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Critical Zone, Critical Research


The critical zone extends from the top of the tallest tree down through the soil and into the water and rock beneath it. It stops at what’s called the weathering zone — or where soils first begin to develop. This zone allows crops to grow well...
7-Dec-2016 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Building From the Ground Up


The wise person builds on a solid foundation. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) December 1st Soils Matter blog post explains what goes into deciding soil’s suitability for a construction project.
1-Dec-2016 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

The Economy of Cold Soil Blues


For many farmers, in-furrow starter application is a cheaper alternative to other starter fertilizers. New research suggests it does not provide an economic benefit in most situations, however.
30-Nov-2016 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Writing an Equation for Soil Success


Assessing soil physical quality can save time and money. It can help steer away from soils that wouldn’t help crops grow their best. Researchers have combined this information in a mathematical equation.
23-Nov-2016 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Students, Teachers Invited to “Grow with It!”


Middle school students can experience the richness of science with real-world applications. Agronomy - Grow With It!, a new book from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), explains the science behind the food we eat.
17-Nov-2016 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Matchmaking for Coffee?


By combining macadamia and coffee crops in a single field, researchers demonstrate a more weather-tolerant, productive, and profitable crop.
16-Nov-2016 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Pilgrims and Soil: What’s the Connection


The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) November 15 Soils Matter blog post explains farming challenges the Pilgrims faced, and their survival thanks to help from the Wampanoag Native Americans.
15-Nov-2016 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Shedding a Light on Contaminants


Soil pollution rarely makes headlines, though it is a prevalent global issue. Spectroscopic technologies are a promising alternative to traditional analytical methods. They can reduce soil processing time from a week to mere minutes.
2-Nov-2016 12:05 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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