn as to which option is most advantageous, since the feasibility of each option depends on the success achieved in the technology advancement requirements specified.

  11. A feasibility assessment for the application of biogas and wind power in the farm environment as sustainable sources of energy

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    Carbo, Laura C.

    The depletion of energy sources and the ever-increasing energy demand---and consequently price escalation---is a problem that concerns the global population. Despite the concept of energy crisis being widely accepted nowadays, there is a lot of scepticism and misinformation on the possible alternatives to alleviate the environmental and economic impacts of conventional energy generation. Renewable energy technologies are constantly experiencing significant innovation and improvements. This thesis sought to assess the potential of small dairy farms to make an energy shift and identify the practical benefits and possible downfalls of this shift. Wind power and biogas digestion were analysed in this thesis, and a model to assess these technologies at any given farm was developed on VBA. For the case studied in this research both technologies were concluded to be feasible from an economic point of view. Although the initial investment can seem costly, considering the relatively low payback period and the currently available subsidies the economic implications are not an obstacle. The model developed on VBA is applicable to any region, given the right data is put into the programme. Considering the global energy concern, models such as the one developed in this thesis are an appropriate tool to identify potential shifts to greener solutions and prove to users that it can be economically profitable for them as well as environmentally beneficial.

  12. Analysis of the Solar Resource Information Datasets for Thermal and/or electric Generation Using a Geographical Information System. Cases of Application: Central Cafeteria - University of the Valley, Cali Municipality and Farm {sup P}ozo Verde{sup ,} Jamundi Municipality , Cauca Valley, Colombia; Analisis de las Fuentes de Informacion sobre Recurso Solar para Generacion Termica y/o Electrica Empleando un Sistema de Informacion Geografica. Casos de Aplicacion: Cafeteria Central - Universidad del Valle, Municipio de Cali y Granja {sup P}ozo Verde{sup ,} Municipio de Jamundi, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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    Dominguez, J.; Manrique, P. A.; Pinedo, I.

    2009-10-12

    In this report, two examples of renewable energy assessments based on Geographical Information Systems are presented. Several case studies have been carried out in the Valley of Cauca (Colombia), and one on them has been used to size a hybrid system. The results of this particular case study are presented in a second report. The aim of this document is analysing the different sources of data that could be used in the characterization of solar energy for electricity and electricity-heat use. With this purpose, data of two areas in Valley of Cauca obtained from the Atlas of Solar Radiation of Colombia, SWERA project and SSE-NASA have been compared. The data coming from these sources has been analysed using a Geographical Information System, and the conclusions are described along with cartographic and numeric products. These reports are the result of a collaboration established between Universidad del Valle (Colombia) and CIEMAT (Spain), and have been done by the author while his staying at our center included on his PhD program.

  13. Turbulent Inflow Precursor Method with Time-Varying Direction for Large-Eddy Simulations and Applications to Wind Farms

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    Munters, Wim; Meneveau, Charles; Meyers, Johan

    2016-05-01

    A major challenge in turbulence-resolving flow simulations is the generation of unsteady and coherent turbulent inflow conditions. Precursor methods have proven to be reliable inflow generators but are limited in applicability and flexibility especially when attempting to couple boundary-layer dynamics with large-scale temporal variations in the direction of the inflow. Here, we propose a methodology that is capable of providing fully developed turbulent inflow for time-varying mean-flow directions. The method is a generalization of a concurrent precursor inflow technique, in which a fully developed boundary-layer simulation that uses periodic boundary conditions is dynamically rotated with the large-scale wind direction that drives the simulation in the domain of interest. The proposed inflow method is applied to large-eddy simulations of boundary-layer flow through the Horns Rev wind farm when subjected to a sinusoidal variation in wind direction at the hourly time scale.

  14. Sustainable Farming

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    Jones, David

    2009-01-01

    Marketing organic vegetables completes production achievements. The Pfenning family is no newcomer to organic and biodynamic vegetable farming. Using these farming methods since 1981, they helped to develop standards for the Ontario Crop Improvement Association (OCIA). The Pfenning's farming practices have aroused the attention of curious farmers and researchers; equally as important, local consumers intereste in changing their diet to include more organically-grown produce are also findi...

  15. Review of cabling techniques and environmental effects applicable to the offshore wind farm industry.

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    2008-01-09

    This study covers: The range of types of cables and small diameter pipelines currently installed in the EU shelf marine environment. Details are given for the types of cable typically used for offshore wind farms and also the types of cable commonly used in the telecommunications and power cable industries; The range of techniques used to install and maintain the aforementioned cables and pipelines. Information is provided on a range of commonly applied cable protection measures, and also of the burial assessment survey techniques, commonly used before cable installation; The physical changes or effects to the seabed and sub-surface sediments expected to occur during cabling activities. The range of sediment types likely to be encountered during cable burial operations is discussed, with the level of sediment disturbance that is likely to occur during cable burial for each technique; The potential environmental impacts that could occur during the installation and maintenance of subsea cables. Impacts are described and discussed for intertidal habitats, subtidal ecology, natural fish resources, commercial fisheries, marine mammals, ornithology, shipping and navigation, seascape and visual character, and marine and coastal archaeology. Impacts are divided into those that could cause potentially significant impacts and those that may arise but are unlikely to cause significant effects; Mitigation measures that can be used to reduce the level of significance of environmental effects; Examples of good practice measures that could be adopted during all phases of project planning and used in conjunction with mitigation measures to reduce potential disturbance from cabling activities; and Knowledge gaps identified during this review, including gaps in understanding of the actual environmental impacts resulting from cable burial activities. This study concludes that, although cabling can cover large areas of seabed, the associated environmental impacts are highly transitory

  16. The benthonic macro invertebrates of Pozo Azul (Gaira River basin, Colombia) and their relationship with water quality

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    On July 2002, a study of some physicochemical parameters and their relationship with the benthonic macro invertebrates community structure on four coriotypes: stone, trash, silt and macrophytes, was carried out in Pozo Azul (Gaira River Basin, Magdalena, Colombia). The physicochemical parameters were determined, to a considerable extent, by the geographic characteristics of the system. The water was found to be oxygen saturated, and intermediate compounds of the organic matter stabilization, such as nitrites and ammonium, there were found 588 individuals distributed in 11 orders and 38 families. The most representative orders were trichoptera, coleoptera, diptera and ephemeroptera. The most representative families were baetidae, simullidae, perlidae, chironomidae, and hydropsychidae, in this rank of abundance. The BMWP index for the relationship between the community structure and the water quality (adapted by Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia) was calculated. According to this index the water quality was optimum. Also, given the general characteristics of the site studied, the water mass quality was classified as good and oligosaprobit, based on the saprobit ecology. It is possible that this state was reached due to stabilization after a small perturbation induced by coffee cultivation in the zone

  17. Prospective application of farm cattle manure for bioenergy production in Portugal

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    Monteiro, Eliseu [CITAB, University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 5000 Vila Real (Portugal); Mantha, Vishveshwar [CIDESD, University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal); Rouboa, Abel [CITAB-UTAD/Dept.of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, PA 19104-6391 (United States)

    2011-02-15

    Biogas is a promising renewable fuel, which can be produced from a variety of organic raw materials and used for various energetic purposes, such as heat, combined heat and power or as a vehicle fuel. Biogas systems implementation are, therefore, subjected to several support measures but also to several constraints, related with policy measures on energy, waste treatment and agriculture. In this work, different policies and policy instruments, as well as other factors, which influence a potential expansion of Portuguese biogas systems are identified and evaluated. The result of this analysis shows that the use of the cattle manure for biogas production is still far from its potential. The main reason is the reduced dimension of the Portuguese farms, which makes biogas production unfeasible. Various options are suggested to increase or improve biogas production such as co-digestion, centralized plants and modular plants. Horizontal digesters are the most suitable for the typical Portuguese plant size and have the advantage of being also suitable for co-digestion due to the very good mixing conditions. Mesophilic anaerobic digestion due to a more robustness, stability and lower energy consumption should be the choice. The recent increase in the feed-in tariffs for the electricity production based on anaerobic digestion biogas is seen as a political push to this sector. (author)

  18. Prospective application of farm cattle manure for bioenergy production in Portugal

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    Biogas is a promising renewable fuel, which can be produced from a variety of organic raw materials and used for various energetic purposes, such as heat, combined heat and power or as a vehicle fuel. Biogas systems implementation are, therefore, subjected to several support measures but also to several constraints, related with policy measures on energy, waste treatment and agriculture. In this work, different policies and policy instruments, as well as other factors, which influence a potential expansion of Portuguese biogas systems are identified and evaluated. The result of this analysis shows that the use of the cattle manure for biogas production is still far from its potential. The main reason is the reduced dimension of the Portuguese farms, which makes biogas production unfeasible. Various options are suggested to increase or improve biogas production such as co-digestion, centralized plants and modular plants. Horizontal digesters are the most suitable for the typical Portuguese plant size and have the advantage of being also suitable for co-digestion due to the very good mixing conditions. Mesophilic anaerobic digestion due to a more robustness, stability and lower energy consumption should be the choice. The recent increase in the feed-in tariffs for the electricity production based on anaerobic digestion biogas is seen as a political push to this sector. (author)

  19. FarmVille For Dummies

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    Morales, Angela

    2011-01-01

    The only how-to, full-color book available on the game sensation FarmVille. With more than 80 million active players since the game?s release in 2009, there seems no end to the growing popularity of FarmVille. Whether accessed through the Facebook application or from the game?s Web site, this application is a worldwide phenomenon. Yet, there has been no beginner guide that offers an introduction to newcomers and updates to experienced players?until now. FarmVille For Dummies is aimed at getting novices acquainted with FarmVille rules and regulations, while more savvy players can sharpen their

  20. EFFECTS OF PRECISION FARMING IN LARGE SCALE FARMING PRACTICE

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    Sinka, Anett; Mesterházi, Péter, Ákos

    2014-01-01

    The authors investigated the effects of precision farming investment was carried out in late 2008 in Agárdi Farm Ltd. situated in middle of Hungary. In the frame of the project a complete precision farming system have been established covering high precision positioning (RTK), autopilot applications, section and rate control of planters and sprayer, dose control of fertilizer spreaders. The primary goal of the study was to investigate whether the potential advantages of this technology can be...

  1. Contract Farming

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    Minot, Nicholas; Ronchi, Loraine

    2014-01-01

    Contract farming involves production by farmers under agreement with buyers for their outputs. This arrangement can help integrate small-scale farmers into modern agricultural value chains, providing them with inputs, technical assistance, and assured markets. Critics contend that contract partners may subject farmers to abuses. The literature shows that in fact contract farming can raise ...

  2. NOVEL TSUNAMI BARRIERS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR HYDROELECTRIC ENERGY STORAGE, FISH FARMING, AND FOR LAND RECLAMATION

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    Hans J. Scheel

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The tsunami hazard can be mitigated if the destructive waves generated from earthquakes and landslides can be reflected by a stable submerged vertical barrier before striking coastal communities or important structures. Building such deep walls by conventional submarine technology is difficult. The present study describes the principle and the erection of such submarine defensive walls by a relatively simple efficient and economic technology. This technology is based on lowering high- strength steel fences with horizontal anchors, or two parallel steel fences with distance holders, into the sea and fixing them with rocks deposited from top. Dredged material like gravel or sand can be used for additional filling. This Tsunami-Flooding Barrier (TFB extends a few meters above sea level and carries on top a concrete supply and service road protected on both sides against storm waves by concrete walls. Replaceable surge stoppers (parapets, wave return walls prevent overtopping and erosion of the seaward barrier face. The TFBs protect the coastline against tsunami and the highest storm waves from hurricanes, but also can provide protection from oil spills or other contaminations from the ocean and thus protect flora, fauna, coral reefs and beaches. Channels and gates allow navigation and can be closed quickly upon a tsunami or storm warning. The construction costs can be eventually compensated by using the reservoirs between coast and barriers for hydroelectric energy storage (using pump-turbines in the barriers or for fish-farming, or alternatively the reservoir can be filled with rocks, rubble, gravel, sand and covered with soil in order to reclaim new land. Tidal energy can be generated by installing turbines within these barriers. Also, this submarine architecture may be applied to protect pillars of bridges and offshore platforms, and for erecting “roads” into the sea to connect near-shore platforms and wind-parks with the coast and

  3. Strategies of ARP application (Automatic Resistivity Profiling) for viticultural precision farming

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    Costantini, E. A. C.; Andrenelli, M. C.; Bucelli, P.; Magini, S.; Natarelli, L.; Pellegrini, S.; Perria, R.; Storchi, P.; Vignozzi, N.

    2009-04-01

    Introduction Viticultural precision farming needs detailed soil information, which can be obtained by means of remote as well as proximal sensors, besides traditional invasive soil survey. Nevertheless, the use of the new technologies is still in its infancy, because of their costs and the lack of knowledge about the detail actually needed for the viticultural husbandry. The main aim of this work was to test the sensitivity of the ARP methodology (Automatic Resistivity Profiling) in supporting soil survey for viticultural precision farming. In addition, we tried to optimize the detail of geoelectrical measurements and soil sampling to reduce the cost of the integrated survey, maintaining a significant information accuracy for viticulture. Materials and methods Two vineyards in coastal Tuscany (central Italy), about 3.5 ha each, were selected. Vineyard 1 was cultivated with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, while vineyard 2 only had Cabernet Sauvignon. Soil survey and geoelectrical investigation were conducted in may 2007. The ARP methodology consists in the injection in soil of electric current through one pair of electrodes mounted on teeth wheels and measuring the resulting potential with other three pairs of electrodes, placed of the same mobile equipment. The electrical resistance of the soil (ER) is expressed as ohm per m. The depth of investigation is a function of the geometry of the electrodes and the soil being probed. Increasing the distance between electrodes will increase the depth while decreasing the measured potential. The innovative character of the ARP technique is represented by the passage of a mobile machinery, able to perform 30,000 measurements per hectare, with a measurement every 0.2 m. The ARP system, equipped with a digital encoder and DGPS system, is transported by a four-wheeled vehicle. It is fitted with three sensors that contemporaneously analyse three distinct levels of the soil, the values of which are represented by maps of

  4. Farm Tourism

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    Blichfeldt, Bodil Stilling; Nielsen, Niels Christian; Nissen, Kathrine Aae;

    2011-01-01

    particular, our study suggests that it is problematic to threat farm tourism enterprises as if they have much in common with both larger corporations and other types of SMTEs. Farm tourism enterprises seem to differ significantly from other enterprises as the hosts are not in the tourism business because it......This paper draws on a study of one specific type of small tourism enterprises (i.e. farm tourism enterprises) and argues that these enterprises differ from other enterprises in relation to a series of issues other than merely size. The analysis shows that enterprises such as these are characterized...

  5. Risk assessment induced by knapsack or conventional motor sprayer on pesticides applicators and farm workers in cotton season.

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    Elhalwagy, Manal E A; Farid, Hoda E A; Gh, Farag A A; Ammar, Abd Elmegeed; Kotb, Gamila A M

    2010-09-01

    Fakous Province in the Sharkia Governorate constitutes one of the largest agricultural areas in Egypt. The majority of people in this province rely on subsistence agriculture. In the cotton cultivation season the continuous application of pesticides is commonly used to increase agricultural productivity, using different types of spraying equipment. In this study a cohort of 210 intensive agricultural pesticide applicators and farm workers from Sawada and Akyad Elkepplia villages in Fakous Province were assessed according to the type of spraying equipment they used. Conventional motor (300l/feddan or 0.42ha) and knapsack motor sprayer (20l/feddan) were commonly used by farmers. Contamination on applicators was detected on head, body (thorax/abdomen) and legs at different percentages according to the spraying tools. The recorded results revealed that contamination with pesticides due to knapsack motor sprayers 0.76% on head, 4.8% on body and 5.8% on legs; however, conventional motor sprayers induce contamination of 3.6% on head, 23.7% on body and 29.1% on legs. Several criteria for estimating pesticide contamination by previous delivery systems were used. The most important reference biomarker was serum acetyl cholinesterase (AchE) depression. Sprayers showed changes in serum glucose levels as well as reduced erythrocytic glutathione levels (GSH). However, an increase in both total serum protein and albumin was recorded also, alongside elevation in lipid peroxidation biomarker malondialdehyde (MDA). Changes in serum biochemistry regarding enzymes reflecting cytotoxicity were also recorded, such as inhibition of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and glutathione-S-transferase (GST). An increase in aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and glutathione reductase (GR) was observed particularly in conventional motor sprayers. Changes in enzymes activities found in this study are linked to the adverse health effects related to chronic pesticide toxicity that may lead to

  6. Isotopic Behaviour of fluids from the Los Azufres, Michoacan, (Mexico) Geothermal Wells; Comportamiento isotopico de fluidos de pozos del campo geotermico de Los Azufres, Michoacan, Mexico

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    Barragan R, Rosa Maria; Arellano G, Victor Manuel; Portugal M, Enrique [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico); Tello L, Mirna del Rocio; Tello H, Enrique [Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos de la Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia (Mexico)

    1997-01-01

    Isotopics data (oxygen-18 and deuterium) from production and reinjection well fluids from the Los Azufres geothermal field were interpreted in order to define the reservoir evolution and the occurrence of physical processes as a consequence of exploitation. The study included data for 25 wells for 1994-1996. Chemical and production data were also studied in order to explain the isotopic characteristics of the fluids. General results indicated that different phenomena seem to occur for both field zones. In the southern zone (Tejamaniles), a mixture of fluids was evidenced by the deuterium vs oxygen-18 tendency which provides a positive slope. The isotopically enriched fluid is constituted by the reinjection fluid. In the northern zone, (Maritaro) there was no evidence that the reinjection fluid is appearing in well discharges. For this zone the dominant process seems to be the reservoir vapour separation at a temperature above 220 degrees Celsius. This was suggested by the deuterium vs oxygen-18 tendency for which a negative slope was found. This trend is characteristics of a vapour separation process since for temperatures above 220 degrees Celsius deuterium behaves as a volatile component. The study of the reservoir temperatures estimated by different approaches for particular wells through time and the results obtained with a heat and fluid flow well simulator, suggest that reservoir boiling occurs in localized areas for both zones of the field. This process is probably due to exploitation. [Espanol] En este trabajo se presenta una interpretacion de datos de composicion isotopica (oxigeno-18 y deuterio) de fluidos de pozos productores y de reinyeccion del campo geotermico de Los Azufres. Estos datos se obtuvieron entre 1994 y 1996 con el proposito de definir la evolucion del yacimiento e identificar los procesos dominantes surgidos como consecuencia de la explotacion del campo. El estudio comprendio un numero de 25 pozos productores y de reinyeccion. La

  7. Identificación de parásitos intestinales en agua de pozos profundos de cuatro municipios. Estado Aragua, Venezuela. 2011-2012

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    Liliana María Gallego Jaramillo

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: el agua subterránea es un recurso natural que se encuentra entre grietas y espacios debajo del suelo, acumulándose en capas de tierra, arena y rocas compuestas por materiales permeables que permiten su movilización, siendo explotada mediante el bombeo en pozos; ésta se contamina con microorganismos patógenos por filtración subterránea de aguas servidas y otros tipos de contaminantes. Objetivos: identificar parásitos intestinales en agua de consumo humano proveniente de pozos profundos en los municipios Girardot (GIR, Francisco Linares Alcántara (FLA, José Ángel Lamas (JAL y Libertador (LIB del estado Aragua-Venezuela. Métodos: se tomaron muestras de agua provenientes de 56 pozos profundos distribuidos en los cuatro municipios, se les aplicó la técnica de concentración por floculación para la recuperación de huevos de helmintos y quistes de protozoarios y la tinción de Kinyoun para el diagnóstico de coccidios y microsporidios intestinales. Resultados: en la recuperación de huevos de helmintos, quistes protozoarios y microspordios intestinales se encontró una prevalencia general de 37,5 %, siendo FLA el de mayor valor (70 %. Se observó la presencia de protozoarios en 90 % de las muestras positivas, las especies más frecuentes correspondieron a Blastocystis sp. y Endolimax nana, solo en FLA se observaron huevos de helmintos. No se evidenció la presencia de coccidios en las muestras analizadas, con respecto a microsporidios se encontró en una muestra de LIB. Conclusión: estos resultados indican la necesidad de tratar el agua para su posterior consumo, dado que representa un importante medio de transmisión para los parásitos intestinales.

  8. Organic amendments and organic vegetable farming under plastic cover: Observations after six years of application

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    BRESSOUD, F.; Arrufat, A.

    2009-01-01

    During an experiment carried out over a six-year period, annual applications of large quantities of two types of compost led to an increase in the carbon level in the ground but had little impact on its physicochemical characteristics. No significant effect was revealed on successive vegetable crops. In contrast, it was shown that these cropping systems had specific characteristics. Cropping conditions under plastic cover lead to a high level of mineralisation of the endogenous organic matter...

  9. Molecular farming

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    Merck, K.B.; Vereijken, J M

    2006-01-01

    Molecular Farming is a new and emerging technology that promises relatively cheap and flexible production of large quantities of pharmaceuticals in genetically modified plants. Many stakeholders are involved in the production of pharmaceuticals in plants, which complicates the discussion on the possible benefits and disadvantages to a great extent. Discussions about Molecular Farming are often about technical and economic aspects, but other aspects like safety and ethical and societal aspects...

  10. Application of HACCP principles to control visitor health threats on dairy farms open to the general public.

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    Barten, M; Noordhuizen, J P M; Lipman, L J A

    2008-10-01

    An increasing number of Dutch dairy farmers have diversified their activities, often opening their farm up to visitors (tourist accommodation, farm shop, contact with livestock, etc). It is essential to prevent these visitors from having accidents or becoming ill, which could result in financial claims and might harm the reputation of the agricultural sector. This article describes how the hazard analysis critical control points concept and principles (HACCP) can be applied to these activities and integrated with on-farm operational herd health and production management programmes. PMID:18947047

  11. Los macroinvertebrados bentónicos de pozo azul (cuenca del río gaira, colombia) y su relación con la calidad del agua

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    Guerrero-Bolaño, Francisco; Manjarrés-Hernández, Ana; Núñez-Padilla, Norbelis

    2011-01-01

    En julio de 2002 se realizó el estudio de algunos parámetros fisicoquímicos y la estructura de la comunidad de macroinvertebrados bentónicos asociados a cuatro coriotipos (piedra, hojarasca, sedimento y macrófitas) en el sector de Pozo Azul sobre la cuenca del río Gaira (Magdalena, Colombia). Se discute la relación entre la estructura de la comunidad y la calidad del agua del sector. Los parámetros fisicoquímicos estuvieron determinados en gran medida por las características geográficas del s...

  12. Módulo de Visualización para el análisis petrofísico a pozos de petróleo

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    Ridel Oscar García Mora

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available El petróleo es un recurso natural no renovable utilizado para producir un alto porcentaje de la energía que se consume en el mundo. Debido a su importancia y utilidad se extrae en casi todos los países de América. En Cuba se utilizan para la exploración de este preciado recurso, sistemas automatizados, que entre sus características permiten analizar, evaluar y modificar la información contenida en los archivos de registros de pozos de petróleo. Estos sistemas automatizados son una gran ayuda en el análisis e interpretación de la información contenida en los registros de pozos, proporcionando una mayor precisión y velocidad en el procesamiento. Pero para Cuba, el uso de estos sistemas no es factible debido al elevado costo requerido para utilizarlos, además, que sólo se pueden ejecutar en el sistema operativo Windows. El presente trabajo tiene el objetivo de permitir el análisis de la información contenida en los archivos de registros de pozo de petróleo a través de la visualización de histogramas, cross-plot y pistas. Para desarrollar este trabajo se emplearon los métodos científicos: analítico-sintético, modelado, observación y entrevista. Además, se utilizó la metodología RUP, lenguaje de modelado UML, la herramienta CASE Visual Paradigm, el lenguaje de programación C++ y el marco de desarrollo Qt, como entorno de desarrollo QT Creator y la biblioteca Qwt5. Como resultado de este trabajo, además del módulo implementado, se obtuvo la ingeniería de requisitos y análisis del modelo de negocio de la información contenida en los registros de pozos de petróleo.

  13. Diseño e implementación de un sistema de control y monitoreo basado en HMI-PLC para un pozo de agua potable

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    José Carlos Quezada-Quezada; Ernesto Flores-García; Jorge Bautista-López; Víctor Quezada-Aguilar

    2014-01-01

    Este trabajo se enfoca al diseño e implementación en un banco de pruebas de un sistema de control y monitoreo de descarga de agua en un pozo de agua potable, utilizando equipo especializado para automatización. Se diseñan las interfaces gráficas de usuario (Graphical User Interface, GUI) para interactuar con el operador. La interfaz hombre-máquina (Human Machine Interface, HMI) se implementó en software propietario y contempla reglas para control y monitoreo de las condiciones del sistema par...

  14. Interpretación de pruebas de presión en pozos hidráulicamente fracturados parcialmente penetrados en yacimientos de gas bi-zonales

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    Freddy Humberto Escobar; Yu Long Zhao; Lie Hui Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Dada la creciente demanda en el fracturamiento de formación de baja permeabilidad, la interpretación matemática de datos de pozos se ha tornado importante para la generación de modelos matemáticos que estudien el comportamiento de la presión y se formulen metodologías para una caracterización más exacta de formaciones apretadas que contienen hidrocarburos. Por ende, en este artículo se presenta una metodología para interpretar pruebas de presión en yacimientos gasíferos bi-zonales drenados po...

  15. Use of milk progesterone radioimmunoassay and computer applications for community based reproductive health services in smallholder dairy farms of Bangladesh

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    We trained veterinarians, inseminators and farmers to increase their skills and compliance with project activities, used AIDA Asia (a computer application) to record and evaluate fertility of bulls and performance of inseminators, introduced measurement of progesterone (P4) in milk by radioimmunoassay (RIA) to detect artificial insemination (AI) done at incorrect time and non-pregnant cows, and adopted community-based veterinary services for the management of dairy cattle health and reproduction. Training inseminators increased their skills in doing AI correctly and training veterinarians improved their confidence in the management of reproductive problems in cows. Training farmers increased their compliance to adopt the interventions that were introduced. Milk preserved with sodium azide maintained stable P4 concentrations for at least two weeks. Milk P4 concentration was intermediate (≥1 - 1 nmol/L) P4 concentration in milk on day 22.24 after AI, indicating non-pregnancy. More than 12% of cows that did not return to heat by 35.60 days after AI were non-pregnant upon rectal palpation. One-hundred and thirty-eight such cows were examined and 52% were anoestrous, 11% were repeat breeders, 14% had uterine infections and 17.4% had escaped oestrus detection. Various treatment regimes were tested for reproductive problems including anoestrus, repeat breeding and uterine infections, and those proven to be successful were adopted of wider application. Zebu bulls achieved 3.5% higher conception rate (50.8%; n 1275) than did crossbred bulls (47.3%; n = 1256). Conception rates achieved by individual inseminators ranged between 45.5% and 54.1%. In conclusion, milk progesterone RIA identified AIs done at the incorrect time and nonpregnant cows; on-farm veterinary services identified non-detected oestrous cows, which could be treated and inseminated; and AIDA Asia proved useful in evaluating fertility of bulls and skills of inseminators. (author)

  16. Adding complex terrain and stable atmospheric condition capability to the OpenFOAM-based flow solver of the simulator for on/offshore wind farm applications (SOWFA)

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    Churchfield Matthew J.; Lee Sang; Moriarty Patrick J.

    2014-01-01

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Simulator for On/Offshore Wind Farm Applications contains an OpenFOAM-based flow solver for performing large-eddy simulation of flow through wind plants. The solver computes the atmospheric boundary layer flow and models turbines with actuator lines. Until recently, the solver was limited to flows over flat terrain and could only use the standard Smagorinsky subgrid-scale model. In this work, we present our improvements to the flow solver that enable...

  17. Adding Complex Terrain and Stable Atmospheric Condition Capability to the OpenFOAM-based Flow Solver of the Simulator for On/Offshore Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA): Preprint

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    Churchfield, M. J.; Sang, L.; Moriarty, P. J.

    2013-09-01

    This paper describes changes made to NREL's OpenFOAM-based wind plant aerodynamics solver such that it can compute the stably stratified atmospheric boundary layer and flow over terrain. Background about the flow solver, the Simulator for Off/Onshore Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) is given, followed by details of the stable stratification/complex terrain modifications to SOWFA, along with somepreliminary results calculations of a stable atmospheric boundary layer and flow over a simply set of hills.

  18. A novel low-cost mobile robot for rapid prototyping of precision farming applications

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    Jensen, Kjeld; Neerup, Mathias Mikkel; Larsen, Leon Bonde;

    to FrobitPro to field robot is therefore merely a matter of using different low level interface components. The FrobitPro robot is capable of carrying larger sensors such as RTK- GNSS, LIDAR and 3d stereo vision cameras. The platform supports interchangeable wheels for accurate indoor driving as well...... field experiments using field robots which is typically a demanding task in terms of time consumption and logistics. Small indoor robots are sometimes used to emulate the larger field robots which allows for rapid prototyping and intermediate testing in the laboratory before moving to the field...... experiments. In this work we present a novel FrobitPro robot platform designed for rapid prototyping of FroboMind field robot applications. FrobitPro has a fundamental design similar to many current wheeled and tracked robots such as the Kongskilde Robotti, and the workflow of migrating from simulation...

  19. Econometric application of linear programming: a model of Russian large-scale farm (the case of the Moscow Region)

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    Nikolai Svetlov

    2001-01-01

    Linear programming model and general reciprocity theorem in mathematical programming are used to ap-proach utility functions of six large-scale Russian (the Moscow Region) case farms representing different production patterns. Technological coefficients of linear programmes are defined by means of linear regression. The data over 311 farms operating in the Moscow Region in 1999 are used. The utility functions include depreciation, wages and social costs. These attributes are about as desirabl...

  20. Determinación de la orientación de esfuerzos actuales a partir de deformaciones tectónicas ("breakouts") en algunos pozos petroleros de los llanos orientales y del valle medio del magdalena, colombia

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    Castillo, Jorge Enrique; Mojica, Jairo

    2012-01-01

    Se midió la deformación tectónica ("breakouts")en tres pozos petroleros de los Llanos Orientales de Colombia (Llanos-1, Guayuriba- 2, Entrerríos-1) y en dos del Valle Medio del Magdalena (Bellavista-1 y Montoyas-1). En los pozos de los Llanos Orientales se dedujo una dirección de máxima compresión horizontalde 1380(azimuth Norte) y de 1120 en los del Valle Medio del Magdalena. Las elongaciones fueron determinadas a partir de los registros "caliper" del "dipmeter" de cuatro brazos.

  1. 75 FR 32737 - Farm Service Agency

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    2010-06-09

    ... Commodity Credit Corporation Farm Service Agency Information Collection; Application for Payment of Amounts... Corporation and Farm Service Agency, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Farm...

  2. A concurrent precursor inflow method for Large Eddy Simulations and applications to finite length wind farms

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    Stevens, Richard J A M; Meneveau, Charles

    2014-01-01

    In order to enable simulations of developing wind turbine array boundary layers with highly realistic inflow conditions a concurrent precursor method for Large Eddy Simulations is proposed. In this method we consider two domains simultaneously, i.e. in one domain a turbulent Atmospheric Boundary Layer (ABL) without wind turbines is simulated in order to generate the turbulent inflow conditions for a second domain in which the wind turbines are placed. The benefit of this approach is that a) it avoids the need for large databases in which the turbulent inflow conditions are stored and the correspondingly slow I/O operations and b) we are sure that the simulations are not negatively affected by statically swept fixed inflow fields or synthetic fields lacking the proper ABL coherent structures. Sample applications are presented, in which, in agreement with field data a strong decrease of the power output of downstream wind-turbines with respect to the first row of wind-turbines is observed for perfectly aligned ...

  3. Wind farm policy 1995

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    Argyll and Bute District Council, having received a number of planning applications for the erection of wind farms, seeks, in this document, to set out its environmental policy on these installations in line with national government guidelines and those from Strathclyde Regional Council. District Council policy on thirteen environmental issues connected with wind farm construction is set out, covering issues such as environmental impacts on wild-life, noise pollution, access for construction, maintenance and decommissioning vehicles as well as planning consent issues. Recommendations are made to four interested bodies, Strathclyde Regional Council, the Forestry Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. (UK)

  4. Effects of organic matter application on methane emission from paddy fields adopting organic farming system

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A study that was aimed to determine the effect of the use of organic manure and azolla on methane emission on paddy field of organic systems was conducted on paddy fields in the Gempol Village, Sambirejo District of Sragen Regency, Indonesia. The experimental design performed for this study was a completely randomized block design consisting of three factors; the factor I was rice cultivars (Mira-1; Mentik Wangi; Merah Putih; factor II was dose of organic manure (0 t/ha and 10 t/ha and factor III was Azolla inoculums dose (0 t/ha and 2 t/ha. Gas sampling was conducted 3 times in one growing season when the rice plants reached ages of 38, 66 and 90 days after planting. The results showed that there was no correlation between the uses of organic fertilizers for rice production on methane emission. The increase of methane emission was very much influenced by the redox potential. Methane emission from Mira-1 field was higher than that from Mentik Wangi and Merah Putih fields. Emission of methane gas from Mira-1 field ranged from -509.82 to 791.34 kg CH4/ha; that from Wangi ranged from -756.77 to d 547.50 kg CH4/ha and that from Merah Putih ranged from -399.63 to 459.94 kg CH4/ha. Application of 10 t organic manure /ha and 2 t azolla/ha in Mentik Wangi reduced methane emissions with a high rice production compared to Merah Putih and Mira-1.

  5. VERTICAL INTEGRATION IN AGRICULTURE AND CONTRACT FARMING

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    Rehber, Erkan

    1998-01-01

    It has been widely argued recently that agriculture is undergoing a process of vertical integration with allied industries. One of the worldwide ways of vertical integration in agriculture is contract farming. Contract farming is a continually evolving process. Worldwide applications of contract farming have shown that the terms of contracts are shaped by their own conditions and varied from product to product. Also, each country has its own experiences. Contract farming has many advantages f...

  6. Interpretación de pruebas de presión en pozos hidráulicamente fracturados parcialmente penetrados en yacimientos de gas bi-zonales

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    Freddy Humberto Escobar

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Dada la creciente demanda en el fracturamiento de formación de baja permeabilidad, la interpretación matemática de datos de pozos se ha tornado importante para la generación de modelos matemáticos que estudien el comportamiento de la presión y se formulen metodologías para una caracterización más exacta de formaciones apretadas que contienen hidrocarburos. Por ende, en este artículo se presenta una metodología para interpretar pruebas de presión en yacimientos gasíferos bi-zonales drenados por un pozo vertical hidráulicamente fracturado (penetración parcial o complete que utiliza el gráfico log-log de pseudopresión y derivada de pseudopresión. La metodología dada usa líneas y puntos característicos hallados en dicho gráfico de modo que se desarrollaron nuevas expresiones y correlaciones para longitud media de fractura, relación de penetración de la fractura, relaciones de movilidad y almacenaje, permeabilidad radial, tamaño de la zona interior, área de drenaje, permeabilidad vertical y factores de daño. Las expresiones nuevas se verificaron exitosamente mediante ejemplos sintéticos.

  7. Initial isotopic geochemistry ({delta} 18 O, {delta} D) of fluids from wells of the Los Humeros, Pue., geothermal field; Geoquimica isotopica ({delta} 18 O, {delta} D) inicial de fluidos de pozos del campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Pue.

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    Barragan Reyes, Rosa Maria; Arellano Gomez, Victor Manuel [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Gerencia de Geotermia, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)]. E-mail: rmb@iie.org.mx; Ramirez Montes, Miguel; Tovar Aguado, Rigoberto [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

    2010-01-15

    Isotopic data ({delta} 18 O, {delta} D) from fluids from production wells at the Los Humeros, Pue., geothermal field were analyzed to investigate the possible origin of these fluids and the dominant processes of the reservoir at its initial state. According to pre-exploitation data, it is suggested the Los Humeros reservoir fluids are made of a mixture of meteoric water of very light isotopic composition (paleo-fluids) and andesitic water. The relationship {delta} D vs {delta} 18 O from pre-exploitation data indicates the produced fluids are composed of a mixture of (at least) two fluids with distinct isotopic compositions. At the more enriched end of the mixing relationship are the isotopic compositions of the wells H-23 and H-18 (located in the southern area of the field), while the lighter fluids were found in well H-16 (originally) and then in well H-16 (repaired). It was found that the liquid phases of deep wells are more enriched in {delta} 18 O while the shallow wells present lower values, suggesting a convection process at the initial state. Based on this isotopic profile, it is considered that even the production depths of the wells H-1, H-12 and H-16 (repaired) are just about the same, but their respective isotopic compositions are quite different. The {delta} 18 O value for well H-16 (repaired) seems to be that of condensate steam, while the corresponding values for wells H-1 and H-12 fall within the value interval of the deep wells (H-23). This suggests wells H-1 and H-12 are collecting very deep fluids enriched in {delta} 18 O. These results could be useful in creating a conceptual model of the reservoir. [Spanish] Se analizaron datos isotopicos ({delta}18 O, {delta}D) de los fluidos de pozos productores del campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Pue., para investigar el posible origen de los fluidos asi como los procesos dominantes del yacimiento en su estado inicial. De acuerdo con datos previos a la explotacion, se plantea que los fluidos del yacimiento

  8. The Digital Application of Large-scale Farms%规模化养殖场的数字化应用

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    任锐; 左旭; 穆国冬

    2014-01-01

    吉林省是农业大省,畜牧业是吉林省农业发展的重点,有很多规模化养殖场、龙头企业发展迅猛,信息化建设存在很大发展空间。结合吉林省当前规模化养殖企业信息化发展的实际和当前国内外农业信息化发展经验,阐述信息化对促进畜牧生产发展的重要意义,提出促进规模化养殖场数字化应用发展的几个方面。规模化养殖场数字化应用的发展可以促进传统畜牧业的升级改造以及技术和管理的现代化转变,大大提高养殖企业经济效益,推动养殖企业现代化的发展步伐。%Jilin province is a big agricultural province, where animal husbandry is the key part in the development of agriculture. There are a lot of large-scale farms, leading enterprises to develop rapidly, and there is a great space for information construction. Combined with the actual informatization development of current large-scale farming enterprises in Jilin Province and the development experience of current domestic and foreign agricultural informatization, this paper expounded the significance of informatization to promote the development of livestock production, and put forward several aspects to promote the development of digital application in large-scale farms. The digital application of large-scale farms could promote the upgrading of the traditional animal husbandry and the development of modern transformation technology and management, so as to greatly improve the economic benefits of farming enterprise and promote the modernization pace of farming enterprises.

  9. Analysis and design of a parallel-connected single active bridge DC-DC converter for high-power wind farm applications

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    Park, Kiwoo; Chen, Zhe

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a parallel-connected Single Active Bridge (SAB) dc-dc converter for high-power applications. Paralleling lower-power converters can lower the current rating of each modular converter and interleaving the outputs can significantly reduce the magnitudes of input and output current...... ripples without increasing switching losses or device stresses. Analysis of both the input and output current characteristics and design aspects of the transformer, the filter inductor, and the input and output filter capacitors will be presented. Considering the high maintenance cost and fault tolerant...... requirements, this modular converter concept is expected to be highly beneficial especially for the offshore wind farm application....

  10. Amaranth farming

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    Bjarklev, Araceli; Kjær, Tyge; Kjærgård, Bente

    2008-01-01

    natural resources that small-scale farmers have to combat the abovementioned problems. The study identified several local and regional barriers for increasing the level of farming, production, processing and consumption. A striking and paradoxical limitation is the monopolization practices developed...

  11. Farm Auditing for Sustainability

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    Measures, Mark

    2004-01-01

    Policy makers have now established sustainability as the new aim for UK farming. The development of the Farm Audit for Sustainability involved identifying the objectives of sustainable farming, based on the Principles of organic farming as set out by the International Federation of Organic Farming Movements (IFOAM) and establishment of indicators to assess the effectiveness of individual farms in meeting these objectives. On-farm use of the Farm Audit demonstrated that the tool was able to pr...

