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9/5/2011

Measuring the emission of greenhouse gases from croplands should take into account the crops themselves.

That’s the conclusion of a study in the Sept.-Oct. issue of the Journal...

8/31/2011

Organic farming is considered to be environmentally sustainable, but is it economically sustainable?

The answer is yes, according to new...

8/30/2011

Assessing leaf nitrogen needs of corn during the growing season can be important for optimizing yield and for preventing over-application of fertilizer and associated environmental consequences....

8/17/2011

More than 50% of the protein-nitrogen fed to beef cattle can escape annually to the atmosphere as ammonia gas, according to a USDA-led study of two Texas cattle feedyards, and emissions increase...

8/9/2011

Golf courses, known for their calm scenic views and precise grass patterns, take daily abuse. Divots created by golf strokes are a common occurrence, and can be a costly problem for golf course...

8/1/2011

Constructed wetlands or ditches planted with dense vegetation can cut pesticide concentrations in downstream waters by more than 70%, suggesting that widespread implementation of these low-cost...

7/26/2011

In Kentucky, hundreds of horse farms dot the land. Thousands of miles of wooden fence posts outline these farms, which have become an icon of the Kentucky landscape. What goes unnoticed is the...

7/20/2011

Growing up on a farm on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenyan native Rachel Opole was exposed early on to the challenges of agriculture. From her father’s work in a veterinary research laboratory...

7/19/2011

In the dry and unforgiving Southern High Plains, irrigation water is vital to the success of many crops, including the Valencia peanut. Most of this water comes from the Ogallala Aquifer, a vast...

7/10/2011

In the arid farmlands of West Texas, soil salinity is a chronic problem that farmers frequently battle by adding the calcium mineral, gypsum, to soils. But the practice is expensive, plus the...