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8/21/2014

Developing a wheat variety is an exercise in patience and diligence. No one knows this better than scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) housed in the University of Nebraska-...

7/1/2014

First isolated from chili peppers in the 1920s, the pathogen Phytophthora capsici has been plaguing the global hot pepper industry ever since. The fungus-like organism causes a root rot...

6/16/2014

Cover crops, such as red clover and rye, are proven tools for curbing fertilizer runoff and erosion from farms. “But we also know they do more,” says Colorado State University crop...

6/6/2014

The phrase “water security” is being used more often in the media these days.  But what does it mean?  How does it relate to those of us who are concerned with crop...

5/27/2014

Nitrogen gas makes up 80% of the air we breathe. Although nitrogen is an inert gas—it doesn’t react easily with other elements—it is essential to all life on earth. Chemical...

5/16/2014

A recent study published in Agronomy Journal provides information important to farmers growing oilseed crops. In...

5/12/2014

For the past 20 years, researchers have published soil organic carbon sequestration rates. Many of these findings have suggested that soil organic carbon (SOC) can be sequestered in soil, or...

5/5/2014

Farmers are used to optimizing crop production on their own lands. They do soil tests to choose the right amount of fertilizers to apply, and they sometimes plant row crops on certain fields while...

4/25/2014

When soybean was popularized in the U.S. in the 1800s, farmers eagerly embraced the legume from East Asia as a forage crop. Today, it is more commonly grown as an oilseed crop rotated with corn...

4/22/2014

Wheat, corn, and rice account for about 85% of global cereal production, and these crops contribute a majority of calories eaten around the world. Their production is vital if we are to feed a...