  12. The Application Study of Supervisory Information System in Wind Farms%风电场生产实时监测系统的应用研究

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    李震领

    2013-01-01

    is paper describes the application of Supervisory Information System in China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Energy Co., Ltd., focusing on the Supervisory Information System and application of functional modules, including hardware, network integration and deployment, data collection and uploading, large screen display platform, client platform and application so ware. Practical application shows that the production of Supervisory Information System can assist wind power companies to improve the capability of remote control for wind farms comprehensively, and the level of operation and maintenance of wind farms, as well as reducing wind farm operation costs and promoting wind power company's management of information technology and equipment reliability.%  本文介绍生产实时监测系统在中广核风电有限公司的应用情况。重点阐述了针对中广核风电有限公司及下属分公司、风电场开发的生产实时监测系统及各应用功能模块,主要包括硬件网络集成与部署、风电场现场数据采集和上传、大屏幕展示平台、客户端平台及应用软件。实际应用表明,采用生产实时监测系统能够全面提高风电公司对风电场运行的远程管控能力,提升风电生产运维技术水平,降低风电场运行成本,推进风电公司运营管理信息化和设备可靠性管理建设进程。

  13. Remediación por Contaminación con Hidrocarburos en un Acuífero Colgado, Caso del Pozo AB-1089

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    Viviana Ramos Sánchez

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available En septiembre de 2004, se detecta un derrame de combustible en el pozo profundo (AB-1089, nivel de agua a 80 metros, ubicado en el Acuífero Colima Superior, fuente de importancia para el Gran Área Metropolitana, principalmente para las provincias de Heredia y San José (Costa Rica. El pozo comunica este acuífero con otro más profundo, el Colima Inferior. Se realizaron muestreos de aguas, suelos y roca iniciales en el 2004-2005 que permitieron conocer los estratos subyacentes y niveles de contaminación e identificando un acuífero colgado a 20 metros, donde se ubica la contaminación con el hidrocarburo. Datos periciales de autoridades judiciales basados en balances de inventario indican una fuga de casi 30 mil litros de hidrocarburos (diesel y gasolina, derramados durante el periodo 2003- 2004. Se cuenta con informe de geofísica del año 2006 que permitió delinear la fase libre (hidrocarburo supernatante contenida en el acuífero colgado e iniciar las labores de extracción de la fase libre. Informe de hidrogeólogos de EPA de 2007, en misión auspiciada por el OIEA, y solicitada por el gobierno local (Municipalidad de Belén, vecina al cantón afectado, indica la necesidad de clausurar el pozo AB-1089 definitivamente. La contaminación en el Acuífero Colima se ha detectado de manera clara solamente en el AB-1089, y no hay evidencia de avance de una pluma en los Acuíferos Colima, por lo que el cierre del pozo no se consideró nacionalmente como prioridad. El Gobierno costarricense solicitó la cooperación técnica de la OPS en el 2008, con el objetivo de analizar los datos hidrogeológicos y reportes existentes, para obtener recomendaciones sobre cursos de acción técnica y económicamente viables ante la incertidumbre sobre el grado de comunicación entre el acuífero colgado (20 metros y el Acuífero Colima Superior/ Inferior (por debajo de 80 metros, y el riesgo a la salud que dicha contaminación presenta. Las recomendaciones

  14. Application of risk perception and communication strategies to manage disease outbreaks of coastal shrimp farming in developing countires

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    Ahsan, Dewan

    2008-01-01

    farming like, production risks, technical risks, economical risks and disease of shrimp. However, risk of economic losses due to shrimp mortality (for diseases) is the major concern of the shrimp producers of Bangladesh, India, Thailand, China and many other countries. Poor water quality and high stocking...

  15. Isotopic Evolution of Wells in the Geothermal Field of Los Azufres, Michoacan, Mexico; Evolucion isotopica de fluidos de pozos del campo geotermico de Los Azufres, Michoacan, Mexico

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    Barragan Reyes, Rosa Maria; Portugal Marin, Enrique; Arellano Gomez, Victor Manel; Aragon Aguilar, Alfonso [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (Mexico); Sandoval Medina, Fernando [Comision Federal de Electricidad (Mexico)

    2002-12-01

    Isotopic ({delta}{sup 1}8 O and {delta}D) data from production and reinjection web fluids from the Los Azufres geothermal field were interpreted in order to define reservoir evolution and the occurrence of physical processes as a result of exploitation. The study included data of 30 wells, which were sampled in September, 2000. General results indicate that different phenomena seem to occur in both zones of the field. In the southern zone there are two different trends of behavior: a mixture of fluids evidenced by the {delta}D versus {delta}{sup 1}8 O trend with a positive slope, was interpreted as the result of reservoir vapor separation at a temperature above 220 Celsius degrees, since for temperatures above 220 Celsius degrees deuterium behaves as a volatile component. No well-defined {delta}{sup D} vs {delta}{sup 1}8 O trend was found for the northern zone, but some points seem to fit the same negative slope trend found in the souther zone. The study of reservoir temperatures estimated by different approaches for particular wells through time, as well as temperature results obtained with a heat and flow well simulator, suggest that reservoir boiling occurs in localized areas in both zone of the field. This process is probably due to exploitation. [Spanish] Se interpretaron datos isotopicos ({delta}{sup 1}8 O y {delta}D) de fluidos de pozos productores y de reinyeccion del campo geotermico de Los Azufres, Michoacan, Mexico, para definir la evolucion del yacimiento y la ocurrencia de procesos fisicos como resultado de la explotacion. En el estudio se consideran datos de treinta pozos segun el muestreo realizado en septiembre de 2000. El estudio de la evolucion en el tiempo de las estimaciones de temperatura de yacimiento mediante diferentes tecnicas, asi como la temperatura obtenida de simulacion de pozos, sugiere que ocurre ebullicion en areas localizadas en ambas zonas del campo debido a la explotacion. Los resultados generales indican la existencia de

  16. Futuristic Farming

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    2006-01-01

    Cross-strait agricultural relations look good judging by the founding of a Taiwanese-backed coffee farm in Hainan Lin Wen-ding's story is an ironic one. Once a leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, which is often at odds with Chinese mainland policies, Lin Wen-ding now resides in south China's Hainan Province, a success story of better cross-strait relations. Lin Wen-ding, who dropped his politi-

  17. Assessing managerial performance using non-parametric distance functions compared to technical and accounting ratio analysis: an application to French farms in Nord-Pas-de-Calais specialized in field crops

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    Blancard, Stéphane; Boussemart, Jean-Philippe; Debruyne, Michel; Université des Sciences et Technologies (Bordeaux 1)

    2006-01-01

    This paper highlights the operational possibilities of applying non-parametric distance functions to diagnose farm performance. An empirical application on 178 farms in the Pas de Calais region specialized in field crops and observed over the period 1994-2001 establishes the coherence of this method compared to the usual approaches based on technical and accounting ratios. In addition, our results highlight the relevance of the additional information which is being generated by dissociating t...

  18. Los macroinvertebrados bentónicos de pozo azul (Cuenca del río Gaira, Colombia) y su relación con la calidad del agua The Benthonic Macroinvertebrates of Pozo Azul (Gaira River Basin, Colombia) and their Relationship with Water Quality

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    Manjarrés-Hernández Ana; Núñez-Padilla Norbelis; Guerrero-Bolaño Francisco

    2003-01-01

    En julio de 2002 se realizó el estudio de algunos parámetros fisicoquímicos y la estructura de la comunidad de macroinvertebrados bentónicos asociados a cuatro coriotipos (piedra, hojarasca, sedimento y macrófitas) en el sector de Pozo Azul sobre la cuenca del río Gaira (Magdalena, Colombia). Se discute la relación entre la estructura de la comunidad y la calidad del agua del sector. Los parámetros fisicoquímicos estuvieron determinados en gran medida por las características geográficas del s...

  19. POZO MORO Y LOS CAMBIOS SOCIO-ECONÓMICOS DE LA PROTOHISTORIA IBÉRICA DURANTE LOS SIGLOS V Y IV ANTES DE NUESTRA ERA (Pozo Moro and the socio-economic changes of Iberian protohistory during the 5th and 4th centuries BC)

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    Pascual Izquierdo-Egea

    2009-01-01

    Años atrás desarrollamos y propusimos una nueva metodología para medir estadísticamente el gasto funerario y establecer su relación con las fluctuaciones económicas de la civilización ibérica, obteniendo resultados sumamente significativos. Ahora, sin perder de vista esa columna vertebral como referente obligado, la necrópolis de Pozo Moro aporta novedades esclarecedoras sobre el pasado protohistórico de estos pueblos prerromanos durante los siglos V y IV antes de nuestra era. ENGLISH: Years ...

  20. Application of Bordeaux mixture for Botrytis control in passion fruit (Passiflora ligularis Juss) cultivated under organic farming in the Andean region

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    J. Vega; Escobar, B.; Velázquez Martí, Borja

    2013-01-01

    [EN] The aim of this research was the determination of the best conditions for applying Bordeaux mixture for the control of gray mold or rot (Botrytis cinerea) in passion fruit (Passiflora ligularis Juss) grown in organic farming in the Andes. This disease is responsible for nearly 30% loss of production in the province of Tungurahua (Ecuador). To do this, three doses and four frequencies of application in two locations were evaluated. The locations were in the sectors El Galpón and Runtun wh...

  1. Problematic economic environment, landscape characterization for relief in an area of ​​the Pampa Loesica plana, pozo del Molle, Cordoba, Argentina

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    This research work was made in Argentina, province of Córdoba, near Pozo del Molle. Located East of the plain of Córdoba, in the geomorphological unit Pampean Loessic Plain. The landscape of this area is made of flat media rises framed by elongated depressions oriented mainly to the SW - NE y NW - SE, in which intersection flooded low-lying area are generated temporally. The human impact, together with the climate changes, mainly the increase in precipitations, affects the economic-environmental problems of the area. The elongated depressions are considered, globally, a problem, because of the soil erosion, in these depression, the agricultural production is reduced. Because of de complexity of the landscape, it was made different searches of topographical parameters, density of low-lying areas and soil variation. With all final results, the economic-environmental units was identified, usefull to make tax relief procedures, and for relate these variations with the soil productivity

  2. Vertical Farming

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    Molina Núñez, Antonio José

    2012-01-01

    El fin de la instalación es producir frutas y verduras utilizando la menor superficie posible en planta, debido a la escasez y encarecimiento de esta, incremento de la población y desertificación. Para ello esta modalidad de plantación, Vertical farming, utiliza el desarrollo en altura, aprovechando la superficie lo máximo posible combinado con una nueva técnica, hidroponia, que es la forma de cultivar las plantas sin tierra. Facultad de Ciencias de la Empresa Universidad...

  3. Sustainable farming

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    Jones, David

    1994-01-01

    Farming is a threat to the natural environment in rich as well as poor countries, but the human stakes are now much higher in the developing world, where food needs are acute and growing rapidly. Roughly 700 million people in developing countries do not have access to sufficient food supplies to meet their needs for a healthy and productive life. Already because of population growth, the developing world is being asked to feed 88 million additional people every year. How can this production t...

  4. A case study of a precision fertilizer application task generation for wheat based on classified hyperspectral data from UAV combined with farm history data

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    Kaivosoja, Jere; Pesonen, Liisa; Kleemola, Jouko; Pölönen, Ilkka; Salo, Heikki; Honkavaara, Eija; Saari, Heikki; Mäkynen, Jussi; Rajala, Ari

    2013-10-01

    Different remote sensing methods for detecting variations in agricultural fields have been studied in last two decades. There are already existing systems for planning and applying e.g. nitrogen fertilizers to the cereal crop fields. However, there are disadvantages such as high costs, adaptability, reliability, resolution aspects and final products dissemination. With an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based airborne methods, data collection can be performed cost-efficiently with desired spatial and temporal resolutions, below clouds and under diverse weather conditions. A new Fabry-Perot interferometer based hyperspectral imaging technology implemented in an UAV has been introduced. In this research, we studied the possibilities of exploiting classified raster maps from hyperspectral data to produce a work task for a precision fertilizer application. The UAV flight campaign was performed in a wheat test field in Finland in the summer of 2012. Based on the campaign, we have classified raster maps estimating the biomass and nitrogen contents at approximately stage 34 in the Zadoks scale. We combined the classified maps with farm history data such as previous yield maps. Then we generalized the combined results and transformed it to a vectorized zonal task map suitable for farm machinery. We present the selected weights for each dataset in the processing chain and the resultant variable rate application (VRA) task. The additional fertilization according to the generated task was shown to be beneficial for the amount of yield. However, our study is indicating that there are still many uncertainties within the process chain.

  5. POZO MORO Y LOS CAMBIOS SOCIO-ECONÓMICOS DE LA PROTOHISTORIA IBÉRICA DURANTE LOS SIGLOS V Y IV ANTES DE NUESTRA ERA (Pozo Moro and the socio-economic changes of Iberian protohistory during the 5th and 4th centuries BC

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    Pascual Izquierdo-Egea

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Años atrás desarrollamos y propusimos una nueva metodología para medir estadísticamente el gasto funerario y establecer su relación con las fluctuaciones económicas de la civilización ibérica, obteniendo resultados sumamente significativos. Ahora, sin perder de vista esa columna vertebral como referente obligado, la necrópolis de Pozo Moro aporta novedades esclarecedoras sobre el pasado protohistórico de estos pueblos prerromanos durante los siglos V y IV antes de nuestra era. ENGLISH: Years ago we developed and proposed a new methodology for measuring statistically the funeral expense and establish its relationship with the economic fluctuations of Iberian civilization, getting highly significant results. Now, without losing sight the spine as a point of reference, Pozo Moro cemetery provides enlightening updates on the protohistoric past of these pre-Roman peoples during the V and IV centuries BC.

  6. Criteria to determine the depth of the production interval in wells of the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, Mexico; Criterios para determinar la profundidad del intervalo productor en pozos del campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto, Mexico

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    Leon Vivar, Jesus Saul de [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Residencia General de Cerro Prieto, Mexicali, B.C. (Mexico)]. E-mail: jesus.deleon@cfe.gob.mx

    2006-07-15

    Ways to select the depth of the production interval or to complete wells in the Cerro Prieto geothermal field have changed during the development of the field. From 1961 when drilling began to the middle of 2005, a total of 325 wells were drilled. The paper compares the approaches used in the past with those of the last ten years. The Cerro Prieto system has been classified as being of liquid-dominated and high-temperature. Today, after 33 years of commercial exploitation, it has experienced a series of thermal and geochemical fluid changes making it necessary to modify the ways to select the depth of the well production intervals, according to the observed behavior of the reservoir. The new criteria include the thermal approach, the geological approach, the geochemical approach and a comparative approach with neighboring wells. If most of these criteria are interpreted correctly, the success of a well is ensured. [Spanish] Los criterios para seleccionar la profundidad del intervalo productor o la terminacion de los pozos en el campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto han cambiado durante el desarrollo del mismo. De 1961, cuando se perforaron los primeros pozos, hasta mediados del 2005 se han perforado un total de 325 pozos. En el presente articulo se hara una breve revision de cuales han sido los criterios usados en el pasado y los que se han venido empleando en los ultimos diez anos. El yacimiento de Cerro Prieto ha sido clasificado como de liquido dominante, de alta temperatura, pero actualmente, despues de 33 anos de explotacion comercial, ha sufrido una serie de cambios termicos y geoquimicos en sus fluidos, por lo que ha sido necesario modificar los criterios para seleccionar la profundidad del intervalo productor de los pozos de acuerdo al comportamiento observado en el yacimiento. Los criterios actuales se dividen en cuatro: 1. Criterio termico, 2. Criterio geologico, 3. Criterio geoquimico y 4. Criterio comparativo de los pozos vecinos. Cuando la mayoria de estos

  7. SNP及其在鱼类养殖中的应用%A Review of the SNP and Its Application in Fish-Farming

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    邹刚刚; 陈永久; 吴常文

    2012-01-01

    With the development of fish-farming, genetic traits of some important breeding stocks need improving urgently. The technology of molecular markers can play a significant role in the process of selection and improvement for breeders and genetic traits. As the third generation of molecular markers, in some of the practical applications, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) markers appear to be better than the microsatellites, for example, stability, abundance, and automated analysis. However, SNP is relatively little used in the fish-farming, so it is necessary to review the status of current advance of SNP technology in the fish farming, which would promote the post-SNP breeding orogramdevelooment .%随着鱼类水产养殖业的不断发展,亟需对一些重要的养殖种群进行遗传性状的改良和良种的选育,而分子标记技术可以大大加快良种选育和性状改良的的过程。作为第三代的分子标记技术,SNP分子标记在一些实际应用当中体现出了比微卫星技术更优越,例如遗传稳定性高、高密度、便于自动化分析等优点。目前SNP在鱼类应用中比较少,因此有必要对SNP在鱼类养殖中的发展现状进行总结,这将对于后期SNP分子标记技术养殖中的发展起到推动作用。

  8. Tank Farm Interim Surface Barrier Materials And Runoff Alternatives Study

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    This report identifies candidate materials and concepts for interim surface barriers in the single-shell tank farms. An analysis of these materials for application to the TY tank farm is also provided.

  9. TANK FARM INTERIM SURFACE BARRIER MATERIALS AND RUNOFF ALTERNATIVES STUDY

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    HOLM MJ

    2009-06-25

    This report identifies candidate materials and concepts for interim surface barriers in the single-shell tank farms. An analysis of these materials for application to the TY tank farm is also provided.

  10. Murine Depression Model and its Potential Applications for Discovering Foods and Farm Products with Antidepressant-Like Effects

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    Goto, Tatsuhiko; Tomonaga, Shozo; Okayama, Tsuyoshi; Toyoda, Atsushi

    2016-01-01

    Advanced societies face increased health problems related to various stresses. Chronic psychological stress is a major risk factor for psychiatric disorders such as depression. Although therapeutic agents reduce several symptoms of depression, most have side effects in a broad range of the population. Furthermore, some victims of depression do not show significant improvement with any drugs, so alternative approaches are needed. Good dietary habits may potentially reduce depressive symptoms, but there is little scientific evidence thus far. Murine depression models are useful to test nutritional approaches in vivo. Our model mice subjected to a subchronic mild social defeat stress (sCSDS) paradigm show several alterations in physiological parameters and social behavior. These stress-induced symptoms in sCSDS mice can be used as cues to identify antidepressant-like natural resources including foods and farm products. We previously discovered that sCSDS mice show more vulnerability to social stress by changing dietary condition. In addition, we developed a more objective system for analyzing mouse behavior using a 3D depth-sensing camera to understand relationships between diet and behavior. The combination of sCSDS mice with 3D behavioral analysis is a powerful method for screening ingredients in foods and farm products for antidepressant-like effects. PMID:26973450

  11. Murine Depression Model and its Potential Applications for Discovering Foods and Farm Products with Antidepressant-Like Effects.

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    Goto, Tatsuhiko; Tomonaga, Shozo; Okayama, Tsuyoshi; Toyoda, Atsushi

    2016-01-01

    Advanced societies face increased health problems related to various stresses. Chronic psychological stress is a major risk factor for psychiatric disorders such as depression. Although therapeutic agents reduce several symptoms of depression, most have side effects in a broad range of the population. Furthermore, some victims of depression do not show significant improvement with any drugs, so alternative approaches are needed. Good dietary habits may potentially reduce depressive symptoms, but there is little scientific evidence thus far. Murine depression models are useful to test nutritional approaches in vivo. Our model mice subjected to a subchronic mild social defeat stress (sCSDS) paradigm show several alterations in physiological parameters and social behavior. These stress-induced symptoms in sCSDS mice can be used as cues to identify antidepressant-like natural resources including foods and farm products. We previously discovered that sCSDS mice show more vulnerability to social stress by changing dietary condition. In addition, we developed a more objective system for analyzing mouse behavior using a 3D depth-sensing camera to understand relationships between diet and behavior. The combination of sCSDS mice with 3D behavioral analysis is a powerful method for screening ingredients in foods and farm products for antidepressant-like effects. PMID:26973450

  12. Murine depression model and its potential applications for discovering foods and farm products with antidepressant-like effects

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    Tatsuhiko eGoto

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Advanced societies face increased health problems related to various stresses. Chronic psychological stress is a major risk factor for psychiatric disorders such as depression. Although therapeutic agents reduce several symptoms of depression, most have side effects in a broad range of the population. Furthermore, some victims of depression do not show significant improvement with any drugs, so alternative approaches are needed. Good dietary habits may potentially reduce depressive symptoms, but there is little scientific evidence thus far. Murine depression models are useful to test nutritional approaches in vivo. Our model mice subjected to a subchronic mild social defeat stress (sCSDS paradigm show several alterations in physiological parameters and social behavior. These stress-induced symptoms in sCSDS mice can be used as cues to identify antidepressant-like natural resources including foods and farm products. We previously discovered that sCSDS mice show more vulnerability to social stress by changing dietary condition. In addition, we developed a more objective system for analyzing mouse behavior using a 3D depth-sensing camera to understand relationships between diet and behavior. The combination of sCSDS mice with 3D behavioral analysis is a powerful method for screening ingredients in foods and farm products for antidepressant-like effects.

  13. Analysis of production data and fluid thermodynamic conditions in wells of Los Humeros, Pue; Analisis de datos de produccion y condiciones termodinamicas del fluido de alimentacion de pozos de Los Humeros, Pue.

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    Arellano Gomez, Victor Manuel; Aragon Aguilar, Alfonso; Barragan Reyes, Rosa Maria [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Gerencia de Geotermia, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Flores Armenta, Magaly; Ramirez Montes, Miguel [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico); Tovar Aguado, Rigoberto [Comision Federal de Electricidad (Mexico)]. E-mail: vag@iie.org.mx

    2008-07-15

    Production data from 22 wells of the Los Humeros geothermal field in Puebla, Mexico, were analyzed to estimate the thermodynamic conditions (pressure and enthalpy) of the bottom-hole fluids entering the wells and the changes to the fluids after exploitation. The bottom-well conditions were obtained by simulating the production histories of the wells, using the WELLSIM numerical simulator. The reservoir temperature was estimated by the FT-HSH2 gas-equilibrium method, which provided values matching very well the measured-well temperatures under static conditions. To estimate the rates of change of the well-bottom thermodynamic variables-pressure and enthalpy-the linear and the harmonic methods were used. According to these models, overall results indicated pressure-decline rates of between 0.92 (linear method) and 1.03 bar/year (harmonic method), average enthalpy increases of between 9.4 (linear) and 10.3 (harmonic) kJ/kg/year, and a temperature increase of about 1.2 degrees Celsius/year (linear method). These rates of parameter change were considered moderate, likely due to recharge from the deeper reservoir. The wells showing higher-pressure declines were H-35, H-1, and H-1D; and the wells showing higher-enthalpy increases were H-1D, H-3D, and H-19D. Most wells showed temperature increases, although a temperature decrease was noticed in wells H-16R and H-36, probably due to mechanical damage in the wells or weak communication with the deeper reservoir. [Spanish] Se realizo un analisis de los datos de produccion de 22 pozos del campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Pue., Mexico, con objeto de estimar las condiciones termodinamicas (presion y entalpia) de sus fluidos de alimentacion y su evolucion en el tiempo como respuesta a la explotacion. Las condiciones a fondo de pozo se obtuvieron al simular las historias de produccion de los pozos mediante el simulador numerico WELLSIM. La temperatura de fondo se estimo mediante el metodo de equilibrio gaseoso FT-HSH2 ya que fue

  14. Application of DHI to Scale Dairy Farm%DHI在规模奶牛场中的应用

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    冯存丽; 张晓龙; 马继贤

    2015-01-01

    Using the DHI report data of a scale dairy farm in Helan county in Ningxia from December 2013 to November 2014, the indicators such as the milk yield, milk fat, milk protein, somatic cells, etc., are traced and analyzed. The results showed that in the dairy farm, the dairy cow diet was unreasonable, the sustainable lactation capability was poor, the somatic cells were sometimes high and sometimes low, the environmental mastitis existed, the fat to protein ratio was high, the dairy diet structure was irrational, the average number of days of lactation was too long and the reproductive problems existed in the cows. It is suggested that efforts should be made to get improvement in the production performance of the dairy cattle in the farm from the following aspects: First, adjust the diets for the lactating cows and make the diets being balanced in nu-trition and the energy to protein ratio. Second, control the environmental sanitation to reduce the incidence of environmental mastitis, the cows with too high somatic cells should be submitted to be treated by the vet. Third, strengthen reproductive management, shorten the number of days of lactation and reduce potential economic losses.%利用宁夏贺兰县某规模牛场2013年12月至2014年11月DHI报告数据,对奶牛产奶量、乳脂率、乳蛋白、体细胞等指标进行跟踪分析,结果表明:该牛场泌乳牛日粮不合理,泌乳持续力差,体细胞时高时低,存在环境性乳房炎,脂蛋比偏高,奶牛日粮结构不合理,平均泌乳天数过长,奶牛存在繁殖问题。建议牛场从以下方面改进,从而提高奶牛生产性能:①调整泌乳牛日粮,使日粮营养均衡,能蛋平衡;②控制环境卫生降低环境性乳房炎发病率,对体细胞过高的牛只报送兽医处理;③加强繁殖管理,缩短泌乳天数,减少潜在的经济损失。

  15. Cost model for geothermal wells applied to the Cerro Prieto geothermal field case, BC Abstract; Modelo de costeo de pozos geotermicos aplicado para el caso del campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto, BC

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    Vaca Serrano, Jaime M.E [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)]. E-mail: jaime.vaca@cfe.gob.mx

    2008-01-15

    A project for drilling geothermal wells to produce electrical energy can be defined as a sequence of plans to get steam or geothermal fluids to satisfy a previously known demand, and, under the best possible conditions, to obtain payment. This paper presents a cost model for nine wells drilled at the Cerro Prieto geothermal field in 2005 and 2006 to supply steam to the power plants operating in the field. The cost model is based on the well cost, the initial steam production, the annual decline of steam, the drilling schedule and the break-even point for each well. The model shows the cost of steam by the ton and the sale price needed to determine the discount rate and the investment return time. [Spanish] Un proyecto de perforacion de pozos geotermicos puede definirse como una secuencia o sucesion de planes para obtener vapor o fluidos geotermicos destinados a satisfacer una demanda previamente determinada, que se emplearan principalmente para generar energia electrica, bajo las mejores condiciones para obtener un pago. Este trabajo presenta un modelo de costeo para nueve pozos en el campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto, que fueron perforados entre 2005 y 2006 como parte del suministro de vapor para las plantas generadoras que operan en este campo. El modelo de costeo se basa en el costo por pozo, la produccion inicial de vapor, la declinacion anual de vapor, los intereses de las obras de perforacion y el punto de equilibrio para cada pozo. Los resultados permiten conocer el costo de la tonelada de vapor y el precio de venta para determinar la tasa de descuento y el tiempo de retorno de la inversion.

  16. Corrosion in pipelines and well casings at the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, BC; Corrosion en tuberias de linea y de revestimiento de pozos del campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto, BC

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    Miranda Herrera, Carlos A.; Canchola Felix, Ismael; Raygoza Flores, Joaquin; Mora Perez, Othon [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Residencia General de Cerro Prieto, Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico)]. E-mail: carlos.miranda02@cfe.gob.mx

    2009-07-15

    In the area called Poligono Hidalgo, inside the Cerro Prieto IV zone in the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, BC, corrosion has occurred in the last few years on well casings and pipelines used for geothermal fluids. Corrosion test results are presented here for pipes, type API L-80 and ASTM A-53 grade B, which were subjected to condensate from wells 403 and 424. These wells have thrown corroded material from their respective casings. With these data we pinpoint corrosive conditions in this field area and determine which pipes are adequate to case wells in similar chemical, production conditions to minimize adverse effects and extend the life of the well, allowing more efficient exploitation of the deepest production zones in the reservoir. [Spanish] En el campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto, BC, dentro del area del Poligono Hidalgo en el sector conocido como Cerro Prieto IV, algunos pozos han presentado en los ultimos anos desgastes en sus tuberias de revestimiento y en las tuberias de linea para el transporte del fluido geotermico. Se presentan resultados de pruebas de corrosion con tuberias tipo API L-80 y ASTM A-53 grado B al ser sometidas al condensado de los pozos 403 y 424, los cuales han estado arrojando material de sus respectivas tuberias de revestimiento. Con estos datos se pretende conocer las condiciones corrosivas de esa zona del campo y determinar cual seria la tuberia ideal a utilizar en pozos con condiciones quimicas de produccion semejantes a fin de minimizar este efecto adverso y prolongar la vida de los pozos, a la vez que se permita la explotacion eficiente de las zonas productoras mas profundas del yacimiento.

  17. Organic farming at the farm level

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    Jacobsen, Brian H.; Madsen, Niels; Ørum, Jens Erik

    part of a larger project entitled “Economic analyses of the future development of organic farming – effects at the field, farm, sector and macroeconomic level”. The project links effects at the field-level with analyses at the farm level. These effects are then used in sector and macroeconomic analyses......The purpose of this report is to present possible impacts of new technology and changes in legislation on the profitability of different types of organic farms. The aim is also to look at both the current and future trends in the organic area in Denmark. The farm level analyses are carried out as...

  18. Considering capital goods in life cycle assessments by input-output analysis. Offshore wind farm as an application example

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    Capital goods are not normally taken into consideration in assessing the sustainability of products on the basis of life cycle assessments. Capital goods are machines and buildings that are used for production purposes over the course of a product's life cycle. Using an offshore wind farm as an example the present study shows how capital goods can be taken into account via a methodologically expanded input-output analysis and thus factored into the life cycle assessment. Besides comparing different calculation methods the author performs a detailed analysis of those parameters with the greatest influence on the outcome. The results show that capital goods have a substantial impact on sustainability in both energy-related and environmental terms. Capital goods should therefore be taken into consideration in life cycle assessments.

  19. The SLIMITRE system: T-P-CCL registry in high temperature oil wells; El sistema SLIMITRE: registro T-P-CCL en pozos petroleros de alta temperatura

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    Iglesias R, Eduardo and others [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2001-07-01

    PEMEX Exploration and Production (PEP), through its Management of Well Productivity of the Subdivision of Technology and Professional Development (GTDP) and of its Active Luna, faced the problematic of carrying out simultaneous recordings of temperature and pressure in high temperature flowing wells. Capitalizing the experience and know-how of the Gerencia de Geotermia (GG) of the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) in this field, it ordered the resolution of the described problematic, by means of the development of appropriate tools. In order to compliment this order, the GG of the IIE developed the SLIMETRE system, in close collaboration with the personnel of PEP involved in the project. This project framed in the Agreement of Collaboration for the rendering of services between PEMEX Exploration and Production and the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas. In the sections that follow appear the main parameters of design, the architecture of the system is explained, the tools and the subsystem of data acquisition are described; the obtained results are exposed and the conclusions appear. [Spanish] Pemex Exploracion y Produccion (PEP), a traves de su Gerencia de Productividad de Pozos de la Subdireccion de Tecnologia y Desarrollo Profesional (GTDP) y de su Activo Luna, encaro la problematica de efectuar registros simultaneos de temperatura y presion en pozos fluyentes de alta temperatura. Capitalizando la experiencia y know-how de la Gerencia de Geotermia (GG) del Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) en dicho campo, le encargo la resolucion de la problematica descrita, mediante el desarrollo de herramientas apropiadas. Para cumplimentar dicho encargo, la GG del IIE desarrollo el sistema SLIMETRE, en estrecha colaboracion con el personal de PEP involucrado en el proyecto. Este proyecto se enmarco en el Convenio de Colaboracion para la prestacion de servicios entre Pemex Exploracion y Produccion y el Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas. En

  20. ALGORITMO COMPUTACIONAL PARA PREDECIR EL GRADIENTE DE PRESIÓN EN POZOS VERTICALES MEDIANTE LA CORRELACIÓN DE FLUJO MULTIFÁSICO DE HAGEDORN Y BROWN

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    Duarte, Luis

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available La precisión en la predicción de la caída de presión esperada durante el flujo multifásico de fluido en la sarta de producción de un pozo es un problema ampliamente conocido en la industria petrolera. Son muchas las correlaciones y modelos mecanísticos que permiten estimar el gradiente de presión en pozos como las correlaciones de: Duns y Ros (2008; Orkiszewski (1967; Hagedorn y Brown (1965, Beggs y Brill (1973, Govier y col. (1999, entre otras. Cada una de ellas presentan condiciones de aplicación y consideraciones que las constituyen en aproximaciones teóricas para solucionar problemas prácticos, fundamentadas normalmente en las leyes físicas que controlan la dinámica del fluido clásico basadas en las formulaciones y soluciones de la ecuación de Navier-Stokes. El estudio del gradiente de presión que ocurre durante el flujo de fluidos multifásico en tuberías es extremadamente complejo por el gran número de variables involucradas. Por tal motivo, este artículo se basa en la realización de un programa computacional de la correlación de Hagedorn y Brown (1965, detallando científicamente el modelo matemático de la correlación generalizada de Hagedorn y Brown (1965 y la aproximación numérica con el conjunto de consideraciones y correlaciones numéricas para las propiedades de los fluidos y yacimiento, establecer el algoritmo computacional para el análisis nodal del flujo multifásico vertical en tubería, presentar el código implementado en Microsoft Excel VBA 2010 y por último validar la implementación mediante un software comercial PIPESIM 2009, como muestra de la precisión y garantía de los criterios tomados en cuenta durante el desarrollo computacional del programa. Esta implementación es muy importante porque permite predecir las pérdidas de energía del flujo de fluidos vertical en tuberías considerando todas las variables involucradas y permitiendo realizar sensibilidades numéricas para facilitar el an

  1. Estimation of production characteristic curves of geothermal wells and of the permeability of rocky formations through one single mass flow-pressure-enthalpy (W-P-h) measurement at the wellhead; Estimacion de curvas caracteristicas de produccion de pozos geotermicos y de permeabilidades de formaciones rocosas a partir de una sola medicion flujo masico-presion- entalpia (W-P-h) a boca de pozo

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    L Moya, Sara; Aragon, Alfonso [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1997-12-31

    The proposed methodology described ahead (Moya et al.,1996; Moya et al.,1997a, 1997b and 1997c) simplifies the construction of production characteristic curves of geothermal wells and of its associated thermal productivity, in requiring one single measurement of mass flow-pressure-enthalpy (W-P-h) at the wellhead. Therefore it is an ecological option, technically and economically more feasible. On the other hand, the methodology also allows to diagnose the rocky formation absolute permeability in the well feeding zone. This permeability is usually determined through well bottom pressure tests, than in some cases are difficult to interpret. The permeability inferred by means of the proposed technology represents a complementary tool for these field tests and for the laboratory measurements on drilling cores. [Espanol] La metodologia propuesta que se describe a continuacion [Moya et al., 1995d; Moya et al., 1996; Moya et al., 1997a, 1997b y 1997c] simplifica la construccion de curvas caracteristicas de produccion de pozos geotermicos y de su productividad termica asociada al requerir solo una medicion de flujo masico-presion-entalpia (W-P-h) a boca de pozo. Es por tanto una alternativa ecologica, tecnica y economicamente mas factible. Por otra parte, la metodologia tambien permite diagnosticar el valor de la permeabilidad absoluta de la formacion rocosa en la zona de alimentacion al pozo. Esta permeabilidad se determina usualmente a partir de pruebas de presion a fondo de pozo que en algunos casos son dificiles de interpretar. La permeabilidad inferida mediante la metodologia propuesta representa una herramienta complementaria a estas pruebas de campo y a las mediciones de laboratorio sobre nucleos de perforacion.

  2. 78 FR 49460 - Notice of Funding Availability of Applications (NOFA) for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans...

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    ..., national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political... efficient building standards; Applicants who participate in a city, county or municipality program, will... in a city, county or municipality program, will receive an additional 2 points. The applicant...

  3. Studies for recovering injection capacity in wells of the Cerro Prieto, BC, geothermal field; Estudios para recuperar la capacidad de aceptacion en pozos inyectores del campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto, BC

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    Alvarez Rosales, Julio [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Residencia General de Cerro Prieto, Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico)]. E-mail: julio.alvarez@cfe.gob.mx

    2010-01-15

    As in geothermal fields around the world, at Cerro Prieto geothermal field, Baja California, former exploratory and production wells are used to inject residual brine. Since the 1980s, studies and activities have been carried out to find ways to recharge the reservoir and dispose of brine without harming the environment or underground aquifers. These include infiltration and cold-and-hot injection. Some of the studies are presented here, including analyses of litho-facies; core samples; pressure, temperature and spinner logs; well tests and injection rates-plus some studies on the shallow aquifer. All have been useful in fulfilling requirements made by environmental authorities. Because injection rates constantly decrease due to formation damage, it is proposed an additional technique be used to reduce such damages and prolong the lifetime of cold-and-hot injection wells-while ensuring the environment and shallow aquifers are not affected. [Spanish] Al igual que en diversos campos geotermicos en el mundo, en el de Cerro Prieto, Baja California se han utilizado tanto pozos inyectores perforados ex profeso como antiguos pozos exploratorios y productores para inyectar el fluido residual al subsuelo. Desde la decada de los 80 se han realizado diversos estudios y acciones en ese campo geotermico para recargar al yacimiento y para disponer del fluido residual, sin ocasionar danos al ambiente ni a los cuerpos hidricos del subsuelo, que van desde la infiltracion hasta la inyeccion en frio y en caliente. Este articulo presenta los diferentes estudios realizados con ese objetivo en el campo, incluyendo el analisis de litofacies, de nucleos de formacion, de registros de presion, temperatura y spinner, las pruebas en pozos y analisis de tasas de aceptacion, asi como los efectuados en el acuifero superficial. Todos ellos han sido de utilidad para atender los requerimientos de las autoridades ambientales. Finalmente, y en virtud de que las tasas de aceptacion de los pozos

  4. Salud y paisaje: contribución desde el termalismo a la revitalización de zonas rurales (el caso de Pozo Amargo, Cuenca Del Guadaira, España Health and landscape: a contribution to the renew of rural lands (the case of Pozo Amargo, Cuenca Del Guadaira, España

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    Jesús Raúl Navarro García

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Ubicado en la contaminada cuenca del río Guadaíra (Andalucía, España el balneario de Pozo Amargo es una buena muestra del rico patrimonio arquitectónico vinculado al agua que han generado sus habitantes a lo largo de estos últimos siglos. Este patrimonio ha experimentado un abandono similar al del propio río pero tanto el movimiento ciudadano como la respuesta de la administración han permitido paliar ambas situaciones. Hoy en día, la rehabilitación del antiguo balneario puede suponer una interesante iniciativa que aúne la mejora ambiental y paisajística del alto Guadaíra con la recuperación del patrimonio artístico y etnográfico de la zona, así como la puesta en marcha de una experiencia pionera de proyecto paisajístico aplicado a destinos turísticos de salud capaz de generar riqueza en la zona.Located in the polluted basin of Guadaira's river (Andalusia, Spain, the Pozo Amargo's spa is a good example of a rich architectonical heritage related to water that inhabitants have created over the last few centuries. This heritage has suffered a similar degradation to the river, but both the citizen's movement and the Administration's response have made possible the mitigation of both situations. Nowadays, the restoration of the former spa can be an exciting initiative that joins the environmental improvements and the landscape value of the Alto Guadaira's with the recovery of artistic and ethnographic heritage of this area. Moreover, it will make possible the launching of a pioneering experience of a landscape's project applied to touristic and health destinations that can generate wealth in the area.

  5. Evaluación de la calidad de datos en el muestreo hidroquímico de los pozos perforados de la ciudad de Managua

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    G. Padilla

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    Full Text Available El trabajo está enfocado en el análisis de los datos realizados por el laboratorio de la Empresa Nicaragüense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados en el período 1993 – 2002. Se demuestra que los registros de análisis hidroquímicos de los pozos perforados de Managua, tienen calidad para establecer mejores criterios de decisión que apoyen los planes de monitoreo y reducir los costos, haciendo más óptimo la selección de los puntos de muestreo. Los registros de análisis en los años ya mencionados fueron procesados en programas estadísticos como el SPSS. El análisis estadístico se concentró en 3 analitos de interés como indicadores de contaminación debido a las actividades humanas, estos son nitratos, potasio y cloruros. Se concluye que aunque no hay evidencias de contaminación regional de origen humano, sí se justifica desarrollar muestreos estratificados, con énfasis en la zona de Ciudad Sandino.

  6. Evaluation of CO2 Application Requirements for On-Farm Mass Depopulation of Swine in a Disease Emergency

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    Craig Baird

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available When an emergency swine disease outbreak, such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD, occurs, it will be necessary to rapidly and humanely depopulate and dispose of infected and susceptible pigs to limit viral replications and disease spread. Methods other than handling individual pigs will be required to achieve the necessary rapidity. Suitable and practical on-farm methods will require depopulating large numbers of pigs at a time outside confinement buildings. The process must be easily implemented with readily available materials and equipment, while providing for the safety and well-being of personnel. Carbon dioxide gas (CO2 is the means of choice, and this study analyzed the methods and requirements for delivering the gas into large volume truck bodies, corrals, dumpsters or other such chambers that may be used. The issues studied included: How the gas should be introduced to achieve the needed spatial distribution; whether plenums are required in the chambers; and the importance of sealing all chamber cracks and edges except around the top cover to limit CO2 dilution and leakage. Analysis was done using computational fluid dynamics (CFD software, and primary results were verified experimentally. The CFD findings and experimental results are compared, and recommendations are discussed.

