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10/3/2014

It’s been largely ignored in the past as a route for phosphorus loss from farms, but the buried network of drainage pipes known as the tile system can carry away as much phosphorus as...

9/22/2014

Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields. That’s one important conclusion of a...

9/12/2014

Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of...

8/29/2014

Long-term crop analysis provides valuable information on factors such as sustainability, yield, the effects of technology, and crop rotation. However, long-term trials, such as the Wisconsin...

8/21/2014

Developing a wheat variety is an exercise in patience and diligence. No one knows this better than scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) housed in the University of Nebraska-...

6/30/2014

First isolated from chili peppers in the 1920s, the pathogen Phytophthora capsici has been plaguing the global hot pepper industry ever since. The fungus-like organism causes a root rot...

6/15/2014

Cover crops, such as red clover and rye, are proven tools for curbing fertilizer runoff and erosion from farms. “But we also know they do more,” says Colorado State University crop...

6/5/2014

The phrase “water security” is being used more often in the media these days.  But what does it mean?  How does it relate to those of us who are concerned with crop...

5/26/2014

Nitrogen gas makes up 80% of the air we breathe. Although nitrogen is an inert gas—it doesn’t react easily with other elements—it is essential to all life on earth. Chemical...

5/16/2014

A recent study published in Agronomy Journal provides information important to farmers growing oilseed crops. In...