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3/25/2014

It can be tough being a crop in the Southern Great Plains. While irrigation has transformed the area into productive agricultural land, crops growing there still face obstacles.  Low rainfall...

2/25/2014

While most agricultural scientists focus on what herbicides do within crop fields, agroecologist Franklin Egan has been looking outside the field to the impacts on wild plants. In research he did...

2/19/2014

For decades, scientists, politicians and environmentalists have been trying to put a value on the Earth’s natural resources. Once public utilities were in place, homeowners had to start...

2/10/2014

Jodi DeJong-Hughes jokes that it looks like a seven-layer cake, but the artificially layered soil she created a few years ago illustrates a serious issue for farmers: soil compaction.

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1/14/2014

The large, air-filled spaces, or “macropores,” in untilled soil often resemble the branching vessels of the human circulatory system. Taking advantage of this similarity, a team of...

10/31/2013

The Mississippi River Basin is home to much of the United States’ fertile crop land. Though we need our food and energy crops, their production has led to an increase in the levels of...

10/30/2013

Since the pesticides that managers apply to golf courses are designed to kill living organisms, it’s reasonable to suspect they could harm golfers, too. But documenting the potential health...

10/23/2013

Most people equate antibiotic resistance with the medical field. But antibiotic resistance is also in our soils. And the field of agriculture has been blamed for making this worse by using...

10/23/2013

The soil in industrial cities is often an overlooked resource. Years of manufacturing or other industrial processes can leave contaminants in the soils and scare residents away from using the land...

10/13/2013

Agriculture is one of the most insatiable consumers of dwindling water resources around the world. And food production will need to increase by about 70% over the next 35 years to meet the needs...