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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,...

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...

Aerial image of alfalfa field
September 07, 2016

In the Southern Great Plains of the United States, plants have a lot to deal with. Long hot summers, strong winds, low rainfall, disease, and...

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...

Autumn-sown winter peas in snow
August 24, 2016

Growers always deal with precipitation amounts. Some get too much water. But for those in drought areas, scientists are working to create...

August 09, 2016

Here’s a new way to communicate with today’s college students: “Tomorrow we begin #turf fertility for my ‘Lawns 101 class...

August 03, 2016

Excess nitrogen from agricultural runoff can enter surface waters with devastating effects. Algal blooms and fish kills are a just a couple of...

Arduino data logger in Costa Rica
July 27, 2016

Communities around the world are familiar with the devastation brought on by floods and droughts. Scientists are concerned that, in light of...

Cattle grazing in pasture
July 20, 2016

Getting more for less is an attractive concept. But it isn’t that easy when it comes to producing more food on less land with fewer...