Cattle grazing in pasture
July 20, 2016

Getting more for less is an attractive concept. But it isn’t that easy when it comes to producing more food on less land with fewer...

Installation of bioreactor
July 13, 2016

Water quality scientist Laura Christianson is working on a solution to the “dead zone”—an area with dangerously low levels of...

Alley cropping system, MN, with willow, poplar, and perennial biomass crops
July 06, 2016

Imagine an agriculture field. Most are planted with row upon row of tidy cash crops. Now imagine that same field with rows of trees between the...

Steers (cows) in pen; manure with antibiotics accumulates
June 15, 2016

Antibiotics and manure. You probably don’t think of them at the same time. But across North America, manure and antibiotics often share the...

Montana fields of peas, wheat, flax
June 01, 2016

Farmers growing wheat in the relatively arid Northern Plains gamble. They guess how much nitrogen fertilizer to apply to get a high-yield, high-...

Examining triclosan extracts from plant tissues, Texas A&M
May 25, 2016

Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Triclosan seems to be everywhere. When...

Chicago steel mill property before conversion to Steelworkers Park
May 18, 2016

On the South Side of Chicago, East 87th Street ends in a gentle curve more suited to a suburban neighborhood than a gritty industrial area. A few...

Sorghum sown in no-till field in Brazilian Cerrado
May 11, 2016

The old adage, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” only works if the “it” isn’t broken. In the case of...

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....

Erin Schneider with soil quilt displayed on barn
April 27, 2016

Rural landscapes are often described as a patchwork quilt of crops and fields. But what if soil, literally, made a quilt?