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Horse grazing on warm-season forage
October 11, 2017

When you picture a horse, you may imagine it grazing contentedly in a grassy pasture. Grazing lets horses move around naturally outdoors and...

Spinach in soil naturally rich in heavy metal cadmium
October 04, 2017

Soils keep plants healthy by providing plants with water, helpful minerals, and microbes, among other benefits. But what if the soil also contains...

Measuring buffer zone sediment, nitrogen in stream
September 27, 2017

Nitrogen can present a dilemma for farmers and land managers.

On one hand, it is an essential nutrient for crops.

Recording plant growth data in pigeonpea field, India
September 20, 2017

Domesticating plants to grow as crops can turn out to be a double-edged scythe.

Maize and chili intercropping in China
September 13, 2017

On the steep farming slopes of China, Bozhi Wu and his research associates are finding ways to improve ec...

Arkansas rice paddy with eddy covariance tower
September 06, 2017

The Lower Mississippi River Basin’s Delta region lies mainly in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. It is a fertile area that produces...

Soil sample in spectrometer for quality check
August 30, 2017

Farmers and gardeners know their soil texture can make a big difference in their success. Different plants have different needs for water,...

Semi-leafless pea after a hot summer
August 23, 2017

Farmers across the world produce between 10 and 13 million tons of field pea every year. That makes it a top legume crop, just behind dry beans...

Washington Monument and turf on National Mall
August 16, 2017

It’s not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. But when the turf on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was...

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...