American Society of Agronomy

Mooving manure beyond drug-resistant bacteria

Manure management is serious business for a meat-hungry world. A single cow, depending on its size, can generate between 43 and 120 pounds of manure a day. Cow manure can be a low-cost fertilizer for farmers' crops. But manure ...

dateNov 04, 2015 in Environment
shares25 comments 0

Fingerprinting erosion

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 sediments—weathered rock material ranging in size from tiny granules of mud ...

dateSep 02, 2015 in Environment
shares17 comments 0

Hypoallergenic parks: Coming soon?

Ah-choo! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you're probably sick of this refrain. And you're not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Moreover, there are allergy sufferers around the world echoing ...

dateAug 26, 2015 in Environment
shares31 comments 0

S'no water in Sierra Nevadas

Most of us have strong opinions about snow during the winter. For some, it's a curse. Others enjoy the recreation heavy snowfall brings. Yet, once warmer weather comes, we tend to forget about those piles of fluffy white ...

dateAug 21, 2015 in Environment
shares9 comments 0

Fortified against blindness

Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children. It also increases the risk of disease and death from severe infections, according to the World Health Organization. About 250 million preschool ...

dateAug 13, 2015 in Biotechnology
shares10 comments 0

Breeding a better peanut butter

Peanuts are big - big business that is. According to the National Peanut Board, Americans spend about $800 million a year on peanut butter, and peanuts contribute more than $4 billion a year to the US economy.

dateJul 30, 2015 in Other
shares13 comments 0

Just say 'No' to drugs—in water

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 badly displayed data. For 16-year-old Maria Elena Grimmett, it's a blast. And she isn't ...

dateJul 30, 2015 in Environment
shares9 comments 0