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....

Researcher Samuel Haruna taking soil samples
November 08, 2017

Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is...

Two scientists among mangrove roots assess soil
November 01, 2017

Did you know carbon comes in blue?


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.

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...