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How Does Biochar Work to Improve, or Even Decontaminate, Soil?

What can be made with unwanted materials, looks like charcoal, and provides multiple benefits to soil health? Biochar! The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) February 15 Soils Matter blog explains what biochar is and how it helps improve—or...
15-Feb-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Cover Crops in Nitrogen’s Circle of Life

A circle of life–and nitrogen–is playing out in farms across the United States. And researchers are trying to get the timing right. The goal is to time nutrient release from cover crops to better match the nutrient needs of specific cash crops.
14-Feb-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Tips for Community Gardens

With garden season fast approaching, the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) has updated their Community Gardens website. There, gardeners can find out how to design and build community gardens.
12-Feb-2018 8:30 AM EST Add to Favorites

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How Do Scientists Do Traditional Plant Breeding?

The science of plant breeding has only existed for a little more than a century. But, humans have unofficially been selecting for the ‘cream of the crop’ for over 10,000 years. The February 7th Sustainable, Secure Food blog post explains how...
8-Feb-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Technology Keeps Rice Fertilizer Nice

A new tool may help growers make better decisions in applying nitrogen fertilizer to their rice fields.
7-Feb-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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What Is the Soil Microbiome?

Microbes are in your gut, in your medicine…and in the soil! The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) February 1 Soils Matter blog post explains how the soil microbiome makes a big impact on plants’ productivity and health.
1-Feb-2018 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Research Finding Ways to Inject Manure, Preserve Environment

What’s a responsible farmer to do? Manure injection is an important soil management practice that reduces the chance of manure runoff. But recent studies by Carol Adair and colleagues at the University of Vermont show manure injection can increase...
31-Jan-2018 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Tracking Wastewater’s Path to Wells, Groundwater

We often “flush it and forget it” when it comes to waste from toilets and sinks. However, it’s important to be able to track this wastewater to ensure it doesn’t end up in unwanted places. Tracing where this water ends up is hard to measure:...
24-Jan-2018 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


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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...
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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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