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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?

Silvopasture in Brazil
April 20, 2016

Cows in Brazil might start bellowing "leguuume" rather than "moo." That's because Jose Dubeux Jr. wants to plant more...

Bioaerosol and particulate sampling equipment
April 13, 2016

Consumers don’t buy leafy greens and other healthy supermarket produce anticipating the food might make their families sick. Or at least,...

Mature faba bean plants with contrasting height and pod production
April 06, 2016

What bean has double the protein of wheat, triple that of rice, and also contains beneficial amino acids, B-vitamins, and micronutrients? The...

Laser scanner in soil pit at night
March 30, 2016

Most of us think nothing of rainfall or where it goes, unless it leads to flooding or landslides. But soil scientists have been studying how water...

Shrubby reed-mustard at Big Pack Mountain
March 21, 2016

Human activities continue to expand. At the same time, an increasing number of plants face habitat loss and fragmentation. In fact, more than 700...

Common blight on bean leaf
March 09, 2016

Common blight is a devastating bacterial disease. It greatly reduces the yield and quality of bean crops across the world. Conventional breeding...

Collecting soil samples from Penn State University Living Filter
March 02, 2016

What would you do without water?

Farmers in drought areas are especially concerned by this question. As fresh water resources become...