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Making “Mulch” Ado of Ant Hills


Research undertaken by scientists in China reveals that ants are hardworking and beneficial insects. In the activities of their daily lives, ants help increase air, water flow, and organic matter in soil. The work done by ants even forms a type of...
21-Mar-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

How Do Forests Recover From Fire?


Forest fires can be frightening, destructive events. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) March 15 Soils Matter blog post explains the effects of forest fires on soil ecosystems—and how they bounce back.
15-Mar-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Wildly Stronger Sunflowers


Annually, diseases, weeds, and insects are estimated to cause more than $1.3 billion in losses for sunflower growers. To combat this, researchers are preserving the genetic diversity of wild sunflowers. Wild plants retain the genes needed to resist...
14-Mar-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Cultivating a City


Montrealers have cultivated not only a love for food, but also a love for food grown locally. The city’s growth in this field yields lessons for urban agriculture elsewhere.
7-Mar-2017 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Snowpack Water Hack


Don’t forget winter snows when considering the water cycle! The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) March 1 Soils Matter blog post explains how winter snowpack helps recharge groundwater.
1-Mar-2017 1:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Magic Cover Crop Carpet?


Organic farmers can use a combination of cover crops and no-till methods to improve soil health, suppress weeds, and retain moisture.
28-Feb-2017 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Cultivating Cool-for-Cash-Crop


Canola and camelina are cool-season crops that produce oilseeds. Soon they may find a home in California fields as a rotational crop with smart water use and high demand.
21-Feb-2017 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Snow and Soil in Cooperation


Snow is fun for sledding and skiing, but what is its role in soil protection? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) February 15 Soils Matter blog post explains the crucial role of snow for healthy soils.
15-Feb-2017 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Experts on Drought and Dust

The 1930s Dust Bowl was a singular event in U.S. history, but Dust Bowl-like droughts and conditions do still occur. Experts are available to discuss what events like the 2012 U.S. drought mean for us now and how we can prepare for similar events in...
8-Nov-2012 10:00 AM EST

ALERT: Special Webinar "Managing Through the Drought"

American Society of Agronomy Provides Panel of Experts to Answer Questions Related to Heat and Dry Conditions
29-Jun-2012 5:00 PM EDT

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