  7. Linear Programming in the economic estimate of livestock-crop integration: application to a Brazilian dairy farm

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    Augusto Hauber Gameiro

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT A linear programming mathematical model was applied to a representative dairy farm located in Brazil. The results showed that optimization models are relevant tools to assist in the planning and management of agricultural production, as well as to assist in estimating potential gains from the use of integrated systems. Diversification was a necessary condition for economic viability. A total cost reduction potential of about 30% was revealed when a scenario of lower levels of diversification was contrasted to one of higher levels. Technical complementarities proved to be important sources of economies. The possibility of reusing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium present in animal waste could be increased to 167%, while water reuse could be increased up to 150%. In addition to economic gains, integrated systems bring benefits to the environment, especially with reference to the reuse of resources. The cost dilution of fixed production factors can help economies of scope to be achieved. However, this does not seem to have been the main source of these benefits. Still, the percentage of land use could increase up to 30.7% when the lowest and the highest diversification scenarios were compared. The labor coefficient could have a 4.3 percent increase. Diversification also leads to drastic transaction cost reductions.

  8. From meso-scale to micro scale LES modelling: Application by a wake effect study for an offshore wind farm

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    Maché M.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The object of the study is to present the first step of the development of a methodology that aims to merge the gap between meso scale and micro scale modelling. WRF simulations have been carried out in order to consider global wind conditions over a meso scale area of the future wind farm. A statistical analysis of the global wind data over several years has been carried out to initiate the work for the Saint Nazaire site. A focus was made on two wind regimes: the most common wind typical of the site's location and the extreme winds over the period. The WRF results were then used as initial conditions for a micro scale simulation carried out by a non-stationary large-eddy simulation (SOWFA tool based OpenFOAM solver that computes the flow around 2 turbines. Turbulence statistics were computed and analyzed. Fields of skewness and flatness show found that the distribution of turbulence becomes more homogeneous after the second turbine, while turbulence intensity increases.

  9. Chemical changes in well fluids from the Los Humeros geothermal field: Evidences for deep recharge; Cambios quimicos en fluidos de pozos del campo geotermico de Los Humeros: Evidencia de recarga profunda

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    Barragan Reyes, Rosa Maria; Arellano Gomez, Victor Manuel [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Gerencia de Geotermia, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)]. E-mail: rmb@iie.org.mx; Flores Armenta, Magaly [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico); Tovar Aguado, Rigoberto [Comision Federal de Electricidad (Mexico)

    2008-07-15

    Fluid (water and steam) chemical changes over time were studied in 20 wells in the Los Humeros, Mexico, geothermal field for the purpose of correlating such changes with physical processes occurring in the reservoir due to exploitation. Most wells (except well H-1) produce high-enthalpy fluids with almost no liquid, making gas geochemistry important in this field. Liquid-phase studies include fluid classification, determination of water-rock equilibrium state, and reservoir-temperature estimates. Changes in gas composition through time were studied using the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reaction and the combined balance pyrite-hematite-magnetite (HSH2) as the buffer controlling H{sub 2}S fluid concentration. Data for most wells from 1987-1995 and 2000-2005 indicate the presence of deeper-fluid recharge, with maximum temperatures occurring in 1994-95 and 2005. The estimated temperature in well H-1 in 1994 was 305 degrees Celsius and the estimated temperature in well H-7 was 338 degrees Celsius in 1995. Temperature estimations from 2005 data were 222 degrees Celsius in well H-1D and 350 degrees Celsius in well H-7. These results are considered caused by the entrance of deeper fluids due to the increase of secondary permeability, which in turn is related to the seismicity increase in the zone. At the same time, re-injection returns in the steam phase were identified in well discharges during 1995-2000 by means of the FT-HSH2 diagram. [Spanish] Se realizo un estudio de los cambios quimicos ocurridos en fluidos (liquido y vapor) de veinte pozos del campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Pue., Mexico, con objeto de investigar la ocurrencia de procesos del yacimiento relacionados con la explotacion. La mayoria de los pozos (excepto el pozo H-1) se caracterizan por producir descargas de alta entalpia con escasa produccion de liquido, por lo que en este campo la geoquimica de gases juega un papel importante. El estudio de la fase liquida incluyo la clasificacion de los fluidos, la

  10. Remote sensing for cotton farming

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    Application of remote sensing technologies in agriculture began with the use of aerial photography to identify cotton root rot in the late 1920s. From then on, agricultural remote sensing has developed gradually until the introduction of precision farming technologies in the late 1980s and biotechno...

  11. Environmental variables affecting the success of conservation farming in Zambia

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    Gatere, Lydiah; Delve, R.; Hobbs, P; DeGloria, S.; Lehmann, J.

    2008-01-01

    This presentation discusses conservation farming methods in Zambia. The research highlights how conservation farming methods may help to negate environmental variables that hinder crop production, such as lack of rainfall and poor soil quality. The study compares conservation farming practices with variable amendments, including cow manure, gliricidia leaves, biochar, and fertilizer applications. LTRA-2 (An Agricultural Markets Model for Biodiversity Conservation)

  12. Testing and Validation of a Fast Real-Time Oscillation Detection PMU-Based Application for Wind-Farm Monitoring

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    Vanfretti, Luigi; Baudette, Maxime; Al-Khatib, Iyad; Almas, Muhammad Shoaib; Gjerde, Jan Ove

    2013-01-01

    This article provides an overview of a monitoring application, its testing and validation process. The application was developed for the detection of sub-synchronous oscillations in power systems, utilizing real-time measurements from phasor measurement units (PMUs). It uses two algorithms simultaneously to both detect the frequency at which the oscillatory event occurs and the level of energy in the oscillations. The application has been developed and tested in the framework of SmarTS Lab, a...

  13. The Egyptian Farming Practices Technological Development and Its Determinants

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    Abdou, Amin I.

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    Tendency toward application of advanced technology in farming practices has been accelerated in Egypt since the mid Seventies of the last century. Both domestic technology generation and foreign technology transfer were encouraged. High-quality cultivars, mechanized farming operations, and modern agricultural systems, such as protected agriculture and organic farming were strongly introduced. As such, this study tended to assess the Egyptian experience in farming modernization, areas of succe...

  14. extension; farmers, capacity introduction technology, integrated farming system

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    Abdullah, Agustina; M. Ali, Hikmah; A Syamsu, Jasmal

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this research were a) to analyze farmer capacity in adopting paddy wastes and cattle manure processing and application in the development of integrated farming system based on beef cattle and paddy farming zero w aste b). to analyze the status and sustainability index of the integrated farming system adopted by farmers, and c). to formulate strategy and policy guidance in developing farmers??? capacity building in applying zero waste integrated farming system base...

  15. The potential of wind farms

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    Papers presented at the European wind energy conference on the potential of wind farms are presented. The aim of the conference was to bring into focus the problems, experiences and potential of the application of wind power in wind power farms as a contribution to the European and global energy supply. It was considered that the interchange of experience among representatives of science, utilities, industry, environment and energy planning, together with those who represent financial and insurance interests, would create a better understanding of all aspects of wind power for its future successful development. The subjects covered concern surveys of national planning and policies regarding wind energy utilization and national and global development of wind turbine arrays. The performance of some individual wind farms is described. Papers also deal with utility and project planning, wind prediction and certification, wind loads and fatigus, wakes, noise and control. (AB)

  16. Analyzing Broadband Divide in the Farming Sector

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    Jensen, Michael; Gutierrez Lopez, Jose Manuel; Pedersen, Jens Myrup

    2013-01-01

    Agriculture industry has been evolving for centuries. Currently, the technological development of Internet oriented farming tools allows to increase the productivity and efficiency of this sector. Many of the already available tools and applications require high bandwidth in both directions...

  17. TANK FARM ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

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    Through regulations, permitting or binding negotiations, Regulators establish requirements, limits, permit conditions and Notice of Construction (NOC) conditions with which the Office of River Protection (ORP) and the Tank Farm Contractor (TFC) must comply. Operating Specifications are technical limits which are set on a process to prevent injury to personnel, or damage to the facility or environment, The main purpose of this document is to provide specification limits and recovery actions for the TFC Environmental Surveillance Program at the Hanford Site. Specification limits are given for monitoring frequencies and permissible variation of readings from an established baseline or previous reading. The requirements in this document are driven by environmental considerations and data analysis issues, rather than facility design or personnel safety issues. This document is applicable to all single-shell tank (SST) and double-shell tank (DST) waste tanks, and the associated catch tanks and receiver tanks, and transfer systems. This Tank Farm Environmental Specifications Document (ESD) implements environmental-regulatory limits on the configuration and operation of the Hanford Tank Farms facility that have been established by Regulators. This ESD contains specific field operational limits and recovery actions for compliance with airborne effluent regulations and agreements, liquid effluents regulations and agreements, and environmental tank system requirements. The scope of this ESD is limited to conditions that have direct impact on Operations/Projects or that Operations Projects have direct impact upon. This document does not supercede or replace any Department of Energy (DOE) Orders, regulatory permits, notices of construction, or Regulatory agency agreements binding on the ORP or the TFC. Refer to the appropriate regulation, permit, or Notice of Construction for an inclusive listing of requirements

  18. Study with a steam tracer in a zone near well Az-64, in the Los Azufres geothermal field, Mich.; Estudio con un trazador de vapor en la zona aledana al pozo Az-64, en el campo geotermico de Los Azufres, Mich.

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    Iglesias, Eduardo R. [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)]. E-mail: iglesias@iie.org.mx; Flores Armenta, Magaly; Quijano Leon, Jose Luis; Torres Rodriguez, Marco A. [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico); Torres, Rodolfo J.; Reyes Picasso, Neftali [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Sandoval Medina, Fernando [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

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    and 539 m from the injector. The results showed the six monitored wells are recharged from injection in Az-64 and quantified the corresponding recoveries as steam. Because only a steam-phase tracer was used, we were unable to determine liquid-recovery amounts. The work also allowed us to characterize relations between the permeability in the studied zone and the known distribution of faults. Some relationships were suggested unconsidered before. [Spanish] En el estudio con trazadores precedente a este, efectuado en la zona Maritaro-La Cumbre del campo geotermico de Los Azufres, Mich., se comprobo que la inyeccion en el pozo Az-15 recarga a un grupo de pozos situados a una distancia maxima del inyector de algo menos de 2000 m. Y se comprobo que la inyeccion en dicho pozo o bien no recarga a pozos situados a mas de 2300 m hacia el este, en las inmediaciones de la falla Laguna Verde, o lo hace muy lentamente en un largo periodo. Como es importante recargar la zona mencionada en ultimo termino, se decidio entonces explorar la posibilidad de recargarla desde el pozo Az-64, localizado en dicha area. Para ello se diseno el presente estudio. Se designaron seis pozos productores para monitorear el arribo del trazador. Debido a que todos estos pozos producen vapor (aunque varios producen tambien liquido), y por consideraciones economicas, se decidio utilizar en este caso un trazador de vapor solamente. Se utilizo hexafluoruro de azufre (SF6), un trazador utilizado con exito previamente en este campo. El 24 de octubre de 2006 se inyectaron 96.4 kg de SF6 en el pozo Az-64. El monitoreo de los pozos se realizo durante 156 dias a partir de esa fecha. El trazador se detecto en los seis pozos productores monitoreados. En todos los casos las formas de las curvas de residencia manifestaron claramente la naturaleza fracturada de la permeabilidad involucrada. En todos los casos las curvas de recuperacion del trazador indicaron claramente que la llegada del mismo se habia completado

  19. National Farm Medicine Center

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    ... Staff Agricultural Health and Safety Core Units Children's Center Cultivate Newsletter Journal of Agromedicine Milestones Auction of ... Farm Medicine, Rural Health & Safety National Farm Medicine Center Established in 1981 in response to occupational health ...

  20. Values in Organic Farming

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    Kjærgård, Bente; Pedersen, Kirsten Bransholm; Land, Birgit

    The study focuses on the recent debate about what is, or what constitutes, organic farming and what is the right path for organic farming in the future. The study is based on a critical discourse analysis of the controversy about suspending the private standard for organic farming adopted by the ...

  1. 75 FR 25833 - Notice of Funding Availability of Applications (NOFA) for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans...

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    ...) Participate in local green/energy efficient building standards. Applicants who participate in a city, county... 48823, (517) 324-5192, TDD (517) 337-6795, Julie Putnam. Minnesota State Office, 375 Jackson Street...-4325, TDD (601) 965- 5850, Darnella Smith-Murray. Missouri State Office, 601 Business Loop 70...

  2. Hot-spot application of biocontrol agents to replace pesticides in large scale commercial rose farms in Kenya

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    Gacheri, Catherine; Kigen, Thomas; Sigsgaard, Lene

    2015-01-01

    Rose (Rosa hybrida L.) is the most important ornamental crop in Kenya, with huge investments in pest management. We provide the first full-scale, replicated experiment comparing cost and yield of conventional two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae Koch) control with hot-spot applications of...

  3. Implementation of an application for daily individual concentrate feeding in commercial software for use on dairy farms

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    Bleumer, E.J.B.; Andre, G.; Duinkerken, van G.

    2009-01-01

    Daily concentrate allowances for individual dairy cows are usually based on empiric models. These models are generally based on regression equations derived from population data and do not take into account individual and temporal variation. An application was implemented in common practice which co

  4. Sensor-based nitrogen applications out-performed producer-chosen rates for corn in on-farm demonstrations

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    Optimal nitrogen (N) fertilizer rate for corn (Zea mays L.) and other crops can vary substantially within and among fields. Current N management practices do not address this variability. Crop reflectance sensors offer the potential to diagnose crop N need and control N application rates at a fine s...

  5. FutureFarm vision

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    K. Charvát; P. Gnip; Mayer, W.

    2009-01-01

    This paper defines the first version of a vision of Future Farming project and also a knowledge management system used by European farms which will be designed and developed by the Future Farm project. An important part of the vision is a definition of external drivers and their influence on farm business in future. Paper is looking on a situation in three periods: short (2013), middle (2020) and long-term (2030). Our vision expects that the farming system will continuously converge to the si...

  6. Adding complex terrain and stable atmospheric condition capability to the OpenFOAM-based flow solver of the simulator for on/offshore wind farm applications (SOWFA

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    Churchfield Matthew J.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Simulator for On/Offshore Wind Farm Applications contains an OpenFOAM-based flow solver for performing large-eddy simulation of flow through wind plants. The solver computes the atmospheric boundary layer flow and models turbines with actuator lines. Until recently, the solver was limited to flows over flat terrain and could only use the standard Smagorinsky subgrid-scale model. In this work, we present our improvements to the flow solver that enable us to 1 use any OpenFOAM-standard subgrid-scale model and 2 simulate flow over complex terrain. We used the flow solver to compute a stably stratified atmospheric boundary layer using both the standard and the Lagrangian-averaged scale-independent dynamic Smagorinsky models. Surprisingly, the results using the standard Smagorinsky model compare well to other researchers' results of the same case, although it is often said that the standard Smagorinsky model is too dissipative for accurate stable stratification calculations. The scale-independent dynamic subgrid-scale model produced poor results, probably due to the spikes in model constant with values as high as 4.6. We applied a simple bounding of the model constant to remove these spikes, which caused the model to produce results much more in line with other researchers' results. We also computed flow over a simple hilly terrain and performed some basic qualitative analysis to verify the proper operation of the terrain-local surface stress model we employed.

  7. Fluctuaciones de presión en la base del pozo de oscilación del P.H. Zimapán Hgo., con diferentes arreglos estudiados en modelo hidráulico ante las condiciones mínimas de operación

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    H. Marengo-Mogollón; F.J. Ochoa-Álvarez; C. Cortés-Cortés

    2009-01-01

    En este artículo se comparan las fluctuaciones de presión en el pozo de oscilación del P.H. Zimapán Hgo., las cuales fueron estudiadas en modelo hidráulico al considerar dicho pozo ubicado en diferentes posiciones; lateralmente y sobre el eje de la conducción; pozo simple y con tubería de conexión; con y sin placa de orificio, para maniobras de rechazo y demanda de carga de las turbinas de generación con el nivel del agua correspondiente al NAMINO. Se determinó la eficiencia hidráulica compar...

  8. Two-phase characteristics of the feeding fluid of Cerro Prieto IV wells (Mexico) obtained by gas equilibrium; Caracteristicas bifasicas del fluido de alimentacion de pozos de Cerro Prieto IV (Mexico), obtenidas por equilibrio gaseoso

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    Barragan-Reyes, Rosa Maria; Arellano-Gomez, Victor Manuel; Portugal-Marin, Enrique [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (Mexico); De Leon-Vivar, Jesus [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Residencia General de Cerro Prieto, B.C (Mexico)

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    The gas composition of fluids produced by CP IV geothermal wells from the Cerro Prieto field was studied in order to identify different types of fluids entering the wells by estimating their temperature and excess steam. A method based on the Fischer Tropsch reaction and H2S equilibrium with pyrite-pyrrhotite as mineral buffer (FTHSH3) was used. The results for the reservoir natural state indicated the presence of fluids with heterogeneous reservoir temperature (between 275 and 310 degrees Celsius) and excess steam values, which were found from negative (boiled liquid that has lost steam when flowing to the well) to one (steam phase with zero liquid saturation). The study for individual wells in which boiling processes were identified, showed that through time, the feeding fluids consist of a two-phase mixture with different liquid/steam proportions. Also, the results suggested that a steam phase could occur at CP IV which is added to the feeding fluid, depending on the operation conditions of the wells. The origin of this steam could be the boiling of the deeper liquid due to a pressure drop. [Spanish] Se estudio la composicion gaseosa de los fluidos producidos por pozos geotermicos del sector CP IV del campo de Cerro Prieto para tratar de distinguir aportes de fluidos diferentes mediante la estimacion de su temperatura de yacimiento y del exceso de vapor. Se utilizo un metodo de equilibrio gaseoso basado en la reaccion de Fischer Tropsch y el equilibrio combinado pirita-pirrotita (FT-HSH3). Los resultados obtenidos indican que en el estado inicial del yacimiento existen fluidos que muestran heterogeneidad en los valores de temperatura de yacimiento (entre 275 y 310 grados Celsius), asi como en el exceso de vapor con valores desde negativos (liquido que despues de ebullir ha perdido vapor en su trayecto hacia el pozo) hasta uno (vapor con cero saturacion de liquido). El estudio individual de los pozos con fenomenos de ebullicion muestra que a traves del tiempo

  9. Chemical Equilibrium and Mineral Saturation in Waters from Oil Wells of the Activo Luna Field, Tabasco, Mexico; Equilibrio quimico y grado de saturacion de minerales en aguas de pozos petroleros de Activo Luna, Tabasco, Mexico

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    Barragan R, Rosa Maria; Arellano G, Victor M.; Portugal M, Enrique; Torres R, Vicente [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (Mexico); Torres Alvarado, Ignacio [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico); Ascencio C, Fernando; Martinez A; Ana E [Petroleos Mexicanos (Mexico)

    2001-09-01

    Chemical equilibrium of formation waters from seven oil wells of the Activo Luna field (Tabasco, Mexico) was modelled. Saturation indices of characteristic hydrothermal minerals were calculated at ambient and reservoir conditions in order to predict scaling potential of deep and surface installations. The salinity of waters was found to be in the range from 43,000 (well Escuintle 2) to 250,000 (well Lune 3B) mg/kg as total dissolved solids. The water samples were classified as sodium-chioride type. Ionic strength for the solutions was found to be between 0.75 and 6.5. Activity coefficients were estimated by virial (Pitzer equations) methods using the GEOCHEMIST WORKENCH (GWB) software. Minerals such as anhydrite, halite, alunite, fluorite and barite were found to be supersaturated at reservoir conditions. A solid scale sample obtained from well Luna-3B was analysed. Analysis indicate the presence of calcite, anhydrite, fluorite and sphalerite which suggest the occurrence of temperatures of at least 180 Celcius degrees with acidic conditions and high chemical corrosion potential. [Spanish] Se modelo el equilibrio quimico de aguas de formacion producidas por siete pozos petroleros pertenecientes al Activo Luna, en el estado de Tabasco, Mexico, se calcularon los indices de saturacion de minerales caracteristicos tanto en las condiciones ambiente como en las de yacimiento, con el proposito de apoyar el control de incrustaciones en las instalaciones superficiales y profundas. La salinidad de las salmueras se encontro en el rango de 43,000 (pozos Escuintle 2) a 250,000 (pozos Luna 3B) mg/kg de solidos disueltos totales y las muestras se clasificaron como del tipo clorurado-sodico. La fuerza ionica de las soluciones varia entre 0.75 y 6.5 molar, por lo que los coeficientes de actividad de la modelacion de equilibrio quimico se estimaron por metodos viriales empleando las ecuaciones de Pitzer mediante el programa GEOCHEMIST WORKBENCH (GWB). Minerales como anhidrita, halita

  10. Geomorfología de la zona costera adyacente al piedemonte occidental de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta entre los sectores de Pozos Colorados y el Río Córdoba, Caribe Colombiano

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    Posada, B. O.; Idarraga García, J.; Guzman, G.

    2011-01-01

    Se llevó a cabo un estudio geomorfológico a escala 1:23000 de la zona costera adyacente al flanco occidental de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (SNSM) entre el sector de Pozos Colorados (en las afueras de Santa Marta) y el río Córdoba. Esta zona se caracteriza por presentar geoformas de diversos orígenes que son producto de procesos tectónicos, denudativos y sedimentarios fluviales. Desde estse punto de vista se tienen Unidades de Origen Estructural-Denudativo, representadas por montañas y co...

  11. The Process Controller for the LHCb On-LIne Farm

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    Bonifazi, F; Carbone, A; Galli, D; Gregori, D; Marconi, U; Peco, G; Vagnoni, V

    2007-01-01

    The Process Controller is a tool of the LHCb FMC (Farm Monitoring and Control System) in charge of keeping a list of applications up and running on the farm nodes. It tipically runs on a few control PCs each one watching ~200 farm nodes and performs its task by maintaining the list of scheduled applications for each controlled farm node and by interacting with the Task Manager Servers running on the farm nodes to start processes, to obtain the notification of process termination, to re-spawn the terminated processes (if requested) and to stop processes. Processes can be added to or removed from the scheduled application list for one or more nodes by means of DIM commands, while DIM services provide the list of scheduled applications for each controlled farm node together with their properties, the number of re-spawns and the re-spawn times.

  12. Farming Practices Correctness Indicator for Family Farms in Poland

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    Majewski, Edward

    2005-01-01

    The aim of the paper is to examine the state of affairs in farming practices in the sector of commercial farms in Polish Agriculture. Analysis of farming practices and farmers opinions on their appropriateness was based on the results of the survey in the sample of 721 farms from different regions of the country. Farming practices related to crop production, animal husbandry, farm management and environment were measured against the ideal model drawn from the Integrated Farming System guideli...

  13. The economics of farm-outs

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    Higgins, J. (LASMO International Ltd., London (GB))

    1990-09-01

    This paper considers the rationale for farmouts and their economics from the perspective of the negotiator. In this paper, a farmout is a partial disposal of an interest in a license area by the farm-out party to a party prepared to carry costs on a defined work program on its behalf, the farm-in party. This definition covers what are commonly called development farm-outs and net-profit-interest transactions, and the theory discussed is equally applicable to both.

  14. Farming Differentiation in the Rural-urban Interface of the Middle Mountains, Nepal: Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)Modeling

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    Bhatta, G.D.; Doppler, W

    2010-01-01

    This article investigates the dominant factors of farming differentiation in the rural-urban interface of the densely populated Kathmandu Valley, using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) modeling. The rural-urban interface in the Kathmandu Valley is an important vegetable production pocket which supplies a large amount of the vegetables in the city core. While subsistence farming in the rural area is characterized by a system which integrates livestock and forestry with agriculture, th...

  15. Appropriate Intercropping Systems for Coconut Small Holders: An Application of Multi-Period Linear Programming Technique in Coconut – Based Farming Systems

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    Herath, Anura

    1993-01-01

    Increasing the productivity of coconut-based farming systems is an important development issue. To achieve increased productivity, intercropping of coffee, pepper and cocoa with coconut was recommended. Farmers’ adoption of such intercropping on a sustained basis has been very poor. The paper provides some intercropping plans developed using a multi-period linear programming model of the coconut-based farming systems. Farmers’ objectives, namely profit maximizing and survival, and resource co...

  16. Application of “taxocene surrogation” and “taxonomic sufficiency” concepts to fish farming environmental monitoring. Comparison of BOPA index versus polychaete assemblage structure

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    Aguado Giménez, Felipe; Gairin Deulofeu, Joan Ignasi; Martinez-Garcia, Elena; Fernandez-Gonzalez, Victoria; Ballester-Moltó, Mateo; Cerezo-Valverde, Jesús; Sanchez-Jerez, Pablo

    2015-01-01

    “Taxocene surrogation” and “taxonomic sufficiency” concepts were applied to the monitoring of soft bottoms macrobenthic assemblages influenced by fish farming following two approaches. Polychaete assemblage evaluation through multivariate analysis and the benthic index BOPA were compared. Six fish farms along the Spanish Mediterranean coast were monitored. Polychaete assemblage provided a suitable picture of the impact gradient, being correlated with total free sulphides. BOPA did not support...

  17. Application of Overall Dynamic Body Acceleration as a Proxy for Estimating the Energy Expenditure of Grazing Farm Animals: Relationship with Heart Rate

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    Masafumi Miwa; Kazato Oishi; Yasuhiro Nakagawa; Hiromichi Maeno; Hiroki Anzai; Hajime Kumagai; Kanji Okano; Hisaya Tobioka; Hiroyuki Hirooka

    2015-01-01

    Estimating the energy expenditure of farm animals at pasture is important for efficient animal management. In recent years, an alternative technique for estimating energy expenditure by measuring body acceleration has been widely performed in wildlife and human studies, but the availability of the technique in farm animals has not yet been examined. In the present study, we tested the potential use of an acceleration index, overall dynamic body acceleration (ODBA), as a new proxy for estimati...

  18. Small farm plots and application of simulated rain to determine the potential for bacterial runoff after poultry litter surface application to bermudagrass

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    Land application of poultry litter is an economical and environmentally viable use of this manure byproduct. Runoff following a rain event is one possible source of environmental contamination resulting from manure application. In this second part of a two-part study, a series of treatments involv...

  19. Example of the application the microsatellite DNA fragments in the study of farmed European catfish (Silurus glanis, L. broodstock

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    Kuciñski Marcin

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available European catfish, Silurus glanis L., is the second largest freshwater fish in Europe. The species is very popular among the farmers, as it is one of the most promising European aquaculture species. Despite the growing importance of European catfish in freshwater aquaculture, the genetic data available on this species are still limited. The main purpose of the present study was to develop a reliable, feasible genetic protocol for future studies on European catfish populations and broodstocks in Poland. The genetic characteristics of the tested fish group were based on genetic parameters such as the polymorphism information content (PIC, the effective population size (Ne, the inbreeding coefficient (Fis, and the Garza-Williamson index (M, among others. Additionally, the potential effects of a genetic bottleneck on the genetic variation of the broodstock were examined. The genetic analysis protocol described in this study can be used to establish genetic-based records for European catfish broodstocks, including for sperm cryobanking. This approach will be useful for elaborating the selection procedures that allow for optimal assemblages of spawning pairs in artificial reproduction. The application of the genetic analysis protocol in practice will permit maintaining high quality in European catfish broodstocks.

  20. Early evidence on conservation farming in Zambia

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    Haggblade, S.; Tembo, G

    2003-01-01

    Conservation farming practices such as minimium tillage, crop residue retention, precision input application, and nitrogen-fixing crop rotations offer some sustainable farming methods for Zambian smallholder farmers. These methods improve soil structure and water retention while increasing crop yields. In 2002/3 about 75,000 Zambian smallholder farmers implemented some of these methods and of these about 15,000 are spontaneous adopters. The remaining 60,000 practice the conservation methods a...

  1. Evaluación de la calidad físico-química y bacteriológica del agua subterránea en pozos criollos del municipio de Moa

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    Osvaldo Fernández-Urgellés

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Los pobladores de los repartos Las Coloradas y La Playa (municipio de Moa utilizan para el consumo humano agua subterránea procedente de pozos criollos cuando falla la distribución de agua potable a través de la red hidrológica. Para conocer los componentes generales, mayoritarios y no deseables se evaluó la calidad físico-química y bacteriológica de estas aguas. Se emplearon las técnicas analíticas convencionales así como métodos gráficos. Los resultados reflejaron la presencia de elementos no deseables, indicadores de contaminación, que sobrepasan los índices establecidos para el consumo humano como agua potable. Los resultados del análisis bacteriológico evidenciaron la presencia de bacilos de colis y colifecales, siendo fundamentalmente su composición fecal lo que determina su estado sanitario. Se concluye que las aguas de los pozos criollos estudiados no responden a los requisitos establecidos en las normas para consumo humano.

  2. Adoption of Site-Specific Information and Variable-Rate Technologies in Cotton Precision Farming

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    Roberts, Roland K.; Burton C. English; Larson, James A.; Cochran, Rebecca L.; Goodman, W. Robert; Larkin, Sherry L.; Marra, Michele C.; Martin, Steven W; Shurley, W. Donald; Reeves, Jeanne M.

    2004-01-01

    Probit analysis identified factors that influence the adoption of precision farming technologies by Southeastern cotton farmers. Younger, more educated farmer who operated larger farms and were optimistic about the future of precision farming were most likely to adopt site-specific information technology. The probability of adopting variable-rate input application technology was higher for younger farmers who operated larger farms, owned more of the land they farmed, were more informed about ...

  3. CONTRACT BROILER FARMING

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    Todsadee Areerat; Kameyama Hiroshi; Ngamsomsuk Kamol; Yamauchi Koh-En

    2012-01-01

    In Thailand, poultry sector is the main economic growth of livestock sector, especially broiler production. The rapid expansion in broiler production has been made possible by the increase in the number of commercial farms or contract farming. The objective of this research was to understand better how contract farming works, who gets involved and why and who benefits from the agreement. The study is based on the broiler file survey in Chiang Mai province of Thailand. As the results, contract...

  4. ABOUT SPONGE FARMING

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    Marijana Pećarević; Ana Bratoš Cetinić

    2005-01-01

    Sponges are the simplest multicellular animals. Farming of sponges is facilitated by their asexual reproduction and great ability of regeneration. Farming of filter-feeding sponges is environment friendly, and it can positively influence on environmental impact of other aquaculture activities. Natural populations of sponges in Mediterranean Sea are endangered by inappropriate overfishing. Farming of sponges is possible solution for regeneration and protection of natural populations.

  5. Boosting Farm Produce Supply

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    2008-01-01

    In the wake of escalating inflation,securing farm produce supply and stablizing grain prices could help to alleviate economic pressure The Chinese Government has pledged to secure a stable supply of farm produce.According to a document released after the annual Central Rural Work Conference held on December 22-23 in Beijing,preventing short supplies of farm produce and avoiding"ex-

  6. Education of farm children

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    Conway, A.G.; O'Hara, P

    1986-01-01

    In this paper we examined educational participation by farm children, from two small areas in the West of Ireland. There has been a dramatic increase in participation, especially since the introduction of free post-primary education in 1967. This reflects the changing ability of parents to afford education for their children. Participation on smaller farms was lower than on larger farms up to 1967, but since that time it has almost equalised. Differences between those from smaller as compared...

  7. ABOUT SPONGE FARMING

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    Marijana Pećarević

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Sponges are the simplest multicellular animals. Farming of sponges is facilitated by their asexual reproduction and great ability of regeneration. Farming of filter-feeding sponges is environment friendly, and it can positively influence on environmental impact of other aquaculture activities. Natural populations of sponges in Mediterranean Sea are endangered by inappropriate overfishing. Farming of sponges is possible solution for regeneration and protection of natural populations.

  8. Farm Health and Safety

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    ... jobs in the United States. Farms have many health and safety hazards, including Chemicals and pesticides Machinery, ... equipment can also reduce accidents. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  9. "Thirty-farm Project", Norway

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    Løes, Anne-Kristin

    1995-01-01

    A whole-farm case study on 32 Norwegian farms, out of which most were dairy farms, showed that animal health was better on organic farms than the Norwegian average. This is probably due to dominantly spring calving, much lower rations of concentrate and lower milk yields. Roughage yields were ca 10% lower than on conventional farms in the same district.

  10. Proposal to neutralize acid fluids from wells in the Los Humeros, Pue., geothermal field; Propuesta para la neutralizacion de fluidos acidos provenientes de pozos del campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Pue.

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    Flores Armenta, Magaly del Carmen; Ramirez Montes, Miguel; Garcia Cuevas, Juan Manuel [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)]. E-mail: magaly.flores@cfe.gob.mx

    2009-07-15

    Neutralizing an acidic fluid consists of adding a sodium hydroxide solution to neutralize the H group of acids, therefore increasing the pH. The injection of sodium hydroxide has to be continuous and at a proper depth inside the well to protect against the corrosion of casing and surface equipment. Neutralization is a common practice used in geothermal fields, such as at The Geysers in the US and Miravalles in Costa Rica-places where aggressive fluids cause problems for extracting and using geothermal fluids commercially. A zone surrounding wells H-4, H-16 and H-29 in the northern section of the Los Humeros, Pue., geothermal field, known as the Colapso Central, has shown evidence of aggressively acidic fluids. Several wells drilled in the area had to be repaired, thus plugging and isolating the deepest production zones. Well H-43 was drilled two years ago in the northern zone of the field, and even though it is not located in the aggressive-fluid zone, the well presents mineralogical features possibly indicating the presence of acidic fluids. Therefore, before producing this well it has been proposed we install a neutralization system with general characteristics presented in this paper. The system will prevent corrosion that up to now has prevented exploitation of the deep portion of Colapso Central, helping to develop the field in a more profitable way. [Spanish] Neutralizar un fluido acido consiste en agregarle una solucion de hidroxido de sodio. Esto neutraliza el grupo de acidos H y en consecuencia aumenta el pH. La inyeccion de hidroxido de sodio se realiza de manera continua y a una profundidad adecuada dentro del pozo para proteger a la tuberia y a todo el equipo superficial contra la corrosion. La neutralizacion es una practica comun que se viene realizando en campos como Los Geysers en Estados Unidos y en Miravalles, Costa Rica, donde la presencia de fluidos agresivos causa problemas en la extraccion y aprovechamiento del fluido geotermico con fines

  11. Results of test of acid fluids neutralization in the well H-43, Los Humeros geothermal field, Puebla; Resultados de la prueba de neutralizacion de fluidos acidos en el pozo H-43, campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Puebla

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    Flores Armenta, Magaly del Carmen; Ramirez Montes, Miguel; Sandoval Medina, Fernando; Rosales Lopez, Cesar [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)]. E-mail: magaly.flores@cfe.gob.mx

    2011-07-15

    The well H-43 was drilled in Los Humeros Geothermal Field, Pue., in 2007 and 2008. When well production was measured, it was found the well produced acid fluids with high corrosion potential. Then it was decided to try to neutralize the acidity of the H-43 fluids by adding a solution of sodium hydroxide. This is a basic substance used to neutralize mainly the acid groups H+, and the goal was to raise the pH of the fluids to minimize its corrosive features. First sodium hydroxide was injected into the well to protect the casing of 244.4 mm (9 5/8 in) against corrosion and then all the surface installations. It was possible to increase the pH of the well fluid from 5.2 up to 6.8 without altering the steam production, thus demonstrating the neutralization procedure is feasible. The approximate costs of the neutralization tests performed, including equipment for the proposed neutralization system, the neutralizer (NaOH), and drilling the well are about 71.4 million pesos (around 5.5 million USD). We estimate a benefit/cost ratio of 1.5 and a return on investment in five years, considering the income from energy sales at present value. [Spanish] El pozo H-43 fue perforado en el campo de Los Humeros, Pue., en 2007-2008, y al evaluar su produccion se encontro que producia fluidos acidos de alto potencial corrosivo. Se decidio por tanto realizar una prueba para neutralizar la acidez de los fluidos de este pozo, que consistio en agregarle una solucion de hidroxido de sodio. Esta es una sustancia basica que neutraliza principalmente los grupos acidos H+, con lo que se buscaba aumentar el pH del fluido lo necesario para reducir al maximo su caracter corrosivo. La inyeccion del hidroxido de sodio se realizo dentro del pozo a fin de proteger de la corrosion a la tuberia de revestimiento de 244.4 mm (9 5/8 pulgadas), y posteriormente a todos los equipos superficiales. Como resultado de la prueba, se logro aumentar el pH del fluido producido por el pozo de 5.2 a un maximo de 6

  12. Interfering women: farm mothers and the reproduction of family farming

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    O'Hara, Patricia

    1997-01-01

    The continuance of family farming in Ireland is dependent on family formation and reproduction which are processes in which women are central actors. Family farming as a social form is organised around gender-based work roles so that farm women have responsibility for the care and sustenance of the farm family through their responsibility for children and work in the home. Despite this, relatively little is known about farm women's involvement in the reproduction of family farming. In this pa...

  13. Dairy farm methane emissions using a dispersion model.

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    McGinn, S M; Beauchemin, K A

    2012-01-01

    There is a need to know whole-farm methane (CH(4)) emissions since confined animal facilities such as beef cattle feedlots and dairy farms are emission "hot spots" in the landscape. However, measurements of whole-farm CH(4) emissions can differ between farms because of differences in contributing sources such as manure handling, number of lactating and nonlactating cows, and diet. Such differences may limit the usefulness of whole-farm emissions for national inventories and mitigation purposes unless the variance between farms is taken into account or a large number of farms can be examined. Our study describes the application of a dispersion model used in conjunction with field measurements of CH(4) concentration and stability of the air to calculate whole-farm emissions of CH(4) from three dairy farms in Alberta, Canada, during three sequential campaigns conducted in November 2004 and May and July 2005. The dairy farms ranged in herd size from 208 to 351 cows (102 to 196 lactating cows) and had different manure handling operations. The results indicate that the average CH(4) emission per cow (mixture of lactating and nonlactating) from the three dairy farms was 336 g d(-1), which was reduced to 271 g d(-1) when the emission (estimated) from the manure storage was removed. Further separation of source strength yielded an average CH(4) (enteric) emission of 363 g d(-1) for a lactating cow. The estimated CH(4) emission intensities were approximately 15 g CH(4) kg(-1) dry matter intake and 16.7 L CH(4) L(-1) of milk produced. The approach of understanding the farm-to-farm differences in CH(4) emissions as affected by diet, animal type, and manure management is essential when utilizing whole-farm emission measurements for mitigation and inventory applications. PMID:22218175

  14. Application of "taxocene surrogation" and "taxonomic sufficiency" concepts to fish farming environmental monitoring. Comparison of BOPA index versus polychaete assemblage structure.

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    Aguado-Giménez, F; Gairín, J I; Martinez-Garcia, E; Fernandez-Gonzalez, V; Ballester Moltó, M; Cerezo-Valverde, J; Sanchez-Jerez, P

    2015-02-01

    "Taxocene surrogation" and "taxonomic sufficiency" concepts were applied to the monitoring of soft bottoms macrobenthic assemblages influenced by fish farming following two approaches. Polychaete assemblage evaluation through multivariate analysis and the benthic index BOPA were compared. Six fish farms along the Spanish Mediterranean coast were monitored. Polychaete assemblage provided a suitable picture of the impact gradient, being correlated with total free sulphides. BOPA did not support the impact gradient described by the polychaete assemblage, providing erroneous categorizations. The inclusion of several polychaete families, which were locally identified as indicative of affection to recalculate BOPA, resulted in an improved diagnosis and correlation with the impact gradient. Nevertheless, frequent misclassifications occurred. These results suggest that the structure of polychaete families, sulphides and granulometry conform an appropriate strategy for fish farming monitoring. Biotic indices need to be specifically designed for concrete activities, and regionally validated, because of the environmental plasticity of benthic invertebrates. PMID:25460059

  15. Possible application of a nematophagous fungus as a biological control agent of parasitic nematodes on commercial sheep farms in South Africa

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    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Biological control of parasitic nematodes of livestock is currently under development and represents another tool that may be integrated into helminth parasite control strategies. This paper presents a brief introduction to commercial sheep farming in South Africa and currently available nematode parasite control methods. These include the FAMACHA(r clinical assay, strategies of pasture management, dilution of resistant worm species by introduction of susceptible worms, breed resistant sheep and nutritional supplementation. The purpose of this paper is to outline the principles of biological control using nematophagous fungi and how it may be applied on sheep farms in South Africa.

  16. Farm Safety (For Parents)

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    ... dangers. If you're visiting a farm or live on one, being aware of potential hazards will help kids steer ... near baby animals. Helmets are an important safety feature when riding or ... after touching any animals. If you live on a farm, teach your kids to wash ...

