Food & Health


Sorghum and groundnut intercropping in Sahel of West Africa
November 15, 2017

Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land – called intercropping – can benefit farmers....

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...

New kidney bean cultivar held near field trial
July 18, 2017

Kidney beans, like most other beans, are a nutritional powerhouse. They are packed with complex carbohydrates, protein, iron, and folate. They are...

Chen in Montana pea field
June 14, 2017

Farmers in Montana, and other parts of the Northern Great Plains, are shifting from cereal mono-cropping to a cereal-dry pea cropping system. This...

Researchers prepare for experiments for improved cowpea drought tolerance
May 10, 2017

Just like humans and animals sometimes need medicine to feel well or perform better, so can plants....

Gasparilla State Park, FL, wild sunflowers
March 15, 2017

Beauty and utility in one bright package, sunflowers are one of just a few commercial crops with origins in the...

Montreal urban agriculture
March 08, 2017

Montreal: Famous for its churches, carriage rides…and urban agriculture.

Yes, urban agriculture. Montrealers have cultivated not...

Plain and popped sorghum
February 15, 2017

Eating popcorn has long been synonymous with watching movies. But soon you might find yourself reaching for another popped snack option—...

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...

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...