Environment


Biochar formerly used to cover manure
August 09, 2017

Manure is a reality in raising farm animals. Manure can be a useful fertilizer, returning valued nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to the soil...

Soil testing in claypay soils, Missouri
July 26, 2017

All soils are not equal. Rich loams support the world’s most productive agricultural regions, including swaths of the American Midwest. But...

July 12, 2017

Are you a farmer who wants to keep better track of the climate conditions around you? There’s an app for that.

Strip till field with triticale
July 05, 2017

Farming is risky business. There’s a need to maximize the quality and quantity of production, within the strict realities of time and...

Applying fluorescent dye before rain storm to help trace water's path
June 28, 2017

Just ahead of a rainstorm, Cody Ross might run out to an agricultural research site as part of his graduate work. He’ll need to get some dye...

Wildfire in Boundary Waters (BWCWA)
June 21, 2017

The USDA Forest Service in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area (BWCWA) will continue to use controlled burns without worrying about fish...

Chen in Montana pea field
June 14, 2017

Farmers in Montana, and other parts of the Northern Great Plains, are shifting from cereal mono-cropping to a cereal-dry pea cropping system. This...

Late-season cattle diet with distillers' grains
June 07, 2017

Making a living raising cattle isn’t as simple as just buying a herd and turning it out to pasture. Cattle require specific diets to...

May 31, 2017

Soil scientist Jim Ippolito believes in local solutions to local problems. The problem he’s working on is contaminated soils near abandoned...

Cormorant with fish in reservoir
May 17, 2017

Studying the effects of great cormorant droppings on water reservoirs is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.