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New “Buck” Naked Barley: Food, Feed, Brew

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Researchers are giving an ancient grain a new life: "Buck" barley is naked, but not in an indecent way. Naked barley does not require pearling, allowing it to hold onto the bran and whole grain status.
17-Jan-2018 8:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

What Is Vermicompost?

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Composting is a great way to reduce waste sent to landfills while benefiting garden soil. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) January 15 Soils Matter blog post explains the difference between traditional composting and vermicomposting—and...
15-Jan-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Robotic Weeders: To a Farm Near You?

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The future of weeding is here, and it comes in the form of a robot. Specialty crops such as lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions may be the first to benefit.
10-Jan-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Scientific Societies Create Sustainability, Food Security Blog

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The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) have created a new, informational blog about sustainability and food security for the general public. Sustainable, Secure Food can be found at...
4-Jan-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Alfalfa Loss? Annual Ryegrass Is a Win

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In the U.S., alfalfa is grown mainly in western and northern states. The cold winters and other factors can lead to losses for farmers and forage shortages. Researchers have identified annual forage crops that can be cultivated in fields with...
3-Jan-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

What Are the Benefits of Growing Multiple Types of Forage Grasses for Grazing Animals?

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Grazing animals, such as cattle and sheep, should eat their legumes and brassicas. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) January 1 Soils Matter blog post explains how a variety of forage grasses benefits these animals as well as the soil and...
2-Jan-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

No Rest for Weary Canola Plants

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Plants don’t sleep like humans do—but just like some people don’t rest well in the heat, some plants don’t either. The canola plant isn’t as productive if the temperature is high at nighttime, and scientists are trying to find out why.
20-Dec-2017 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Are Wetlands Really the “Earth’s Kidneys”?

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Healthy wetlands are hard-working water filters! The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) December 15 Soils Matter blog post explains the role of wetlands—and how we can keep them functioning.
15-Dec-2017 1:05 AM 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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