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A “Fitbit” for Plants?

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Knowing what physical traits a plant has is called phenotyping. Because it is such a labor intensive process, scientists are working to develop technology that makes phenotyping much easier. The tool is called the Phenocart, and it captures...
22-Jun-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Rethinking Stink About Antibiotics in Manure

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Antibiotics and manure. You probably don’t think of them at the same time. But across North America, manure and antibiotics often share the same pile. Researchers find out how quickly antibiotics delivered in animal feed break down in manure...
15-Jun-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Keeping Urban Rainwater Out of Streams

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Cities face challenges with stormwater, because the asphalt and concrete don’t absorb the water like the soils found in rural areas. But, the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) June 15 Soils Matter blog post explains that there are many things...
15-Jun-2016 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Helping Satellites Be Right as Rain

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As you read this, a NASA satellite orbits around planet Earth, gathering data on — of all things — soil moisture. By using numerous instruments here on Earth, researchers are helping NASA determine the accuracy of its Soil Moisture Active...
8-Jun-2016 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Peas and Prosperity

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Planting nitrogen-fixing crops, such as peas, in rotation with wheat crops can dramatically reduce the variability of farmers' income with a high-yield, high-protein harvest.
1-Jun-2016 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Using Biosolids to Fix Cities

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The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) June 1 Soils Matter blog post explains that biosolids are actually one of the most scientifically studied products for use in agriculture and home gardens. And they are being used to fix industrial sites...
31-May-2016 6:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Following Tricky Triclosan

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Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Most of the triclosan is removed in waste water treatment plants. However, a U.S. Geological Survey found the antibacterial in nearly 58% of...
25-May-2016 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Genetic Engineering Report Findings Supported by Crop, Agronomy Societies

The recent NAS report on genetically engineered crops aligns with statements from Agronomy and Crop Societies: Scientific research overwhelmingly shows GE crops are safe and pose no significant health or environmental risks.
19-May-2016 4:05 PM 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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