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How do breeders know which part of the DNA corresponds to the trait they are breeding for?

Plant breeders need to know there’s good genetics in the crops they are developing. The Dec. 7th Sustainable, Secure Food blog explains how crop scientists improve crops using data gathered from both the field and the lab.
7-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Can rice filter water from ag fields?

While it’s an important part of our diets, new research shows that rice plants can be used in a different way, too: to clean runoff from farms before it gets into rivers, lakes, and streams.
5-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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What are “boutique” soils?

Did you know soils could be “boutique?” The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Dec. 1 Soils Matter blog explains how this group of soils can challenge your assumptions.
3-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Soil tilling, mulching key to China’s potato crop

In the Loess Plateau region of northwestern China, potato is the main food crop. However, the area has a dry climate with uneven precipitation. Researchers are finding the best combination of tillage and mulching practices to increase yield.
28-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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How Can We Tell if Forest Rehabilitation Is Successful?

When trees are removed, it’s not just the view that changes in a former woods. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Nov. 15 Soils Matter blog explains the unintended consequences of tree removal by early colonists in Southeastern states, and...
15-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Soil’s History: A Solution to Soluble Phosphorus?

New research suggests that, over time, less phosphorus fertilizer may be necessary on agricultural fields.
14-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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What Are Some Fun Facts About Cranberries for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without cranberries. But how much do you know about these tart berries? The Nov. 7 Sustainable, Secure Food blog has loads of cranberry facts, ripe for your feasting table!
7-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Fertilizers’ Impact on Soil Health Compared

In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer.
31-Oct-2018 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

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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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American Society of Agronomy www.agronomy.org; Soil Science Society of America www.soils.org; Crop Science Society of America www.crops.org: Collectively, these science Societies represent more than 12,000 individual members around the world. The scientists' memberships build collaborating partnerships in the agronomy, crops, and soils science fields for the advancement of science.

ASA, CSSA, and SSSA are part of the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS), a nonprofit organization providing management and administrative, support services to all three societies headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

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