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5/24/2017

Camelina: Have you heard of it? It’s an emerging alternative oilseed crop in parts of the Great Plains.

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5/17/2017

Studying the effects of great cormorant droppings on water reservoirs is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

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5/10/2017

Just like humans and animals sometimes need medicine to feel well or perform better, so can plants....

5/3/2017

When you are tired or hungry, you’re not as productive. You may need to rest or eat. If you push yourself too far, you may get ill.

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4/26/2017

The phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of...

4/19/2017

All living things – from bacteria and fungi to plants and animals – need phosphorus. But extra phosphorus in the wrong place can harm the environment. For example, when too much...

4/12/2017

You’re not the only one working hard in your garden or field. The ants who live in the soil are quite the farmers, too. They dig tunnels that provide holes for air and water. They produce...

4/5/2017

To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them into the soil with these disks. But it takes heavy...

3/29/2017

It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to compact...

3/22/2017

Ants can be annoying little insects. In your home, they make army-like lines to any crumbs on your floor. In your home’s frame, carpenter ants can do a job of eating away your walls. But...