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How Can I Help My Soil Hold More Carbon?

Using best practices, in the long-term, can reduce greenhouse gases and help the environment! The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) August 15 Soils Matter blog explains how gardens and lawns can be used to store more carbon in soil.
15-Aug-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Matchmaking for Sweet Potato? It’s Complicated

Field history matters when trying to apply the optimal amount of nitrogen for sweet potato crops. Cover crops grown in the same plots prior to sweet potato crops affected how much nitrogen was needed.
8-Aug-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Why Is It Important to Have Seed Banks and Seed Access?

Seed banks are an important part of food security. The August 7th Sustainable, Secure Food blog explains how preserving plant diversity protects the world-wide food supply, both now and in the future.
7-Aug-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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What are canopy soils?

Heads’ up! Did you know that researchers have also found soils in the trees above our heads? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) August 1 Soils Matter blog explains how these unique soils form and the role they play in their ecosystems.
2-Aug-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Soil Phosphorus Availability and Lime: More Than Just pH?

Plants can’t do without phosphorus. But there is often a ‘withdrawal limit’ on how much phosphorus they can get from the soil. A new study looks at how liming, soil management history, and enzymes relate to plants' access to phosphorus.
1-Aug-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Manure Slipping Through (Soil) Cracks

A new study shows water infiltrates deeper into cracking clay when liquid hog manure is applied. The study also showed that even though water infiltration went deeper in the presence of manure, it did not reach depths of tile drains designed to...
25-Jul-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Crops and livestock on the same farms, the same fields–why?

Traditionally, farms included a variety of grazing animals, pastures, and crops. Mechanization and other factors prompted many farms to adopt more efficient systems. The July 22nd Sustainable, Secure Food blog explains why the traditional approach...
23-Jul-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Quick Soil Test Aims to Determine Nitrogen Need

One of the essential nutrients for vigorous crop production is nitrogen. Yet most routine tests done in commercial soil testing labs do not measure available nitrogen in the soil. Soil scientists at The Ohio State University and Cornell University...
18-Jul-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...
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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