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4/23/2015

When it comes to soil and water, predictability is important--but difficult.

Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring water flow through soil for years. Even the smallest...

4/7/2015

Nitrogen is a critical element to growing healthy food. It’s a nutrient that helps plants grow. It’s the elemental backbone of proteins. However, managing nitrogen levels in soils has...

3/24/2015

Radiation suddenly contaminates the land your family has farmed and lived on for generations. Can soil play a role in protecting crops and human health?

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3/9/2015

The timeless struggle against weeds is especially tough for organic farmers, who avoid using highly concentrated herbicides in favor of chemical-free methods like hand-pulling, soil tillage, and...

2/23/2015

Recent research in Mexico suggests rotating the use of a local cover crop can improve soil fertility and yields of maize (corn) harvests.

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12/29/2014

There’s nothing more disappointing than discovering that your carefully stored corn harvest has been gnawed apart by insects. After harvest, corn (or maize as it’s called in much of...

12/22/2014

Recent research has found ways to produce soybean seeds that have improved yields under drought conditions. A group of researchers published ...

10/15/2014

In 1944, the year Bir Bahadur (B.B.) Singh was born in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, Indian agriculture was in shambles. During nearly 200 years of British rule, the country’s...

9/22/2014

Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields. That’s one important conclusion of a...

8/21/2014

Developing a wheat variety is an exercise in patience and diligence. No one knows this better than scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) housed in the University of Nebraska-...