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9/14/2016

Plant scientist Ann Bybee-Finley says her first field experiment was humbling. ”I felt like a very small scientist in a very big world,” she said.

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9/7/2016

In the Southern Great Plains of the United States, plants have a lot to deal with. Long hot summers, strong winds, low rainfall, disease, and grazing animals challenge growth. Luckily, the plants...

8/31/2016

Available cropland, and the growing season, is limited. Strained soils are in need of rejuvenation. Water can be scarce. Yet the world’s...

8/24/2016

Growers always deal with precipitation amounts. Some get too much water. But for those in drought areas, scientists are working to create imaginative solutions that help the soil, have an economic...

8/10/2016

Adam Bray has spent a lot of time with kudzu bugs. “At night I would see them crawling when I closed my eyes,” he jokes.

The kudzu bug originated in east Asia and India and...

7/20/2016

Getting more for less is an attractive concept. But it isn’t that easy when it comes to producing more food on less land with fewer resources.

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7/6/2016

Imagine an agriculture field. Most are planted with row upon row of tidy cash crops. Now imagine that same field with rows of trees between the rows of crops. This forested field concept is called...

6/22/2016

Plant breeders test their experiments by growing the seeds of their labor. They cross two different plants that have desirable traits. They sow the resulting seeds and evaluate the results, hoping...

6/1/2016

Farmers growing wheat in the relatively arid Northern Plains gamble. They guess how much nitrogen fertilizer to apply to get a high-yield, high-protein harvest. But uncertainties of rainfall and...

5/11/2016

The old adage, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” only works if the “it” isn’t broken. In the case of agricultural practices in Brazil, Cristiano Magalh...