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When Birds of a Feather Poop Together

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Algal blooms deplete oxygen in lakes, produce toxins, and end up killing aquatic life in the lake. Researchers are tracing the role of bird feces, which are rich in phosphorus and nitrogen.
17-May-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

What Can I Tell by Looking at—and Touching—My Soil?

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Does my soil have enough organic matter? Does it have a lot of clay? Is it acidic? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) May 15 Soils Matter blog post explains simple tests you can do to know your soil better.
15-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Thirsty Seeds Reach for Medicine Cabinet

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Scientists have found that salicylic acid — also used to make aspirin — can help the cowpea be more drought tolerant. In Brazil, the cowpea one of the main sources of protein for many people. Americans may know the cowpea by the name black-eyed...
10-May-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Doctoring the Soil

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Researchers studied the impact of conservation agriculture techniques over a span of 11 years on two different farms. The farms have soils that are typically challenging to keep productive.
3-May-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Why Is My Soil So Compacted?

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Compacted soil can be a tough problem to solve. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) May 1 Soils Matter blog post explains why soils become compacted, and what you can do about it.
1-May-2017 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Biofuel: Corn with a Cover of Grass

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Corn raised for biofuel can result in eroded soils, as all materials are removed from the field. However, using a perennial grass groundcover could preserve soil in addition to reducing costs.
26-Apr-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

A Better Way to Manage Phosphorus?

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A new project proposes a restructured index to build on phosphorus management efforts in farm fields in New York state and beyond. The new index structure improves upon previous approaches. It focuses on the existing risk of phosphorus runoff from a...
19-Apr-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Is White Beach Sand Really Sand?

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When spring break means a trip to the beach, it’s good to know what you’re walking on. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) April 15 Soils Matter blog post explains what “sand” really is—and why sands can be so different!
17-Apr-2017 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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