HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Computer program helps farmers make decisions about pastureland

Blacksburg, Va. A team in Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is leading the development of the Pastureland Management System (PLMS), a free, practical, and portable computer-based aid program that helps livestock farmers compare different strategies for managing their land and livestock.

The system's goal is to seasonally balance forage produced on the farm and forage needed by livestock.

John Galbraith, assistant professor of crop and soil environmental sciences, said, "Unlike the real-world experience, when trying the computer model, the farmer is not forced to invest anything more than a few minutes of time to test the potential improvements to be gained from rotational grazing."

Using PLMS, a farmer can explore using intensive grazing, manipulating stocking rates, and modifying forage species to improve productivity and profit, while also benefiting the environment.

PLMS provides nearly instant feedback on how user-generated alternative grazing systems affect such critical variables as farm profit, milk production, and pounds of beef to market. It also estimates the environmental consequences of alternative plans from effects on soil erosion to influences on greenhouse-gas emissions.

A multidisciplinary team, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), ISIS Labs, LLC, and Virginia Tech, is developing PLMS.


'"/>

Contact: John Galbraith
ttcf@vt.edu
540-231-9784
Virginia Tech
15-Mar-2005


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Computer graphics spills from milk to medicine
2. Computer science professor awarded $400,000 from National Science Foundation
3. Computer model maps efficient inoculation of hospital staff in pandemic outbreak
4. Executable biology -- Computer science sheds light on animal development
5. First impressions: Computer model behaves like humans on visual categorization task
6. Computer-designed molecule to clean up fluorocarbons?
7. Computer scientists join in search for ivory-billed woodpecker
8. Computer program bridges gap between scientists, water policy makers
9. Computer tool helps pinpoint risky gene mutations
10. Computer card game detects cognitive changes
11. Computers to save unique type of American red squirrel

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/10/2019)... FAIRFAX, Va. (PRWEB) , ... January 09, 2019 , ... ... of Ottawa Heart Institute in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is also Director of ... the Department of Medicine, in the Department of Radiology, and in the Department of ...
(Date:1/8/2019)... HOUSTON (PRWEB) , ... January 07, 2019 , ... ... disposal and compliance solutions, is proud to welcome Thomas Kennedy as head of ... Jeffery Miglicco, CEO for PureWay. , Mr. Kennedy has previously worked for Johnson ...
(Date:1/5/2019)... ... January 04, 2019 , ... Join Bill Fox, ... & Life Sciences from MarkLogic – for a live webinar on ... the challenges of using real world data for pharmacovigilance, and the implications of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/13/2018)... ... December 11, 2018 , ... Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute ... detect Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a dangerous and sometimes fatal gastrointestinal infection. The ... be used onsite in doctor’s offices and nursing homes, providing results in minutes ...
(Date:12/13/2018)... , ... December 13, 2018 , ... ... now includes food (human) ingredient. This has been part of their strategic plan ... Safety Plan and certification creates custom fermentation opportunities for MDG within the $44 ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... , ... December 05, 2018 , ... The incredible life ... tribute to in the European Parliament by Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research ... Research and Innovation in Our Daily Lives, Commissioner Moedas spoke at length of Yousef’s ...
(Date:11/29/2018)... ... , ... RAGS, today announced the closing of a $1.5 million Second Seed ... investor and board member Jeremy Andrus, CEO of Traeger Grills, as well as James ... the company to accelerate its growth and expand the product line. RAGS has now ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: