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October 19, 2017
In laboratory classes, students participate in hands-on learning, observing chemical reactions and dissecting specimens to learn anatomy. However, it can be challenging to teach landscape-scale proces...
October 5, 2017
New plant cultivars are developed in both the private and public sector. Much of the work done in the private sector is focused corn, soy, and other high-value crops. Researchers in the public sector ...
October 5, 2017
The properties of the soil under our feet affect the physical, chemical, and biological reactions. For example, soil bulk density influences microbial activity, soil water evaporation is important for...
October 5, 2017
Peanut () production in U.S. is concentrated in the Southeast, with Georgia being the largest producer. Peanut is typically rotated with cotton ( spp.) and corn (), and it is common for producers to l...
September 15, 2017
Peas have been part of the human diet for millennia, proving to be an important source of protein, carbohydrates, and several micronutrients. It’s not just their nutritional value, though; growing p...
September 15, 2017
If you tour a university campus, you can probably spot the business college or chemistry labs, but finding the soil science department may be more challenging— and not just for a visitor. Many under...
September 15, 2017
Arsenic is a widely distributed toxic element that naturally occurs in minerals. One of the most common pathways for exposure is when arsenic leaches into drinking water supplies, often through natura...
August 3, 2017
With more than 5,000 craft breweries in operation in the U.S., and more opening every month, breweries need to find ways to stand out from the crowd. Some do this by pushing the boundaries of styles, ...
August 3, 2017
Eastern red cedar () is widely planted as a landscaping tree across the eastern U.S. However, in the Great Plains, eastern red cedar (ERC) is considered invasive. These fast-growing trees are often pl...
August 3, 2017
Wildland fire is a natural part of forest ecosystems in the Great Lakes region. In wilderness areas like Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area (BWCWA) of the Superior National Forest, managers use pre...
July 6, 2017
Agriculture is a major part of the economy in California. Farmers grow a wide variety of crops, including almonds, oranges, and tomatoes, but these are primarily perennial or warm-season crops. In the...
June 1, 2017
The May–June 2016 issue of includes a special section on crop wild relatives (CWR). Crop wild relatives are species closely related to domesticated crops and may be a source of valuable genetic div...
June 1, 2017
In 2008, Glen Obear was interning at a golf course in Hawaii when the superintendent asked him to help diagnose a mysterious problem. Some of the course’s putting greens were developing bald patches...
June 1, 2017
Undergraduate students who plan to pursue careers in agriculture take courses focused on crop production, animal science, and agricultural economics. However, when these students become practicing pro...
May 19, 2017
The idea of exploring space, including extendedhuman missions and the potential for future baseson the Moon, Mars, or elsewhere, is not just science fiction. With the recent release of the book and mo...
May 19, 2017
Ecological research suggests greater species diversity can offer more ecosystem services in a variety of ecosystems. But how can this idea be applied in agroecosystems, which have very low diversity?...
April 7, 2017
In November of 2014, an unassuming story appeared in the pages of magazine. Little more than a blurb, the modest article promised big things. According to three short paragraphs on a single, glossy p...
April 7, 2017
Carbon dioxide (CO) emissions are usually the first thing to come to mind when talking about greenhouse gases, but there is a suite of greenhouse gases of concern. One of these is nitrous oxide (NO). ...
March 10, 2017
Fertilizers applied to farm fields, golf courses, and residential landscaping to benefit plants do not always stay in place. These added nutrients, including nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), can be wa...
March 10, 2017
Climate change is expected to alter regional temperature and precipitation patterns and will subsequently impact soils and the distribution of plants and animals. Understanding how soils might vary wi...
March 10, 2017
Farmers use “green manure” to protect soil, fix nitrogen, and scavenge nutrients when cash crops are not present. These cover crops can also reduce weeds and act as a mulch for cash crops in no-ti...
March 10, 2017
SSSA member David C. Weindorf (Texas Tech University) and film director Paul Allen Hunton (KTTZ-TV) tackled the difficult subject of climate change in their documentary, . The film is already garnerin...
February 13, 2017
Farmers and ranchers send soil and crop samples to commercial laboratories for chemical tests that measure nutrient concentrations as well as protein, fiber, and carbohydrates that influence the nutri...
February 13, 2017
Changing climate conditions will impact urban and rural communities worldwide. Agriculture may be particularly sensitive to rapid changes in climate and extreme weather events. Climate-smart agricultu...
February 13, 2017
Growing premium wine grapes requires the right soil and climate. An ideal combination occurs in parts of California where the majority of the wine grapes in the United States are produced. As an agric...
January 16, 2017
Research in agricultural systems occurs on a range of time spans. Some experiments are carried out for a single growing season while others are maintained...
January 16, 2017
In the Midwestern U.S., where almost all native grassland has been lost to agriculture and development, many groups work to restore native prairie. One reason to restore these grasslands is for their ...