  17. SY farm fence relocation

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    This design analysis provides structural calculation for determining the bending and shearing of existing monolithic blocks, which will be used as a bridge over a 3 inch stream line at 241-SY farm. This bridge is to be used only on a temporary base to allow two cement trucks (not exceeding a 64,000 pound total load) into the farms

  18. Not Your Family Farm

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    Tenopir, Carol; Baker, Gayle; Grogg, Jill E.

    2007-01-01

    The information industry continues to consolidate, just as agribusiness has consolidated and now dominates farming. Both the family farm and the small information company still exist but are becoming rarer in an age of mergers, acquisitions, and increased economies of scale. Small companies distinguish themselves by high quality, special themes,…

  19. Controlled Traffic Farming

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    2011-01-01

    Metadata only record Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) is a farming method used to reduce soil compaction, decrease inputs, and improve soil structure when coupled with reduced-till or no-till practices. This practices utilizes permanent traffic/wheel zones to limit soil compaction to a specific area. This website provides practical information on CTF, case studies, workshops, and links to additional resources.

  20. Does Agritourism Enhance Farm Profitability?

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    Schilling, Brian J.; Attavanich, Witsanu; Jin, Yanhong

    2014-01-01

    The impacts of agritourism on farm profitability are poorly understood. Using Census of Agriculture records, we employ propensity score matching to estimate the effects of agritourism on the net cash income per acre of New Jersey farms. We find that agritourism has statistically significant and positive effects on farm profitability. Profit impacts are highest among small farms operated by individuals primarily engaged in farming. Positive but smaller effects are observed for lifestyle farms....

  1. Pressure fluctuations on the bed of surge tank at the H.P. Zimapan, Hgo., with different arrangements studied on hydraulic model, with the lowest operation conditions; Fluctuaciones de presion en la base del pozo de oscilacion del P.H. Zimapan Hgo., con diferentes arreglos estudiados en modelo hidraulico ante las condiciones minimas de operacion

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    Marengo Mogollon, H. [Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)]. E-mail: humberto.marengo@cfe.gob.mx; Ochoa Alvarez, F.J.; Cortes Cortes, C. [Comision Federal de Electricidad (Mexico)]. E-mail: federico.ochoa@cfe.gob.mx; carlos.cortes01@cfe.gob.mx

    2009-10-15

    In this paper, the pressure fluctuations of the surge tank in the Zimapan Hydroelectric Project are compared in a hydraulic model. The shaft is located lateral, over the conduction tunnel and in the simple form (permitting the tunnel entering the shaft); with and without orifice plates taking into account the demand and supply condition of energy with the minimum level of water of the conduction. It was determined the hydraulic efficiency and it was found that it was the best constructive option. [Spanish] En este articulo se comparan las fluctuaciones de presion en el pozo de oscilacion del P.H. Zimapan, Hgo., Mexico las cuales fueron estudiadas en modelo hidraulico al considerar dicho pozo ubicado en diferentes posiciones; lateralmente y sobre el eje de la conduccion; pozo simple y con tuberia de conexion; con y sin placa de orificio, para maniobras de rechazo y demanda de carga de las turbinas de generacion con el nivel del agua correspondiente al NAMINO. Se determino la eficiencia hidraulica comparandola con las otras opciones encontrandose que la mejor opcion para el funcionamiento hidraulico es el pozo lateral, que ademas permite optimizar el procedimiento constructivo.

  2. Los macroinvertebrados bentónicos de pozo azul (Cuenca del río Gaira, Colombia y su relación con la calidad del agua The Benthonic Macroinvertebrates of Pozo Azul (Gaira River Basin, Colombia and their Relationship with Water Quality

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    Manjarrés-Hernández Ana

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available En julio de 2002 se realizó el estudio de algunos parámetros fisicoquímicos y la estructura de la comunidad de macroinvertebrados bentónicos asociados a cuatro coriotipos (piedra, hojarasca, sedimento y macrófitas en el sector de Pozo Azul sobre la cuenca del río Gaira (Magdalena, Colombia. Se discute la relación entre la estructura de la comunidad y la calidad del agua del sector. Los parámetros fisicoquímicos estuvieron determinados en gran medida por las características geográficas del sistema. El agua se caracterizó por estar saturada de oxígeno y por la ausencia de compuestos intermedios de la estabilización de la materia orgánica como nitritos y amonio. Se colectaron 588 individuos distribuidos en 11 órdenes y 38 familias. Los órdenes más representativos fueron Trichoptera, Coleoptera, Diptera y Ephemeroptera, siendo el último de ellos el más abundante. Las familias más representativas fueron Baetidae, Simullidae, Perlidae, Chironomidae e Hydropsychidae, en ese mismo orden de abundancia. Para la relación de la estructura de la comunidad con la calidad del agua se calculó el índice BMWP, adaptado por la Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, que estableció para este caso un agua de óptima calidad y oligosapróbita, según la ecología sapróbita, estado alcanzado luego de la estabilización frente a pequeñas alteraciones inducidas por las actividades del cultivo del café en la zona.On July 2002, a study of some physicochemical parameters and their relationship with the benthonic macroinvertebrates community structure on four coriotypes: stone, trash, silt and macrophytes, was carried out in Pozo Azul (Gaira River basin, Magdalena, Colombia. The physicochemical parameters were determined, to a considerable extent, by the geographic characteristics of the system. The water was found to be oxygen saturated, and intermediate compounds of the organic matter stabilization, such as nitrites and ammonium, there were

  3. Evaluating Farming Practices: Use of Health and Ecological Risk Concepts

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    Hayashi, Kiyotada

    2002-01-01

    Methodologies for evaluating farming practices are reviewed to provide systematic perspectives on agri-environmental issues in which diversified research topics have been discussed. As a representative method for selecting farm management systems, multicriteria analysis is surveyed and difficulties in weighting procedure are outlined. To resolve the difficulties, applicability of risk concepts for health and ecological issues is examined. After clarifying relationships between farming practic...

  4. Farm Enterprise Analysis: Has It Lost Its Usefulness?

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    Miller, Alan; Barnard, Freddie L.; Brown, Norman; Duckworth, Brenda; Wheeling, Barbara; Whittman, R.L. (Dick)

    2010-01-01

    Farm enterprise analysis is a term that has traditionally been used to describe the process of determining costs associated with farm business enterprises and enterprise profitability. A key challenge to those who would know their costs has been the lack of guidance on cost accounting principles and the application of those principles to agriculture. However, that recently changed with the publication of the Farm Financial Standards Council’s Management Accounting Principles for Agricultura...

  5. Risk and the Farm Firm: A Corporate Finance View

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    Johnson, R.W.M.

    1992-01-01

    Recent applications of risk analysis in corporate finance to farm firm decision making are reviewed in this paper. The inclusion of risk parameters modifies some of the traditional agricultural economics views on investment, financing and the portfolio choice problem. A clearer view emerges of farm investment behaviour. Further topics for research are identified. In the author's view, the corporate finance analysis provides a more coherent set of paradigms that explain actual farm investment ...

  6. INFORMATION AND THE ADOPTION OF PRECISION FARMING TECHNOLOGIES

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    McBride, William D.; Daberkow, Stan G.

    2003-01-01

    Precision farming technologies have been commercially available since the early 1990s, but the pace of adoption among U.S. farmers has been modest. This study examines the relationship between the adoption of diagnostic and application techniques of precision farming and sources of information available to farmers about precision farming. The model used in the analysis accounts for sources of self-selection in the adoption process that could bias the results. Results indicate interpersonal in...

  7. Strategies for reactive power control in wind farms with STATCOM

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    Díaz González, Francisco; Martínez Rojas, Marcela; Sumper, Andreas; Gomis Bellmunt, Oriol

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents three strategies for reactive power control in wind farms with STATCOM. First, the STATCOM system and its applications in electric power systems and wind farms are shown. Second, the modeling done of the wind farm, the STATCOM and the network are presented. Finally, control strategies for reactive power delivered by the park to the network when required are shown. The result of the implementation of each control strategy is shown by simulation.

  8. FARM AND NONFARM FACTORS INFLUENCING FARM SIZE

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    Atwood, Joseph A.; Helmers, Glenn A.; Shaik, Saleem

    2002-01-01

    The impact of the price of capital, nonfarm employment opportunities, and returns in agriculture on farm size was analyzed. A 10 region panel model using data for 1950-2000 was used. The impact of agricultural government payments was also examined. The results demonstrated the capital-labor substitution phenomenon and the importance of nonfarm employment changes.

  9. Low-cost economic and environmental performance assessment of farm households systems: Application to mixed crop-livestock systems in the Ethiopian Highlands

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    Rufino, M.C.; Verhagen, J.; Hengsdijk, H.; Langeveld, J.W.H.; Ruben, R.; Dixon, J.M.; Giller, K.E.

    2008-01-01

    The farm household system (FHS) is one of the main entry points for interventions for rural development. To identify appropriate interventions, it is necessary to assess a priori potential impacts of these interventions on the livelihoods and environment of rural households. This study presents an a

  10. Low-cost Economic and Environmental Performance Assessment of Farm Households Systems: Application to Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems in the Ethiopian Highlands

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    Rufino, M.C.; Verhagen, A.; Hengsdijk, H.; Langeveld, J.W.A.; Ruben, R.; Dixon, J.M.; Giller, K.E.

    2008-01-01

    The farm household system (FHS) is one of the main entry points for interventions for rural development. To identify appropriate interventions, it is necessary to assess a priori potential impacts of these interventions on the livelihoods and environment of rural households. This study presents an a

  11. Application of risk perception and communication strategies to manage disease outbreaks of coastal shrimp farming in developing countries

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    Ahsan, Dewan

    2008-01-01

    diseases) is the major concern of shrimp producers of developing countries like Bangladesh, India, Thailand, China and many other countries. The risk of disease outbreaks in shrimp farms could be effectively prevented and managed by early identification of disease occurrence and by rapid communication...

  12. People on the Farm: Corn and Hog Farming.

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    Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC. Office of Governmental and Public Affairs.

    This booklet provides information on corn and hog farming on a small farm through a profile of a farm family. According to the profile, John and Mary Miller and their three children are a comfortable family operating a corn and hog farm in Iowa. John, the principal farmer, uses a variety of skills in management, veterinary science, soil science,…

  13. Wind farm design optimization

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    Carreau, Michel; Morgenroth, Michael; Belashov, Oleg; Mdimagh, Asma; Hertz, Alain; Marcotte, Odile

    2010-09-15

    Innovative numerical computer tools have been developed to streamline the estimation, the design process and to optimize the Wind Farm Design with respect to the overall return on investment. The optimization engine can find the collector system layout automatically which provide a powerful tool to quickly study various alternative taking into account more precisely various constraints or factors that previously would have been too costly to analyze in details with precision. Our Wind Farm Tools have evolved through numerous projects and created value for our clients yielding Wind Farm projects with projected higher returns.

  14. Analysis of productive evolution of well M-19A, Cerro Prieto geothermal field, BC; Analisis de la evolucion productiva del pozo M-19A del campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto, BC

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    Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Marco H; Romero-Rios, Francisco [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Residencia General de Cerro Prieto, B.C (Mexico)]. E-mail: marco.rodriguez01@cfe.gob.mx

    2007-07-15

    Well M-19A has been the most productive in the Cerro Prieto field, producing around 40 million tons of fluid. The well went on line in February 1975 and was in continuous operation until June 2006. Monthly measurements for over 30 years of operating conditions and chemical and isotopic analyses of the fluids allow identification of the most significant processes occurring in the zone where the well is located. Three dominant recharge types have been identified, each lasting about 10 years. They are a) a recharge of fluids of lower temperature than the production fluids, even though the chemical and isotopic compositions are similar; b) a recharge of lower-temperature fluids with diluted chemical and isotopic compositions; and c) a progressive recharge of reinjected water with a higher chloride concentration and heavy isotopic composition. The production and reinjection rates for over 30 years of production history in the M-19A well zone allow for speculation of a reservoir pressure recovery, which is confirmed with a calculation using production data from well M-19A. The evolution of the reservoir pressure in the zone contrasts with the rest of the reservoir, where a constant pressure drop is observed, particularly toward the central and eastern parts of the field. [Spanish] El pozo M-19A ha sido el mas productivo del campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto, BC, alcanzando una extraccion de mas de 40 millones de toneladas de fluido. Fue integrado a produccion en febrero de 1975 y hasta junio de 2006 ha permanecido en produccion en forma continua. Las mediciones mensuales de sus condiciones operativas y los analisis quimicos e isotopicos del agua producida permiten identificar los procesos mas significativos que han ocurrido a lo largo de esos mas de 30 anos en la zona donde se localiza el pozo. Se han identificado tres tipos de recarga dominantes que se presentan durante un periodo cercano a 10 anos cada uno, los cuales son: a) una recarga de fluidos de menor temperatura

  15. Simas, cavernas y pozos para ocultar cadáveres en la Guerra Civil española (1936-1939. Aportaciones desde la Antropología Forense

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    ETXEBERRIA, F., SERRULLA, F., HERRASTI, L.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Son miles las víctimas de la Guerra Civil (1936-1939 que permanecen enterradas en fosas comunes repartidas por todo el territorio. Pero además de las fosas en zonas marginales o en cementerios, se emplearon también pozos artificiales y simas naturales para hacer desaparecer las evidencias de los crímenes cometidos. Este recurso ha sido utilizado a lo largo de toda la historia en situaciones de conflicto y explica algunos hallazgos que se han realizado: la ocultación de los cuerpos en espacios aparentemente imposibles para su localización y rescate posterior. Sin embargo, el avance en las técnicas arqueológicas implicadas en el ámbito de las Ciencias Forenses han posibilitado la adecuada recuperación de estos restos y su posterior análisis.

  16. A model to predict the power output from wind farms

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    Landberg, L. [Riso National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark)

    1997-12-31

    This paper will describe a model that can predict the power output from wind farms. To give examples of input the model is applied to a wind farm in Texas. The predictions are generated from forecasts from the NGM model of NCEP. These predictions are made valid at individual sites (wind farms) by applying a matrix calculated by the sub-models of WASP (Wind Atlas Application and Analysis Program). The actual wind farm production is calculated using the Riso PARK model. Because of the preliminary nature of the results, they will not be given. However, similar results from Europe will be given.

  17. CONTRACT BROILER FARMING

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    Todsadee Areerat

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In Thailand, poultry sector is the main economic growth of livestock sector, especially broiler production. The rapid expansion in broiler production has been made possible by the increase in the number of commercial farms or contract farming. The objective of this research was to understand better how contract farming works, who gets involved and why and who benefits from the agreement. The study is based on the broiler file survey in Chiang Mai province of Thailand. As the results, contract farming looks quite attractive for farmers as well as for private companies but most of the farmers complained about long waiting until the delivery of the next cycle of chicks have started.

  18. Farm Health and Safety

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    ... the United States. Farms have many health and safety hazards, including Chemicals and pesticides Machinery, tools and ... inspection and maintenance can help prevent accidents. Using safety gloves, goggles and other protective equipment can also ...

  19. FarmStats_CNTYFARM

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    Vermont Center for Geographic Information — This datalayer contains Vermont agricultural data describing changes in farming activity (1860-1997), by county, extracted from U.S. Census of Agriculture. Initial...

  20. Public perceptions of farm animal cloning in Europe

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    Lassen, Jesper

    2005-01-01

    This report presents a picture of European opinion on farm animal cloning. In the report, both agricultural and biomedical applications of farm animal cloning are considered. With the arrival of Dolly, animal cloning became an integral part of the biotech debate, but this debate did not isolate animal cloning as a single issue.

  1. Public perceptions of farm animal cloning in Europe

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    Lassen, Jesper

    This report presents a picture of European opinion on farm animal cloning. In the report, both agricultural and biomedical applications of farm animal cloning are considered. With the arrival of Dolly, animal cloning became an integral part of the biotech debate, but this debate did not isolate...... animal cloning as a single issue....

  2. Adoption and perspectives of precision farming in Denmark

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    Pedersen, Søren Marcus; Fountas, Spyros; Blackmore, Simon;

    2004-01-01

    Precision farming (PF) and site-specific input application based on GPS has been a management tool and option for arable farmers for about 10 years. About 400 Danish farmers have already adopted some PF-practices on their farms. This adoption and the technical and economic perspectives of PF have...

  3. Productive fluid intervals in wells H-35 and H-39, Los Humeros geothermal field, Puebla (Mexico); Intervalos productores de fluidos en los pozos H-35 y H-39 del campo geotermico Los Humeros, Puebla, Mexico

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    Medina Martinez, Moises [Comision Federal de Electridad, Perote, Veracruz (Mexico)

    2000-12-01

    This paper presents the results of log interpretations using the percentage method to define the productive fluid intervals in wells H-35 and H-39. These were identified with pressure, temperature and flow rate (PTS) electronic logs, used for the first time in this field. The test were carried out with the well integrated to the electrical generation units. Well H-35 fed steam to Units 1, 4, 5 and 7 through a plate with a restriction orifice diameter of 50.8 mm (2 inches), a well head pressure of 45 bars and a mass flow rate of 40 t/h. Well H-39 fed steam to Unit 3 through plate with a restriction orifice diameter of 50.8 mm (2 inches), a well head pressure of 27 bars and a mass flow rate of 30 t/h. [Spanish] Se presenta la intervencion realizada por el metodo de porcentajes para definir los intervalos productores de fluidos en los pozos H-35 y H-39. El estudio se hizo a partir de datos obtenidos con una sonda electronica de presion, temperatura y velocidad de flujo (PTS), utilizada por primera vez en este campo. En ambos casos se realizaron las pruebas con el pozo integrado a las unidades de generacion electrica, el primero suministra vapor para las Unidades 1, 4, 5 y 7 a traves de una placa de orificio de restriccion de 50.8 mm (2 pulgadas) de diametro, con presion de cabezal de 45 bar manometricos y un gasto de mezcla de 40 t/h. El segundo alimenta a la Unidad 3, fluye por orificio de 50.8 mm (2 pulgadas) de diametro y produce 30 t/h de mezcla con una presion en la cabeza de 27 bar.

  4. Cyclonic multiphase flow measurement system GLCC{copyright}1 for oil well capacity evaluation; Sistema de medicion de flujo multifasico mediante tecnologia ciclonica GLCC{copyright}1 para aforo de pozos petroleros

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    Godoy-Alcantar, J. M; Cervantes-Martinez, G; Cruz-Maya, J. A; Hernandez-Buenfil, M. A; Ramirez-Antonio, I [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Mexico, D.F, (Mexico)]. E-mail: mgodoy@imp.mx

    2008-10-15

    This paper shows the development of a portable multiphase flow measurement system based in cyclonic separation technology GLCC{copyright}1. This system is aimed for oil well measurement and was developed in three phases; the first devoted to the geometric design of a cyclonic separator by means of designs sofware GLCCV7.8 and the selection of measurement instrumentation and flux control valves. In the second phase, the automatic control system was designed for the implementation of four control strategies each one related with a possible scenario of the well behavior. The third constitutes the integration of the measurement and control devices through a user interface aimed for visualization, information processing and system's operation and control. Experimental results in oil well measurements show the efficiency and workability of the integrated system. [Spanish] En el presente trabajo se muestra el desarrollo de un sistema portatil para la medicion de flujo multifasico, basado en la tecnologia de separacion ciclonica GLCC{copyright}1 y su utilizacion el aforo de pozos petroleros. El desarrollo del sistema se compone de tres fases, la primera se orienta hacia el diseno geometrico de un separador tipo ciclonico por medio del simulador GLCCV 7.8, asi como el dimensionamiento y la seleccion de los instrumentos de medicion y valvulas de control de flujo. En la segunda fase, se lleva a cabo la etapa de diseno del control automatico del sistema, el cual se fundamenta en el desarrollo e implantacion de cuatro estrategias de control basadas en el comportamiento dinamico de las variables de produccion del pozo; la tercera fase, la constituye el desarrollo de una interfaz para la integracion y operacion conjunta de los componentes de medicion y control del sistema, asi como de visualizacion, procesamiento y almacenamiento de la informacion. Se muestran los resultados experimentales de una prueba de medicion realizada en campo, las mediciones obtenidas muestran la

  5. Welfare in farmed fish

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    Damsgård, Børge; Juell, Jon-Erik; Braastad, Bjarne Olai

    2006-01-01

    The interest of fish welfare is increasing, both in Norway and internationally, leading to an increasing need for scientific knowledge about basic and applied questions related to how farmed fish are produced. The strategic institute programme (SIP) ”Welfare in farmed fish” was financed by the Research Council of Norway, for the five years period from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2005. The core partners in the SIP were the Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (Fiskerifor...

  6. Urban farming in Vancouver

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    Stolhandske, Sharla

    2010-01-01

    There is a new generation of urban agriculture emerging in North America. Labelled urban farming, this modern urban agriculture industry is tapping into the economic potential for local, organic food. An ethnographic study of six urban farmers growing food in Metro Vancouver reveals that the act of growing and marketing food in the city is an expanding and dedicated business. The study focused particularly on newly emerging highly urbanized farm enterprises in the Vancouver area. Urban far...

  7. Ashes for organic farming

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    Kousa, T.; Heinonen, M; Suoniitty, T.; Peltonen, K

    2013-01-01

    Nowadays only eight percent of the cultivated field area is used for organic farming. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has published the guidelines for the program of organic farming to diversify the supply and the consumption of organic food. The aim is to increase organically arable land to 20% by the year 2020.The demand of organic fertilizer products is strongly increasing. Interest in forestry by-products (ash, bark, zero fiber, etc.) for use in organic production has recently be...

  8. NORCOWE Reference Wind Farm

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    Bak, Thomas; Graham, Angus

    2015-01-01

    Offshore wind farms are complex systems, influenced by both the environment (e.g. wind, waves, current and seabed) and the design characteristics of the equipment available for installation (e.g. turbine type, foundations, cabling and distance to shore). These aspects govern the capital and...... operating expenditures, which, along with the energy produced, determine the cost of energy. A better system-level understanding of wind farms is hence of critical importance to the wind-energy industry....

  9. Observing farming systems

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    Noe, Egon; Alrøe, Hugo Fjelsted

    In Denmark, agriculture is becoming increasingly specialised, and more and more actors are becoming involved in farm decision making. These trends are more or less pronounced in other European countries as well. We therefore find that to understand modern farming systems, we have to shift the foc....... Secondly, it provides a theory of functional differentiation and structural couplings that opens up for a new approach to look at sustainability by way of decoupling, recoupling and new forms of coupling....

  10. A Phase Measurement Unit Based Fast Real-Time Oscillation Detection Application for Monitoring Wind Farm-to-Grid sub-synchronous Dynamics

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    Vanfretti, Luigi; Baudette, Maxime; Dominguez-Garcia, José-Luiz; Almas, Muhammad Shoaib; White, Austin; Gjerde, Jan Ove

    2016-01-01

    The increase of wind power share increasing has lead to operational challenges for its integration and impact on power grids. Regarding this, unexpected dynamic phenomena, such as oscillatory events around 13 Hz among different wind farms were recorded in the United States of America (USA) by Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E). Such interactions differ from traditional inter-areaoscillations, and the ability to detect them is beyond measurement capabilities of most of existing measurement...

  11. 车用空调系统在农用车辆上的应用%Application of Vehicle Air-conditioning System in Farm Vehicle

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    彭高宏

    2011-01-01

    Aimming at the structure,principle and general requirement of air-conditioning system,the practical methods for adding air conditioner on farm vehicles are introduced.%依据车用空调系统的结构和原理,以及加装空调的一般要求,介绍了农用车辆加装空调的具体方法。

  12. NATURE OF THE FARM: REVISITED

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    Elliott, Matthew; James, Harvey Jr.

    2013-01-01

    This study empirically examines the effects of farm organization (separation of ownership and control) on farmer effort and farm success using a structural equation model and data from the 2005-2010 Agriculture Management Resource Survey. Contrary to expectations of existing theory, the results show that larger separated ownership and control farms have a higher probability of farm success, and their operators supply more labor effort than combined ownership and control farms. The results see...

  13. Determinants of Organic Farming Conversion

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    De Cock, Lieve

    2005-01-01

    In this paper the behavioural change framework of Ajzen and Fishbein is used to explore whether attitudes towards organic farming, the perceived social pressure of the environment and the perceived feasibility of organic farming standards on the farm determine the willingness of farmers to convert to organic farming methods. These variables together with the business and personal objectives and the organic farming information seeking behaviour of the farmer were used in an ordinal regression ...

  14. Wind Farms: Modeling and Control

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    Soleimanzadeh, Maryam

    2012-01-01

    In this project a dynamical model has been developed for the wind flow in wind farms. The wind farm model is based on the linearized Navier-Stokes equation combined with momentum theory. The model provides an approximate knowledge of what is happening downstream wind farm, and is represented in the form of ordinary differential equations to be applied in classic control algorithms. The wind farm control algorithms provide the power reference signal for each wind turbine of the farm such that ...

  15. CPS and the Fermilab farms

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    Cooperative Processes Software (CPS) is a parallel programming toolkit developed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. It is the most recent product in an evolution of systems aimed at finding a cost-effective solution to the enormous computing requirements in experimental high energy physics. Parallel programs written with CPS are large-grained, which means that the parallelism occurs at the subroutine level, rather than at the traditional single line of code level. This fits the requirements of high energy physics applications, such as event reconstruction, or detector simulations, quite well. It also satisfies the requirements of applications in many other fields. One example is in the pharmaceutical industry. In the field of computational chemistry, the process of drug design may be accelerated with this approach. CPS programs run as a collection of processes distributed over many computers. CPS currently supports a mixture of heterogeneous UNIX-based workstations which communicate over networks with TCP/IR CPS is most suited for jobs with relatively low I/O requirements compared to CPU. The CPS toolkit supports message passing remote subroutine calls, process synchronization, bulk data transfers, and a mechanism called process queues, by which one process can find another which has reached a particular state. The CPS software supports both batch processing and computer center operations. The system is currently running in production mode on two farms of processors at Fermilab. One farm consists of approximately 90 IBM RS/6000 model 320 workstations, and the other has 85 Silicon Graphics 4D/35 workstations. This paper first briefly describes the history of parallel processing at Fermilab which lead to the development of CPS. Then the CPS software and the CPS Batch queueing system are described. Finally, the experiences of using CPS in production on the Fermilab processor farms are described

  16. Opinions on biogas in organic farming

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    Heiske, Stefan; Østergård, Hanne

    2011-01-01

    The application of biogas technologies in organic farming involves many considerations: Benefits like improved fertilizer supply and fossil fuel savings are opposed to concerns about economical risks and incompliance with organic principles. A questionnaire developed by Risø DTU gives an idea about...

  17. Repowering of wind farms - A case study

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    Nivedh, B.S. [Quality Engineering and Software Technologies, Bangalore (India); Devi, R.P.K. [College of Engineering. Power Systems Engineering, Guindy (India); Sreevalsan, E. [Gamesa Wind Turbines India Private Limited, Chennai (India)

    2012-07-01

    The main objective of the study is to devise a method for assessing the repowering potential and to improve the energy output from the wind farms and also to understand the impact on the power quality due to repowering. With repowering, the first-generation wind turbines can be replaced with modern multi-megawatt wind turbines. To carry-out the study an old wind farm located at Kayathar, Tamilnadu is selected. The wind farm was commissioned in 1990's with a capacity of 7.35MW, which consists of 36 Wind Turbines each with the capacity of 200kW and 225kW. The present annual energy generation of the wind farm is 7350MWhr with the plant load factor of 11.41%. The intent of this study is to predict the annual energy output of the wind farm after the repowering using WAsP (Wind Atlas Analysis Application Program). Further this study analyses the power quality issues of the various Wind Turbines. In addition, the main feeder, in which the wind farm which is taken for the study also modeled and the impact on power quality due to repowering also studied. Simulations were carried out using MATLAB. The results are analyzed to understand the significance of repowering to overcome the energy crisis of the nation since the best locations for wind in India are occupied by old wind turbines. The following are the observations and conclusions from the above study. Plant load factor (PLF) increased to 24 %, Energy yield increased to more than 4 times and the capacity of the wind farm became double. And in the view of power quality, comparing to the existing Feeder, Repowered Feeder having less reactive power consumption, voltage variations and flickers except the harmonic distortion. (Author)

  18. A novel real-time RT-PCR with TaqMan-MGB probes and its application in detecting BVDV infections in dairy farms

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    ZHANG Yong-qiang; WANG Zhi-liang; LIU Hai-sheng; WU Xiao-dong; WANG Xiao-zhen; LI Jin-ming; ZHAO Yong-gang; L Yan; REN Wei-jie; GE Sheng-qiang

    2015-01-01

    A real-time RT-PCR assay using TaqMan-MGB probes was developed to detect and type the bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) in cattle. Universal primers and TaqMan-MGB probes were designed from the 5´-untranslated region of known pestiviral sequences. Prior to optimizing the assay, cRNAs were transcribed in vitro from the BVDV 1 and BVDV 2 RT-PCR products to make standard curves. The detection limit of the assay was 1.72×102 copies for BVDV 1 and 2.14×102 copies for BVDV 2. The speciifcity of the assay evaluated on several BVDV strains including bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV 1), foot and mouth disease virus (FMDV) and several classical swine fever virus (CSFV) strains showed speciifc detection of the positive virus over 40 cycles. The assay was highly reproducible with the coefifcient of variance ranging from 1.04 to 1.33%for BVDV 1 and from 0.83 to 1.48%for BVDV 2, respectively. Using this method, we tested a total of 2 327 cattle from three dairy farms for the presence of BVDV persistently infected (PI) animals. In this assay, each RT-PCR template contained a mixture of ten samples from different animals. The occurrence rate of PI cattle in three farms ranging from 0.9 to 2.54%could represent partly the PI rates in cattle farm in China. In conclusion, using our real-time PCR assay, we could effectively detect and type BVDV and identify PI cattle in a rapid and cost-effective manner.

  19. The Binahon agroforestry farm: A case study of unity and diversity, balance and sustainability

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    Espaldon, Maria Victoria O.

    2008-01-01

    Summary: This resource booklet accompanies the DVD, Taming the Land, the Wind and the Sun: The story of the Binahon Agroforestry Farm. "The Binahon Agroforestry farm is a model upland farm that incorporates sustainable agricultural practices. It is a must see place where one can learn and experience the different application of farming systems for production as well as conservation." (excerpt from introduction) LTRA-5 (Agroforestry and Sustainable Vegetable Production)

  20. Offshore Wind Farms

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    Lundtang Petersen, Erik; Hasager, Charlotte Bay; Courtney, Michael;

    2015-01-01

    The technology behind constructing wind farms offshore began to develop in 1991 when the Vindeby wind farm was installed off the Danish coast (11 Bonus 450 kW turbines). Resource assessment, grid connection, and wind farm operation are significant challenges for offshore wind power just as it is...... for the more traditional onshore wind power, which has been under development since the 1970s. However, offshore projects face extra technical challenges some of which requires in-depth scientific investigations. This article deals with some of the most outstanding challenges concerning the turbine...... structure: the rotor, the nacelle, the tower, and the foundation. Further the determinations of the essential environmental conditions are treated: the wind field, the wave field, the sea current, and the soil conditions. The various options for grid connections, advantages, and disadvantages are discussed...

  1. The science and technology of farm animal cloning

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    Gjerris, Mickey; Vajta, Gábor

    Details of the first mammal born after nuclear transfer cloning were published by Steen Malte Willadsen in 1986. In spite of its enormous scientific significance, this discovery failed to trigger much public concern, possibly because the donor cells were derived from pre-implantation stage embryo......; instead we pinpoint issues and events pivotal to the development of current farm animal cloning practices and their possible applications....... and the biomedical sector. The next step seems to be to implement cloning in the agricultural production system and several animals have been developed in this direction. This article reviews the current state of the art of farm animal cloning from a scientific and technological perspective, describes the animal...... welfare problems and critically assess different applications of farm animal cloning. The scope is confined to animal biotechnologies in which the use of cell nuclear transfer is an essential part and extends to both biomedical and agricultural applications of farm animal cloning. These applications...

  2. Stabilization of in-tank residual wastes and external-tank soil contamination for the tank focus area, Hanford tank initiative: Applications to the AX Tank Farm

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    A combined engineering and geochemistry approach is recommended for the stabilization of waste in decommissioned tanks and contaminated soils at the AX Tank Farm, Hanford, WA. A two-part strategy of desiccation and gettering is proposed for treatment of the in-tank residual wastes. Dry portland cement and/or fly ash are suggested as an effective and low-cost desiccant for wicking excess moisture from the upper waste layer. Getters work by either ion exchange or phase precipitation to reduce radionuclide concentrations in solution. The authors recommend the use of specific natural and man-made compounds, appropriately proportioned to the unique inventory of each tank. A filler design consisting of multilayered cementitous grout with interlayered sealant horizons should serve to maintain tank integrity and minimize fluid transport to the residual waste form. External tank soil contamination is best mitigated by placement of grouted skirts under and around each tank, together with installation of a cone-shaped permeable reactive barrier beneath the entire tank farm. Actinide release rates are calculated from four tank closure scenarios ranging from no action to a comprehensive stabilization treatment plan (desiccant/getters/grouting/RCRA cap). Although preliminary, these calculations indicate significant reductions in the potential for actinide transport as compared to the no-treatment option

  3. Organic food and farming

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    Kledal, Paul Rye

    The paper is based on research conducted for DARCOF II (Danish Research Centre for Organic Farming, www.darcof.dk). The aim of the research project is to analyze the future development of the Danish organic food sector through focusing on two agro-commodities: vegetables and pork. Emphasis is...... placed on identification of economic forces within the supply chains. The main conclusions of the paper – being the results from the organic vegetable chain – are that the rules and regulations, and the development of alternative transaction processes in organic food and farming have so far been founded...

  4. Long Island Solar Farm

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    Anders, R.

    2013-05-01

    The Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) is a remarkable success story, whereby very different interest groups found a way to capitalize on unusual circumstances to develop a mutually beneficial source of renewable energy. The uniqueness of the circumstances that were necessary to develop the Long Island Solar Farm make it very difficult to replicate. The project is, however, an unparalleled resource for solar energy research, which will greatly inform large-scale PV solar development in the East. Lastly, the LISF is a superb model for the process by which the project developed and the innovation and leadership shown by the different players.

  5. Wind farm policy

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    The background to the development of wind farms in the Argyll and Bute district of Scotland is explored in this document, alongside local policy. The complex issues involved in the planning, construction and operation of wind farms, especially their environmental impacts, are not sufficiently addressed in existing local government policy and this document seeks to clarify some of these areas. Recommendations for planning policy are made, as well as for the forestry industry and the protection of the environment, especially protected bird species. (UK)

  6. Aspects of Costs Calculation in a Vegetable Production Farm

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    Teodor HADA

    2012-01-01

    This paper deals with the aspects of the issue of costs calculation for a vegetable production farm in terms of theory and practice. Aspects of the active accounting regulations, applicable to vegetable production farms, are presented in the content. Features of the vegetable production are detailed, and the applicability of costs calculation methods is shown by the example of the “to order” method. In terms of accounting, there are presented the records made in the management accounting, in...

  7. ON-FARM ANALYSIS OF PRECISION FARMING PRACTICES

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    Precision farming technologies are becoming increasingly popular. However, few studies have addressed the whole farm and per acre expense of these technologies. A 33-acre farm example is used to establish baseline cost estimates of these technologies. Findings suggest that per acre expense is relati...

  8. 76 FR 40677 - Farm Service Agency

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    2011-07-11

    ... Farm Service Agency Information Collection; United States Warehouse Act (USWA) AGENCY: Farm Service... Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and...: Mail: Judy Fry, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Commodity Operations Division, Farm Service...

  9. Contract Farming and Food Security

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    Bellemare, Marc F.; Novak, Lindsey

    2015-01-01

    Contract farming has often been associated with an increase in the income of participating households. It is unclear, however, whether contract farming increases other aspects of household welfare. Using data from six regions of Madagascar and a selection-on-observables design in which we control for a household's marginal utility of participating in contract farming, which we elicited via a contingent valuation experiment, we show that participating in contract farming reduces the duration o...

  10. Farm animal welfare

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    Sandøe, Peter; Christiansen, Stine Billeschou; Appleby, M. C.

    2003-01-01

    An experimental survey was undertaken to explore the links between the characteristics of a moral issue, the degree of moral intensity/moral imperative associated with the issue (Jones, 1991), and people’s stated willingness to pay (wtp) for policy to address the issue. Two farm animal welfare...

  11. Production Farms at Fermilab

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    UNIX Farms at Fermilab have been used for more than than three years to solve the problem of providing massive amounts of CPU processing power for event reconstruction. System configurations, parallel processing software, administration and allocation issues, production issues and other experiences and plans are discussed

  12. The wind farm business

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    This article highlights the tasks to be undertaken by the wind farm business starting with the initial site selection, through the planning stage and the consideration of technical matters, to the implementation and financial aspects. The current situation in the UK with regard to installed wind turbines, public attitude, and future prospects are discussed. (UK)

  13. Foundations for Farming Website

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    2011-01-01

    Metadata only record This website provides information on the activities and outcomes of Foundations for Farming, an international NGO dedicated to promoting Conservation Agriculture as a means of poverty reduction and food security. The organization currently works in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Malawi, hosting training sessions and facilitating the dissemination of Conservation Agriculture ideologies and practices.

  14. ON- AND OFF-FARM DIVERSIFICATION

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    McNamara, Kevin T.; Christoph R. Weiss

    2001-01-01

    The present paper brings together two strands of literature by analysing the interrelationship between on-farm and off-farm diversification econometrically. Estimation results from simultaneous bivariate probit models suggest that on-farm and off-farm diversification decisions are closely related. The degree of diversification is significantly lower for farms where the farm operator works off-the farm. On the other hand, the probability of entering into the off-farm labour market declines wit...

  15. Immigrant Workers and Farm Performance

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    Malchow-Møller, Nikolaj; Munch, Jakob R.; Seidelin, Claus Aastrup;

    2013-01-01

    Danish farms in 1980–2008 to analyze the micro-level relationship between these two developments. Farms employing immigrants tend to be both larger than and no less productive than other farms. Furthermore, an increased use of immigrants is associated with an improvement in job creation and revenue...

  16. Farming Structure and Administrative Behavior on Paddy Field Farms

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    UMEMOTO, Masaki

    2010-01-01

    In order to comments about the controversy over rice policy, we analyzed the present situation of structural change on paddy farming, profitability and cost level of rice production, and strategies on paddy field farms. The main conclusions of this survey are summarized as follows. (1) According to the increase of rented land, some of full-time farming firms expands their farm size rapidly. The size of family farms reached 30-40ha, and agricultural firms which hire full-time employees extende...

  17. Stabilization of in-tank residual wastes and external-tank soil contamination for the tank focus area, Hanford Tank Initiative: Applications to the AX tank farm

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    This report investigates five technical areas for stabilization of decommissioned waste tanks and contaminated soils at the Hanford Site AX Farm. The investigations are part of a preliminary evacuation of end-state options for closure of the AX Tanks. The five technical areas investigated are: (1) emplacement of cementations grouts and/or other materials; (2) injection of chemicals into contaminated soils surrounding tanks (soil mixing); (3) emplacement of grout barriers under and around the tanks; (4) the explicit recognition that natural attenuation processes do occur; and (5) combined geochemical and hydrological modeling. Research topics are identified in support of key areas of technical uncertainty, in each of the five areas. Detailed cost-benefit analyses of the technologies are not provided. This investigation was conducted by Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, during FY 1997 by tank Focus Area (EM-50) funding

  18. Analysis of the automation and control of the well production conditions in the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, Mexico; Analisis de la automatizacion y del control de las condiciones de produccion de los pozos del campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto, BC, Mexico

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    Murillo Zamora, Isaac [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Mexicali, BC, (Mexico); Ocampo Diaz, Juan de Dios [Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, BC, (Mexico); De la Pena Reyna, Gilberto [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

    2005-12-01

    Through 31 years of development of the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, the number of wells in operation and the distances between them has been increasing. Now there are 150 wells producing a mixture of water and steam at different ratios, depending on the reservoir characteristics (pressure, temperature, depth, etc.) and the operation conditions in the superficial installations (obstructions in the orifice plates diameter, separator pressures, etc.). Therefore, Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has started a pilot plan to handle the automation and control of the operating conditions of production wells, and to install a data production acquisition system. The initial results of the system are in this paper. [Spanish] A traves de los 31 anos de desarrollo del campo geotermico de Cerro Prieto el numero de pozos en operacion asi como la distancia entre ellos se ha estado incrementando. Ahora hay mas de 150 pozos produciendo una cantidad de mezcla de agua y vapor a diferentes rangos, dependiendo de las caracteristicas del yacimiento (presion, temperatura, profundidad, etc.) y de las condiciones de operacion de las instalaciones superficiales (diametros de placas de orificio obstruidos, presion de los separadores, etc.). Como resultado la Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) ha dado inicio a un plan de pruebas para llevar a cabo la automatizacion y control de las condiciones de operacion de los pozos productores, e instalar un sistema con equipos para recoleccion de datos del campo, cuyos primeros resultados se presentan en este articulo.

