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:12/18/2019)... MEDFORD, Mass. (PRWEB) , ... December 17, 2019 ... ... Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School, Tufts ... materials that will enhance the digital learning experience of students using Macmillan Learning’s ...
(Date:12/14/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... December 11, 2019 , ... ... ingredient solutions for the food and beverage industry won the 2019 Food Ingredient ... solutions to improve the rapidly growing plant-based foods category. Fiberstar who was one ...
(Date:12/4/2019)... ... 04, 2019 , ... NDA Partners Chairman Carl Peck, ... expert with more than 20 years of experience working in the biopharmaceutical industry, ... extensive experience with a variety of biologic modalities including monoclonal antibodies, bi-specific antibodies, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/8/2020)... ... January 08, 2020 , ... Anomet ... achieve specific properties for use in harsh environments inside or outside of the ... to three metals or alloys to achieve specific properties such as corrosion-resistance, biocompatibility, ...
(Date:1/7/2020)... CA (PRWEB) , ... January 06, 2020 , ... ... Home Control, today announced its expansion into whole-home smart lighting with two new ... Dimmer Switch unlocks the ability for homeowners and homebuilders to affordably add high-end ...
(Date:12/27/2019)... ... December 27, 2019 , ... ... leak testing instruments for the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and Food Packaging Industries ... new management . Following acquisition by CLJ Holdings in February, 2019, a comprehensive ...
(Date:12/18/2019)... JUPITER, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... December 18, 2019 , ... ... episode of Advancements, hosted by Ted Danson. Check local listings for more information on ... how innovations in augmented reality are helping to simplify complex system to increase the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: