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Mural in Laramie, Wyoming, "Growth."
December 07, 2016

The Earth’s critical zone isn’t called critical for nothing. Known as our planet’s outer skin, it is essential for human...

Corn rows in Minnesota test plot
November 30, 2016

Corn farmers in Minnesota and across the northern Corn Belt often must plant in cold, damp spring soils that can slow early season growth. This...

Blue dye shows water flow in soil
November 23, 2016

Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant...

Coffee and macadamia intercropping in Brazil
November 16, 2016

Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee a day. Where does all of that coffee come from? Brazil is the world’s largest producer and...

X-ray fluorescence device in use
November 02, 2016

Name a current environmental challenge. Global climate change? Loss of endangered species? What about soil contamination?

Soil pollution...

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,...