  19. Application of culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR methods for isolation and identification ofMycoplasma synoviae on broiler chicken farms

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    Abtin, A.R.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Mycoplasma synoviae (M. synoviae is a major worldwide poultry pathogen that causes serious economiclosses in the poultry industry. This study was designed to detect M. synoviae through culture isolation andpolymerase chain reaction (PCR assay to demonstrated the involvement of M. synoviae infection in tracheaand the lung/air sac samples taken from commercial broiler chicken farms in 3 main provinces of Iran(Tehran, Markazi and Qazvin, with clinical signs of the disease. Total of 43 samples were cultured inPPLO broth media supplemented for M. synoviae isolation. The bacteria DNAs were extracted byphenol/chloroform method and the PCR assay amplifying the conserved region of 16S rRNA gene wasapplied for the detection of Mycoplasma genus in 163bp fragment and M. synoviae in 207bp fragment fromculture as same as in clinical samples. Of the 43 swabs 28(65.1% yielded one of the potentially pathogenicmycoplasmas evaluated for using PPLO agar culture diagnostic method, and 33(76.8% yielded one of thepotentially pathogenic Mycoplasmas evaluated for using Mycoplasma genus PCR as diagnostic method, and24(55.9% of the swabs yielded M. synoviae for using M. synoviae PCR as diagnostic method. In this studywe had observed the highest quantity of M. synoviae infections in broiler chicken with PCR test. In conclusion, PCR is a more rapid, effective, sensitive and inexpensive method than the standard culture technique, that could be used as an alternative method for traditional culture and showed the real number of the M. synoviae contaminated broiler chicken farms.

  20. Behavioral aspects of poultry farming in organic farming compared to conventional farming

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    Arazimová, Lucie

    2013-01-01

    Intensification of agriculture brings a number of issues in environmental protection, biodiversity preservation and welfare of farm animals. This work is therefore devoted to the welfare of poultry from the perspective of ethology compared to particular farming systems with a focus on organic farming. First there is a description of the importance of organic farming in the Czech Republic, its share in the production and support of the State and the European Union. Next is the importance of...

  1. Peningkatan Produktivitas Domba pada Skala Peternakan Rakyat Melalui Pemberian Hormon Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotrophin (IMPROVEMENT OF SMALL HOLDER FARMS SHEEP PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF PREGNANT MARE SERUM GONADOTROPHIN

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    Andriyanto .

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The administration of Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotrophin (PMSG hormone to stimulate superovulation has been proven to improved fetal prenatal growth, birth weight, mammary gland growth anddevelopment, milk production, litter size, as well as pre and post weaning growth. This study was conductedto apply the administration of PMSG hormone technology in small-holder farms. One hundred ewes weredivided into two groups. Group I (control: 50 ewes ewes without administration of PMSG and Group 2(treatment: 50 ewes ewes with administration of PMSG to stimulate super ovulation and improveendogenous secretion of pregnant hormones. The application of PMSG increased the numbers of lamb bornby 26.8% (69 vs. 87 with average litter size of 20.7% (1.38 vs. 1.74. The lamb weight at birth was alsoincreased by 25.7% (2.76 ± 0.33 vs. 3.47 ± 0.35 kg. The milk production of the dam was also increased by29.7% (0.64 ± 0.25 vs. 0.91 ± 0.22 L/ewe/day. Lambs born to ewes administered PMSG had better weaningweight 22.1% (12.32 ± 2.44 vs. 15.04 ± 1.11 kg/ewe. The number of survival lamb to reach weaning age washigher compared to the control group. The weight at weaning age was almost twice (628.4 kg vs. 1202.8 kgcompared to the control group. Using simple economic analysis calculation, the application of this hormonetechnology could increase gross revenue by Rp 294.280- per ewes. It was concluded that the administrationof PMSG is economically feasible to be applied in to the small-holder farms.

  2. Uses of glyphosate in German arable farming – operational aspects

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    Wiese, Armin

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Glyphosate is the most frequently used herbicide active ingredient in Germany. Studies regarding its usage in non-GMO arable farming are still rare even though it plays an important role in several agronomic situations. Therefore, we conducted a comprehensive survey, which was carried out among conventional German farms in Winter 2014/2015. Based on the results of this survey we analyzed via cluster analysis how types of farms differ in terms of glyphosate usage. An illustration of seven clusters allows deep insights into arable farm structures. The farm types can be distinguished regarding their tillage system and similar to this differentiation also concerning their intensity of glyphosate application. Furthermore, it becomes obvious that farm clusters with a higher level of glyphosate usage are characterized by a lower number of labourers per hectare, more arable land and/or enhanced cover cropping. Moreover, groups of farmers who rely more on glyphosate are more likely to state that they need glyphosate for herbicide resistance management. Farmers’ assessments of the economic importance of glyphosate usage vary depending on the type of farm. By means of the farm clusters, the most important situations of glyphosate usage can be further analyzed economically and scenarios for impact assessments can be made.

  3. The Research of Computer Aided Farm Machinery Designing Method Based on Ergonomics

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    Gao, Xiyin; Li, Xinling; Song, Qiang; Zheng, Ying

    Along with agricultural economy development, the farm machinery product type Increases gradually, the ergonomics question is also getting more and more prominent. The widespread application of computer aided machinery design makes it possible that farm machinery design is intuitive, flexible and convenient. At present, because the developed computer aided ergonomics software has not suitable human body database, which is needed in view of farm machinery design in China, the farm machinery design have deviation in ergonomics analysis. This article puts forward that using the open database interface procedure in CATIA to establish human body database which aims at the farm machinery design, and reading the human body data to ergonomics module of CATIA can product practical application virtual body, using human posture analysis and human activity analysis module to analysis the ergonomics in farm machinery, thus computer aided farm machinery designing method based on engineering can be realized.

  4. Wind Farm Control Survey

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    Knudsen, Torben; Bak, Thomas; Svenstrup, Mikael

    2013-01-01

    This document is a delivery in the project NORCOWE. It is part of work package WP3.2.2. The main goal is to establish the present state-of-the-art for wind farm control for both research and practice. The main approach will be to study the literature. This will of cause be much more efficient...... for the research part than for the practice part. It is however not the intention to do company interviews or similar. This report is structured into a section for each WF control objective. These sections then includes the important control project issues: choice of input and output, control method, and modelling...... turbine farm based on a dynamic programming type of method....

  5. The role of renewable energy on animal farms

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    Csatári, Nándor; Vántus, András

    2015-04-01

    The recent measures in the European Union promote the usage of renewable energies and enhancing the energy efficiency. These measures also effect agriculture, on the one hand by using biofuels mixed into fuel for machinery. Besides biofuels animal farms have opportunities in using renewable energy in several other ways. There are sectors in animal farming, where the energy demand is continuously high in electricity (e.g. forage grinders, mixers, milk coolers, air ventilation systems) or in heating (e.g. stables for poultry or piglets). Beside the energy demand in agricultural sector there are several products and side products suitable for energy production. For example different kinds of organic manures and corn silage could be raw materials for biogas production; plant residues like cereal straw and corn stalk bales could be combusted in boilers. Furthermore solar cells or solar collectors can be mounted on the big roof surfaces of animal farm buildings. Among animal farming sectors, dairy farming in the most energy intensive, and uses the widest variety of energy forms. It is often mentioned as the "heavy industry" of animal farming. In this research 14 dairy farms were examined in Hajdú-Bihar County in the topic of energy demand, renewable energy usage. The questioned farms covers 35% of the dairy cow population in Hajdú-Bihar County. The questions covered the general attributes of the farms and the details of the (existing or planned) renewable energy application. In terms of economic analysis saving, the investment return time and the employment effect was examined. The results show wide variety of applied renewable energy application. Fifty percent of farms uses at least one kind of renewable energy. Two biogas plants, 6 boilers for solid biomass, 2 solar cells. Regarding employment effect biogas plants created some full time workplaces, biomass boilers also needs some work hours to maintain, but none of the farms applied more labour. Besides renewable

  6. DISCUSSION ON THE PAPER: "THE GEOLOGICAL RECORD OF THE OLDEST HISTORICAL TSUNAMIS IN SOUTHWESTERN SPAIN" BY FRANCISCO RUIZ, MANUEL ABAD, JOAQUÍN RODRÍGUEZ VIDAL, LUIS MIGUEL CÁCERES, MARÍA LUZ GONZÁLEZ-REGALADO, MARÍA ISABEL CARRETERO, MANUEL POZO & FRANCISCO GÓMEZ TOSCANO, PUBLISHED IN RIVISTA ITALIANA DI PALEONTOLOGIA E STRATIGRAFIA, 114(1: 147-156 (2008

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    Full Text Available Comments on the paper “The Geological record of the oldest historical tsunamis in southwestern Spain” by Francisco Ruiz, Manuel Abad, Joaquín Rodríguez Vidal, Luis Miguel Cáceres, María Luz González-Regalado, María Isabel Carretero, Manuel Pozo & Francisco Gómez Toscano.

  7. Amy Courtney: Freewheelin' Farm

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    Rabkin, Sarah

    2010-01-01

    Shareholders in Freewheelin’ Farm’s community supported agriculture program enjoy an unusual perk: delivery by bicycle-drawn trailer. Freewheelin’ founder Amy Courtney, a 1997 graduate of UCSC’s Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, strives to produce fresh, healthy food while minimizing her environmental footprint. Courtney started the farm in 2002 with almost no motorized vehicles, incorporating used equipment and recycled materials wherever possible in the farm’s operations. She and h...

  8. Dale Coke: Coke Farm

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    Farmer, Ellen

    2010-01-01

    Dale Coke grew up on an apricot orchard in California’s Santa Clara Valley. In 1976 he bought ten acres of farmland near Watsonville in Santa Cruz County but continued to work repairing fuel injection systems rather than farming at his new home. In 1981, a struggle with cancer inspired him to rethink his life and become an organic farmer. His neighbor, who had grown strawberries using pesticides and chemical fertilizers, asserted that strawberries could not be grown organically. Coke set out ...

  9. Farm tourism across Europe

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    2013-01-01

    Because we acknowledge both the importance of the geographical context on agritourism and the richness of benchmarking, discussions aim to underline and to understand original agritourism practices in relation to their spatial context. According to Sznajder et al. (2009) attention has to be paid to the historical structure of economy, the state of farming, the demographic situation, the accessibility, the social attitudes, the capital reso...

  10. From Foraging to Farming

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    François R. Valla

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Overview It was probably during the eighteenth century that the idea first emerged in educated circles that farming and animal husbandry have nothing primitive about them. Both followed upon eras when people lived from hunting, fishing and gathering. This interpretation arose from observations of the peoples the Europeans discovered as they explored the planet. It derives from what we call ethnography. The eighteenth century, however, had not theorized the temporal depth of the history of man...

  11. APPLIED FARM FOOD SAFETY

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    Ender, Judit; Mikaczo, Andrea

    2008-01-01

    Recently there have been more and more foodborne illnesses being associated with fresh vegetable produce. In response to this, consumer confidence has been lowered with the safety of the vegetable industry. So, many retailers have recently announced programs requiring growers to have independent third-party inspections. The goal with this essay is to introduce a vegetable farm and reveal its food safety procedures from the seeding through shipping,. reviewing, evaluating, and strengthening cu...

  12. Wind farm electrical system

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    Erdman, William L.; Lettenmaier, Terry M.

    2006-07-04

    An approach to wind farm design using variable speed wind turbines with low pulse number electrical output. The output of multiple wind turbines are aggregated to create a high pulse number electrical output at a point of common coupling with a utility grid network. Power quality at each individual wind turbine falls short of utility standards, but the aggregated output at the point of common coupling is within acceptable tolerances for utility power quality. The approach for aggregating low pulse number electrical output from multiple wind turbines relies upon a pad mounted transformer at each wind turbine that performs phase multiplication on the output of each wind turbine. Phase multiplication converts a modified square wave from the wind turbine into a 6 pulse output. Phase shifting of the 6 pulse output from each wind turbine allows the aggregated output of multiple wind turbines to be a 24 pulse approximation of a sine wave. Additional filtering and VAR control is embedded within the wind farm to take advantage of the wind farm's electrical impedence characteristics to further enhance power quality at the point of common coupling.

  13. Discovery based and targeted Mass Spectrometry in farm animal proteomics

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    Bendixen, Emøke

    2013-01-01

    Technological advances in mass spectrometry have greatly improved accuracy and speed of analyses of proteins and biochemical pathways. These proteome technologies have transformed research and diagnostic methods in the biomedical fields, and in food and farm animal sciences proteomics can be used...... experiments from tissues and body fluids from pig, cow and horse, and currently provides the primary public resource for designing SRM methods for farm animal applications...... approach for investigating farm animal biology. SRM is particularly important for validation biomarker candidates This talk will introduce the use of different mass spectrometry approaches through examples related to food quality and animal welfare, including studies of gut health in pigs, host pathogen...

  14. Stabilization of in-tank residual wastes and external tank soil contamination for the Hanford tank closure program: application to the AX tank farm

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    SONNICHSEN, J.C.

    1998-10-12

    Mixed high-level waste is currently stored in underground tanks at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Hanford Site. The plan is to retrieve the waste, process the water, and dispose of the waste in a manner that will provide less long-term health risk. The AX Tank Farm has been identified for purposes of demonstration. Not all the waste can be retrieved from the tanks and some waste has leaked from these tanks into the underlying soil. Retrieval of this waste could result in additional leakage. During FY1998, the Sandia National Laboratory was under contract to evaluate concepts for immobilizing the residual waste remaining in tanks and mitigating the migration of contaminants that exist in the soil column. Specifically, the scope of this evaluation included: development of a layered tank fill design for reducing water infiltration; development of in-tank getter technology; mitigation of soil contamination through grouting; sequestering of specific radionuclides in soil; and geochemical and hydrologic modeling of waste-water-soil interactions. A copy of the final report prepared by Sandia National Laboratory is attached.

  15. Stabilization of In-Tank Residual Wastes and External-Tank Soil Contamination for the Hanford Tank Closure Program: Applications to the AX Tank Farm

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    Anderson, H.L.; Dwyer, B.P.; Ho, C.; Krumhansl, J.L.; McKeen, G.; Molecke, M.A.; Westrich, H.R.; Zhang, P.

    1998-11-01

    Technical support for the Hanford Tank Closure Program focused on evaluation of concepts for immobilization of residual contaminants in the Hanford AX tanks and underlying soils, and identification of cost-effective approaches to improve long-term performance of AX tank farm cIosure systems. Project objectives are to develop materials or engineered systems that would significantly reduce the radionuclide transport to the groundwater from AX tanks containing residual waste. We pursued several studies that, if implemented, would help achieve these goals. They include: (1) tank fill design to reduce water inilltration and potential interaction with residual waste; (2) development of in-tank getter materials that would specifically sorb or sequester radionuclides; (3) evaluation of grout emplacement under and around the tanks to prevent waste leakage during waste retrieval or to minimize water infiltration beneath the tanks; (4) development of getters that will chemically fix specific radionuclides in soils under tanks; and (5) geochemical and hydrologic modeling of waste-water-soil-grout interactions. These studies differ in scope from the reducing grout tank fill employed at the Savannah River Site in that our strategy improves upon tank fill design by providing redundancy in the barriers to radionuclide migration and by modification the hydrogeochemistry external to the tanks.

  16. Stabilization of in-tank residual wastes and external tank soil contamination for the Hanford tank closure program: application to the AX tank farm; TOPICAL

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    Mixed high-level waste is currently stored in underground tanks at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Hanford Site. The plan is to retrieve the waste, process the water, and dispose of the waste in a manner that will provide less long-term health risk. The AX Tank Farm has been identified for purposes of demonstration. Not all the waste can be retrieved from the tanks and some waste has leaked from these tanks into the underlying soil. Retrieval of this waste could result in additional leakage. During FY1998, the Sandia National Laboratory was under contract to evaluate concepts for immobilizing the residual waste remaining in tanks and mitigating the migration of contaminants that exist in the soil column. Specifically, the scope of this evaluation included: development of a layered tank fill design for reducing water infiltration; development of in-tank getter technology; mitigation of soil contamination through grouting; sequestering of specific radionuclides in soil; and geochemical and hydrologic modeling of waste-water-soil interactions. A copy of the final report prepared by Sandia National Laboratory is attached

  17. Research and Application of a New Hybrid Forecasting Model Based on Genetic Algorithm Optimization: A Case Study of Shandong Wind Farm in China

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    Ping Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available With the increasing depletion of fossil fuel and serious destruction of environment, wind power, as a kind of clean and renewable resource, is more and more connected to the power system and plays a crucial role in power dispatch of hybrid system. Thus, it is necessary to forecast wind speed accurately for the operation of wind farm in hybrid system. In this paper, we propose a hybrid model called EEMD-GA-FAC/SAC to forecast wind speed. First, the Ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD can be applied to eliminate the noise of the original data. After data preprocessing, first-order adaptive coefficient forecasting method (FAC or second-order adaptive coefficient forecasting method (SAC can be employed to do forecast. It is significant to select optimal parameters for an effective model. Thus, genetic algorithm (GA is used to determine parameter of the hybrid model. In order to verify the validity of the proposed model, every ten-minute wind speed data from three observation sites in Shandong Peninsula of China and several error evaluation criteria can be collected. Through comparing with traditional BP, ARIMA, FAC, and SAC model, the experimental results show that the proposed hybrid model EEMD-GA-FAC/SAC has the best forecasting performance.

  18. Standardized Software for Wind Load Forecast Error Analyses and Predictions Based on Wavelet-ARIMA Models - Applications at Multiple Geographically Distributed Wind Farms

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    Hou, Zhangshuan; Makarov, Yuri V.; Samaan, Nader A.; Etingov, Pavel V.

    2013-03-19

    Given the multi-scale variability and uncertainty of wind generation and forecast errors, it is a natural choice to use time-frequency representation (TFR) as a view of the corresponding time series represented over both time and frequency. Here we use wavelet transform (WT) to expand the signal in terms of wavelet functions which are localized in both time and frequency. Each WT component is more stationary and has consistent auto-correlation pattern. We combined wavelet analyses with time series forecast approaches such as ARIMA, and tested the approach at three different wind farms located far away from each other. The prediction capability is satisfactory -- the day-ahead prediction of errors match the original error values very well, including the patterns. The observations are well located within the predictive intervals. Integrating our wavelet-ARIMA (‘stochastic’) model with the weather forecast model (‘deterministic’) will improve our ability significantly to predict wind power generation and reduce predictive uncertainty.

  19. Spatial allocation of farming systems and farming indicators in Europe

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    Kempen, Markus; Elbersen, Berien S.; Staritsky, Igor;

    2011-01-01

    sample farms making it possible to aggregate farm types both to natural and to lower scale administrative regions. This spatial flexibility allows providing input data to economic or bio-physical models at their desired resolution. The allocation approach is implemented as a constrained optimization......In this article an approach to spatially allocate farm information to a specific environmental context is presented. At this moment the European wide farm information is only available at a rather aggregated administrative level. The suggested allocation approach adds a spatial dimension to all...... model searching for an optimal match between farm attributes and spatial characteristics subject to consistency constraints. The objective functions are derived from a Bayesian highest posterior density framework. The allocation procedure recovers the spatial farm type distributions satisfactorilly...

  20. 地理信息系统在贵州省龙里林场森林资源保护中的运用探讨%Application of GIS in Forestry Resources Prote-ction in Longli Forestry Farm of Guizhou Province

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    黄小祥

    2015-01-01

    According to the problems of deforest reclaimed on national forestry farm, taking Longli Forestry Farm of Guizhou Province for example, applica-tion of GIS in forestry resources protec-tion was put forward for protecting na-tional forestry farm resources.%针对国有林场被毁林开垦、不断蚕食的问题,以贵州省龙里林场为例,从技术的角度进行探讨,提出采用地理信息系统进行处理的工作思路和解决方法,以更好的保护国有森林资源。

  1. Application of GIS in Forestry Resources Prote-ction in Longli Forestry Farm of Guizhou Province%地理信息系统在贵州省龙里林场森林资源保护中的运用探讨

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    黄小祥

    2015-01-01

    针对国有林场被毁林开垦、不断蚕食的问题,以贵州省龙里林场为例,从技术的角度进行探讨,提出采用地理信息系统进行处理的工作思路和解决方法,以更好的保护国有森林资源。%According to the problems of deforest reclaimed on national forestry farm, taking Longli Forestry Farm of Guizhou Province for example, applica-tion of GIS in forestry resources protec-tion was put forward for protecting na-tional forestry farm resources.

  2. Cow-Calf Farm Management: Farm survey evidence from 2007

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    Nehring, Richard F.; Peel, Derrell S.; Nulph, David

    2009-01-01

    This study describes and compares cow-calf operations and assesses their relative competitiveness, developing performance measures for a sample of U.S. farms. We find that larger operations tend to be significantly more scale and technically efficient than smaller operations. However, we do not find significant differences in net farm returns by size except on medium large operations—showing virtually no net return on farm assets in 2007. While larger operations are clearly more scale and tec...

  3. Precision Farming for Small Agricultural Farm: Indian Scenario

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    Mandal, Subrata Kr.; Maity, Atanu

    2013-01-01

    Aims: Precision farming becomes more and more an accepted way of crop production and helps to achieve a sustainable environmental friendly agriculture. Furthermore, growing interest in automated data acquisition and information processing is going to form another milestone towards improved farm management and an overall trace ability in agricultural food production. The benefit and effectiveness of using precision farming techniques is highly dependent on the capabilities of the utilized tech...

  4. Soil microbial biomass in organic farming system.

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    Araújo, Ademir Sérgio Ferreira de; Melo, Wanderley José de

    2010-01-01

    Agricultural production systems have to combine management practices in order to sustain soil's profitability and quality. Organic farming is gaining worldwide acceptance and has been expanding at an annual rate of 20% in the last decade, accounting for over 24 million hectares worldwide. Organic practices avoid applications of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, rely on organic inputs and recycling for nutrient supply, and emphasize cropping system design and biological processes for pest ...

  5. Technical efficiency improvement of rice farming in southern Thailand

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    Kiatpathomchai, Sirirat; Schmitz, P. Michael; Thongrak, Sutonya

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this study is to assess the technical efficient frontier of rice farms using input-oriented data envelopment analysis. The frontier represents the minimum applicable level of efficiency of inputs given the current level of yields, technologies, and managerial ability among the farmers which can be used as a benchmark for efficiency improvement of rice farms. Two-stage DEA methodology of efficiency analysis was applied. The empirical results revealed that the technical efficie...

  6. Wind farm and environmental aerodynamics assessment using computational engineering

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    Zoumprouli, Argyro

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is the application of computational engineering software for the study of wind resource assessment of a wind farm as well as for establishing the range of influence of different numerical and physical parameters, including turbulence modeling , surface roughness and wakes. Simulations were performed for a wind farm which is in operation since 2006, called Panachaiko, located at the west part of Greece and encompassing an energy capacity of 34.85 MW. Simulations were ...

  7. A Sensor Web-Enabled Infrastructure for Precision Farming

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    Jakob Geipel; Markus Jackenkroll; Martin Weis; Wilhelm Claupein

    2015-01-01

    The use of sensor technologies is standard practice in the domain of precision farming. The variety of vendor-specific sensor systems, control units and processing software has led to increasing efforts in establishing interoperable sensor networks and standardized sensor data infrastructures. This study utilizes open source software and adapts the standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium to introduce a method for the realization of a sensor data infrastructure for precision farming applic...

  8. Contract farming in Costa Rica: opportunities for smallholders?

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    Sáenz-Segura, J.F.

    2006-01-01

    Transaction costs and other market failures are widely present in the agricultural sector of emerging economies and negatively affect to low-income smallholders, making difficult their integration into dynamic agri-food supply chains. Earlier literature mentions contract farming as an economic institution with the potential to incorporate smallholders into more advanced markets and strength supply chain integration. However, the application of contract farming in some countries of Latin Ameri...

  9. Fault Tolerant Wind Farm Control

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    Odgaard, Peter Fogh; Stoustrup, Jakob

    2013-01-01

    with best at a wind turbine control level. However, some faults are better dealt with at the wind farm control level, if the wind turbine is located in a wind farm. In this paper a benchmark model for fault detection and isolation, and fault tolerant control of wind turbines implemented at the wind...... farm control level is presented. The benchmark model includes a small wind farm of nine wind turbines, based on simple models of the wind turbines as well as the wind and interactions between wind turbines in the wind farm. The model includes wind and power references scenarios as well as three...... relevant fault scenarios. This benchmark model is used in an international competition dealing with Wind Farm fault detection and isolation and fault tolerant control....

  10. Optimization-based power management of hybrid power systems with applications in advanced hybrid electric vehicles and wind farms with battery storage

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    Borhan, Hoseinali

    Modern hybrid electric vehicles and many stationary renewable power generation systems combine multiple power generating and energy storage devices to achieve an overall system-level efficiency and flexibility which is higher than their individual components. The power or energy management control, "brain" of these "hybrid" systems, determines adaptively and based on the power demand the power split between multiple subsystems and plays a critical role in overall system-level efficiency. This dissertation proposes that a receding horizon optimal control (aka Model Predictive Control) approach can be a natural and systematic framework for formulating this type of power management controls. More importantly the dissertation develops new results based on the classical theory of optimal control that allow solving the resulting optimal control problem in real-time, in spite of the complexities that arise due to several system nonlinearities and constraints. The dissertation focus is on two classes of hybrid systems: hybrid electric vehicles in the first part and wind farms with battery storage in the second part. The first part of the dissertation proposes and fully develops a real-time optimization-based power management strategy for hybrid electric vehicles. Current industry practice uses rule-based control techniques with "else-then-if" logic and look-up maps and tables in the power management of production hybrid vehicles. These algorithms are not guaranteed to result in the best possible fuel economy and there exists a gap between their performance and a minimum possible fuel economy benchmark. Furthermore, considerable time and effort are spent calibrating the control system in the vehicle development phase, and there is little flexibility in real-time handling of constraints and re-optimization of the system operation in the event of changing operating conditions and varying parameters. In addition, a proliferation of different powertrain configurations may

  11. Empirical comparison of pollution generating technologies in nonparametric modelling : The case of greenhouse gas emissions in French meat sheep farming

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    Dakpo, Herve; Jeanneaux, Philippe; Latruffe, Laure

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we consider different models that assess eco - efficiency with production frontier estimation when both desirable outputs and undesirable outputs (or residuals) are considered. These models are confronted to livestock farm data (sheep meat farms) and greenho use gas (GHG) emissions, to discuss their suitability in eco - efficiency measurement. The application is to French sheep meat farms. Our results show t...

  12. Productiveness of czech organic farming

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    Zdeňka Kroupová

    2010-01-01

    The paper is focused on the identification of main production differences between Czech organic and conventional farming. The aim of this paper is a quantification of differences in production capability between organic and conventional farming and a quantification of differences in influence of main factors of production in both agricultural production systems. The analyses, which were done to achieve the aim, were based on unbalanced panel data. The data was gained from 143 organic farms an...

  13. Social Farming Rural Development Strategy

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    Adrian Gheorghe ZUGRAVU

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper follows two main objectives: to understand farmers’ perception and image of social services and to identify communication levers in order to improve the perceived image of social farming. Orientations in terms of communication are product-focused and aim at enhancing the reputation of social farming consequently with impact on rural development. This paper conducted a questionnaire survey of Romanian farmers’ perception toward social agricultural. The empirical study indicated that farmers shown different awareness to social farming.

  14. Arctic charr farming

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    Brännäs, Eva; Larsson, Stefan; Saether, Björn Steinar; Siikavuopio, Sten Ivar; Thorarensen, Helgi; Sigurgeirsson, Ólafur; Jeuthe, Henrik

    2011-01-01

    The Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus L.) is a holarctic salmonid fish species with both landlocked and anadromous populations. In Scandinavia it is mainly found in the mountain area, but it also appears in deep and large lake further south, i.e. in the Alps. It is the northernmost freshwater fish and A. charr is generally regarded as the most cold-adapted freshwater fish. A. charr has been commercially farmed since the early 90ths and today, the total production is 3000, 2300 and 700 tonnes/y...

  15. Fish farm monitoring system

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    Svetičič, Urh

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this bachelor's theses is to develop a system that will enable monitoring over the basic parameters in fish farms. That is why we have made an embedded system which is composed of four sensors and the STM32F4 Discovery board. This board is then connected through Ethernet module to Raspberry Pi 2, where the database is built. All together is monitored through web interface. The paper is composed of two parts. The first part is intended for a theoretical introduction in which ...

  16. An approach for measuring methane emissions from whole farms.

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    McGinn, S M; Flesch, T K; Harper, L A; Beauchemin, K A

    2006-01-01

    Estimates of enteric methane (CH4) emissions from ruminants are typically measured by confining animals in large chambers, using head hoods or masks, or by a ratiometric technique involving sampling respired air of the animal. These techniques are not appropriate to evaluate large-scale farm emissions and the variability between farms that may be partly attributed to different farm management. This study describes the application of an inverse-dispersion technique to calculate farm emissions in a controlled tracer-release experiment. Our study was conducted at a commercial dairy farm in southern Alberta, Canada (total of 321 cattle, including 152 lactating dairy cows). Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and CH4 were released from 10 outlet locations (barn and open pens) using mass-flow controllers. A Lagrangian stochastic (LS) dispersion model was then used to infer farm emissions from downwind gas concentrations. Concentrations of SF6 and CH4 were measured by gas chromatography analysis and open path lasers, respectively. Wind statistics were measured with a three-dimensional sonic anemometer. Comparing the inferred emissions with the known release rate showed we recovered 86% of the released CH4 and 100% of the released SF6. The location of the concentration observations downwind of the farm was critically important to the success of this technique. PMID:16391273

  17. CRISPR/Cas9基因组编辑技术在农业动物中的应用%Application of CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genome editing in farm animals

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    幸宇云; 杨强; 任军

    2016-01-01

    CRISPR(Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)/Cas(CRISPR associated proteins)是在细菌和古细菌中发现的一种用来抵御病毒或质粒入侵的获得性免疫系统.目前已发现的CRISPR/Cas系统包括Ⅰ、Ⅱ和Ⅲ型,其中Ⅱ型系统的组成较简单,由其改造成的CRISPR/Cas9技术已成为一种高效的基因组编辑工具.自2013年CRISPR/Cas9技术成功用于哺乳动物基因组定点编辑以来,应用该技术进行基因组编辑的报道呈现出爆发式的增长.农业动物不仅是重要的经济动物,也是人类疾病和生物医药研究的重要模式动物.本文综述了CRISPR/Cas9技术在农业动物中的研究和应用进展,简述了该技术的脱靶效应及减少脱靶的主要方法,并展望了该技术的应用前景.%CRISPR (Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)/Cas (CRISPR associated proteins) is an acquired immune system found in bacteria and archaea that fight against invasion of viruses or plasmids. CRISPR/Cas systems are currently classified into three main types: Ⅰ, Ⅱ and Ⅲ, of which type Ⅱ has relatively sim-ple components. The CRISPR/Cas9 technology modified from type II CRISPR/Cas system has been developed as an efficient genome editing tool. Since the initial application of the CRISPR/Cas9 technology in mammals in 2013, the reports of this system for genomic editing has skyrocketed. Farm animals are not only economically important ani-mals, but also ideal animal models for human diseases and biomedical studies. In this review, we summarize the ap-plications of CRISPR/Cas9 in farm animals, briefly describe the off-target effects and the main solutions, and finally highlight the future perspectives of this technology.

  18. Wind farm economics

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    The important parameters involved in the operational success of a wind farm are discussed from the point of view of an experienced wind turbine company. The most important is the proper evaluation of the available wind resource, taking into account not only the average wind speed but also wind distribution and other site-specific conditions. The next factor is the financing conditions, especially the length of loan terms and the interest rate. After installation, the availability should be at least 95% and regular service and maintenance should be provided at all times. Finally, total costs for the lifetime of the wind farm should be taken into consideration before the final choice of a wind turbine is made. Soft costs such as legal fees should be carefully controlled, and preferably the investing parties should do as much of this type of work themselves if possible. If the circumstances are right, adequate preparation is done, and the investment is regarded as a long-term one, it is possible to make a reasonable profit from wind energy

  19. The comparison of the farmers' fertilizer application with the suggestions of extension organization in the indeterminate tomatoes farming. A case study of Tokat province - Turkey

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    In this study, whether farmers' fertilizer application is in harmony with fertilizer application suggested by farmers education and extension unit (FEEU) has been investigated. In addition, situation of contact of indeterminate tomatoes growers with extension staff has been examined. It has been determined that farmers have harmonized the suggestions of FEEU related to time of fertilization and application of fertilizer but not harmonized related to amount of fertilizer to be used. According to chi-square test, the relationship between educational level of farmers and the level of fertilizer use is not statistically significant. In addition, indeterminate tomatoes farmers have not had enough contact with extension staff. To use resources efficiently extension services should be directed to farmers more actively. Refs. 8 (author)

  20. Feasibility studies for the location of the exploratory borehole EN-1 at Los Negritos, Michoacan, Mexico; Antecedentes para la localizacion del pozo exploratorio EN-1 en Los Negritos, Michoacan, Mexico

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    Bigurra Pimentel, Emilio; Casarrubias Unzueta, Zenon [Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos de la Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia (Mexico)

    1995-05-01

    Pleistoceno. Las rocas antiguas estan compuestas por andesitas del Mioceno con una edad de 8.8 {+-} 0.3 Ma. Sobre esta formacion se presentan los sedimentos lacustres, compuestos por arcillas y limolitas calcareas de edad Mioceno Medio, sobre estos se encuentran derrames basalticos del Pleistoceno Inferior, y posteriormente se emplazaron productos volcanicos formados por conos cineriticos del Pleistoceno Medio. Sobre esta formacion tuvo lugar la ultima emision volcanica constituida por andesitas vitreas de edad reciente. Tectonicamente se definen sistemas estructurales NE-SW y NW-SE que afectaron las rocas recientes. Los estudios geofisicos sugieren la existencia a profundidad de estructuras geologicas NE-SW (alineamiento estructural Los Negritos) y NW-SE, inobservables en la superficie debido a la cubierta sedimentaria, pero de gran interes, porque cruzan el area de manifestaciones termales. Los estudios de resistividad en el area del pozo EN-1, indican la presencia de una anomalia de 8 Ohm.m a profundidad y gradientes electricos horizontales, quizas asociados con las fallas mencionadas. Los resultados geoquimicos indican aguas del tipo clorurado-sodico, mientras que los geotermometros de fase liquida determinan temperaturas de 150 a 200 grados celsius. La perforacion del pozo EN-1 permitira evaluar estos resultados, asi como la secuencia geologica, el tipo de alteracion hidrotermal y medir la temperatura y presion existente a la profundidad de 2000 m.

  1. Influencing Factors on Farming System Development in Shandong Province

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    2010-01-01

    The developmental situation of the farming system in Shandong Province is introduced.At present,Shandong Province is at the semi-intensive,semi-commercial and semi-sufficiency level of farming system.Eastern coast and central Shandong agricultural zones are moving in the direction of modern farming system,having formed a preliminary new pattern of the coordinated development of grain,feedstuff,economic and other crops.Influencing factors on the development of farming system in Shandong Province is analyzed,which are agricultural production condition and input level,population and food,policy measures,development of natural resources and regions,agricultural industrialization and urbanization level,and scientific and technological level.Total population will be within 100 million at the year 2020;per capita annual share of grain will be 475 kilograms;and there is great pressure on grain production.Therefore,we must change the pattern of agricultural development and accelerate the establishment of modern farming system.Agricultural machinery,water conservancy projects,and chemical fertilizer application have greatly affected the development of farming system.Improvement of production conditions has promoted the adjustment of agricultural structure,increased the planting ratio of winter wheat-summer maize,and improved multiple-cropping index.Development of agricultural industrialization has promoted the transfer of rural labor force and the establishment of modern farming system;while the unbalanced development of cities has restricted the establishment of modern farming system.Therefore,the appropriate policy,scientific and rational regional distribution,and advanced science and technology can help to set up the modern farming system in Shandong Province.

  2. Tracing of family farm products with Direct Computer Mapping method

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    Tankovics András

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Sector spanning traceability of actors in agrifood process networks has not been solved fully. Present work is an application of the studies, carried out by the Research Group on Process Informatics at Kaposvár University, based on the simplified dynamic mass balance of process networks. Actually, the possible network participation of crop producing family farms, being at the beginning of process chain was investigated. Considering the huge percentage of these small actors, first the data recording and reporting activity of small family farms were studied. Accordingly, the technological processes and data recording activities of these actors were analyzed. With the knowledge of the experiences a temporary data reporting system was developed that supports the recording of all data, necessary for the participation in the sector spanning traceability system. The suggested solution was convenient for tested family farms. The applied methodology proved to be feasible for the integration of the small family farms into the complex traceability system.

  3. ON-FARM MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN ANIMAL PRODUCTION

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    Aleksandra Jug

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available The on-farm management systems under development in order to insure data collection, regular data processing needed on a farm as well as automatic data exchange between farm and computing centre. The core of information system presents relational database (RDBMS accompanied with tools developed in APIIS. A system analysis method has been done on two pig industrial units, on national selection program for swine in Slovenia, and compared with examples from other countries and species. Public domain software like PostgreSQL, Perl and Linux have been chosen for use on farms and can be replaced with commercial software like Oracle for more demanding central systems. The system contains at this stage applications for entering, managing, and viewing the data as well as transferring the information between local and central databases.

  4. Evaluación de la recuperación del nitrógeno y fósforo de diferentes fuentes de fertilizantes por el cultivo de trigo irrigado con aguas residuales y de pozo

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    Sandra Grisell Mora Ravelo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El empleo de fertilizantes nitrogenados y de aguas residuales no tratadas de origen urbano por los cultivos es una necesidad agronómica, económica y ambiental. El objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar la respuesta del cultivo de trigo a la aplicación de diferentes fertilizantes nitrogenados, irrigado con agua residual y de pozo. Se utilizó un suelo Vertisol Háplico. Se usó como cultivo indicador trigo variedad Tlaxcala F2000. Los fertilizantes aplicados fueron: Fertilizante comercial (FC constituido por Fosfato monoamónico + urea, Fertilizante orgánico (FO Vermicomposta; y Fertilizante de lenta liberación (FL combinación de: urea, H2PO4 y arcilla. La mezcla contiene N y P, 8.08 y 6.3 % en peso, respectivamente. Los tratamientos se diseñaron para probar el efecto simple de cada uno de estos materiales y la combinación de FL+FO. La dosis de fertilización de N y P fue (280-80-0. Con los datos de los análisis de laboratorio de N y P de las plantas, se calculó la eficiencia de recuperación de estos nutrimentos. Las interacciones fechas de Muestreo por agua y fertilizante por agua, fueron significativas al (p<0.05, para la biomasa fresca y seca en el cultivo experimental, asimismo se obtuvo mayor número de granos al irrigar con agua residual.

  5. Organic farming and resource efficiency

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    Oelofse, Myles; de Neergaard, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    The Chapter discusses the efficiency of nutrient and energy use in organic farming, regarding the pressing need to make efficient use of natural resources. Nutrient recycling, the use of adapted plant varieties and energy-saving through the ban of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer are organic farming practices that enhance resource efficiency.

  6. Food and farm products surveillance

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    This section of the 1994 Hanford Site Environmental Report summarizes the radiological analyses performed on food and farm samples collected during 1994. The food and farm sampling design addresses the potential influence of Hanford Site releases. Details of the sampling design and radionuclides analyzed are included in this section

  7. Strategy and risk in farming

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    Huirne, R.B.M.

    2002-01-01

    Issues that are relevant in current farm management are discussed. First, three basic farm management theories are presented: (1) decision-making theory; (1) system theory; and (3) theory of management by objectives. Next, two new developments are introduced, namely, strategic management and risk management.

  8. Visit a Farm? Surely Not!

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    Graham, Bill

    2012-01-01

    Popular myth has it that visiting a farm can be dangerous, but there are only a few occasions when children have become ill during a school visit to a farm. Simple, sensible precautions, including wearing appropriate clothing, such as trousers and wellington boots (if wet) or sensible shoes, and careful hand-washing, are all that is required. The…

  9. Food and farm products surveillance

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    Poston, T.M.

    1995-06-01

    This section of the 1994 Hanford Site Environmental Report summarizes the radiological analyses performed on food and farm samples collected during 1994. The food and farm sampling design addresses the potential influence of Hanford Site releases. Details of the sampling design and radionuclides analyzed are included in this section.

