Author: meran.bioph

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 think “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

!!!!! THE VALUE USED FOR KINEMATIC VISCOSITY IN THE SIMULATION THAT IS DESCRIBED IN THIS POST WAS INCORRECT. THE DARCY-FORCHHEIMER COEFFICIENTS, HOWEVER, DO SEEM TO BE CORRECT. FOR AN UPDATED ON THE RESULTS IS AVAILABLE !!!!! In 2003, Lope G. Tabil and three co-authors decided that they would make my 2021 life much much easier…
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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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OpenFOAM – FIRST ATTEMPT. AIR FLOW AROUND A SUGAR BEET CLAMP

The love-hate relationship builds. The things I’m loving about OpenFOAM so far include: the price, the way it makes you understand what everything (every step, every parameter, every decision) is and means – the learning is much deeper, the way it make you understand that you’re asking the computer to do a lot of computations!…
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OpenFOAM – GETTING STARTED ON WINDOWS: THE EXPERIENCE OF A COMPUTER ILLITERATE.

It seems that anyone who is computer literate uses OpenFOAM on a Linux system. I’m not that advanced. I’m just proud (read: living in ignorance about the challenge ahead) of myself for choosing OpenFOAM as the program I’ll use in my analysis. This is my experience/ tips for getting started with the program on Windows.…
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Intercropping sugar beets

If intercropping is to break down the door in the world of sugar beets, a system that doesn’t result in yield losses is needed. Intercropping can help with controlling pest and weeds, and even in providing nutrients, but in a world that that been so successful in increasing yields, and so successful in controlling weeds…
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