Collecting greenhouse gas samples from turf
February 08, 2017

Cranking up the lawn mower on a Saturday afternoon may be a child’s most dreaded chore. But little does he or she know that it also affects...

Collecting soil sample in a bottomland wetland forest, Mississippi Valley.
January 18, 2017

Huckleberry Finn wouldn’t recognize today’s lower Mississippi River. Massive walls separate the river from low-lying lands along the...

Collecting soil carbon data in field, New South Wales
January 11, 2017

The hottest months. The snowiest winters. Catastrophic floods and droughts.

Drought tolerant wheat under portable rainout shelter
December 14, 2016

In many parts of the world, lack of sufficient water makes it difficult – or impossible – to grow...

Corn rows in Minnesota test plot
November 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...

Researchers clean up edges of divided cowpea plot
September 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,...

Cowpeas, also known as black-eyed peas, growing in garden
August 31, 2016

Available cropland, and the growing season, is limited. Strained soils are in need of...

Arduino data logger in Costa Rica
July 27, 2016

Communities around the world are familiar with the devastation brought on by floods and droughts. Scientists are concerned that, in light of...

Distributed Temperature Sensing system installed near Stillwater, OK
June 08, 2016

As you read this paragraph, a NASA satellite orbits around planet Earth, gathering data on — of all things — soil moisture. Moisture...

Dry bean among rye cover crop residue
May 04, 2016

Leaving behind stubble is not ideal when shaving, but it’s a good practice to leave behind crop “stubble” after harvest....