  10. Characteristics of New Jersey Agritourism Farms

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    Schilling, Brian J.; Sullivan, Kevin P.

    2014-01-01

    Agritourism is an important alternative farm enterprise strategy in the U.S., especially for farms operating under urban influence. This paper develops a logit model to identify the characteristics of farms engaged in agritourism using 2007 Census of Agriculture respondent-level records. New Jersey, which ranks first nationally in the proportion of farm income derived from agritourism, provides the geographic context. We find that fruit/vegetable farms, rural residential/retirement farms, and...

  11. Seismic monitoring during acid stimulation of wells LV-4 and LV-13 at the Las Tres Virgenes geothermal field, BCS, Mexico; Monitoreo sismico durante la estimulacion acida de los pozos LV-4 y LV-13 del campo geotermico de Las Tres Virgenes, BCS, Mexico

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    Venegas Salgado, Saul; Arredondo Fragoso, Jesus; Ramirez Silva, German; Flores Armenta, Magaly; Ramirez Montes, Miguel [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)]. E-mail: magaly.flores@cfe.gob.mx

    2006-07-15

    From September through December 2004 a seismic monitoring in the Las Tres Virgenes, BCS, geothermal field was carried out simultaneously with the acid stimulation of wells LV-4 and LV-13. The seismic network had four digital seismographs and recorded 174 local seismic events, 131 regional ones and many more volcanic signals at seismic station TV20 during the acid stimulation. Additionally, 37 seismic events were located, 22 of them inside the most important geothermal zone at depths between 0.4 and 4 km with typically low magnitudes (0.7 to 2.2 Md). Two relevant zones were determined: Zone A related to the El Volcan fault system and Zone B related to injection well LV-8. In Zone A the well-induction stage and the operation start of the wells LV-4 and LV-13 after acidification on October 30 and November 17, 2004, increased seismic activity to a maximum of 12 daily events in early December. When the two wells in Zone B were cooled before the acidification, the seismic events recorded there increased to a maximum of 6 daily events on October 2, and then decreased. Also in Zone B the seismic activity increased after well-induction and the start of well production once they were acidified, recording up to 11 daily events in late November. According to the seismic distribution, we may conclude that the most active fault systems are El Volcan and El Viejo. New proposals for well locations in the field are supported by these results. [Spanish] De septiembre a diciembre de 2004 se realizo un estudio de monitoreo sismico en el campo geotermico de Las Tres Virgenes, BCS, simultaneamente con las estimulaciones acidas de los pozos LV-4 y LV-13. Se utilizo una red sismica conformada por cuatro sismografos digitales, logrando registrar en la estacion sismica TV20 un total de 174 sismos locales, 131 sismos regionales y muchas mas senales de tipo volcanico, durante el periodo del monitoreo de la estimulacion acida. Ademas, se localizaron un total de 37 sismos, de los cuales 22 se

  12. TOPFARM wind farm optimization tool

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    Réthoré, Pierre-Elouan; Fuglsang, Peter; Larsen, Torben J.;

    A wind farm optimization framework is presented in detail and demonstrated on two test cases: 1) Middelgrunden and 2) Stags Holt/Coldham. A detailed flow model describing the instationary flow within a wind farm is used together with an aeroelastic model to determine production and fatigue loading...... of wind farm wind turbines. Based on generic load cases, the wind farm production and fatigue evaluations are subsequently condensed in a large pre-calculated database for rapid calculation of lifetime equivalent loads and energy production in the optimization loop.. The objective function defining...... the optimization problem includes elements as energy production, turbine degradation, operation and maintenance costs, electrical grid costs and foundation costs. The objective function is optimized using a dedicated multi fidelity approach with the locations of individual turbines in the wind farm...

  13. Wind Farms: Modeling and Control

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    Soleimanzadeh, Maryam

    2012-01-01

    is minimized. The controller is practically feasible. Yet, the results on load reduction in this approach are not very significant. In the second strategy, the wind farm control problem has been divided into below rated and above rated wind speed conditions. In the above rated wind speed pitch angle and power....... Distributed controller design commences with formulating the problem, where a structured matrix approach has been put in to practice. Afterwards, an H2 control problem is implemented to obtain the controller dynamics for a wind farm such that the structural loads on wind turbines are minimized.......The primary purpose of this work is to develop control algorithms for wind farms to optimize the power production and augment the lifetime of wind turbines in wind farms. In this regard, a dynamical model for wind farms was required to be the basis of the controller design. In the first stage...

  14. Risk assessment as a tool for improving external biosecurity at farm level

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    Sternberg Lewerin, Susanna; Österberg, Julia; Alenius, Stefan; Elvander, Marianne; Fellström, Claes; Tråven, Madeleine; Wallgren, Per; Persson Waller, Karin; Jacobson, Magdalena

    2015-01-01

    Background: Biosecurity routines at herd level may reduce the probability of introduction of disease into the herd, but some measures may be regarded as expensive and cumbersome for the farmers. Custom-made measures based on individual farm characteristics may aid in improving the actual application of on-farm biosecurity. The aim of the study was to provide a tool for calculating the effects of different biosecurity measures and strategies on the individual farm level.A simple model was deve...

  15. The Economic Feasibility of Conventional and Organic Farm Production in Slovenia

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    Karmen Pažek; Črtomir Rozman

    2008-01-01

    The aim of the research was the comparison of economic feasibility of most common conventional and organic farm production in Slovenia. The methodology of an integrated deterministic technologic-economic simulation system KARSIM 1.0 (DSM) application for cost analysis and decision-making support on farms is described in this article. The direct simulation model result is an individual conventional or organic farm product enterprise budget. The DSM consists of 148 deterministic production simu...

  16. Design of a Remote-controlled and GPS-guided Autonomous Robot for Precision Farming

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    İlker ÜNAL; TOPAKCI, Mehmet

    2015-01-01

    Determining variations in fields is important for precision farming applications. Precision farming is used to determine, analyse, and manage factors such as temporal and spatial variability to obtain maximum profit, sustainability, and environmental protection. However, precision farming is excessively dependent on soil and plant test processes. Furthermore, test processes are time-consuming, laborious and expensive. These processes also cannot be performed quickly by humans. For these reaso...

  17. NDICEA as a user friendly model tool for crop rotation planning in organic farming

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    Koopmans, Chris J.; van der Burgt, Geert-Jan

    2005-01-01

    For organic farming systems, the challenge is to become more specific in practices to maintain high standards in sustainability. Soil processes need to be clearly understood if rotations and manure applications are to become more precise. Simulation models like the NDICEA model help in the design and maintenance of these farming systems. These models play a key-role in the design of organic precision farming. The NDICEA model has been calibrated for a number of long-term crop rotation ex...

  18. Comparison of three distinct management strategies for pig slurry applied to three groups of farms

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    Poor management of pig slurry can lead to the contamination of the soil, water and air, which is mostly of the result of sur-plus nutrients. Such environmental impact from pig farming are common in areas with intensive livestock farming. The projects primary objectives is to demonstrate at farm scale the application of the three main manure management technologies deployed within structured local schemes to minimize the environmental impact. (Author)

  19. Wind farm production estimates

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    Larsen, Torben J.; Larsen, Gunner Chr.; Aagaard Madsen, Helge;

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the Dynamic Wake Meandering (DWM) model is applied for simulation of wind farm production. In addition to the numerical simulations, measured data have been analyzed in order to provide the basis for a full-scale verification of the model performance. The basic idea behind...... consists of 36 Vestas V90 turbine located outside the coast of the Netherlands. The simulations in this paper were done with a modified version of HAWC2 only including aerodynamics and a rigid rotor in order to reduce the simulation time. With this code a 10min simulation takes approximately 1 minute...... on a 3GHz pc. The turbine controller is fully implemented. Initially, production estimates of a single turbine under free and wake conditions, respectively, are compared for (undis- turbed) mean wind speeds ranging from 3m/s to 25m/s. The undisturbed situation refers to a wind direction bin defined...

  20. Biomass plantations - energy farming

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    Paul, S.

    1981-02-01

    Mounting oil import bills in India are restricting her development programmes by forcing the cutting down of the import of other essential items. But the countries of the tropics have abundant sunlight and vast tracts of arable wastelands. Energy farming is proposed in the shape of energy plantations through forestry or energy cropping through agricultural media, to provide power fuels for transport and the industries and also to provide fuelwoods for the domestic sector. Short rotation cultivation is discussed and results are given of two main species that are being tried, ipil-ipil and Casuarina. Evaluations are made on the use of various crops such as sugar cane, cassava and kenaf as fuel crops together with hydrocarbon plants and aquatic biomass. (Refs. 20)

  1. Farm Hall: The Play

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    Cassidy, David C.

    2013-03-01

    It's July 1945. Germany is in defeat and the atomic bombs are on their way to Japan. Under the direction of Samuel Goudsmit, the Allies are holding some of the top German nuclear scientists-among them Heisenberg, Hahn, and Gerlach-captive in Farm Hall, an English country manor near Cambridge, England. As secret microphones record their conversations, the scientists are unaware of why they are being held or for how long. Thinking themselves far ahead of the Allies, how will they react to the news of the atomic bombs? How will these famous scientists explain to themselves and to the world their failure to achieve even a chain reaction? How will they come to terms with the horror of the Third Reich, their work for such a regime, and their behavior during that period? This one-act play is based upon the transcripts of their conversations as well as the author's historical work on the subject.

  2. Determinación de los patrones de fracturamiento de la Formación Mirador en el anticlinal del Guavio, mediante el análisis de imágenes de pozo. Implicaciones en la permeabilidad y productividad del reservorio

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    Ramírez Morales, Luis Hernando

    2011-01-01

    El propósito de este trabajo de investigación fue determinar los patrones de fracturamiento según el rumbo y buzamiento, así como la zonificación de permeabilidad de fracturas en la Formación Mirador mediante datos de subsuelo en el Anticlinal del Guavio. La metodología utilizada para el logro de este propósito consistió en primera instancia en la elaboración del modelo geomecánico mediante el uso de información de registros eléctricos de los pozos perforados en el Anticlinal, en especi...

  3. Off- and On-Farm Labour Participation in Italian Farm Households

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    Alessandro Corsi; Cristina Salvioni

    2006-01-01

    Most farms are family business, both in developed and developing countries. Labour allocation choices of farm household members are therefore relevant both for production choices in the farm and for rural labour markets. In particular, off-farm work and combination of on- and off-farm work (pluriactivity) are viewed as an efficient allocation of household labour resources. Moreover, labour choice of the children of the farm household are relevant for farm succession. In this paper we extend p...

  4. Aspects of Costs Calculation in a Vegetable Production Farm

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    Teodor HADA

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the aspects of the issue of costs calculation for a vegetable production farm in terms of theory and practice. Aspects of the active accounting regulations, applicable to vegetable production farms, are presented in the content. Features of the vegetable production are detailed, and the applicability of costs calculation methods is shown by the example of the “to order” method. In terms of accounting, there are presented the records made in the management accounting, in the financial accounting and also the conclusions to be drawn in terms of management accounting utility in financial decision making.

  5. Tank farms criticality safety manual

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    This document defines the Tank Farms Contractor (TFC) criticality safety program, as required by Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR-), Subpart 830.204(b)(6), ''Documented Safety Analysis'' (10 CFR- 830.204 (b)(6)), and US Department of Energy (DOE) 0 420.1A, Facility Safety, Section 4.3, ''Criticality Safety.'' In addition, this document contains certain best management practices, adopted by TFC management based on successful Hanford Site facility practices. Requirements in this manual are based on the contractor requirements document (CRD) found in Attachment 2 of DOE 0 420.1A, Section 4.3, ''Nuclear Criticality Safety,'' and the cited revisions of applicable standards published jointly by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) as listed in Appendix A. As an informational device, requirements directly imposed by the CRD or ANSI/ANS Standards are shown in boldface. Requirements developed as best management practices through experience and maintained consistent with Hanford Site practice are shown in italics. Recommendations and explanatory material are provided in plain type

  6. Training needs of farm women in dairy farming

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    Durgga Rani V. And Subhadra M.R.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A study was conducted in Thrissur taluk of Thrissur district to assess the training needs of farm women engaged in dairy farming. It was found that out of the five major farm operations studied, the farm women needed training the most in housing. The minor operations preferred the most for knowledge need were proper design of cattle shed, selection of breeds, compounding balanced feed using locally available ingredients, vaccination and banking and insurance. As for skill need, construction of scientific low cost cattle shed, selection of breeds, compounding balanced feed using locally available ingredients, symptoms of common diseases and banking and insurance were preferred the most. [Vet World 2009; 2(6.000: 221-223

  7. CDF II production farm project

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    Baranovski, A.; Benjamin, D.; Cooper, G.; Farrington, S.; Genser, K.; Hou, S.; Hsieh, T.; Kotwal, A.; Lipeles, E.; Murat, P.; Norman, M.; /Fermilab /Duke U. /Taiwan,

    2006-12-01

    We describe the architecture and discuss our operational experience in running the off-line reconstruction farm of the CDFII experiment. The Linux PC-based farm performs a wide set of tasks,ranging from producing calibrations and primary event reconstruction to large scale ntuple production.The farm control software uses a standard Condor toolkit and the data handling part is based on SAM (Sequential Access via Metadata)software.During its lifetime,the CDFII experiment will integrate a large amount of data (several petabytes)and the data processing chain is one of the key components of the successful physics program of the experiment.

  8. SOCIO-ECONOMIC FEATURES OF SMALL FARMS DEVELOPMENT

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    Tolmachev A. V.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available It is being said, that with a large number of studies on the functioning and regulation of the growth of small agricultural farms there is remaining a number of problematic provisions research on conceptual framework of small management, forecasting, process optimization, management decision making, and innovative development of small agricultural farms. It is noted, that in processes of support and regulation of small farms today it is invested more and more of the state budget. Their use is closely tied to the definition of "small farms", the correct assignment of entities for this field. In this regard, the authors offer a definition of small agricultural businesses, which differs from the widely used in scientific and industrial practice the definition of small farms by greater brevity, and referencing to these entities all small agricultural producers, including domestic urban economy. Among the features of small agricultural entities, the authors emphasize: the independence, poly productive model orientation, low development and applicability of management techniques, economic knowledge, culture of market relations, information, consulting services, and general infrastructure of production. Strengths of small entities include small initial capital to "uplift business", high autonomy, flexibility, process management, high efficiency, low fixed costs, and possibilities of effective mobilization of material and financial resources. It is also proposed to enhance the development of relationships for IV sphere of agricultural sector: consulting, research, educational, financial, informational, and other services to improve the efficiency of functioning of small agricultural farms

  9. Evaluating the effectiveness of land farming oilfield waste

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    The treatment of oilfield wastes through bio-remediation technologies such as land farming, land spreading and land treatment are discussed. Petroleum hydrocarbons and other common oilfield substances such as amines, glycol, methanol, biocides and solvents can be degraded through landfarming operations. Land farming is an active bioremediation technology that treats contaminated soils, sediments or sludges by applying them to a clean soil surface and occasionally tilling them to enhance aeration and natural biological breakdown of the waste material. The related process of land spreading denotes a one time application and incorporation of a waste into an unprepared soil media without repeated tillage. Land treatment refers generally to in-situ treatment of contaminated material. The factors that help make land farming a success and the limitations of the process were described. The biodegradation process of hydrocarbons is a component of the carbon cycle. One of the end-products is carbon dioxide which is a greenhouse gas. It was noted that to date, no emissions restrictions have been placed on land farming operations in Alberta. Factors that drive the biodegradation process, i. e. aeration, moisture, temperature, nutrients, and the organic composition of the residues were reviewed. Land farming operations can be complex, often incorporating liners and other methods to control leaching of contaminants. The physical components of a land farm include: access ramps, grade, groundwater monitoring systems, irrigation systems, impermeable liners, leachate collection systems, run-off diversion berms, run-off water catchment, and a working area. refs., tabs., figs

  10. FINANCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF NORTH DAKOTA FARMS, 1993-1995

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    Swenson, Andrew L.; Gustafson, Cole R.

    1996-01-01

    The performance of over 500 North Dakota farms, 1993-1995, is summarized using 16 financial measures. Farms are categorized by geographic region, farm type, farm size, gross cash sales, farm tenure, net farm income, debt-to-asset, and age of farmer to analyze relationships between financial performance and farm characteristics. Keywords: Farm financial management, farm management, farm income, liquidity, solvency, profitability, repayment capacity, financial efficiency, financial benchmarks, ...

  11. FINANCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF NORTH DAKOTA FARMS, 1994-1996

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    Swenson, Andrew L.

    1996-01-01

    The performance of over 500 North Dakota farms, 1994-1996, is summarized using 16 financial measures. Farms are categorized by geographic region, farm type, farm size, gross cash sales, farm tenure, net farm income, debt-to-asset, and age of farmer to analyze relationships between financial performance and farm characteristics. Keywords: Farm financial management, farm management, farm income, liquidity, solvency, profitability, repayment capacity, financial efficiency, financial benchmarks, ...

  12. The Pig Farm Manager for Modelling Pig Production Systems

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    2003-01-01

    Before setting up or changing a pig farm operation, the consequences of the farm set up must be explored and changes planned. To calculate technical and economic consequences a farm manager model for pig production systems, the Pig Farm Manager, has been developed. The Pig Farm Manager estimates the effects of various farm designs as well as farm management on production, environmental and economical parameters. The Pig Farm Manager includes simulations for sow farms and finisher pig farms. I...

  13. Precision Farming Technology Adoption in Cotton Farming: Duration Analysis

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    Pandit, Mahesh; Paudel, Krishna P.; Mishra, Ashok K.; Segarra, Eduardo

    2011-01-01

    We used survey data collected from cotton producers in eleven U.S. states to address the issues of correlated events and individual heterogeneity in multiple precision technologies adoption. Results from a conditional frailty model indicated that younger, better educated cotton producer adopted precision technology quickly once those technologies were available. Further, farm size and farm income have positive influence on a chance of technology adoption by the cotton farmers. Moreover, the c...

  14. 7 CFR 718.201 - Farm constitution.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 7 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Farm constitution. 718.201 Section 718.201 Agriculture... Reconstitution of Farms, Allotments, Quotas, and Bases § 718.201 Farm constitution. (a) In order to implement... this section. The constitution and identification of land as a farm for the first time and...

  15. Planning farm succession: how to be successful

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    Stephens, Mike

    2011-01-01

    Planning farm succession is really good farm planning in its broadest aspect. Unfortunately very few farmers and their families have devoted sufficient time to working out how the farm business will be transferred. After demonstrating the importance of the farm succession issue, this article goes on to explaining a method of successfully tackling the process.

  16. Wind farm controllers with grid support

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    Sorensen, Poul; Hansen, Anca-Daniela; Thomsen, Kenneth;

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes wind farm controllers and wind turbine controllers for different types of wind farms. The overall aim of the wind farm controllers is to enable the wind farms to contribute to the control of voltage and frequency in the power system. Still, the controllers should meet the...

  17. Nature Quality in Organic Farming

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    Tybirk, Knud; Alrøe, Hugo; Frederiksen, Pia

    2004-01-01

    will explore how criteria for nature quality based on the Ecologist View can be developed and thereby feed into the ongoing discussion of the development of the organic farming practices. We suggest additional criteria for nature quality based on an Ecologist View of Nature: biodiversity, habitat diversity......Nature quality in relation to farming is a complex field. It involves different traditions and interests, different views of what nature is, and different ways of valuing nature. Furthermore there is a general lack of empirical data on many aspects of nature quality in the farmed landscape....... In this paper we discuss nature quality from the perspective of organic farming, which has its own values and goals in relation to nature – the Ecologist View of Nature. This is in contrast to the Culturist View characteristic of much conventional agriculture and the Naturalist View characteristic...

  18. Intelligent control on wind farm

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    Wei, Mu; Chen, Zhe

    2010-01-01

    with the wind farm makes the grid more vulnerable. The communication technologies have been considered as a solution to solve the problems according to the IEC 61400-25 series protocols. This paper presents the significance of communication technologies in wind farm system by the simulations on some practical......Since the renewable energy is popularly applied in power industry, especially the smart grid is fast developing all over the world during these years, the reliable connection between a wind farm and the main grid has been focused on. Due to the difficult control on the wind energy, the connection...... scenarios. By delivering the signals among WTs (wind turbines) and control centers, they both are able to recognize another side’s operation situation and to adjust its own state to realize the optimization. A scenario is designed in this paper, in which a fault occurs in wind farm; then the protection...

  19. 7 CFR 3560.555 - Eligibility requirements for off-farm labor housing loans and grants.

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    2010-01-01

    ... of the total farm labor housing development cost from its own or other resources. The applicant's... be used to meet this requirement. (c) Limitation. Limited partnerships eligible under paragraph (a)(2... 7 Agriculture 15 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Eligibility requirements for off-farm labor...

  20. The Use of Radiation to Develop Organic Farming for Food Safety

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    The conference of the use of radiation to develop organic farming for food safety was held on 28-29 September 2006 in Bangkok. This conference contain paper on non-power applications of nuclear technology in farming, agriculture and industry.

  1. Resilience of Organic versus Conventional Farming Systems in Tropical Africa: The Kenyan Experience

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    Muriuki, Anne; Musyoka, Martha; Fließbach, Andreas; Forster, Dionys

    2012-01-01

    In Kenya, agriculture is largely carried out by smallholder farmers, in a mixed farming noncommercialised setting where application of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides is minimal. Agricultural production is low and constrained by declining soil fertility, pest and diseases and increasingly unpredictable weather due to global warming. This calls for more resilient farming systems.

  2. Adoption of Precision farming in Denmark

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    Pedersen, Søren Marcus; Fountas, S.; Blackmore, S.;

    2003-01-01

    The adoption of precision farming (PF)in Denmark has been studied through two mail surveys, personal interviews and focus groups with farmers and other stakeholders. Farmers are in general optimistic about PF but it is difficult to verify the economic and environmental gains. It has been difficult...... to demonstrate continuous yield improvements from Variable Rate Technology applications. The cost of gathering information, time consumption and incompatibility are barriers to adoption. Given teh uncertainty due to temporal variability, real time canopy management with N-sensors and weed detection...

  3. Noise from wind farms

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    Noise measurements has been carried out at increasing distances from wind farms with small wind turbines (75-110 kW). Measurements were performed for different layout of the wind park (a network or a line of turbines). Prediction of the noise levels according to the Danish or the IEA method resulted in an overestimation of the total level by up to 8 dB. In order to explain these discrepancies further investigations have included: measurements of the source strength for 4 different samples of the wind turbines, more elaborate directivity measurement, a repetition of the noise measurements, a pilot study of noise propagation under windy conditions. The investigations showed that the individual differences in source strength was smaller than ±1 dB and that the directivity in directions ±60 deg. relative to downwind was in the order of -1 dB to -2dB in most of the frequency range. Consequently, both hypotheses failed to explain the observed differences between measured and predicted noise levels. New noise measurements and predictions (taking the actual source strength and directivity into account) confirmed the original findings, that noise levels are overestimated by 1 - 6 dB. Noise propagation investigations using a powerful loudspeaker showed that the effect of the terrain on the noise propagation is strongly dependent on frequency. This dependency was a function of the wind speed and in qualitative agreement with a theoretical sound propagation model. (au)

  4. Roy Fuentes: Fuentes Berry Farms

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    Rabkin, Sarah

    2010-01-01

    As president of Fuentes Berry Farms, Rogelio (Roy) Fuentes is one of many independent growers producing organic berries for Driscoll’s—a company that was initiated more than a century ago by two strawberry farmers on California’s Central Coast, and has since evolved into an international concern devoted to research, breeding, production, sales and distribution of conventionally and organically farmed strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Driscoll’s CEO Miles Reiter and his ...

  5. Organic farming research in Estonia

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    Pehme, Sirli; Peetsmann, Elen; Matt, Darja; Luik, Anne; Veromann, Eve

    2013-01-01

    The growth of organic farming in Estonia has been rapid in recent decades. To support this development various research projects have been conducted but still a lot of new knowledge is needed to improve the performance of organic sector. Organic agriculture is based on nutrient recycling and it uses a variety of practices that are valuable also for conventional farming in the future because resources of non-renewable synthetic fertilizers are limited and food should be produced more sustainab...

  6. Farms between past and future

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    Peterson, Anna

    2006-01-01

    Agricultural landscapes of today are expected to produce and maintain non-commercial landscape values. To fulfil these demands, new ways of dealing with landscape planning are required. The main aim of this thesis was to identify landscape values for preservation and development. To reach these aims, several studies focusing on different aspects of farms have been carried out. In a marginal part of Southern Sweden, 13 neighbouring farms were studied to identify similarities and differences in...

  7. Copper content of grape and wine from Italian farms

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    Esparza, Mª Angeles García

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Copper content in grape and wine from 16 wine-farms in Italy was studied during the harvest of 2003. The influence of number of applications, days between last application and harvest and total copper applied was studied. Of the total number of grape and wine samples analysed, 13% and respectively 18% exceeded the MRL. Total copper applied and number of days between the last application and harvest were the two factors that best explained the concentration of copper in gra...

  8. Effect of vetch wheat mixture and broccoli as preceding crops on organic summer vegetables: on farm trial in western Turkey

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    ASLAN, Burcay

    2011-01-01

    Organic farming requires the use of practices such as crop rotation, green manure and compost application instead of chemical compounds to enhance farm productivity. In this study, effects of two pre-crops (vetch-wheat mixture and broccoli) and additional fertilization (AF) strategy (compost and commercial fertilizer) were tested on organic production of two main crops (tomato and zucchini) and on soil fertility. The main aim of this on-farm trial is to evaluate the applicability of the resul...

  9. Pressure gradient of a two-region solid-liquid flow in horizontal wells; Gradiente de presion de un flujo bifasico solido-liquido de dos regiones en pozos horizontales

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    Salazar Mendoza, R.; Garcia Gutierrez, A. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico (CENIDET), Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Espinosa Paredes, G. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2005-12-01

    A theoretical analysis is presented for the problem of cutting transport in a two-region, slurry-flow system in horizontal pipes, with a stationary bed of drill cuttings as a porous medium (w-region) below a two-phase dispersed flow (n-region). Volume averaging was applied to derive a rigorous mathematical model where each variable is precisely defined. The model includes volume-averaged transport equations for both the two-phase dispersed flow and the porous-medium regions, and terms from a macroscopic forces balance. The solution of the two-region model allowed evaluation of the behavior of the pressure gradient as a function of velocity, total volume fraction of cuttings, and the relationship between the height of the stationary bed and pipe diameter. It is based on a backward, finite-difference explicit scheme. The simulated physical system is a pipe diameter. It is based on a backward, finite-difference explicit scheme. The simulated physical system is a pipe of 4.135 m in horizontal length and 0.0508 m in diameter. A one dimensional, mesh-centered grid is used, consisting of 10 nodes. The numerical results were compared with experimental data on slurry flows and a good agreement was found. [Spanish] Se presenta un analisis teorico del problema de transporte de recortes de perforacion en pozos horizontales. Se estudia el flujo bifasico solido-liquido en dos regiones donde la region inferior es un lecho estacionario de recortes, considerado como medio poroso, mientras que la region superior es un flujo bifasico disperso solido-liquido. Se aplica el metodo de promediado en volumen para derivar de manera matematicamente rigurosa el modelo de dos regiones. El modelo incluye las ecuaciones de transporte promediadas en volumen para cada region y terminos que resultan de un balance de fuerzas macroscopico. La solucion del modelo permite evaluar el comportamiento del gradiente de presion como funcion de la velocidad, la fraccion de volumen de recortes total y la

  10. Estimación de la demanda y el costo de no tener agua potable en Nicaragua, tomando como base las diferentes alternativas de abastecimiento (puestos, ríos, manantiales, pipas, carretas y pozos

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    Carlos Antonio Narváez Silva

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available EL ESTUDIO ESTIMA LA DEMANDA DE AGUA DE LAS VIVIENDAS que no cuentan con el servicio de agua potable por medio de tubería. La estimación se realiza utilizando la Encuesta de Medición de Nivel de Vida (INIDE, 2005a, donde se presenta información sobre las formas de abastecimiento de agua, el tiempo dedicado a la recolección, el costo monetario por galón, entre otras variables socioeconómicas.Se eligió el modelo teórico basado en el enfoque de producción de hogares propuesto por Bockstael y McConnell (1983 que permite estimar el excedente del consumidor como medida de beneficios potenciales del hogar por contar con agua potable dentro de sus viviendas.Los beneficios estimados se calcularon tomando en cuenta el costo de oportunidad en el tiempo dado a un proceso de búsqueda de agua por parte del hogar más el pago por el bien en las diferentes alternativas (puestos, ríos, manantiales, pipas, carretas y pozos.La investigación mira desde otra perspectiva el modelo de costo de viaje usado comúnmente en estudios de recreación ambiental y pone a disposición de los evaluadores de proyectos una herramienta alternativa de la estimación de beneficios en proyectos de abastecimiento de agua.Las personas sin acceso al agua pagan 316 córdobas por mes (C$/Mes y consumen aproximadamente 2 metros cúbicos mensuales. Un cliente con servicio de agua por medio de la red de ENACAL con un consumo de 15 metros cúbicos paga por cargo de agua potable 72.75 C$/Mes. Es importante mencionar que existen otros cargos como alcantarillado sanitario y cargo fijo que deben sumarse al cargo de agua potable enuna factura correspondiente a viviendas en los departamentos en donde el problema de falta de agua es mayor. Por tanto, el mismo consumo (15 M3/Mes por vivienda –si incluimos todos los cargos– pagaría 98.75 C$/Mes. El cargo de agua potable para consumos de 30 M3/Mes es igual a 168 C$, una cifra mucho menor a lo que pagan las personas que no cuenta con el

  11. Crop rotation planning tool for organic farms

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    Bachinger, J.; Zander, P.

    2001-01-01

    To support the development and expansion of organic farming, more research is needed to optimise the function and practices of individual farms. Furthermore, it is important to assess the ecological effects of organic farming on a regional scale in order to show potential ad-vantages of organic farming compared to conventional farming. Both issues require model-ling of cropping methods and crop rotations. The authors present a rule-based model for the generation of site-specific and agronomic...

  12. Labour and machinery analysis in organic farming

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    Sørensen, C.G.; Nielsen, V

    2002-01-01

    Organic farming is generally considered to require more labour than conventional farming, as the assumption is that chemical inputs are substituted by factors like new knowledge, practices and labour. However, the overall effect on labour and machinery usage when carrying out a transition from conventional to organic farming depends in a complex way of the type of production, different farm-specific factors, etc. In order to investigate the labour usage in organic farming as compared with con...

  13. Organic farming in Latvia: development and economics

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    Melece, Ligita; Prauliņš, Artūrs; Popluga, Dina

    2009-01-01

    Organic agriculture plays an important role in the sustainable and environment-friendly agricultural production. The authors paper analyse the development and economic is¬sues of organic farming in Latvia. The primary information on organic farming in Latvia regarding the trends, the number of farms and land use, support payments as well as a short description of the structure of organic farming are provided. The influence of Latvia’s accession to the European Union on the organic farming dev...

  14. Impact of Organic farming on aquatic environment

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    Kristensen, Erik Steen; Knudsen, Marie Trydemann

    2004-01-01

    The effects of conversion to organic farming on N leaching are discussed in the presentation. Problems in European aquatic environment are presented along with the development of organic farming in Denmark and the rest of Europe. Recent Danish studies on the N leaching effects by conversion of mixed dairy and arable farms are presented. The studies estimate that N leaching is lower from organic compared to conventional mixed dairy farms, whereas N leaching at organic arable farms are comparab...

  15. Study on Effects of Combined Organic Fertilizer Application in Rice-duck Integrated Farming Model%稻鸭共作模式有机肥组合施用效果研究

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    裴正峰; 丁朝芳; 向敏; 林胜

    2014-01-01

    Objective to explore the effects of combined organic fertilizer application in Rice-Duck Integrated Farming System (RDIFS),in order to solve the problems of reasonable combination and application rate of organic fertilizers. Methods adopt a randomized block design and test the effects of different organic fertiliz-er combination samples. Results By using 1000kg rice straw compost plus 50kg rapeseed cake plus 50kg chicken manure or 1200kg rice straw compost plus 200kg chicken manure in every 667m2 test plot,the or-ganic rice production can reach 380kg.Conclusion RDIFS,the application of organic fertilizer with reason-able combination ratio can reach ance the soil nutrient supply and maintain the soil fertility,but also im-prove the rice yield and optimize the rice economy. However,it has no significant effect on organic rice quality improvement.%目的:探索稻鸭共作模式下有机肥组合施用效果,解决有机肥合理搭配和施用量问题。方法:采用随机区组设计,对不同有机肥组合施用效果进行抽样检测。结果:供试田块每667m2施用水稻秸秆堆肥1000kg+菜籽饼50kg+鸡粪50kg或水稻秸秆堆肥1200kg+鸡粪200kg,可获得有机稻380kg以上的产量。结论:稻鸭共作模式下,施用合理组配的有机肥不仅能够平衡土壤养分供应,维持地力,而且能够优化水稻经济性状,提高水稻产量,但对有机稻米品质的提高没有明显作用。

  16. Use of Chemical Pesticides in Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Comparative Study on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Farmers and Farm Workers in Three Farming Systems.

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    Negatu, Beyene; Kromhout, Hans; Mekonnen, Yalemtshay; Vermeulen, Roel

    2016-06-01

    Chemical pesticides, regardless of their inherent hazard, are used intensively in the fast changing agricultural sector of Ethiopia. We conducted a cross-sectional pesticide Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey among 601 farmers and farm workers (applicators and re-entry workers) in three farming systems [large-scale closed greenhouses (LSGH), large-scale open farms (LSOF), and small-scale irrigated farms (SSIF)]. Main observations were that 85% of workers did not attain any pesticide-related training, 81% were not aware of modern alternatives for chemical pesticides, 10% used a full set of personal protective equipment, and 62% did not usually bath or shower after work. Among applicators pesticide training attendance was highest in LSGH (35%) and was lowest in SSIF (4%). None of the female re-entry farm workers had received pesticide-related training. Personal protective equipment use was twice as high among pesticide applicators as among re-entry workers (13 versus 7%), while none of the small-scale farm workers used personal protection equipment. Stockpiling and burial of empty pesticide containers and discarding empty pesticide containers in farming fields were reported in both LSOF and by 75% of the farm workers in SSIF. Considerable increment in chemical pesticide usage intensity, illegitimate usages of DDT and Endosulfan on food crops and direct import of pesticides without the formal Ethiopian registration process were also indicated. These results point out a general lack of training and knowledge regarding the safe use of pesticides in all farming systems but especially among small-scale farmers. This in combination with the increase in chemical pesticide usage in the past decade likely results in occupational and environmental health risks. Improved KAP that account for institutional difference among various farming systems and enforcement of regulatory measures including the available occupational and environmental proclamations in Ethiopia are

  17. Tree farming; Traedjordbruk

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    Falk, B. [Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala (Sweden). Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Research

    1992-07-01

    Fallowed land can initially provide very favourable conditions for tree farming, thus enabling rapid canopy closure and a short rotation period. There may be justification for fertilization, particularly close to the time of canopy closure. Heavy clay soils should be avoided on account of poor tree growth. Crosses of balsam poplar are easy to regenerate through cuttings. The plantation should either be done with small plants protected against damage by game, or with planting stems branched at the bottoms in spacing patterns that are not too dense (3.5x3.5 - 5x5m). Branches at the bottom help to avoid rubbing by deer. Drainage systems are clogged by tree roots and fields drained by subsurface drainage systems should be avoided. Open ditches are sufficient for the requirements of the trees. Selected clones of balsam poplar crosses may have great resistance against disease. However, they do not have a growth rhythm that is ideally suited to Swedish conditions. Further breeding is probably necessary. The main use for balsam poplar is expected to be in the manufacture of pulp, mechanical or chemical. Other uses are veneer, building, glulam and fuel. Under good conditions, height and diameter development suggests a very high production. In plantations with suitable spacing patterns, the economically optimum rotation time is 15-20 year and the plantation appears to withstand high demands for return on investments and price competition. Future activities should foremost be concentrated on development of additional clone material, investigations of wood quality and the establishment and following up of further production experiments. (48 refs., 6 figs., 7 tabs.).

  18. Tree farming. Traedjordbruk

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    Falk, B. (Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala (Sweden). Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Research)

    1992-07-01

    Fallowed land can initially provide very favourable conditions for tree farming, thus enabling rapid canopy closure and a short rotation period. There may be justification for fertilization, particularly close to the time of canopy closure. Heavy clay soils should be avoided on account of poor tree growth. Crosses of balsam poplar are easy to regenerate through cuttings. The plantation should either be done with small plants protected against damage by game, or with planting stems branched at the bottoms in spacing patterns that are not too dense (3.5x3.5 - 5x5m). Branches at the bottom help to avoid rubbing by deer. Drainage systems are clogged by tree roots and fields drained by subsurface drainage systems should be avoided. Open ditches are sufficient for the requirements of the trees. Selected clones of balsam poplar crosses may have great resistance against disease. However, they do not have a growth rhythm that is ideally suited to Swedish conditions. Further breeding is probably necessary. The main use for balsam poplar is expected to be in the manufacture of pulp, mechanical or chemical. Other uses are veneer, building, glulam and fuel. Under good conditions, height and diameter development suggests a very high production. In plantations with suitable spacing patterns, the economically optimum rotation time is 15-20 year and the plantation appears to withstand high demands for return on investments and price competition. Future activities should foremost be concentrated on development of additional clone material, investigations of wood quality and the establishment and following up of further production experiments. (48 refs., 6 figs., 7 tabs.).

  19. Farm Biogas Handbook; Gaardsbiogashandbok

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    Christensson, Kjell; Bjoernsson, Lovisa; Dahlgren, Stefan; Eriksson, Peter; Lantz, Mikael; Lindstroem, Johanna; Mickelaaker, Maria

    2009-04-15

    A very large share of the total raw material potential for biogas production will be found within the agriculture. The raw material potential of manure in Sweden amounts to 4 - 6 TWh. Within the agriculture there is moreover a big potential in the form of residues from plant cultivation and non-food crops (approximately 7 TWh) that can to be used for biogas production. The potential for biogas production from only residues and manure is around 8-10 TWh. An increased biogas production within the agriculture would give significant environmental effects. Among other things manure, that today is leaking methane gas to the atmosphere, can be fermented, and trough this process the methane losses will be reduced. When the produced biogas replaces fossil fuel, an overall environmental effect will be reached, that is highly significant. This manual deals with biogas plants for agriculture and such plants that do not have extensive transports of different raw materials, as manure, wastes etc. One of the starting points for this manual's set-up is a course plan that Biogas Syd made for the courses they give to farmers, advisors and others. The manual illustrates important aspects in planning and construction of biogas plants, from raw material and technology to dimensioning of plant, use of biogas and planning of local gas grids. We also think it is important to illustrate the legislation that encompasses construction work and operation of a biogas plant. Investment costs are also illustrated, but the book does not give any extensive economic calculations, since we believe that such calculations need their own manual in the form of calculation examples, based on various conditions. The final section is called 'Biogas on farm - from idea to reality' where the entire process from analysis and pre-planning to monitoring and control of plant during operation is briefly described

  20. Virginia Whole Farm Planning. An Educational Program for Farm Startup and Development

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    Niewolny, Kim; Kloetzli, Cathryn; Vallotton, Amber; Westfall-Rudd, Donna

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the Introduction to Whole Farm Planning module is to help beginning farmers and ranchers in Virginia make informed farm planning decisions by introducing them to the whole farm planning process.

  1. FINANCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF NORTH DAKOTA FARMS, 1993-1995

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    Swenson, Andrew L.; Gustafson, Cole R.

    1996-01-01

    The performance of over 500 North Dakota farms, 1993-1995, is summarized using 16 financial measures. Farms are categorized by geographic region, farm type, farm size, gross cash sales, farm tenure, net farm income, debt-to-asset, and age of farmer to analyze relationships between financial performance and farm characteristics.

  2. FINANCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF NORTH DAKOTA FARMS, 1994-1996

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    Swenson, Andrew L.

    1996-01-01

    The performance of over 500 North Dakota farms, 1994-1996, is summarized using 16 financial measures. Farms are categorized by geographic region, farm type, farm size, gross cash sales, farm tenure, net farm income, debt-to-asset, and age of farmer to analyze relationships between financial performance and farm characteristics.

  3. A Review of Children's Literature about Farming and Rural Life.

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    Chu, Nancy L.

    1994-01-01

    Reviews children's books suitable for preschool to secondary students concerning life on a farm, farm animals, various crops, regional differences, farming methods, farm machinery, livestock care, veterinary science, the history of farming, difficulties with farm life, and poetry about farm life. (KS)

  4. [A Stomoxys calcitrans outbreak on a dairy farm].

