Author: American Society of Agronomy

  • Tracking Wastewater's Path to Wells, Groundwater

    We often “flush it and forget it” when it comes to waste from toilets and sinks. However, it’s important to be able to track this wastewater to ensure it doesn’t end up in unwanted places. A group of Canadian scientists has found an unlikely solution.

  • Cranberry Growers Tart on Phosphorus

    At Thanksgiving, many Americans look forward to eating roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and tangy red cranberries. To feed that appetite, cranberry farming is big business. In Massachusetts, cranberries are the most valuable food crop. The commonwealth’s growers provide one-fourth of the U.S. cranberry supply.

  • Filling The Intercropping Info Gap

    Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land – called intercropping – can benefit farmers. But it needs careful planning and resource management.

  • Living Mulch Builds Profits, Soil

    Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except — it’s alive. No, it’s not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a while, scientists at the University of Georgia are making…

  • Helping Chinese Farmers Tackle Erosion, Increase Profits

    On the steep farming slopes of China, Bozhi Wu and his research associates are finding ways to improve economic and environmental stability.

  • Biochar shows benefits as manure lagoon cover

    Manure is a reality in raising farm animals. Manure can be a useful fertilizer, returning valued nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to the soil for plant growth. But manure has problems. Odor offensiveness, gas emissions, nutrient runoff, and possible water pollution are just a few.

  • Changing climate changes soils

    The hottest months. The snowiest winters. Catastrophic floods and droughts.Climate change impacts lives across the world in drastic and unpredictable ways. This unpredictability also extends to the more subtle – yet still important – effects of climate change.For example, it is uncertain how climate change will affect soils and their ability to support productive farms…