Applying Calcium Carbide to Induce Flowering in Pineapple

Inoculation of Leguminous Crops and Trees

Drying Moringa during the Rainy Season

Congratulations to Dr. Martin Price on his Retirement!

Faba bean (Vicia faba)


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Applying Calcium Carbide to Induce Flowering in Pineapple

Brian Hilton

The solution to production gluts is to extend the season (i.e. have a harvestable product a bit earlier or later than most farmers) or to grow totally out of the normal season. Most crops are not easy to grow out of season. However, pineapple flowering is easily induced at any time of the year though the application of cheap chemicals.

Congratulations to Dr. Martin Price on his Retirement!

The end of August marked the beginning of Dr. Martin Price’s retirement.

Drying Moringa during the Rainy Season

Jonathan and Alison Nichols

Description of a village-level technology solar dryer for Moringa leaves.

Inoculation of Leguminous Crops and Trees

Lindsay Watkins

When a legume is growing in its native habitat, it is likely that the appropriate bacteria are present in the soil. If nodules are present on the roots, especially along the taproot near the crown, and if the nodules are pink or red inside, then an appropriate bacterial strain is living in the soil and actively fixing nitrogen in symbiosis with that legume (Figure 3). If not, it is necessary to inoculate with the matching bacteria. 

Faba bean (Vicia faba)

Sara Hendershot

Faba bean is one of the oldest dual-use food and fodder species. The beans are rich in minerals (calcium, phosphorus) and vitamins. Containing approximately 26% protein, 2% fat, and 50% carbohydrate, faba bean is considered in some regions to be superior to field peas or other legumes as a human food source. It is one of the most important winter crops in the Middle East.