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    Betke, P; Schultka, H; Ribbeck, R

    1986-03-01

    In late summer and autumn of 1982 Stomoxys calcitrans disturbed cattle on a dairy farm and scourged the people working there. Both actively and passively Stomoxys calcitrans got into the cowsheds from its nearby breeding sites on open silos. The successful fly control combined sanitary measures with the application of pyrethrum insecticide aerosol. PMID:3717689

  5. 77 FR 71396 - Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

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    2012-11-30

    ... rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings #0;and investigations, committee meetings...: Office of Tribal Relations, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. SUMMARY: This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of The Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) a public...

  6. Information needs and information technology on dairy farms

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    Asseldonk, van M.A.P.M.; Huirne, R.B.M.; Dijkhuizen, A.A.; Beulens, A.J.M.; Udink ten Cate, A.J.

    1999-01-01

    Investment in information technology (IT) enables the farmer to collect and process data at farm and animal level to be used in decision making. In order to evaluate the currently available IT applications it is essential to determine in what way IT will support information needs. A methodology was

  7. An Introduction to Biogas Production on the Farm.

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    National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT.

    This three-section report provides introductory information about biogas production and its application to farm environments. The first section discusses the various components of a biogas production system (a system that converts organic wastes into a usable form of energy), explains the system's benefits and liabilities, and provides a brief…

  8. Fiscalini Farms Biomass Energy Project

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    William Stringfellow; Mary Kay Camarillo; Jeremy Hanlon; Michael Jue; Chelsea Spier

    2011-09-30

    In this final report describes and documents research that was conducted by the Ecological Engineering Research Program (EERP) at the University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) under subcontract to Fiscalini Farms LP for work under the Assistance Agreement DE-EE0001895 'Measurement and Evaluation of a Dairy Anaerobic Digestion/Power Generation System' from the United States Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory. Fiscalini Farms is operating a 710 kW biomass-energy power plant that uses bio-methane, generated from plant biomass, cheese whey, and cattle manure via mesophilic anaerobic digestion, to produce electricity using an internal combustion engine. The primary objectives of the project were to document baseline conditions for the anaerobic digester and the combined heat and power (CHP) system used for the dairy-based biomass-energy production. The baseline condition of the plant was evaluated in the context of regulatory and economic constraints. In this final report, the operation of the plant between start-up in 2009 and operation in 2010 are documented and an interpretation of the technical data is provided. An economic analysis of the biomass energy system was previously completed (Appendix A) and the results from that study are discussed briefly in this report. Results from the start-up and first year of operation indicate that mesophilic anaerobic digestion of agricultural biomass, combined with an internal combustion engine, is a reliable source of alternative electrical production. A major advantage of biomass energy facilities located on dairy farms appears to be their inherent stability and ability to produce a consistent, 24 hour supply of electricity. However, technical analysis indicated that the Fiscalini Farms system was operating below capacity and that economic sustainability would be improved by increasing loading of feedstocks to the digester. Additional operational modifications, such as increased utilization of

  9. CleverFarm final report

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    2003-09-15

    Wind turbine technology has ventured in recent years from prototypes and first deployments towards large power plant scale projects. With this, also the ownership structure of wind farms changed: from single farmers to cooperatives, and to large multi-national developers specialised in building and running wind power projects. At the same time, the best sites for wind energy were already taken, leading to more remote sites and offshore sites being developed. Both these developments lead to an increased wish for remote monitoring of turbines. Ideally, the turbine would know on its own accord when it would need maintenance, and call the maintenance crew autonomously. The crew then would have all the information they need to have before they go out to the turbine and do the necessary tasks. Having knowledge of the type of fault that has happened would help the maintenance crew to deal with it efficiently. This also could mean to wait until the next scheduled maintenance is due. The potential savings for this alone are considerable, if you think of the plans for offshore wind farms tens of kilometres from the coast, where access would probably be by helicopter. The idea behind this project was to take the existing techniques developed for optimising and enhancing the performance of wind farms, integrate them into one system and implement the system at a number of wind farms. The techniques include remote measuring of the status and production of the wind farm, short-term prediction of the expected wind speeds at and power output from the wind farm, models for wake calculations, remote control of wind farm production and so on. (au)

  10. From farm land to electricity

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    This study evaluates how much electricity that can be produced from one hectare of farm land with different combinations of biomass fuel - upgrading processes - cogeneration techniques. The yield from energy crops, energy forest and broad-leaved trees has been combined with possible upgrading processes. A number of combined heat and power techniques has been studied focusing on electric power efficiency in a combined heat and power application. The ambition has been to give rough estimations of the whole systems total electrical output. The biomass losses from source to end use has been taken into account. Parameters such as economy, environment and availability are only briefly discussed. The amount of power produced per hectare and year (MWhe/ha,yr) has been calculated for a number of system combinations. The input energy for cultivation, harvesting, upgrading, transport and power production is estimated. Using todays technology, it is the combination Salix-gasification-combined cycle that gives the highest electricity production of the studied cases. Based on the assumptions and calculations made in this study approximately 20 MWhe/ha,yr is produced. If Salix is used as a solid fuel in a conventional steam cycle the net electricity production will be in the range of 13-15 MWhe/ha,yr. In terms of energy efficiency there is no gain in upgrading the fuel to briquettes, pellets or powder. The best system for energy grass is through gasification and combined cycle which will give an approximate net electricity production of 10-12 MWhe/ha,yr and a heat production of 12-13 MWh/ha,yr. The energy input is about 2-3 MWh/ha,yr. Energy grass used as fuel in an conventional steam cycle will give a net electricity production of 7 MWhe/ha,yr and a heat production of 17 MWh/ha,yr. (59 refs., 26 figs., 18 tabs.)

  11. Development and Application of RFID Technology Wind Farm Equipment Inspection System Based%基于RFID技术的风电场设备巡检系统的开发与应用

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    2015-01-01

    设备巡检维护是风电场必不可少的一项工作,随着风电场运行时间的不断推移巡检维护的工作量不断增大,该文结合实际项目需求开发了一套基于RFID技术的风电场设备巡检系统。%Wind farm equipment inspection maintenance is an important job, with the passage of time the wind farm operation in⁃spection maintenance workload is increasing, and this paper the actual needs of the project to develop a wind farm equipment based on RFID technology inspection system.

  12. TOPFARM wind farm optimization tool

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    Rethore, P.-E.; Fuglsang, P.; Larsen, Torben J.; Buhl, T.; Larsen, Gunner C.

    2011-02-15

    A wind farm optimization framework is presented in detail and demonstrated on two test cases: 1) Middelgrunden and 2) Stags Holt/Coldham. A detailed flow model describing the instationary flow within a wind farm is used together with an aeroelastic model to determine production and fatigue loading of wind farm wind turbines. Based on generic load cases, the wind farm production and fatigue evaluations are subsequently condensed in a large pre-calculated database for rapid calculation of lifetime equivalent loads and energy production in the optimization loop. The objective function defining the optimization problem includes elements as energy production, turbine degradation, operation and maintenance costs, electrical grid costs and foundation costs. The objective function is optimized using a dedicated multi fidelity approach with the locations of individual turbines in the wind farm spanning the design space. The results are over all satisfying and are giving some interesting insights on the pros and cons of the design choices. They show in particular that the inclusion of the fatigue loads costs give rise to some additional details in comparison with pure power based optimization. The Middelgrunden test case resulted in an improvement of the financial balance of 2.1 M Euro originating from a very large increase in the energy production value of 9.3 M Euro mainly counterbalanced by increased electrical grid costs. The Stags Holt/Coldham test case resulted in an improvement of the financial balance of 3.1 M Euro. (Author)

  13. Spread of tetracycline resistance genes at a conventional dairy farm

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    Martina eKyselkova

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The use of antibiotics in animal husbandry contributes to the worldwide problem of increasing antibiotic resistance in animal and human pathogens. Intensive animal production is considered an important source of antibiotic resistance genes released to the environment, while the contribution of smaller farms remains to be evaluated. Here we monitor the spread of tetracycline resistance (TC-r genes at a middle-size conventional dairy farm, where chlortetracycline (CTC, as intrauterine suppository is prophylactically used after each calving. Our study has shown that animals at the farm acquired the TC-r genes in their early age (1-2 weeks, likely due to colonization with TC-resistant bacteria from their mothers and/or the farm environment. The relative abundance of the TC-r genes tet(W, tet(Q and tet(M in fresh excrements of calves was about 1-2 orders of magnitude higher compared to heifers and dairy cows, possibly due to the presence of antibiotic residues in milk fed to calves. The occurrence and abundance of TC-r genes in fresh excrements of heifers and adult cows remained unaffected by intrauterine CTC applications, with tet(O, tet(Q and tet(W representing a ‘core TC-resistome’ of the farm, and tet(A, tet(M, tet(Y and tet(X occurring occasionally. The genes tet(A, tet(M, tet(Y and tet(X were shown to be respectively harbored by Shigella, Lactobacillus and Clostridium, Acinetobacter, and Wautersiella. Soil in the farm proximity, as well as field soil to which manure from the farm was applied, was contaminated with TC-r genes occurring in the farm, and some of the TC-r genes persisted in the field over 3 months following the manure application. Concluding, our study shows that antibiotic resistance genes may be a stable part of the intestinal metagenome of cattle even if antibiotics are not used for growth stimulation, and that smaller dairy farms may also contribute to environmental pollution with antibiotic resistance genes.

  14. Spread of tetracycline resistance genes at a conventional dairy farm.

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    Kyselková, Martina; Jirout, Jiří; Vrchotová, Naděžda; Schmitt, Heike; Elhottová, Dana

    2015-01-01

    The use of antibiotics in animal husbandry contributes to the worldwide problem of increasing antibiotic resistance in animal and human pathogens. Intensive animal production is considered an important source of antibiotic resistance genes released to the environment, while the contribution of smaller farms remains to be evaluated. Here we monitor the spread of tetracycline resistance (TC-r) genes at a middle-size conventional dairy farm, where chlortetracycline (CTC, as intrauterine suppository) is prophylactically used after each calving. Our study has shown that animals at the farm acquired the TC-r genes in their early age (1-2 weeks), likely due to colonization with TC-resistant bacteria from their mothers and/or the farm environment. The relative abundance of the TC-r genes tet(W), tet(Q), and tet(M) in fresh excrements of calves was about 1-2 orders of magnitude higher compared to heifers and dairy cows, possibly due to the presence of antibiotic residues in milk fed to calves. The occurrence and abundance of TC-r genes in fresh excrements of heifers and adult cows remained unaffected by intrauterine CTC applications, with tet(O), tet(Q), and tet(W) representing a "core TC-resistome" of the farm, and tet(A), tet(M), tet(Y), and tet(X) occurring occasionally. The genes tet(A), tet(M), tet(Y), and tet(X) were shown to be respectively harbored by Shigella, Lactobacillus and Clostridium, Acinetobacter, and Wautersiella. Soil in the farm proximity, as well as field soil to which manure from the farm was applied, was contaminated with TC-r genes occurring in the farm, and some of the TC-r genes persisted in the field over 3 months following the manure application. Concluding, our study shows that antibiotic resistance genes may be a stable part of the intestinal metagenome of cattle even if antibiotics are not used for growth stimulation, and that smaller dairy farms may also contribute to environmental pollution with antibiotic resistance genes. PMID:26074912

  15. INTEGRATED FARMING METHODS AND THEIR IMPACT ON BIODIVERSITY OF THE LANDSCAPE

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    Martina Stefanova

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available During the last century, the changing forms of agriculture drastically influenced many native plant and animal populations. In the efforts to reduce these negative impacts on biodiversity, a number of agricultural enterprises began farming in a more environmentally friendly ways; in addition to conventional farm management, new forms of integrated and organic farming appeared, the latter having a tradition of only a few years. These new approaches have a number of variations, one of which is termed integrated farming. It exerts less pressure on the given environment, and, together with organic agriculture, plays an important role in the efforts to renew long lost cultures. Support for integrated farming can be one of the intermediate stages between organic farming and agri-environmental programmes that very often complement one another. Despite the organic farming may have a negative impact on crop yields and considers individual approaches to problematic sites as well as applications of locally specific rules, a number of studies have confirmed that this kind of farming positively influences biodiversity of a given area. This review highlights importance of integrated farming and calls for its larger use in agricultural practice.

  16. Farm, land, and soil nitrogen budgets for agriculture in Europe calculated with CAPRI

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    We calculated farm, land, and soil N-budgets for countries in Europe and the EU27 as a whole using the agro-economic model CAPRI. For EU27, N-surplus is 55 kg N ha-1 yr-1 in a soil budget and 65 kg N2O-N ha-1 yr-1 and 67 kg N ha-1 yr-1 in land and farm budgets, respectively. NUE is 31% for the farm budget, 60% for the land budget and 63% for the soil budget. NS values are mainly related to the excretion (farm budget) and application (soil and land budget) of manure per hectare of total agricultural land. On the other hand, NUE is best explained by the specialization of the agricultural system toward animal production (farm NUE) or the share of imported feedstuff (soil NUE). Total N input, intensive farming, and the specialization to animal production are found to be the main drivers for a high NS and low NUE. - Highlights: → Farm, land and soil N-budgets are important tools to characterize agricultural systems. → Farm N Use Efficiency (NUE) is lower than soil NUE; farm nitrogen surplus is higher. → On EU27 average, farm NUE is 31%, soil NUE is 63%, N surplus is 55-67 kg N ha-1 yr-1. → Soil NUE is best explained by the share of imported feedstuff. → Intensive farming and specialization to animal production cause a high NS and low NUE. - Consistent calculations of farm, land and soil N-budgets for agriculture in Europe are presented and discussed at the national level and for EU27.

  17. Design Performance Standards for Large Scale Wind Farms

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    Gordon, Mark

    2009-01-01

    of connection into the Eastern Australian power system under the Rules and guidelines set out by AEMC and NEMMCO (AEMO). Where applicable some international practices are also mentioned. Standards are designed to serve as a technical envelope under which wind farm proponents design the plant and......This document presents, discusses and provides a general guide on electrical performance standard requirements for connection of large scale onshore wind farms into HV transmission networks. Experiences presented here refer mainly to technical requirements and issues encountered during the process...... maintain ongoing technical compliance of the plant during its operational lifetime. This report is designed to provide general technical information for the wind farm connection engineer to be aware of during the process of connection, registration and operation of wind power plants interconnected into the...

  18. Farm animal proteomics - A review

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    Bendixen, Emøke; Danielsen, Marianne; Hollung, Kristin;

    2011-01-01

    In agricultural sciences as in all other areas of life science, the implementation of proteomics and other post-genomic tools is an important step towards more detailed understanding of the complex biological systems that control physiology and pathology of living beings. Farm animals are raised...... in large-scale operations, with the aim to obtain animal products for human consumption. Hence, understanding the biological traits that impact yield and quality of these products is the specific aim of much biological experimentation. However, most of the data gathered from experiments on e.g. swine...... and cattle are relevant not only for farm animal sciences, but also for adding to our understanding of complex biological mechanisms of health and disease in humans. The aim of this review is to present an overview of the specific topics of interest within farm animal proteomics, and to highlight some...

  19. Challenges in wind farm optimization

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    Larsen, Gunner Chr.

    To achieve the optimal economic output from a wind farm over its lifetime, an optimal balance between capital costs, operation and maintenance costs, fatigue lifetime consumption of turbine components and power production is to be determined on a rational basis. This has implications both for the...... wind turbine modeling, where aeroelastic models are required, and for the wind farm flow field description, where in-stationary flow field modeling is needed to capture the complicated mixture of atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) flows and upstream emitted meandering wind turbine wakes, which together...... dictates the fatigue loading of the individual wind turbines. Within an optimization context, the basic challenge in describing the in-stationary wind farm flow field is computational speed. The Dynamic Wake Meandering (DWM) model includes the basic features of a CFD Large Eddy Simulation approach in an...

  20. Modelling seabird collision risk with off-shore wind farms

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    Mateos, Maria; Arroyo, Gonzalo Munoz; Rosario, Jose Juan Alonso del

    2011-07-01

    Full text: Recent concern about the adverse effects of collision mortality of avian migrants at wind farms has highlighted the need to understand bird-wind turbine interactions. Here, a stochastic collision model, based on data of seabird behaviour collected on- site, is presented, as a flexible and easy to take tool to assess the collisions probabilities of off-shore wind farms in a pre-construction phase. The collision prediction model considering the wind farm area as a risk window has been constructed as a stochastic model for avian migrants, based on Monte Carlo simulation. The model calculates the probable number of birds collided per time unit. Migration volume, wind farm dimensions, vertical and horizontal distribution of the migratory passage, flight direction and avoidance rates, between other variables, are taken into account in different steps of the model as the input variables. In order to assess the weighted importance of these factors on collision probability predictions, collision probabilities obtained from the set of scenarios resulting from the different combinations of the input variables were modelled by using Generalised Additive Models. The application of this model to a hypothetical project for erecting a wind farm at the Strait of Gibraltar showed that collision probability, and consequently mortality rates, strongly depend on the values of the avoidance rates taken into account, and the distribution of birds into the different altitude layers. These parameters should be considered as priorities to be addressed in post-construction studies. (Author)

  1. Land farming of petroleum-contaminated soils in cold climates

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    Laboratory and field experiments on the application of land farming/bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated soils were conducted in extreme cold climates in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Results show that although landfarming under these extreme cold conditions is feasible, the scarcity of water demands special attention in design. Without water it is impossible to ensure the distribution of nutrients, fertilizers and oxygen. Similarly, microbial populations may or may not be uniformly distributed throughout the subsurface. Land farming is one method that may overcome these problems but like other ex-situ methods, it is complicated and costly. This research project was designed to evaluate easy-to-implement, low cost remediation alternatives, and to determine (1) whether land farming could be used to cleanup petroleum-contaminated soil in cold climates, (2) whether a land farming operation could remain viable during winter when the soil is completely frozen, (3) whether biodegradation could be enhanced by nutrient addition, and (4) whether surfactants could increase bioavailability of nutrients and thereby improve biodegradation rates. Results indicated that land farming, while feasible, may not be the ultimate solution. With the current state -of-the-art, additional heat, additional microbial population, and/or extensive amounts of time would be required to meet even minimum regulatory standards. The addition of surfactants also has proven to be ineffective. 18 refs., 2 tabs., 2 figs

  2. To what extent does organic farming rely on nutrient inflows from conventional farming?

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    Organic farming is increasingly recognized as a prototype for sustainable agriculture. Its guidelines ban the use of artificial fertilizers. However, organic farms may import nutrients from conventional farming through material exchanges. In this study, we aimed at estimating the magnitude of these flows through the quantification of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium inflows from conventional farming to organic farming. Material inflows and outflows were collected for two cropping years on 63 farms. The farms were located in three French agricultural districts distributed over a gradient of farming activity defined by both the stocking rate and the ratio of the farm area under arable crops. Our results showed that on average, inflows from conventional farming were 23%, 73% and 53% for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, respectively. These inflows were strongly determined by the farm production systems. However, for farms similar in terms of production systems, the inflows also depended on the local context, such as the proximity of organic livestock farms: the reliance of organic farming on conventional farming was lower in mixed than in specialized districts. These results highlight the necessity to quantify the contribution of nutrient inflows from conventional farming when assessing organic farming and development scenarios. (letter)

  3. To what extent does organic farming rely on nutrient inflows from conventional farming?

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    Nowak, Benjamin; Nesme, Thomas; David, Christophe; Pellerin, Sylvain

    2013-12-01

    Organic farming is increasingly recognized as a prototype for sustainable agriculture. Its guidelines ban the use of artificial fertilizers. However, organic farms may import nutrients from conventional farming through material exchanges. In this study, we aimed at estimating the magnitude of these flows through the quantification of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium inflows from conventional farming to organic farming. Material inflows and outflows were collected for two cropping years on 63 farms. The farms were located in three French agricultural districts distributed over a gradient of farming activity defined by both the stocking rate and the ratio of the farm area under arable crops. Our results showed that on average, inflows from conventional farming were 23%, 73% and 53% for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, respectively. These inflows were strongly determined by the farm production systems. However, for farms similar in terms of production systems, the inflows also depended on the local context, such as the proximity of organic livestock farms: the reliance of organic farming on conventional farming was lower in mixed than in specialized districts. These results highlight the necessity to quantify the contribution of nutrient inflows from conventional farming when assessing organic farming and development scenarios.

  4. Intelligent control on wind farm

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    Wei, Mu; Chen, Zhe

    2010-01-01

    Since the renewable energy is popularly applied in power industry, especially the smart grid is fast developing all over the world during these years, the reliable connection between a wind farm and the main grid has been focused on. Due to the difficult control on the wind energy, the connection with the wind farm makes the grid more vulnerable. The communication technologies have been considered as a solution to solve the problems according to the IEC 61400-25 series protocols. This paper p...

  5. SOIL MANAGEMENT AND THE FARM TYPOLOGY: DO SMALL FAMILY FARMS MANAGE SOIL AND NUTRIENT RESOURCES DIFFERENTLY THAN LARGE FAMILY FARMS?

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    Soule, Meredith J.

    2001-01-01

    There is increasing recognition that farmers face constraints on their farming decisions depending on the their resources, stage in life, and lifestyle choices. These factors are captured in a new farm typology developed by the Economic Research Service. The farm typology's definition of small and large farms is used to test the commonly stated hypothesis that small farmers practice better land husbandry than do large farmers. The adoption of eleven different soil and nutrient management prac...

  6. How to Keep 'em Up On the Farm and Farming.

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    Sorenson, Douglas D.

    1987-01-01

    To counter elementary school children's ignorance about farming, a 1981 Agriculture in the Classroom Task Force recommended that states create their own groups and awareness programs. This article describes cooperative efforts between private and public sector organizations in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Oregon, and Virginia. An address and…

  7. Flexible Exchange of Farming Device Data

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    Iftikhar, Nadeem; Pedersen, Torben Bach

    2011-01-01

    A new trend in the farming business is to replace conventional farming devices with computerized farming devices. Accordingly, numerous computer-based farming devices for logging, processing and exchanging data have recently been installed on moving farm machinery such as tractors. The exchange...... of data generally takes place between the devices and farming systems, mostly installed at the premises of farmers, contractors, advisory services etc. In most cases, data exchange is based on farming data exchange standards and is bi-directional. Bi-directional data exchange allows different devices...... and systems to exchange data based on a predefined set of rules. In consequence, many hand-coded data exchange solutions have been developed in the farming business. Although efforts regarding incorporating data exchange standards have been made, their actual usage so far has been limited, due to the fact...

  8. Breeding for behavioural change in farm animails

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    Sandøe, Peter; D'eath, RB; Lawrence, AB;

    2009-01-01

    In farm animal breeding, behavioural traits are rarely included in selection programmes despite their potential to improve animal production and welfare. Breeding goals have been broadened beyond production traits in most farm animal species to include health and functional traits...

  9. Noise: Keeping It Down on the Farm

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    ... Do > Keeping Noise Down on the Farm Keeping Noise Down on the Farm SHARE Some people may ... risks permanent hearing damage. Take steps to reduce noise from machinery. Keep machinery running smoothly by replacing ...

  10. Factors influencing adoption of farm management practices in three agrobiodiversity hotspots in India: an analysis using the Count Data Model

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    Prabhakaran T. Raghu

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Sustainable agricultural practices require, among other factors, adoption of improved nutrient management techniques, pest mitigation technology and soil conservation measures. Such improved management practices can be tools for enhancing crop productivity. Data on micro-level farm management practices from developing countries is either scarce or unavailable, despite the importance of their policy implications with regard to resource allocation. The present study investigates adoption of some farm management practices and factors influencing the adoption behavior of farm households in three agrobiodiversity hotspots in India: Kundra block in the Koraput district of Odisha, Meenangadi panchayat in the Wayanad district of Kerala and Kolli Hills in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. Information on farm management practices was collected from November 2011 to February 2012 from 3845 households, of which the data from 2726 farm households was used for analysis. The three most popular farm management practices adopted by farmers include: application of chemical fertilizers, farm yard manure and green manure for managing nutrients; application of chemical pesticides, inter-cropping and mixed cropping for mitigating pests; and contour bunds, grass bunds and trenches for soil conservation. A Negative Binomial count data regression model was used to estimate factors influencing decision-making by farmers on farm management practices. The regression results indicate that farmers who received information from agricultural extension are statistically significant and positively related to the adoption of farm management practices. Another key finding shows the negative relationship between cultivation of local varieties and adoption of farm management practices.

  11. Importance of the planning activities, cutting, handling and analysis of the nuclei of oil well drilling; Importancia de las actividades de planificacion, corte, manejo y analisis de los nucleos de perforacion de pozos petroleros

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    Contreras L, Enrique A; Garcia M, Pablo [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2007-07-01

    , recipientes de almacenamiento de hidrocarburos, agua y energia calorifica, asi como barreras impermeables y medios de transporte de la energia y de los fluidos. Entre las propiedades mas importantes que se utilizan para describir estas funciones se encuentran la porosidad, la permeabilidad, la compresibilidad del volumen de poros, el factor de resistividad de la formacion, el exponente de saturacion, la velocidad de las ondas acusticas P y S, las permeabilidades relativas, las presiones capilares, las constantes elasticas y otras propiedades mecanicas, el coeficiente de dilatacion termica, la conductividad termica, la difusividad termica y el calor especifico. La ejecucion de una amplia variedad de actividades relacionadas con las etapas de exploracion, localizacion, evaluacion y desarrollo de los yacimientos petroleros, depende fuertemente de que se tenga un buen conocimiento de la magnitud y de la variabilidad espacial de estas propiedades. Tanto la factibilidad tecnica como la economica de desarrollar un prospecto de yacimiento petrolero, dependen de que las rocas que intervienen exhiban una combinacion adecuada de sus propiedades, para asi constituir una estructura geologica confinante y almacenadora de hidrocarburos, que sea factible de desarrollarse tecnicamente, a la vez que tenga el potencial de redituar un beneficio economico. En este contexto, desde la plataforma de experiencia que se tiene sobre el tema en el Laboratorio de Yacimientos del Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas. En el presente articulo se aborda la relevancia que tienen las actividades de corte, manejo y analisis de laboratorio de los nucleos de perforacion de pozos petroleros, para la evaluacion de las formaciones geologicas, en relacion con la caracterizacion, la evaluacion y el aprovechamiento de los yacimientos petroleros.

  12. Lixiviação de nutrientes em solo cultivado com aplicação de água residuária de suinocultura Leaching of nutrients in cultivated soils under application of residual water of pig farming

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    Cacea F Maggi

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se neste trabalho avaliar os impactos do percolado em lisímetros de drenagem com a aplicação de diferentes taxas de água residuária de suinocultura (ARS durante o ciclo da cultura da soja. Conduziu-se o experimento no Núcleo Experimental de Engenharia Agrícola da UNIOESTE, em solo foi classificado como Latossolo Vermelho distroférrico. A área dispunha 24 lisímetros de drenagem, na qual se semeou a cultura da soja, cultivar CD 214. Porém, sete dias antes da semeadura, em única aplicação foram aplicadas ao solo quatro taxas de ARS (0, 100, 200 e 300 m³ ha-1 sete dias antes da semeadura, em uma única aplicação, combinadas com duas adubações na semeadura (com adição e sem adição da adubação recomendada na semeadura e três repetições por tratamento. Foram realizadas três coletas do percolado em cada parcela experimental, a primeira aos 40 dias após a semeadura (DAS, a segunda aos 72 DAS e a terceira no final do ciclo da cultura (117 DAS. Avalioram-se pH, cálcio, magnésio, potássio, fósforo e nitrogênio total. Com base nos resultados observou-se que os valores de pH e Mg no percolado não sofreram influência pela aplicação de ARS e adubação. As concentrações de K+, P e Ca+2 no percolado foram maiores para taxas mais elevadas de ARS.This work aimed to evaluate the impacts on leachate from drainage lysimeters receiving application of different rates of pig farming residual water (PRW during soybean crop cycle. The experiment was conducted at the Agricultural Engineering Experimental field of UNIOESTE. The soil was classified as Rhodic Ferralsols. There were twenty-four drainage lysimeters where soybean cultivar CD 214 was sown. Four PRW rates (0; 100; 200 and 300 m³ ha-1 were applied to the soil seven days before sowing in a single application combined with two fertilizations (with and without recommended dose during sowing, and three repetitions per treatment. Three leachate collections were carried

  13. CONTRACT FARMING: THE SURVEY ON DIFFERENT ISSUES

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    Pallivi Sharma

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In India, 70-80% population of the country dependsdirectly or indirectly to farming. So this field is verymuch important for research and the concept ofcontract farming is more important for farmers andother persons who are joined with this. There are somany models of contract farming and many of themare explained by authors in this paper. Manyadvantages and issues related to contract farming arealso discussed by authors here.

  14. Biogas and Bioethanol Production in Organic Farming

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    Oleskowicz-Popiel, Piotr

    The thesis consists of two parts. First one is an introduction providing background information on organic farming, ethanol and anaerobic digestion processes, and concept of on‐farm bioenergy production. Second part consists of 8 papers.......The thesis consists of two parts. First one is an introduction providing background information on organic farming, ethanol and anaerobic digestion processes, and concept of on‐farm bioenergy production. Second part consists of 8 papers....

  15. CONTRACT FARMING: THE SURVEY ON DIFFERENT ISSUES

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    Pallivi Sharma; Dr. S.D. Vashishtha

    2012-01-01

    In India, 70-80% population of the country dependsdirectly or indirectly to farming. So this field is verymuch important for research and the concept ofcontract farming is more important for farmers andother persons who are joined with this. There are somany models of contract farming and many of themare explained by authors in this paper. Manyadvantages and issues related to contract farming arealso discussed by authors here.

  16. Contract Farming in China: Perspectives of Smallholders

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    Guo, Hongdong; Jolly, Robert W.

    2009-01-01

    This paper explores the current status of contract farming in China by examining data from a survey of Chinese householders. The survey indicates that the actual proportion of householders engaged in contract farming is relatively low and significantly less than the proportion of householders willing to produce under contract. The primary reason for householders not participating in contract farming is the absence of opportunities, particularly for small size farms. Householders identify pric...

  17. Productive Efficiency of Subsidized Organic Alfalfa Farms

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    Stefanos A. Nastis; Papanagiotou, Evangelos; Zamanidis, Savvas

    2012-01-01

    This paper assesses the efficiency and performance of organic alfalfa farms. Data were obtained from questionnaires collected from forty farms participating in an EU-subsidized program promoting the switch to organic farming. Results obtained using the bootstrap Data Envelopment Analysis methodology show that larger farms had lower yields and lower efficiency scores and more experienced farmers had higher efficiency scores. A Tobit analysis of the impact of environmental factors and subsidies...

  18. Withdrawal from organic farming in France

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    Madelrieux, Sophie; Alavoine-Mornas, Françoise

    2013-01-01

    International audience Many European nations envision organic farming as the future of sustainable agriculture. However, actual production is still far from objectives set for organic production. Both research and policies for organic farming have mainly focused on the conversion from conventional to organic farming. On the other hand long-term maintenance of organic farming has not been studied, despite its obvious importance for sustainability. Specifically, there is few knowledge on the...

  19. INFORMATION AND THE ADOPTION OF PRECISION FARMING

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    Daberkow, Stan G.; McBride, William D.

    2001-01-01

    This study examines the relationship between precision farming information sources and precision farming adoption. The analysis accounts for the fact that not all farmers are aware of precision farming techniques and that those who are aware may not be a random sample. Results indicate that many information sources increase adoption relative to information only from the media, but contact with crop consultants has had the greatest impact on the adoption of precision farming technologies.

  20. Future dairy farming systems in irrigation regions

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    Ho, Christie K.M.; Nesseler, R.; Doyle, Peter T.; Malcolm, Bill

    2005-01-01

    The dairy industry in northern Victoria has been subject to rapid change in recent years, resulting in great diversity in the irrigated dairy farming systems in the region. Continuing analysis is needed of the various farming systems that may be viable in the future. This study examined possible development options for different farm systems to enable them to maintain financial viability. Four case studies, representative of different farm systems, were used. All four had options to combat th...

  1. GOVERNING OF MARKETING IN BULGARIAN FARMS

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    Hrabrin Bachev

    2005-01-01

    Attempt has been made to identify dominant forms and factors for output realization in Bulgarian farms. New Institutional and Transaction Costs Economics framework is used to estimate comparative efficiency of various modes for realization of farm outputs in farms of different type (unregistered, cooperative, agro-firms) and various sizes (small, middle-size, large). Study is based on a large-scale microeconomic data collected through interviews with managers of 0.5% of commercial farms in th...

  2. Exploring the multifundtional role of farming systems

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    Hermansen, John Erik; Noe, Egon; HALBERG Niels

    2006-01-01

    Farming business is like any other business constantly challenged by the changing demands and expectations from the surroundings – farming even may be more explicitly due to the comprehensive regulation and public support through subsidies within the Europe Union. The development of sustainable farming system has been a main challenge until now, where particular focus has been put on the environmental impact and how to farm without unacceptable environmental impacts. Research and developments...

  3. Economics of Part-Time Farming

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    Wysong, John W.

    1981-01-01

    Part-time farming in Maryland and the Northeast with full-time off-farm employment of one or more of the farm operators is competitive incomewise with many types and sizes of commercial farms. Individuals, families, and society in general will benefit in the future from the encouragement of fuller utilization of underutilized or unemployed rural resources to produce marketable agricultural output and subsistence types of food for household and local charitable purposes. Labor extensive types ...

  4. The analysis of CRM for farms

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    Batič, Matej

    2015-01-01

    Farming is still an important branch, heavily interlinked with technological development. There are many information systems used in farming, without which we can not imagine modern farming. Information and communication technologies have found an important part in it. They represent invaluable help for farmers, they offer quick access to information and opinion exchange. Market has become ruthless for farmers, so it is very important that the farms are competitive to others. They can benefit...

  5. ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS ON THE KOREAN FARM AND NON-FARM SECTORS

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    Han, Doo Bong

    1999-01-01

    The objective of this study is to construct a macroeconomic model emphasizing agriculture and analyze the economic impacts of the financial crisis on the Korean farm and non-farm sectors. The simulation results show that financial shocks have great impacts on general economy and change the resource allocation within and between farm and non-farm sectors.

  6. Drivers of household food availability in sub-Saharan Africa based on big data from small farms

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    Frelat, Romain; Lopez-Ridaura, Santiago; Giller, Ken E.; Herrero, Mario; Douxchamps, Sabine; Djurfeldt, Agnes Andersson; Erenstein, Olaf; Henderson, Ben; Kassie, Menale; Paul, Birthe K.; Rigolot, Cyrille; Ritzema, Randall S.; Rodriguez, Daniel; van Asten, Piet J.A.; Van Wijk, Mark T.

    2015-01-01

    We collated a unique dataset covering land use and production data of more than 13,000 smallholder farm households in 93 sites in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The study quantifies the importance of off-farm income and market conditions across sites differing strongly in agroecology and derives generally applicable threshold values that determine whether farm households have enough food available to feed their families. These results show there is a strong need for multisectoral pol...

  7. Financial structures for wind farms

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    This paper provides a summary of the structures used to finance wind farms. It takes into account the impact of the 3rd tranche of the NFFO and provides an evaluation of cash returns using Ernst and Young's wind energy model. Suggestions for further developments in financing include the use of specialist financial instruments and tax planning techniques. (author)

  8. Precision Farming. A Comprehensive Approach

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    Grisso, Robert D. (Robert Dwight), 1956-; Alley, Mark M.; McClellan, Phil; Brann, Daniel Edward, 1945-; Donohue, Stephen J.

    2005-01-01

    Precision Farming (PF), also referred to as precision agriculture or variable rate technology, is the process used to vary management of crop production across a field. This publication introduces the principles and terminology used in PF. Crop producers can use this information to gain a working knowledge of PF and develop the ability to implement PF technologies in traditional crop production.

  9. Imagining the ideal dairy farm.

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    Cardoso, Clarissa S; Hötzel, Maria José; Weary, Daniel M; Robbins, Jesse A; von Keyserlingk, Marina A G

    2016-02-01

    Practices in agriculture can have negative effects on the environment, rural communities, food safety, and animal welfare. Although disagreements are possible about specific issues and potential solutions, it is widely recognized that public input is needed in the development of socially sustainable agriculture systems. The aim of this study was to assess the views of people not affiliated with the dairy industry on what they perceived to be the ideal dairy farm and their associated reasons. Through an online survey, participants were invited to respond to the following open-ended question: "What do you consider to be an ideal dairy farm and why are these characteristics important to you?" Although participants referenced social, economic, and ecological aspects of dairy farming, animal welfare was the primary issue raised. Concern was expressed directly about the quality of life for the animals, and the indirect effect of animal welfare on milk quality. Thus participants appeared to hold an ethic for dairy farming that included concern for the animal, as well as economic, social, and environmental aspects of the dairy system. PMID:26709190

  10. Farm and Ranch Financial Statements

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    Israelsen, Clark; Feuz, Dillon

    2014-01-01

    This fact sheet is a brief overview of the financial statements and budgeting tools that are likely a part of most farm financial record keeping systems. Links are provided for additional detail on any one financial report or topic. A brief description of a Balance Sheet, a Profit Loss Statement or Income Statement, Statement of Cash Flows and Enterprise Analysis is included.

  11. Precision Farming Tools. Yield Monitor

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    Grisso, Robert D. (Robert Dwight), 1956-; Alley, Mark M.; McClellan, Phil

    2005-01-01

    Using yield monitors is the first step many producers take in precision farming. A yield monitor, combined with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, is an electronic tool that collects data on crop performance for a given year. To have accurate data for yield map interpretation, the yield monitor must be properly operated and calibrated.

  12. Farming. Canada at Work Series.

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    Love, Ann; Drake, Jane

    This book is part of the Canada At Work series that introduces children to the people, machines, work and environmental concerns involved in bringing to market the products from important Canadian natural resources. This volume features a year-round look at two kinds of agriculture in Canada. On the vegetable farm, children find out about spring…

  13. IMPACT OF FARM SIZE AND TYPE ON COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

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    Morgan, Jeffery D.; Langemeier, Michael R.

    2003-01-01

    This study examined sustained competitive advantage for a sample of Kansas farms. Whole-farm data for 224 farms with continuous data from 1982-2001 were used. Overall efficiency was computed for each farm and year. Sixty farms exhibited a sustained competitive advantage. Seventy-six farms exhibited a sustained competitive disadvantage. Farms with a competitive advantage were relatively larger, received more of their gross farm income from dairy and swine production, had significantly lower ex...

  14. Farming in the city of Nairobi

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    Foeken, D.W.J.; Mboganie-Mwangi, A.

    1998-01-01

    This paper describes urban farming in Nairobi, Kenya: its magnitude and characteristics, its importance for those involved, the constraints faced by urban farmers, the impact of urban farming on the environment, the legal and institutional setting, and the prospects for urban farming. The paper is b

  15. Parental Motivation in Family Farm Intergenerational Transfers

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    Lange, Kelly Y.; Johnson, Jeffrey W.; Johnson, Phillip N.; Hudson, Darren; Belasco, Eric J

    2011-01-01

    An intergenerational transfer model incorporating both altruism and exchange is presented for family farm transfers. A simulation study is conducted to test parental motivation in intergenerational transfers of family farm businesses. Results indicated that family farm intergenerational transfers are altruistically motivated.

  16. Wind farm controllers with grid support

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    Sorensen, Poul; Hansen, Anca-Daniela; Thomsen, Kenneth;

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes wind farm controller and wind turbine controllers for different types of wind farms. The overall aim of the wind farm controllers is to enable the wind frams to contribute to the control of voltage and frequency in the power system. Still, the controllers should meet the...

  17. Attitude and acceptance of offshore wind farms

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    Ladenburg, Jacob; Möller, B.

    2011-01-01

    Generally people are more positive towards offshore wind farms compared to on-land wind farms. However, the attitudes are commonly assumed to be independent of experience with wind farms. Important relations between attitude and experience might therefore be disregarded. The present paper gives a...

  18. Successful Dairy Farm Debt Management Strategies

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    Kauffman, Jonas B. III; Tauer, Loren

    1985-01-01

    Stochastic dominance was used to group 112 dairy farms based upon 10 years of returns to equity capital. Debt strategies of farms partitioned by first-degree stochastic dominance were similar. Second-degree efficient farms were consistently less indebted. Compared to 1974-1978, debt management during 1979-1983 was more important for high return rates.

  19. Fish benefits from offshore wind farm development

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    Leonhard, Simon B.; Stenberg, Claus; Støttrup, Josianne;

    2013-01-01

    The studies up until 2006 showed few effects on the fish fauna that could be attributed to the establishment and operation of the wind farms. Fish abundance and diversity were not higher inside the wind farms than in the areas outside the wind farms. One obvious reason for this could be that the...

