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Biofuel: Corn with a Cover of Grass

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Corn raised for biofuel can result in eroded soils, as all materials are removed from the field. However, using a perennial grass groundcover could preserve soil in addition to reducing costs.
26-Apr-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

A Better Way to Manage Phosphorus?

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A new project proposes a restructured index to build on phosphorus management efforts in farm fields in New York state and beyond. The new index structure improves upon previous approaches. It focuses on the existing risk of phosphorus runoff from a...
19-Apr-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Is White Beach Sand Really Sand?

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When spring break means a trip to the beach, it’s good to know what you’re walking on. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) April 15 Soils Matter blog post explains what “sand” really is—and why sands can be so different!
17-Apr-2017 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Agronomy Feeds the World Videos Created

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Agronomy is the study of crop and soil science – important in delivering food from farm to table. But most people don’t know the word. And most agronomists – the scientists working in the field of agronomy – find their complicated jobs hard...
10-Apr-2017 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Cover, Crimp, Cultivate?

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Can organic growers fight weeds and increase soil health? To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. But it takes heavy tractors to efficiently turn soil and rip out weeds, compressing the soil. And after a field is...
4-Apr-2017 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Sleeping Soils Get a Wake Up Call

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Ever heard of a bed that gets tired? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) April 1 Soils Matter blog post explains how to wake up raised garden bed soils and keep them healthy.
3-Apr-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Steering Towards Grazing Fields

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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 these heavy beasts can’t do much to compact common soils—if they’re grazed responsibly.
28-Mar-2017 4:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Making “Mulch” Ado of Ant Hills

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Research undertaken by scientists in China reveals that ants are hardworking and beneficial insects. In the activities of their daily lives, ants help increase air, water flow, and organic matter in soil. The work done by ants even forms a type of...
21-Mar-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Experts on Drought and Dust

The 1930s Dust Bowl was a singular event in U.S. history, but Dust Bowl-like droughts and conditions do still occur. Experts are available to discuss what events like the 2012 U.S. drought mean for us now and how we can prepare for similar events in...
8-Nov-2012 10:00 AM EST

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American Society of Agronomy Provides Panel of Experts to Answer Questions Related to Heat and Dry Conditions
29-Jun-2012 5:00 PM EDT

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