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Ken Paddock in forage field, Freeville, NY
October 26, 2016

We have it easier than cows. When we want to know how much fat, sodium, or carbohydrates are in the food we are eating, we can usually check the...

Haile Tewolde in field of cotton with poultry litter
October 10, 2016

There are more chickens in the United States than people in the entire world. Raising huge numbers of chickens generates large quantities of waste...

Dairy farm in County Down, Ireland
October 05, 2016

In 1990, many streams in Northern Ireland were so polluted they couldn’t sustain fish. “Farmers said they were worried about their...

Salt crystals on treated soil surface vs. untreated brine-contaminated soil
September 28, 2016

North Dakota's oil boom can have a salty side-effect. Wastewater from oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is...

Researchers clean up edges of divided cowpea plot
September 14, 2016

Plant scientist Ann Bybee-Finley says her first field experiment was humbling. ”I felt like a very small scientist in a very big world,...

Organic pasture and vegetables in demonstration site
September 14, 2016

Organic vegetables are popular. However, growing them is notoriously high-maintenance for farmers. Researchers are trying to identify the best...

Aerial image of alfalfa field
September 07, 2016

In the Southern Great Plains of the United States, plants have a lot to deal with. Long hot summers, strong winds, low rainfall, disease, and...

Cowpeas, also known as black-eyed peas, growing in garden
August 31, 2016

Available cropland, and the growing season, is limited. Strained soils are in need of...

Autumn-sown winter peas in snow
August 24, 2016

Growers always deal with precipitation amounts. Some get too much water. But for those in drought areas, scientists are working to create...

August 09, 2016

Here’s a new way to communicate with today’s college students: “Tomorrow we begin #turf fertility for my ‘Lawns 101 class...