Environment


A thick thatch from nitrogen-rich clover cover crop
October 18, 2017

Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except — it’s alive. No, it’s not out of the latest horror movie; living...

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.

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,...

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...

Soil testing in claypay soils, Missouri
July 26, 2017

All soils are not equal. Rich loams support the world’s most productive agricultural regions, including swaths of the American Midwest. But...