May 31, 2017

Soil scientist Jim Ippolito believes in local solutions to local problems. The problem he’s working on is contaminated soils near abandoned...

Camelina field close to harvest
May 24, 2017

Camelina: Have you heard of it? It’s an emerging alternative oilseed crop in parts of the Great Plains.


Cormorant with fish in reservoir
May 17, 2017

Studying the effects of great cormorant droppings on water reservoirs is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

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....

moldboard plowing on compact Danish soil
May 03, 2017

When you are tired or hungry, you’re not as productive. You may need to rest or eat. If you push yourself too far, you may get ill.

Perennial groundcover grass between rows of corn
April 26, 2017

The phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is...

Soil test
April 19, 2017

All living things – from bacteria and fungi to plants and animals – need phosphorus. But extra phosphorus in the wrong place can harm...

Ant captures cabbage looper larvae
April 12, 2017

You’re not the only one working hard in your garden or field. The ants who live in the soil are quite the farmers, too. They dig tunnels...

Collecting soil samples from crimped cover crop plot
April 05, 2017

To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them...

corn residue and heifers grazing
March 28, 2017

It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even...