moldboard plowing on compact Danish soil
May 03, 2017

When you are tired or hungry, you’re not as productive. You may need to rest or eat. If you push yourself too far, you may get ill.

Perennial groundcover grass between rows of corn
April 26, 2017

The phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is...

Soil test
April 19, 2017

All living things – from bacteria and fungi to plants and animals – need phosphorus. But extra phosphorus in the wrong place can harm...

Ant captures cabbage looper larvae
April 12, 2017

You’re not the only one working hard in your garden or field. The ants who live in the soil are quite the farmers, too. They dig tunnels...

Collecting soil samples from crimped cover crop plot
April 05, 2017

To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them...

corn residue and heifers grazing
March 28, 2017

It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even...

Ant hills provide mulch
March 22, 2017

Ants can be annoying little insects. In your home, they make army-like lines to any crumbs on your floor. In your home’s frame, carpenter...

Gasparilla State Park, FL, wild sunflowers
March 15, 2017

Beauty and utility in one bright package, sunflowers are one of just a few commercial crops with origins in the...

Montreal urban agriculture
March 08, 2017

Montreal: Famous for its churches, carriage rides…and urban agriculture.

Yes, urban agriculture. Montrealers have cultivated not...

Sampling cereal rye in a winter wheat field
March 01, 2017

Organic farmers have to make hard choices between protecting soil from erosion and controlling weeds. For example, large-scale organic farming...