American Society of Agronomy

Writing an equation for soil success

Soil isn't one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet - but under a microscope, that's a different story. A plant's roots, tiny bugs - these things can tell one soil from another quite easily.

dateNov 23, 2016 in Environment
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Nutrition information... for cows?

We have it easier than cows. When we want to know how much fat, sodium, or carbohydrates are in the food we are eating, we can usually check the nutrition label on the food's package. But cows haven't had access to detailed ...

dateOct 26, 2016 in Environment
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Getting maximum profit, minimal pollution

There are more chickens in the United States than people in the entire world. Raising huge numbers of chickens generates large quantities of waste. This waste includes feces, feather, and bedding materials—collectively ...

dateOct 12, 2016 in Environment
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Organic panic—finding the right combination

Organic vegetables are popular. However, growing them is notoriously high-maintenance for farmers. Researchers are trying to identify the best ways to grow these crops in order to keep the shelves stocked.

dateSep 14, 2016 in Environment
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Trading farmland for nitrogen protection

Excess nitrogen from agricultural runoff can enter surface waters with devastating effects. Algal blooms and fish kills are a just a couple of possible consequences. But riparian buffer zones - areas of grasses, perennials, ...

dateAug 03, 2016 in Environment
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