Agronomist weighs environmental impacts of corn residue removal

Farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from an Iowa State University ...

Fires in Central Africa During July 2014

Hundreds of fires covered central Africa in mid-July 2014, as the annual fire season continues across the region. Multiple red hotspots, which indicate areas of increased temperatures, are heavily sprinkled across the Congo ...

Straw albedo mitigates extreme heat

Wheat fields are often tilled immediately after the crop is harvested, removing the light-coloured stubble and crop residues from the soil surface and bringing dark bare earth to the top. Post-harvest tilling is a widely ...

NASA image: Agricultural fires in India October 18, 2013

The Indian state of Punjab has two growing seasons—one from May to September and another from November to April. In November, Punjab farmers typically sow crops such as wheat and vegetables; but before they do that, farmers ...

NASA image: Fires in Bolivia Aug. 31, 2013

Fires burned throughout Bolivia in late August. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on August 31, 2013.

New process targets valuable green chemicals

(Phys.org) —Milk cartons, plastic bags, car seats... the list of items made from petroleum extends far beyond fuel, increasing our reliance on limited fossil resources. That's why researchers in the Great Lakes Bioenergy ...

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