A bag of composted potting 'soil'
October 07, 2015

When you travel down a road, poor infrastructure and maintenance becomes more than a nuisance—it is a hazard. The same is true with indoor...

Cover crop mix of hairy vetch and cereal rye.
September 30, 2015

Most of us think that farmers grow and harvest crops for food. That’s true for many crops: they either feed humans or farm animals. However...

International Soil Judging first place Team USA on soil pit
September 23, 2015

To four budding soil scientists, soil is not just what’s underfoot. It’s a passion, and a key to future success.

Serita Frey and Sarah Andrews, University of New Hampshire
September 16, 2015

College courses with active learning are common in subjects like physics and chemistry. The hands-on aspect of lab work creates a memorable,...

Biking through village in Ethiopia
September 09, 2015

Paul Porter likes to bicycle. He also likes to explore different teaching methods. So for three semesters, Porter, a professor in the College of...

Checking sediment collection traps
September 02, 2015

You may have noticed that after a heavy rainstorm, creeks and rivers often turn the color of chocolate milk. That cloudy brown color is caused by...

Cypress trees in Garcia Lorca Park, Spain.
August 26, 2015

Ah-choo! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re probably sick of this refrain. And you’re not alone. Millions of Americans...

Measuring Sierra Nevada groundwater
August 19, 2015

Most of us have strong opinions about snow during the winter. For some, it’s a curse. Others enjoy the recreation...

Maria Elena Grimmett at her make-shift lab
July 29, 2015

Remember the science fair?

For some of us it was an exciting time of creative experimentation. For others it was a time of botched and...

Water infiltration measurements in field
July 22, 2015

How does style of tilling make a difference in crop success? The blades on a till don’t simply chop up soil and move it around. They blend...