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Article ID: 696303

Whether Wheat Weathers Heat Waves

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Unlike humans, crops in a field can't move to air conditioning to endure a heat wave. Scientists in Australia are working to understand how heat waves impact wheat.

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20-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 696179

Why Do the Loess Hills of Iowa Need to Be Farmed in Terraces?

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Iowa, known for its farms, also claims fame to a dramatic, rolling landscape known as loess hills. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) June 15 Soils Matter blog post explains what formed this feature, and why its soil requires special care.

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18-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 696094

Soils Give Background to Vacation Fun

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Headed out on vacation? Don’t forget to observe the soil along the way! Soils Matter, Soil Science Society of America’s science-based blog, can points out the soil landmarks. Bon voyage!

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14-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 696036

High-Protein Corn Also Resistant to Parasitic Weed

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

In sub-Saharan Africa, 20 to 80% of corn yields may be lost because of a semi-parasitic plant, Striga. In areas infested with Striga, farmers may even lose their entire crops. In a new study, researchers from southern Africa identified several varieties of corn resistant or tolerant to Striga. Importantly, these varieties also have improved nutritional content, particularly protein.

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13-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695602

How are plants bred to be biofortified? Why is it important?

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

We experience fortified food in items like vitamin D-fortified milk or fortified breakfast cereals. But what is biofortified food? The June 7th Sustainable, Secure Food blog explains what biofortified food is. It also explains how crop scientists are using it to solve malnutrition worldwide.

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7-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695642

Breeding Better Brazilian Rice

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Rice production in Brazil is a multi-billion-dollar industry. It employs hundreds of thousands of people, directly and indirectly. Given the importance of rice farming in Brazil, researchers are working to develop improved rice varieties.

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6-Jun-2018 8:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695348

How do soil microbes influence nutrient availability?

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

There are hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of organisms in just a handful of soil. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) June 1 Soils Matter blog explains the important role of soil microbes in freeing up soil nutrients for plants.

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1-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695251

Radish Cover Crop Traps Nitrogen; Mystery Follows

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

New research supports the use of radish as a cover crop as a trap crop for fall nitrogen. However, what happens to that nitrogen afterward remains unknown.

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30-May-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695089

Treading Lightly on Vacation Soils

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Summertime is recreation time! While the wilds may call us, respect for ecosystems should guide us. Soils Matter, Soil Science Society of America’s science-based blog, explains why we should protect life underfoot.

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24-May-2018 12:25 PM EDT
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Article ID: 695005

Cause of E. Coli Beach Closings? Gulls

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Researchers have recently published results identifying the major sources of E. coli breakouts on several beaches on Lake Michigan. They have also researched an effective method of reducing the breakouts and the resulting beach closings.

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23-May-2018 11:35 AM EDT
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