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Food Production

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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2/9/2015

Climate change, marked by more pronounced weather extremes, has prompted searches for new food crops. Such crops must be able to resist wide temperature variations and alternating periods of...

1/26/2015

When nitrogen finds its way from agricultural fields into water bodies and the atmosphere, it doesn't just degrade water quality and contribute to climate change. That lost nitrogen also isn...

1/12/2015

Runoff from agricultural fields contains nutrients that can adversely affect surface water quality, human health, and aquatic life. Nitrates from corn and soybean croplands across the Midwestern...

1/5/2015

Soil is strong yet fragile, reliable yet unstable, and resilient yet susceptible to change.

These are all especially true when humans and their need for food enter the mix. Large amounts...

1/3/2015

Even for seasoned agricultural and soil scientists, the concept of modeling can be foreign. Making models more familiar and promoting their study and practical application is the goal of Laj Ahuja...

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 ...

12/9/2014

Five years ago, François Korn was sitting in a board meeting of the Seed Biotechnology Center at the University of California, Davis (UC-Davis) when talk turned to exactly how many seed and...