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Food Production

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...

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...

5/20/2015

Software developers—and even consumers—are familiar with the open-source movement. Open-source projects, like the popular Firefox web browser, are generally developed in a public,...

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...