An urban garden with vegetables
May 13, 2015

Green thumbs, do not fret. Pockets of soil in urban areas are still available for the increasingly popular practice of urban gardening.


May 04, 2015

A new approach to wastewater treatment may be key in efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Moreover, it can be profitable.

Phosphorus is...

April 23, 2015

When it comes to soil and water, predictability is important--but difficult.

Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring...

April 07, 2015

Nitrogen is a critical element to growing healthy food. It’s a nutrient that helps plants grow. It’s the elemental backbone of...

A scientist performing testing in the lab
March 24, 2015

Radiation suddenly contaminates the land your family has farmed and lived on for generations. Can soil play a role in protecting crops and human...

Amy Densborn in lab with students
March 10, 2015

Amy Densborn, a teacher at Lewis Cass Junior and Senior High School in Walton, IN was selected as the recipient of a $1,500 grant from Soil...

Pigweed, ragweed, and lambsquarters affected by grit blasting
March 09, 2015

The timeless struggle against weeds is especially tough for organic farmers, who avoid using highly concentrated herbicides in favor of chemical-...

Velvet bean and maize grow together in this experimental field
February 23, 2015

Recent research in Mexico suggests rotating the use of a local cover crop can improve soil fertility and yields of maize (corn) harvests.

Connor Luong with his winning science fair project
February 11, 2015

Connor Luong, 6th grader from Brookfield School in Sacramento, California, was awarded a $1,000 prize by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA...

Photo of arid soil courtesy of Oxfam International
January 12, 2015

Soil—it’s what’s under our feet. But it’s also what makes sure there is food and water in our stomachs, air in our lungs,...