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International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics (4 papers in press)


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  • Effects of Manure Application Rates on Soil Loss and Crop Yields   Order a copy of this article
    by Taffa Tulu 
    Abstract: Application of manure is one of the cost effective and important methods of soil and water conservation for it has the capacity of improving soil chemical and physical properties to affect runoff, soil loss and crop yield. With the above point in view, a study was carried out in a region of Ethiopia with the objective of analyzing the effect of manure application rate on soil erosion and crop yield. Twenty-four experimental plots were established and eight rates of manure applications with three replicates arranged in randomised complete block design were used for the investigation. The manure application was kept uniform as much as possible. Each plot was uniformly broadcasted with wheat. The effectiveness of the manure application rate in preventing the detachment of soil particles was analyzed. Application of manure had improved soil properties reducing runoff and soil loss; and increased total biomass, straw and grain yields. The data were fitted well to the exponential model. The achieved results are useful to farmers, Extension Services and Policy Makers.
    Keywords: biomass; crop yield; exponential model; manure application rate; runoff; soil loss.

  • Planning of agricultural production in agro-energy districts of Greece   Order a copy of this article
    Abstract: This paper presents a multicriteria model for agricultural production planning in agro-energy districts. The use of crop residues to produce thermal and electric energy promotes a sustainable environment. This is the reason that the formation of agro-energy districts and the increase of biomass energy production are among the main goals of the EU programming period 2014-2020. The model has two main objectives: income maximization and maximization of biomass energy produced by the crops residues. The utility function of the multicriteria model combines the two objectives and is maximized under a set of constraints. The model is applied in two prefectures of northern Greece, Imathia and Kilkis, located in the region of Central Macedonia. The two prefectures have different characteristics in relation to the main crops cultivated in their respective crops plans. In both prefectures, the optimum production plan achieves greater income and greater biomass energy production.
    Keywords: energy districts; biomass energy; multicriteria model; farm planning.

  • Finding a State of Sustainable Wine: Implications for Sustainable Viticulture and Oenology in New Jersey, USA.   Order a copy of this article
    by Daniel Moscovici, Paul Gottlieb 
    Abstract: New Jersey is the most urbanized state in the United States, yet positioned as a sustainable wine region of the world. The methodology includes a thorough literature review of sustainable wine combined with a quantitative and qualitative survey of wineries in New Jersey. Data collected from 71% of wineries demonstrate sustainable opportunities for developing wine regions. A variety of conclusion are drawn from the research. First, farmers are generally sustainable at a small scale and employ a variety of sustainable best management practices. Second, support from the growers association and government would advance sustainability. Third, additional funding would expedite this move; many of New Jersey wines are already labelled or marketed as sustainable. By creating a certification, guidelines, or set of best management practices, New Jersey could differentiate and improve sales locally, nationally and even globally. These lessons can be applied to other developing wine regions of the world.
    Keywords: sustainability; wine; viticulture; environment; stewardship; agriculture; oenology; triple bottom line; certification; best management practices sustainable.

Special Issue on: HELORS 2017 Latest Developments and Applications of Operational Research in Food, Agriculture and the Environment

  • Potentials of biomass production in the region of Central Macedonia in Northern Greece   Order a copy of this article
    by Christina Moulogianni, Georgios Banias, Thomas Bournaris, Thomas Kotsopoulos 
    Abstract: The aim of the study is to examine the potentials of biomass production in the Region of Central Macedonia (RCM)in Northern Greece. For this reason the crop plans of the seven regional units of the RCM were analysed. The final goal is to select the optimal crop plan between the seven regional units as a pilot case for biomass production. The main indicators that were analysed are the farm income, the gross margin, the residual biomass, the variable costs, and the cogeneration of thermal and electrical energy. Alongside a technical and economic analysis of the study area was conducted for the existent crop plans of each regional unit. The main findings of the study are the biomass potential for the seven regional units of the region of Central Macedonia and the optimal crop plan for producing biomass from agricultural residues. The results show that crop plans with cereals and arable crops have better results than crop plans with fruit trees and other crops.
    Keywords: Biomass production; indicators; energy;.