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1/26/2015

When nitrogen finds its way from agricultural fields into water bodies and the atmosphere, it doesn't just degrade water quality and contribute to climate change. That lost nitrogen also isn...

1/12/2015

Runoff from agricultural fields contains nutrients that can adversely affect surface water quality, human health, and aquatic life. Nitrates from corn and soybean croplands across the Midwestern...

1/5/2015

Soil is strong yet fragile, reliable yet unstable, and resilient yet susceptible to change.

These are all especially true when humans and their need for food enter the mix. Large amounts...

1/3/2015

Even for seasoned agricultural and soil scientists, the concept of modeling can be foreign. Making models more familiar and promoting their study and practical application is the goal of Laj Ahuja...

12/22/2014

Recent research has found ways to produce soybean seeds that have improved yields under drought conditions. A group of researchers published ...

12/8/2014

Less than a mile from the edge of the bustling Penn State University campus lies 600 acres of cropland and forests crisscrossed with irrigation pipes. The water being pumped out of these pipes isn...

12/1/2014

No-tillage is lauded as a key sustainable farming practice around the world, and indeed it is. By avoiding plowing and disturbing the soil, no-till improves soil structure, promotes growth of...

11/11/2014

In recent years, many lakes in the upper Midwest have been experiencing unprecedented algae blooms. These blooms threaten fish and affect recreational activities. A key culprit implicated in...

10/23/2014

We rarely think about what happens to the soap that runs down the drain as we wash our hands. And what about the last bit of that cold coffee that we dump out before washing the cup? It turns out...

8/12/2014

Water drips out of almost every facet — and faucet — of Texas. With the state ranking in the top three for groundwater use, it is important for all that water be clear of contaminants...