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Whether Wheat Weathers Heat Waves

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.
20-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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

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.
18-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Soils Give Background to Vacation Fun

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!
14-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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High-Protein Corn Also Resistant to Parasitic Weed

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...
13-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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

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...
7-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Breeding Better Brazilian Rice

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.
6-Jun-2018 8:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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How do soil microbes influence nutrient availability?

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.
1-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Radish Cover Crop Traps Nitrogen; Mystery Follows

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.
30-May-2018 9:00 AM EDT 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...
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American Society of Agronomy Provides Panel of Experts to Answer Questions Related to Heat and Dry Conditions
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