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Soy, , soy, Soybean, crop breeding, Agriculture, crop genetics

High Yield, Protein with Soybean Gene

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Soybean growers face a challenge. It has proved difficult to develop soybean varieties with both high protein levels and high yields.

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Thanksgiving Dinner, Food research, Agricultural, Sustaibability

Soils and Your Thanksgiving Meal

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Did you know soil scientists are making your Thanksgiving dinner more sustainable? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) November 15 Soils Matter blog explains research to make cranberries, poultry litter, and sweet potatoes better for the environment.

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intercropping, Sorgh, Groundnut, Sahel, Fertilizer, international agriculture

Filling Intercropping Info Gap

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In some parts of Africa, farmers intercrop sorghum – a grain – and peanuts. But they face a major information gap. There hasn’t been much research on optimal levels of fertilizer use for intercropping sorghum and peanuts in these areas. A new study has filled this information gap. Researchers from Niger, Mali, and the United States have developed a method to help farmers determine how much fertilizer to apply when intercropping.

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soil, soil health, Biofuel, cover crop, Climate Change

Easing the Soil’s Temperature

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Many factors influence the ability of soil to buffer against temperature changes. Recent research shows both perennial biofuel and cover crops help soils shield against extreme temperatures.

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soil, Septic system, Sewage

How Do Septic Systems Work?

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Septic systems work 24/7 to process waste. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) November 1 Soils Matter blog explains how septic systems use soil’s underground resources to treat wastewater.

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CORN, cover crop, Nitrogen, Fertilizer, Agriculture, soil health, Mulch

Living Mulch Builds Profits, Soil

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Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except — it’s alive. No, it’s not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a while, scientists at the University of Georgia are making it more efficient and sustainable.

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soil, Microbiology, micro organism, Luminescence

Are There Really Glow-in-the-Dark Soil Organisms?

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Soil organisms are diverse, with characteristics that can astound. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) October 15 Soils Matter blog post explains which soil critters glow—and why.

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Grazing Horses on Better Pastures

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Horses in less temperate zones may get some extra grazing. A new study shows warm-season annual grasses have good potential for use in horse pastures.

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soil, Minerals, Minerology, Phosphorus

Mineral Content of Soils Key to Physical and Chemical Behavior

Many aspects of the physical and chemical behavior of soils are directly related to the minerals present. The “Soil Mineralogy” symposium at the Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL, will explore several current topics.

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forest and wildlife ecology, Trees, ice storms, Climate Change, Winter blizzard

Impact of Extreme Winter Weather on Hardwood Forests

Ice storms can have devastating results for trees in forests, too. New research studied the effects of lab-created ice storms on forest ecosystems. The “Why Ice Storms Aren’t Cool” presentation at the Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL, will address this important topic.







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