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12/7/2016

The Earth’s critical zone isn’t called critical for nothing. Known as our planet’s outer skin, it is essential for human survival.

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11/30/2016

Corn farmers in Minnesota and across the northern Corn Belt often must plant in cold, damp spring soils that can slow early season growth. This can impact yield at harvest time -- and farmers...

11/2/2016

Name a current environmental challenge. Global climate change? Loss of endangered species? What about soil contamination?

Soil pollution rarely makes headlines, though it is a prevalent...

10/10/2016

There are more chickens in the United States than people in the entire world. Raising huge numbers of chickens generates large quantities of waste. This waste includes feces, feather, and bedding...

10/5/2016

In 1990, many streams in Northern Ireland were so polluted they couldn’t sustain fish. “Farmers said they were worried about their cows drinking from them,” says water scientist...

9/28/2016

North Dakota's oil boom can have a salty side-effect. Wastewater from oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is often laden with salts and can spill, contaminating...

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...