  20. Roundfish monitoring Princess amalia Wind Farm

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    Hal, van R.

    2013-01-01

    This report describes the results of field work in the Princess Amalia Wind Farm (in Dutch: Prinses Amaliawindpark, or PAWP). It is to realize the requirements of the Monitoring and Evaluation Program, which is part of the Wbr-permit of the wind farm. The objective is to determine if the wind farm f

  1. Reliability evaluation for offshore wind farms

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    Zhao, Menghua; Blåbjerg, Frede; Chen, Zhe

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, a new reliability index - Loss Of Generation Ratio Probability (LOGRP) is proposed for evaluating the reliability of an electrical system for offshore wind farms, which emphasizes the design of wind farms rather than the adequacy for specific load demand. A practical method...... to calculate LOGRP of offshore wind farms is proposed and evaluated....

  2. Farm Children's Work in the Family.

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    Light, Harriett K.; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Examined farm children's work contribution to the household and farming operation, as reported by their mothers (N=263). Results showed that children began working at a very early age, and continued through adolescence. All adolescents between the ages of 13 and 19 years helped with farm chores; fewer helped with household chores. (Author)

  3. Credit Risk Migration Analysis of Illinois Farm Business: Possible Impacts of Farm Business Cycle

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    Zhang, Tianwei; Katchova, Ani L.

    2005-01-01

    This study uses the cohort approach to estimate the credit risk migration probability of farm business. Using data from the Farm Business and Farm Management, this study rates the credit risk into 10 risk levels plus a default level, defines a farm business cycle with peak, normal and trough periods and evaluates the effect on farm financial performance of the farm business booms and slumps. The results show that the farms with low credit risk are more likely to stay in the same risk level bu...

  4. Assessing the sustainability of EU dairy farms with different management systems and husbandry practices

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    Leach, Katharine; Gerrard, Catherine; Kudahl, Anne Margrethe Braad;

    on farm management practices collected in face to face interviews with farmers were entered and the tool then calculated a composite score for each of 11 separate “spurs” or dimensions contributing to sustainability. The results can be used to stimulate discussion between farmers and point to areas where......The EU funded SOLID project supports research which will contribute to the competitiveness of organic and low input dairy systems, and increase their sustainability. There are many aspects of the sustainability of dairy farms, relating to economic, environmental and social dimensions, and methods...... of animal husbandry can affect all of these. A UK spreadsheet based tool for rapid assessment of the whole farm was adapted for application on a range of organic and low input dairy farms across the EU. This tool was used to assess approximately ten organic dairy farms in each of four EU countries. Data...

  5. Assessing the sustainability of EU dairy farms with different management systems and husbandry practices

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    Leach, Katharine; Gerrard, Catherine; Kudahl, Anne Margrethe Braad;

    . Data on farm management practices collected in face to face interviews with farmers were entered and the tool then calculated a composite score for each of 11 separate “spurs” or dimensions contributing to sustainability. The results can be used to stimulate discussion between farmers and point to......The EU funded SOLID project supports research which will contribute to the competitiveness of organic and low input dairy systems, and increase their sustainability. There are many aspects of the sustainability of dairy farms, relating to economic, environmental and social dimensions, and methods...... of animal husbandry can affect all of these. A UK spreadsheet based tool for rapid assessment of the whole farm was adapted for application on a range of organic and low input dairy farms across the EU. This tool was used to assess approximately ten organic dairy farms in each of four EU countries...

  6. Empirical Analysis of Farm Credit Risk under the Structure Model

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    Yan, Yan

    2009-01-01

    The study measures farm credit risk by using farm records collected by Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) during the period 1995-2004. The study addresses the following questions: (1) whether farm's financial position is fully described by the structure model, (2) what are the determinants of farm capital structure under the structure model, (3)…

  7. 12 CFR 619.9140 - Farm Credit bank(s).

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Farm Credit bank(s). 619.9140 Section 619.9140 Banks and Banking FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION FARM CREDIT SYSTEM DEFINITIONS § 619.9140 Farm Credit bank(s). Except as otherwise defined, the term Farm Credit bank(s) includes Farm Credit...

  8. Farm work-related injury among middle school students in rural China.

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    Postel, M W; Jaung, M S; Chen, G; Yu, S; Stallones, L; Xiang, H

    2009-04-01

    Farm work-related injuries are considered an important issue facing rural area adolescents. However, little research has been done in developing countries, including China. This study evaluated agricultural work-related injuries among Chinese middle school adolescents, focusing on the potential association between farm work hours, sleep patterns, school-related stress, and farm work-related injuries. This cross-sectional study surveyed 1,551 middle school students in Hunan Province who reported working on farms. The surveys assessed their involvement in farm work, sleep patterns, school activities, and farm work-related injuries during a three-month recall period. The cumulative incidence of farm work-related injury was 15.6% among the 1187 students who reported working on a farm. Average days per month farming, number of pesticide applications per month, sleep disturbances, and school-related stress were significantly associated with farm work-related injuries (p sleep disturbance (less than 7 hours of sleep: OR = 2.36, 95% CI = 1.07-5.22; awakening at night and having trouble falling back to sleep: OR = 2.70, 95% CI = 1.36-5.37; having nightmares: OR = 2.24, 95% CI = 1.18-4.24) and school-related stress (difficult homework: OR = 2.45, 95% CI = 1.21-4.99; extra homework assigned often by parents: OR = 3.62, 95% CI = 1.88-6.97; and scolded/chastised by parents for poor school performance: OR = 2.53, 95% CI = 1.75-3.65) were statistically significant risk factors for farm work-related injuries (p < 0.05). PMID:19496342

  9. Whole Farm Management to Reduce Nutrient Losses From Dairy Farms: A Simulation Study

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    Rotz, C.A.; Oenema, J.; Keulen, van, S.

    2006-01-01

    Whole-farm simulation provides a tool for evaluating long-term impacts of nutrient conservation technologies and strategies on dairy farms. A farm simulation model was verified to predict the production and nutrient flows of the De Marke experimental dairy farm in the Netherlands. On this farm, technologies such as a low ammonia emission barn floor, enclosed manure storage, manure injection into the soil, and intraseeding of a grass cover crop on corn land were used to reduce nitrogen loss an...

  10. FARM-LEVEL DETERMINANTS OF CONVERSION TO SUSTAINABLE FARMING PRACTICES IN THE NEW MEMBERS STATES

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    Cristoiu, Adriana; Cobos, Blanca Lucena; Caceres-Clavero, Francisco

    2007-01-01

    A field survey carried out in 2005 in the Czech Republic and Lithuania to investigate the determinants of converting to organic farming reveals that farmer's own belief and the intrinsic characteristics of the farm increase the likelihood of conversion. If the process of certification as an organic farm implies important changes of the structure of the farm, it lowers the propensity of farmers to consider the conversion to organic. When considering the case of family farms, results of a logit...

  11. Utilization of Natural Farm Resources for Promoting High Energy Efficiency in Low-Input Organic Farming

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    Veronica Arthurson; Lotta Jäderlund

    2011-01-01

    Both organic and conventional farming processes require energy input in the form of diesel fuel for farming equipment, animal feed, and fertilizer compounds. The most significant difference between the two methods is the use in conventional farming of mineral fertilizers and pesticides that are minimally employed in organic management. It is argued that organic farming is more environmentally friendly, given that synthetic fertilizers mainly used at conventional farms are replaced with animal...

  12. To what extent does organic farming rely on nutrient inflows from conventional farming?

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    Nowak, Benjamin; Nesme, Thomas; David, Christophe; Pellerin, Sylvain

    2013-01-01

    Organic farming is increasingly recognized as a prototype for sustainable agriculture. Its guidelines ban the use of artificial fertilizers. However, organic farms may import nutrients from conventional farming through material exchanges. In this study, we aimed at estimating the magnitude of these flows through the quantification of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium inflows from conventional farming to organic farming. Material inflows and outflows were collected for two cropping years on 6...

  13. Unconfined Aquifer Permeability near hand-dug Wells in the Coastal and Interior dryland of the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile Permeabilidad de Acuíferos No-Confinados cerca de Pozos Norias en el Secano Costero e Interior, Región del Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, Chile

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    David E Rupp

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available In the dryland of the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region in Chile, most farmers rely on wide and shallow hand-dug wells as their primary source of water during the dry summer. Few of these wells have sufficient yield for more than domestic use (human consumption, livestock, and irrigation of a subsistence garden. To more accurately assess available groundwater resources, saturated hydraulic conductivity (K of aquifers in the eight counties that comprise this region’s dryland was estimated using evacuation and recovery tests in 353 hand-dug wells. K followed a log-normal distribution and ranged over nearly five orders of magnitude. County median K varied by a factor of 5 and a slight increasing K trend in the southward direction. In one northern county, less than 4% of the sites had K > 4 m d-1. In the t two southernmost counties, approximately one-quarter of the K values exceeded 4 m d-1. This is approximately the minimum K required for a typical well (1 m diameter and 3 m depth below the water table to yield 1 L s-1 of water, which is roughly the yield required to irrigate 1 ha. Aquifers located where parent material was predominantly intrusive granite had slightly higher and statistically significant K than those formed predominantly of metamorphic and sedimentary rock. A semi-variogram of K provided weak evidence of a characteristic length scale of approximately 4 km.La mayoría de los agricultores del secano de la Región del Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins depende de pozos noria, constituyendo su principal fuente de agua durante el verano. Pocos pozos tienen rendimiento suficiente para un uso mayor que el doméstico (consumo humano, ganadería y riego. A fin de evaluar con mayor precisión los recursos hídricos subterráneos disponibles, mediante pruebas de bombeo-recuperación se estimó la conductividad hidráulica saturada (K de los acuíferos en 353 pozos distribuidos en ocho comunas del área. K siguió una

  14. Modelo de estabilidad de asfáltenos como herramienta para predecir el daño de formación en pozos productores de petróleo con alto contenido de CH4, CO2 o N2

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    Herrera Pérez, Cristian David

    2015-01-01

    Resumen: En este proyecto se presenta una metodología y un modelo computacional para la predicción del daño de formación por depositación de asfáltenos en pozos productores con alto contenido de CH4, CO2 o N2. El modelo de predicción realiza una corrección a la cantidad de asfáltenos solubles en el fluido y predice la concentración de asfáltenos precipitados. El modelo se aplica sobre veinticuatro (24) campos colombianos productores de crudo con problemas de precipitación de asfáltenos, se id...

  15. Chicken farming in grassland increases environmental sustainability and economic efficiency.

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    Meizhen Liu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Grassland degradation caused by overgrazing poses a threat to both animal husbandry and environmental sustainability in most semi-arid areas especially north China. Although the Chinese Government has made huge efforts to restore degraded grasslands, a considerable attempt has unfortunately failed due to an inadequate consideration of economic benefits to local communities. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A controlled field experiment was conducted to test our hypothesis that utilizing natural grasslands as both habitat and feed resources for chickens and replacing the traditional husbandry system with chicken farming would increase environmental sustainability and raise income. Aboveground plant biomass elevated from 25 g m(-2 for grazing sheep to 84 g m(-2 for chicken farming. In contrast to the fenced (unstocked grassland, chicken farming did not significantly decrease aboveground plant biomass, but did increase the root biomass by 60% (p<0.01. Compared with traditional sheep grazing, chicken farming significantly improved soil surface water content (0-10 cm, from 5% to 15%. Chicken farming did not affect the soil bulk density, while the traditional sheep grazing increased the soil bulk density in the 0-10 cm soil layer by 35% of the control (p<0.05. Most importantly, the economic income of local herdsmen has been raised about six times compared with the traditional practice of raising sheep. Ecologically, such an innovative solution allowed large degraded grasslands to naturally regenerate. Grasslands also provided a high quality organic poultry product which could be marketed in big cities. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Chicken farming is an innovative alternative strategy for increasing environmental sustainability and economic income, rather than a challenge to the traditional nomadic pastoral system. Our approach might be technically applicable to other large degraded grasslands of the world, especially in China.

  16. Simulation and Optimization of Wind Farm Controllers

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    Soerensen, Poul; Hansen, Anca D.; Thomsen, Kenneth;

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes the development of wind farm controllers for different types of wind farms. The overall aim of the wind farm controllers is to enable the wind farms to contribute to the control of voltage and frequency in the power system. Still, the controllers should meet the conventional...... aims of wind turbine controllers, which are first of all to maximise the production and to minimize the structural loads and lifetime consumption on the wind turbine components. To meet these aims, the idea is that the wind farm controllers use wind speed predictions....

  17. Farming for Health: Aspects from Germany

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    Neuberger, Konrad; Stephan, Ingrid; Hermanowski, Robert; Flake, Albrecht; Post, Franz-Joseph; Elsen, Thomas van

    2006-01-01

    Until now, the term ‘Farming for Health’ is unknown in Germany but it would cover a wide spectrum of different kinds of social agriculture already existing in Germany, such as farms that integrate disabled people or drug therapy into their farming system, or farms that integrate children, pupils or older people. Relevant work in Germany is done in ‘Sheltered Workshops’, where supporting and healing powers of farming and gardening are used for disabled people with a diversity of work possibili...

  18. 集装箱建筑在都市农庄中的应用与探索--以昆明金殿后山枫叶谷都市农庄集装箱建筑为例%Application and Exploration of Container Building in Urban Farm:Take Kunming Maple Valley Urban Farm Container Building as the Case

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    张濒予; 翟辉

    2016-01-01

    集装箱建筑在世界范围内大量的兴起使其被作为一个常规建筑学的分支。以昆明枫叶谷都市农庄集装箱建筑设计为依托,探讨用集装箱作为建筑主要材料时与一般性材料的优势的比较,并浅析集装箱建筑存在的价值及实践总结,为都市农庄中建筑设计的创作提供思路和启发。%The rise of a large number of container buildings in the world makes it become a regular branch of architecture. Based on Kunming Maple Valley Urban Farm container architectural design, this paper explores the advantages of using containers as the main building material compared to general material, and analyzes the value of container construction and the practice summary, which provides inspiration for architectural design of urban farm.

  19. Application and Exploration of Container Building in Urban Farm:Take Kunming Maple Valley Urban Farm Container Building as the Case%集装箱建筑在都市农庄中的应用与探索--以昆明金殿后山枫叶谷都市农庄集装箱建筑为例

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    张濒予; 翟辉

    2016-01-01

    The rise of a large number of container buildings in the world makes it become a regular branch of architecture. Based on Kunming Maple Valley Urban Farm container architectural design, this paper explores the advantages of using containers as the main building material compared to general material, and analyzes the value of container construction and the practice summary, which provides inspiration for architectural design of urban farm.%集装箱建筑在世界范围内大量的兴起使其被作为一个常规建筑学的分支。以昆明枫叶谷都市农庄集装箱建筑设计为依托,探讨用集装箱作为建筑主要材料时与一般性材料的优势的比较,并浅析集装箱建筑存在的价值及实践总结,为都市农庄中建筑设计的创作提供思路和启发。

  20. Stability analysis of offshore wind farm and marine current farm

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    Shawon, Mohammad Hasanuzzaman

    Renewable energy has been playing an important role to meet power demand and 'Green Energy' market is getting bigger platform all over the world in the last few years. Due to massive increase in the prices of fossil fuels along with global warming issues, energy harvesting from renewable energy sources has received considerable interest, nowadays, where extensive researches are going on to ensure optimum use of renewable sources. In order to meet the increasing demand of electricity and power, integration of renewable energy is getting highest priorities around the world. Wind is one of the most top growing renewable energy resources and wind power market penetration is expected to reach 3.35 percent by 2013 from its present market of about 240 GW. A wind energy system is the most environmental friendly, cost effective and safe among all renewable energy resources available. Another promising form of renewable energy is ocean energy which covers 70 % of the earth. Ocean energy can be tapped from waves, tides and thermal elements. Offshore Wind farm (OWF) has already become very popular for large scale wind power integration with the onshore grid. Recently, marine current farm (MCF) is also showing good potential to become mainstream energy sources and already successfully commissioned in United Kingdom. However, squirrel cage induction generator (SCIG) has the stability problem similar to synchronous generator especially during fault location to restore the electromagnetic torque. Series dynamic braking resistor (SDBR) has been known as a useful mean to stabilize fixed speed wind generator system. On the other hand, doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) has the capability of coupling the control of active and reactive power and to provide necessary reactive power demand during grid fault conditions. Series dynamic braking resistor (SDBR) can also be employed with DFIG to limit the rotor over current. An integration of wind and tidal energy represents a new

  1. Assessing a bioremediation strategy in a shallow coastal system affected by a fish farm culture--application of GIS and shellfish dynamic models in the Rio San Pedro, SW Spain.

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    Silva, C; Yáñez, E; Martín-Díaz, M L; DelValls, T A

    2012-04-01

    An integrated multi-trophic aquaculture assessment for Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) aquaculture as a bioremediation strategy in areas impacted by fish farm effluents in Rio San Pedro was assessed by combining geographic information system with carrying capacity models. Sites of 0.44 km(2) were evaluated considering constraints; physical factors, growth and survival factors, environmental quality factors, water and sediment quality criteria, factor suitability ranges, and Multi-Criteria Evaluation. Isleta and Flamenco are promising sites for oyster production, and Dorada is of marginal interest. Carbon and nitrogen removal from the water by algae and through detritus filtration was estimated. The biodeposition of organic material from longline leases was found to have little negative impact on sediment. The eutrophication results indicate that phytoplankton removal had a positive impact on water quality at the Dorada. This case study quantified the direct profitability and bioremediative environmental service advantages that fish-shellfish farms can have relative to fish monocultures. PMID:22310375

  2. Power Performance Verification of a Wind Farm Using the Friedman’s Test

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    Wilmar Hernandez

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a method of verification of the power performance of a wind farm is presented. This method is based on the Friedman’s test, which is a nonparametric statistical inference technique, and it uses the information that is collected by the SCADA system from the sensors embedded in the wind turbines in order to carry out the power performance verification of a wind farm. Here, the guaranteed power curve of the wind turbines is used as one more wind turbine of the wind farm under assessment, and a multiple comparison method is used to investigate differences between pairs of wind turbines with respect to their power performance. The proposed method says whether the power performance of the specific wind farm under assessment differs significantly from what would be expected, and it also allows wind farm owners to know whether their wind farm has either a perfect power performance or an acceptable power performance. Finally, the power performance verification of an actual wind farm is carried out. The results of the application of the proposed method showed that the power performance of the specific wind farm under assessment was acceptable.

  3. The Economic Feasibility of Conventional and Organic Farm Production in Slovenia

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    Karmen Pažek

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the research was the comparison of economic feasibility of most common conventional and organic farm production in Slovenia. The methodology of an integrated deterministic technologic-economic simulation system KARSIM 1.0 (DSM application for cost analysis and decision-making support on farms is described in this article. The direct simulation model result is an individual conventional or organic farm product enterprise budget. The DSM consists of 148 deterministic production simulation models that enable different types of costs and financial feasibility calculations for conventional and organic production and food processing. The developed simulation model enables economical evaluation of some most important economic parameters (breakeven price, breakeven yield, financial result, total revenue and coefficient of economics. In conventional farming system the most suitable farm product is potato (Ke = 1.52, followed by milk and maize production (Ke = 1.10, wheat production (Ke = 1.06 and suckling cows production (Ke = 1.02. The husked spelt production is in conventional farming system economically infeasible (Ke= 0.82. In organic farming system the most feasible farm product is husked spelt (Ke = 1.56, followed by potato (Ke = 1.15, milk (Ke = 1.04 and suckling cows production (Ke = 1.03. Maize (Ke = 0.90 and wheat production (Ke = 0.83 are economically infeasible.

  4. Power Performance Verification of a Wind Farm Using the Friedman's Test.

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    Hernandez, Wilmar; López-Presa, José Luis; Maldonado-Correa, Jorge L

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a method of verification of the power performance of a wind farm is presented. This method is based on the Friedman's test, which is a nonparametric statistical inference technique, and it uses the information that is collected by the SCADA system from the sensors embedded in the wind turbines in order to carry out the power performance verification of a wind farm. Here, the guaranteed power curve of the wind turbines is used as one more wind turbine of the wind farm under assessment, and a multiple comparison method is used to investigate differences between pairs of wind turbines with respect to their power performance. The proposed method says whether the power performance of the specific wind farm under assessment differs significantly from what would be expected, and it also allows wind farm owners to know whether their wind farm has either a perfect power performance or an acceptable power performance. Finally, the power performance verification of an actual wind farm is carried out. The results of the application of the proposed method showed that the power performance of the specific wind farm under assessment was acceptable. PMID:27271628

  5. Power Performance Verification of a Wind Farm Using the Friedman’s Test

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    Hernandez, Wilmar; López-Presa, José Luis; Maldonado-Correa, Jorge L.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a method of verification of the power performance of a wind farm is presented. This method is based on the Friedman’s test, which is a nonparametric statistical inference technique, and it uses the information that is collected by the SCADA system from the sensors embedded in the wind turbines in order to carry out the power performance verification of a wind farm. Here, the guaranteed power curve of the wind turbines is used as one more wind turbine of the wind farm under assessment, and a multiple comparison method is used to investigate differences between pairs of wind turbines with respect to their power performance. The proposed method says whether the power performance of the specific wind farm under assessment differs significantly from what would be expected, and it also allows wind farm owners to know whether their wind farm has either a perfect power performance or an acceptable power performance. Finally, the power performance verification of an actual wind farm is carried out. The results of the application of the proposed method showed that the power performance of the specific wind farm under assessment was acceptable. PMID:27271628

  6. Peningkatan Produktivitas Domba pada Skala Peternakan Rakyat Melalui Pemberian Hormon Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotrophin (IMPROVEMENT OF SMALL HOLDER FARMS SHEEP PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF PREGNANT MARE SERUM GONADOTROPHIN)

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    Andriyanto; Wasmen Manalu

    2013-01-01

    The administration of Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotrophin (PMSG) hormone to stimulate superovulation has been proven to improved fetal prenatal growth, birth weight, mammary gland growth anddevelopment, milk production, litter size, as well as pre and post weaning growth. This study was conductedto apply the administration of PMSG hormone technology in small-holder farms. One hundred ewes weredivided into two groups. Group I (control: 50 ewes) ewes without administration of PMSG and Group 2(tre...

  7. Aplicação do sistema de análise de perigos e pontos críticos de controle em propriedade leiteira tipo A Application of hazard analysis and critical control points system in a grade A dairy farm

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    Andrezza Alves Spexoto

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available O sistema de análise de perigos e pontos críticos de controle (APPCC constitui um importante método preventivo empregado na linha de produção de alimentos, tendo sido aplicado com sucesso em propriedades leiteiras para o controle de agentes patogênicos e de resíduos de medicamentos. Este trabalho objetivou avaliar a eficiência e os principais problemas relacionados à aplicação do sistema APPCC em uma propriedade produtora de leite tipo A, com vistas ao controle dos níveis de células somáticas (CS e da carga microbiana no leite do rebanho, bem como do resultado do exame California Mastitis Test (CMT obtido individualmente nos animais. Após a aplicação do sistema, não houve alterações na contagem média de CS no leite e no percentual de casos de mastite, porém, observou-se uma diminuição (P0,05 antes e após a aplicação do sistema. Entretanto, os valores de coliformes fecais no leite foram reduzidos (PThe hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP system is an important preventive method used in food production process, having been applied successfully in dairy farms for the control of pathogenic organisms and veterinary drug residues. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the efficiency and the main problems related to the application of HACCP system in a grade A dairy farm, to control the levels of bulked milk somatic cell counts (SCC and microbial load, as well as the individual CMT - California Mastitis Test. The average SCC in bulked milk and the percentage of mastitis (as estimated by the CMT were not affected after the system application. However, a reduction (P0.05 before and after the application of HACCP. However, fecal coliforms values decreased (P<0.05 in milk, hence indicating the system efficiency for the improvement of sanitary conditions of milk. The importance of both farm owner and staff commitment as an essential factor for the success of HACCP system in dairy farms is stressed.

  8. Key Succes Factors for Organic Farming Development

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    Muhammad Ali Ramdhani

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to determine the weight from determinant factors in developing organic farming in Garut District, West Java, Indonesia. Determinant factor in the research are determined based on judgment from the respondent. Determinant factors in developing farming are classified by some aspects such as technology, social and politic, economic and environment. The weight of each factor is counted by using weight method based on Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP Model. The result of synthesis shows that respondents prefer organic farming method than conventional method. However, to implement organic farming extensively needs program or policy support from stakeholders on sub-criteria who tend to make organic farming better. The programs including orientation on quantity improvement in organic farming yield, provision of equipments, and raw materials, farmer’s performance, financial support, provision of market, and decreasing organic farming business risk.

  9. 76 FR 72697 - Heritage Garden Wind Farm I, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing...

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    2011-11-25

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office ] DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Heritage Garden Wind Farm I, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial... notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Heritage Garden Wind Farm I, LLC's application for...

  10. 75 FR 27339 - Blackstone Wind Farm II, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2010-05-14

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Blackstone Wind Farm II, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based... notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Blackstone Wind Farm, LLCs application for market-based...

  11. 77 FR 20380 - Wildcat Wind Farm I, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2012-04-04

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Wildcat Wind Farm I, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate...-referenced proceeding of Wildcat Wind Farm I, LLC's application for market-based rate authority, with...

  12. 76 FR 10581 - Pioneer Trail Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2011-02-25

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Pioneer Trail Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based... above-referenced proceeding of Pioneer Trail Wind Farm, LLC's application for market-based...

  13. 75 FR 71426 - Blue Creek Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2010-11-23

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Blue Creek Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based... supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding, of Blue Creek Wind Farm, LLC's application for...

  14. 75 FR 63466 - Flat Water Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2010-10-15

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Flat Water Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based... supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Flat Water Wind Farm, LLC's application for...

  15. 75 FR 26747 - Meadow Lake Wind Farm IV LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2010-05-12

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Meadow Lake Wind Farm IV LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based... notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Meadow Lake Wind Farm IV LLC's application for...

  16. 76 FR 23580 - Dempsey Ridge Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2011-04-27

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Dempsey Ridge Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based... above-referenced proceeding of Dempsey Ridge Wind Farm, LLC's application for market-based...

  17. 77 FR 62509 - Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2012-10-15

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market- Based Rate...-referenced proceeding, of Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC's application for market-based rate authority, with...

  18. 76 FR 10581 - Settlers Trail Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2011-02-25

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Settlers Trail Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based... above-referenced proceeding of Settlers Trail Wind Farm, LLC's application for market-based...

  19. 76 FR 11774 - Paulding Wind Farm II LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2011-03-03

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Paulding Wind Farm II LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based... above-referenced proceeding of Paulding Wind Farm II LLC's application for market-based rate...

  20. 77 FR 36529 - Patton Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request...

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    2012-06-19

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Patton Wind Farm, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market- Based Rate...-referenced proceeding of Patton Wind Farm, LLC's application for market-based rate authority, with...

  1. 75 FR 26747 - Meadow Lake Wind Farm III LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes...

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    2010-05-12

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Meadow Lake Wind Farm III LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based... notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Meadow Lake Wind Farm III LLC's application for...

  2. Tank farms hazards assessment

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    Hanford contractors are writing new facility specific emergency procedures in response to new and revised US Department of Energy (DOE) Orders on emergency preparedness. Emergency procedures are required for each Hanford facility that has the potential to exceed the criteria for the lowest level emergency, an Alert. The set includes: (1) a facility specific procedure on Recognition and Classification of Emergencies, (2) area procedures on Initial Emergency Response and, (3) an area procedure on Protective Action Guidance. The first steps in developing these procedures are to identify the hazards at each facility, identify the conditions that could release the hazardous material, and calculate the consequences of the releases. These steps are called a Hazards Assessment. The final product is a document that is similar in some respects to a Safety Analysis Report (SAR). The document could br produced in a month for a simple facility but could take much longer for a complex facility. Hanford has both types of facilities. A strategy has been adopted to permit completion of the first version of the new emergency procedures before all the facility hazards Assessments are complete. The procedures will initially be based on input from a task group for each facility. This strategy will but improved emergency procedures in place sooner and therefore enhance Hanford emergency preparedness. The purpose of this document is to summarize the applicable information contained within the Waste Tank Facility ''Interim Safety Basis Document, WHC-SD-WM-ISB-001'' as a resource, since the SARs covering Waste Tank Operations are not current in all cases. This hazards assessment serves to collect, organize, document and present the information utilized during the determination process

  3. Branchburg Solar Farm and Carport

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    Gregory, John [Township of Branchburg, NJ (United States)

    2013-10-23

    To meet the goal of becoming a model of green, clean, and efficient consumer of energy, the Township of Branchburg will install of a 250kw solar farm to provide energy for the Township of Branchburg Municipal Building, a 50kw Solar carport to provide power to the Municipal Annex, purchase 3 plug in hybrid-electric vehicles, and install 3 dual-head charging stations.

  4. Farm Tourism and Spatial Competition

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    Andersson, Hans; Hoffmann, Ruben

    2008-01-01

    Changes in EU agricultural policies towards an increased focus on rural development issues raise questions regarding the economic impact of local and regional spatial competition. Farmers are typically price takers in the traditional markets for the major agricultural products. This is, however, not necessarily the case for “new enterprises” active in local and regional markets. This paper examines local/regional spatial competition for farm tourism. A spatial econometrics framework is applie...

  5. Financial analysis of selected farm

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    Maxová, Jana

    2014-01-01

    This thesis deals with financial analysis of selected farm and ZAS Bečváry in the years 2006 - 2010. The first part describes the theoretical aim, targets , workflow and methodology , and includes literature review , which describes the specific methods of financial analysis and are listed here rehearsed issues primary sources from which it was drawn. The second part presents the analyzed company, and subsequently performed financial analysis of the company using the selected methods. As a so...

  6. Game from Farm to Table

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    ... Forms Skip Navigation Z7_0Q0619C0JGR010IFST1G5B10H1 Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) Actions ${title} Loading... Warning No content found ... farm-to-table‭ Z7_0Q0619C0JGR010IFST1G5B10H3 Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) Actions ${title} Loading... Warning No content found ...

  7. Infection through the farm gate

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    Nöremark, Maria

    2010-01-01

    This thesis is based on studies of movements of livestock, on-farm biosecurity and disease awareness among farmers in Sweden; factors which can affect the spread of contagious livestock diseases. The structure of the cattle and pig movements were analysed using data obtained from the Swedish Board of Agriculture. Most movements were within 100 km, however, there were also long distance movements up to 1200 km for cattle and 1000 km for pigs. This supports an initial total standstill in case o...

  8. Farm Business Planning in Kazakhstan

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    Marsh, Dan

    1999-01-01

    The agriculture sector in Kazakhstan has undergone rapid change over the last ten years. In the first stage state owned and collective farms were transformed into producer cooperatives owned by their former employees. Central provision of essential inputs was rapidly withdrawn while product prices were initially held down to protect urban consumers. Faced by rising input prices, escalating tax demands and disappearing product markets the cooperatives sold much of their livestock and built up ...

  9. Energy use in organic farming

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    Smith, L G; A. G. Williams; Pearce, B.D.

    2014-01-01

    Limited fossil fuel reserves, growing populations and rising input prices highlight the importance of increasing the efficiency of food production systems and reducing GHG emissions. GHG emissions from fossil fuel use in agriculture are important along with the production of CH4 and N2O. In this context, organic agriculture has developed with an emphasis on resource use efficiency. The relative energy efficiencies of organic and non-organic farming were compared through a review of 50 studie...

  10. Ancillary Services from Wind Farms

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    Meeting the EU objectives of sustainable energy supply in the near future involves a dramatic increase of the electricity demand covered by variable renewable sources, among which wind power holds an important role. This important role comes together with ever increasing requirements of wind powe...... plants ability of delivering ancillary services to the power system. The presentation attempts at giving an overview of the present (and future) research on the ability of large (offshore) wind farms to provide power system services....

  11. Floating VAWT wind farm concepts

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    Schmidt Paulsen, Uwe; Friis Pedersen, Troels; Vita, Luca

    2008-01-01

    The report contains proposals and descriptions of VAWTs of 200kW, 1MW, 5MW and 25MW sizes in terms of dimensions, weights, loads, and power production. Additionally a proposal of the use of each of these sizes in a concept description for a 100MW wind farm. Manufacture, transportation, installation, maintenance and operation of VAWTs are considered briefly. A summary on advantages and disadvantages of floating VAWTs is given.

  12. Simulating the Distribution of Individual Livestock Farms and Their Populations in the United States: An Example Using Domestic Swine (Sus scrofa domesticus) Farms.

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    Burdett, Christopher L; Kraus, Brian R; Garza, Sarah J; Miller, Ryan S; Bjork, Kathe E

    2015-01-01

    Livestock distribution in the United States (U.S.) can only be mapped at a county-level or worse resolution. We developed a spatial microsimulation model called the Farm Location and Agricultural Production Simulator (FLAPS) that simulated the distribution and populations of individual livestock farms throughout the conterminous U.S. Using domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus) as an example species, we customized iterative proportional-fitting algorithms for the hierarchical structure of the U.S. Census of Agriculture and imputed unpublished state- or county-level livestock population totals that were redacted to ensure confidentiality. We used a weighted sampling design to collect data on the presence and absence of farms and used them to develop a national-scale distribution model that predicted the distribution of individual farms at a 100 m resolution. We implemented microsimulation algorithms that simulated the populations and locations of individual farms using output from our imputed Census of Agriculture dataset and distribution model. Approximately 19% of county-level pig population totals were unpublished in the 2012 Census of Agriculture and needed to be imputed. Using aerial photography, we confirmed the presence or absence of livestock farms at 10,238 locations and found livestock farms were correlated with open areas, cropland, and roads, and also areas with cooler temperatures and gentler topography. The distribution of swine farms was highly variable, but cross-validation of our distribution model produced an area under the receiver-operating characteristics curve value of 0.78, which indicated good predictive performance. Verification analyses showed FLAPS accurately imputed and simulated Census of Agriculture data based on absolute percent difference values of farm-to-county scale. Our output data have many applications for risk management of agricultural systems including epidemiological studies, food safety, biosecurity issues, emergency

  13. Automatic Installation and Configuration for Large Scale Farms

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    Novák, J

    2005-01-01

    Since the early appearance of commodity hardware, the utilization of computers rose rapidly, and they became essential in all areas of life. Soon it was realized that nodes are able to work cooperatively, in order to solve new, more complex tasks. This conception got materialized in coherent aggregations of computers called farms and clusters. Collective application of nodes, being efficient and economical, was adopted in education, research and industry before long. But maintainance, especially in large scale, appeared as a problem to be resolved. New challenges needed new methods and tools. Development work has been started to build farm management applications and frameworks. In the first part of the thesis, these systems are introduced. After a general description of the matter, a comparative analysis of different approaches and tools illustrates the practical aspects of the theoretical discussion. CERN, the European Organization of Nuclear Research is the largest Particle Physics laboratory in the world....

  14. A Wind Farm Electrical Systems Evaluation with EeFarm-II

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    Jan Pierik; Urban Axelsson; Emil Eriksson; Daniel Salomonsson; Pavol Bauer; Balazs Czech

    2010-01-01

    EeFarm-II is used to evaluate 13 different electrical systems for a 200 MW wind farm with a 100 km connection to shore. The evaluation is based on component manufacturer data of 2009. AC systems are compared to systems with DC connections inside the wind farm and DC connection to shore. Two options have the best performance for this wind farm size and distance: the AC system and the system with a DC connection to shore. EeFarm-II is a user friendly computer program for wind farm electrical an...

  15. Drivers of adoption of safety innovations on Australian cotton farms.

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    Fragar, L; Temperley, J

    2011-07-01

    The Australian cotton industry has been a leader in the adoption of farm health and safety approaches in the Australian agricultural sector. In order to analyze factors associated with occupational health and safety performance, a review of available information and key stakeholder interviews were conducted A recently defined model for adoption of farm safety, emphasizing individual behavioral, environmental, community, and governmental factors, was used as the framework for the assessment. This hazard-based examination of changes describes improvements that have positively impacted health and safety. Improvements include: reduction in vehicle and on-farm traffic systems, safer irrigation systems, changes in cultivation technology, changes in pesticides and application technology, changes in harvest technology, adoption of gene technology, adoption of occupational health and safety (OHS) management systems, and government regulation. The introduction of genetically modified cotton has directly reduced potential exposure to pesticides, and it has indirectly impacted safety by, for example, reducing traffic flow on farms. This study demonstrates the considerable innovation and positive safety enhancements across the Australian cotton industry with respect to the interaction of management and production systems. These lessons should be used develop effective interventions in other agricultural industries. PMID:21919318

  16. Monitoring the on-farm welfare of sheep and goats

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    Agostino Sevi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Schemes for on-farm welfare assessment in sheep and goats are not yet available. Factors responsible for this lack of availability are discussed in the first part of this review. Requisites for reliable methods of welfare assessment to be used in sheep and goat farms are discussed, taking into account the peculiarities of the small ruminant production systems in terms of flock management and farm location. Some housing parameters related to structures, design and micro-environment are reviewed and could be included in schemes of welfare assessment on farm. Human-animal interaction, health status of the animals in terms of body condition scoring, skin and hair conditions, lameness and injuries, and management practices in relation to cleanliness, animal handling and moving, milking procedures and abnormal behaviours, are proposed as potential animal-based indicators. When available, validity, reliability and feasibility of the proposed parameters are discussed. The voluntary adhesion to welfare standards in Sardinia and the application of a scientifically validated protocol in Basilicata are reported as examples of practical experiences.

  17. Determinación del nivel de exposición a plaguicidas por consumo de agua de pozo y la relación con los posibles efectos en la salud de la población residente en la Vereda Chorrillos del sector rural de Suba / Determining the pesticides exposure by groundwater wells consumption and relationship with potential health effects in the population living in rural district Chorrillos of Suba

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    Niño Barrero, Yezid Fernando

    2010-01-01

    La falta de abastecimiento de agua potable en la vereda Chorrillos de la localidad de Suba en la Ciudad de Bogotá, ha llevado a su población al consumo de agua proveniente de los pozos perforados o excavados. En la zona se desarrollan actividades agrícolas como el cultivo de papa y flores los cuales utilizan plaguicidas para el cuidado de los cultivos. El presente trabajo tiene como objetivo establecer si las fuentes de agua para consumo humano de la vereda Chorrillos están contaminadas...

  18. Adaptive neuro-fuzzy optimization of wind farm project net profit

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    Highlights: • Analyzing of wind farm project investment. • Net present value (NPV) maximization of the wind farm project. • Adaptive neuro-fuzzy (ANFIS) optimization of the number of wind turbines to maximize NPV. • The impact of the variation in the wind farm parameters. • Adaptive neuro fuzzy application. - Abstract: A wind power plant which consists of a group of wind turbines at a specific location is also known as wind farm. To maximize the wind farm net profit, the number of turbines installed in the wind farm should be different in depend on wind farm project investment parameters. In this paper, in order to achieve the maximal net profit of a wind farm, an intelligent optimization scheme based on the adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) is applied. As the net profit measures, net present value (NPV) and interest rate of return (IRR) are used. The NPV and IRR are two of the most important criteria for project investment estimating. The general approach in determining the accept/reject/stay in different decision for a project via NPV and IRR is to treat the cash flows as known with certainty. However, even small deviations from the predetermined values may easily invalidate the decision. In the proposed model the ANFIS estimator adjusts the number of turbines installed in the wind farm, for operating at the highest net profit point. The performance of proposed optimizer is confirmed by simulation results. Some outstanding properties of this new estimator are online implementation capability, structural simplicity and its robustness against any changes in wind farm parameters. Based on the simulation results, the effectiveness of the proposed optimization strategy is verified

  19. Implementation of bioherbicides and seed treatment in organic farming

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    Kuehne, Stefan; Verschwele, Arnd; von Hoersten, Dieter; Jahn, Marga

    2005-01-01

    The paper gives an overview over the prospects and risks of the application of bioherbicides in Organic Farming and wants to support the general acceptance by the EEC Council Regulation on Organic Production of Agricultural Products. Another problem of current importance is the maintenance of seed health. Several methods of seed treatments and their practical use are described (hot water, hot air, microwave steam, radio-frequency, low energy electrons, micro-organisms and natural substances).

  20. Hierarchical Communication Network Architectures for Offshore Wind Power Farms

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    Mohamed A. Ahmed; Young-Chon Kim

    2014-01-01

    Nowadays, large-scale wind power farms (WPFs) bring new challenges for both electric systems and communication networks. Communication networks are an essential part of WPFs because they provide real-time control and monitoring of wind turbines from a remote location (local control center). However, different wind turbine applications have different requirements in terms of data volume, latency, bandwidth, QoS, etc. This paper proposes a hierarchical communication network architecture that co...