The dirt on soil loss from the Midwest floods

As devastating images of the 2019 Midwest floods fade from view, an insidious and longer-term problem is emerging across its vast plains: The loss of topsoil that much of the nation's food supply relies on.

Earthworm research spurs farmers to act

A study of England's farmland has found key earthworm types are rare or absent in two out of five fields and has led to the majority of farmers affected vowing to change the way they farm.

Benefits of pulses: Good for you and the planet

An illogical revolution has swept the Canadian Prairies and can take over the world. Farmland is now never rested —it is planted and harvested every year —and yet soil health has improved.

'Ground coffee' with soil perks in Brazil

Coffee is one of Brazil's biggest crops. Brazil's favorable climate helps coffee beans ripen and be ready for picking during a concentrated period of weeks. This makes mechanical harvesting an economically reasonable choice.

Simultaneous water and nitrogen use can enhance sustainability

The results of a study carried out by two researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid show that management practices oriented toward reducing nitrogen losses and maintaining farm productivity should rely on optimizing ...

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