Recent Updates

  1. Torrefaction: Upgrading Biomass to "Green Coal"

    Mar 7, 2018

    Torrefaction is a thermal treatment process for biomass upgrading that occurs at a temperature range of 390 to 570 degrees Fahrenheit (200 to 300 degrees Celsius) at near atmospheric pressure, in the absence of oxygen, and at a reactor residence time of 10 to 30 minutes or longer (Medic et al., 2012). During torrefaction, water and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are removed and hemicellulose fractions of the biomass are mainly degraded, leaving cellulose and lignin with minimal degradation in the biomass (Prins et al., 2006).
  2. The Data Ownership Confusion

    Feb 9, 2018

    Digital Agriculture encompasses a wide variety of data collections that farmers, companies, and government agencies utilize to aid in decision making related to crop production and farm management. Farm data can be used to predict potential yield changes from prescribed inputs and help improve efficiency of farm operations. By using farm data to drive input management and other farm decisions, farmers can identify and quantify which productivity variables are limiting production or profit and make adjustments.
  3. Growing Garlic in the Garden

    Jan 26, 2018

    Garlic (Allium sativum) is a culinary necessity in many kitchens. Native to Central Asia, it can be easily grown and takes up very little space in the garden. Garlic is a relative of the onion, shallot, and leek. Garlic and onion can be differentiated by their leaves — garlic leaves are flat while onion leaves are round and hollow. A head of garlic is composed of individual cloves enclosed in a papery bulb cover. Each clove is actually a small bulb; that bulb is a collection of unexpanded leaves.