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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...

7/24/2014

How quickly a lake fills after water is drawn for irrigation or drinking is easily measured, but that’s not true for underground water reserves, called aquifers. Because it takes place...

7/21/2014

Already cherished as wildlife habitat, red oak bottomlands in the Mississippi River floodplain may offer another benefit to the environment and to people. These forested wetlands accrue...

7/10/2014

In Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and other big New Mexico cities, nearly every public golf course is watered today with treated city wastewater rather than precious potable water. And across the U.S....

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...