Farming Techniques: Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is a traditional agricultural technique that involves planting different types of crops on the same piece of land in sequenced seasons.[1] Planting two different kinds of vegetables together is called intercropping, or component cropping. The goal of crop rotation and component crops is obtaining the highest yields while keeping the fertility of the […]

History of Farming: Current Day Implications & Needed Changes

Farming is a symbol of humanity’s dominance over animals and plants to provide sustenance for survival. Early Neolithic peoples practiced agriculture as early as 20,000 BC, marking perhaps one of the most critical turning points in civilization. Since then, there have been dramatic changes in the way farming is practiced, but at its core is […]

Farming Techniques: Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management is a holistic, broad-based approach for managing pests. The goal of IPM is to keep the population density of pests at the lowest possible level to prevent damage to crops without completely eradicating them. Additionally, IPM strives to maintain healthy crops without disrupting the ecosystems in agricultural land using natural pest control […]

Farming Techniques: No-Till Agriculture

No-till agriculture, also called no-till farming, zero tillage, or direct drilling, is a method of traditional agriculture that focusing on growing crops season to season without disturbing the soil by tilling. When farmers use the no-till technique, they increase the amount of water that goes into the ground, retaining and cycling organic matter and nutrients. […]

Farming 4.0 – A Revolution

Scientist estimates global population will rise from 7 billion to 9.7 billion people within the next 30 years. They also predict income increases for the average person, leading to a rise in food consumption that will increase the demand for produce by up to 50%. Traditional farming methods cannot currently meet this increasing demand, as several […]

The Global Vegetable Shortage, And How Katif Is Addressing It

Vegetables are great. They can help reduce our global carbon footprint, live healthier, and they’re delicious. But, did you know that research indicates we will face a global vegetable shortage within the next 4 years? By the year, 2050, the world population will reach about 9.7 billion people. Population growth, coupled with increased income and overall higher caloric intake requirement, […]

Aeroponics 101

Aeroponics is one of the newest methods of growing plants, and it is perfect for small spaces. Whether you’re a gardening enthusiast at home or at a large company, aeroponics is a surefire method to grow a variety of crops that are consistent in both quality and yield. Recently, NASA reported that aeroponics, especially Fogponics […]

Hydroponics 101

Hydroponics is an innovative method of farming that involves growing plants without the use of soil. It is applicable in cities, rural areas, and anywhere in between. While some setups can be quite large, smaller, personal kits are available for those who want to try their hand in growing vegetables of their own. Hydroponics is […]

Impacts of Traditional Farming on Oil

The current system for growing and supplying food to people in every country is largely dependent on fuel and transportation. This may prove inconvenient as there is no logical doubt that fossil fuels will become less affordable as this, clearly finite, resource depletes. If our current methods continue agriculture around the globe will become less […]

Impacts of Traditional Farming on Land

Agriculture is the most critical industry in the world, whether it be vegetation or livestock farming. Agriculture’s is clearly necessary to feed the ever-growing global population. However, while there is no doubt that humans need farms to produce food, the environmental toll of traditional agriculture is growing more apparent. In the 18th century, roughly 7% […]