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7/22/2015

How does style of tilling make a difference in crop success? The blades on a till don’t simply chop up soil and move it around. They blend dead plant material left from harvest into the soil...

7/16/2015

Peanuts are big – big business that is. According to the National Peanut Board, Americans spend about $800...

7/8/2015

Recent research (and commercials) tell us probiotic products are good for our health, with benefits ranging...

7/1/2015

As we walk along a forest path, the soil beneath our feet seems like a uniform substance. However, it is an intricate network of soil particles, pores, minerals, soil microbes, and more. It is...

6/24/2015

Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there’s only so much clean water to go around — and so the effort begins to find a solution.

Luckily for people, some...

6/17/2015

Using switchgrass to produce biofuel is one way to decrease the United States’ dependence on oil, but growing it and making it profitable can be complicated.

Switchgrass is an...

5/28/2015

In the United States, federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food grow on arable land? Recent research shows farmers...

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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