Author: meran.bioph

Brendan Rocky. Keynote at Soil Heath Workshop, Utah Conservation Districts.

The presentation is on YouTube. Brendan is a farmer. That’s the full extent of how he introduces himself. It is also why I like listening to him – he’s doing this stuff, with his own skin in the game. The punchline of Brendan’s presentation is that he is replacing a system dominated by death with…
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REGEN AG PODCAST EP 67: JESSE FROST AND MARKET GARDENS

Jesse runs his own podcast, and while I don’t know anything about his face, he’s definitely got a voice for radio. A pleasant listen, if not a long one. He’s also got a book coming out: “The Living Soil Handbook: The No-Till Grower’s Guide to Ecological Market Gardening”, and has a website notillgrowers.com This was…
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REGEN AG PODCAST EP66: JON STIKA, AUTHOR OF “A SOIL OWNER’S MANUAL”

More of the same, but all worth hearing. The same: A gently spoken, yet clearly wise, guest. North Dakota/ Wisconsin (or maybe I’m getting confused with the guests on the Soil Sense podcast?) Soils are a biological system, not a chemical one. Too much chemistry gives plants a bad upbringing – they don’t build the…
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REGEN AG PODCAST EP65: JAY FUHER OF MENOKEN FARM

The regenerative agriculture podcast, hosted by John Kempf. Episode 65 Jay Fuher of Menoken Farm, North Dakota. A good, enjoyable, long chat this one. Not a lot of made me thing sugar beets, or was totally new, but it was another good example of people putting the thinking into practice. Things discussed but which I…
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Review: Preventing and Treating Flea Beetles and Aphids on Canola and Sugar Beets with Nutrition Management

This is my review of a publicly available recording of a webinar (without the images), available on the Kind harvest website, with hosting and presentation from John Kempf and presentation from Tom Dykstra. So easy, yet maybe so hard. HEALTHY PLANTS The punch line from this presentation is that healthy plants will naturally defend themselves…
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MEASURING AIR SPEED INSIDE OF SUGAR BEET CLAMPS – THE SET-UP.

To verify my CFD model of a sugar beet clamp, measurements of air speed inside of the clamp are desired. It’s something that I have not been able to do with a simple, post-clamp-construction method. In 2021, it is time to test a more embedded, set-up-at-harvest method. To this end, I’ve turned to do-it-yourself electronics.…
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REGEN AG PODCAST EP64. BEN TAYLOR-DAVIES (UK) AND REGEN POTATOES

The regenerative agriculture podcast, hosted by John Kempf. Episode 64 Ben Taylor-Davies from the west of the UK. If you can do regen potatoes, then regen sugar beets sounds a walk in the park. Ben Taylor-Davie, a UK farmer and advisor, states in this episode that he is doing it. Better that that, he states…
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OpenFOAM – FOURTH ATTEMPT. AIR FLOW THROUGH A SUGAR BEET CLAMP w BETTER GUESSES FOR DARCY & FORCHHEIMER

In 2003, Lope G. Tabil and three co-authors decided that they would make my 2021 life much much easier by publishing the paper Airflow Resistance of Sugarbeet. This paper reports some very useful values for the fluid dynamic properties of piles of sugar beets. I’m not sure where they saw their work going, but my…
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OpenFOAM – THIRD ATTEMPT. AIR FLOW THROUGH A SUGAR BEET CLAMP w COVER

Just a quick reminder 1st attempt: flow over a structure the shape of a clamp 2nd attempt: flow through a porous clamp This attempt: flow through a porous clamp with a less porous cover added The cover is 5cm normal to the surface. At a ca. 34 degree angle of repose, this makes the cover…
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OpenFOAM – SECOND ATTEMPT. AIR FLOW THROUGH A SUGAR BEET CLAMP

After getting familiar with OpenFOAM by building a model of airflow around a clamp, it was time to start looking in the clamp. To be honest, I’ve been waiting 2.5 years for this moment, so I was pretty keen to get a model that worked, regardless of whether it has the right parameters or not.…
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