- Study shows most farmers are in compliance with fertilizer recommendations in Western Lake Erie region
As farmers prepare for their 2018 crop, newly released research shows that a large majority of those whose fields drain into western Lake Erie are adhering to agriculture experts’ guidelines for fertilizer rates and application practices.
- Beyond no-till and covers: Many practices improve soil health
Farmer interest in no-till and cover crops has probably never been higher. That interest is fueled by stewardship and, in many cases, government incentives such as USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program.
- Mekong River dams could disrupt lives, environment
The Mekong River traverses six Southeast Asian countries and supports the livelihoods of millions of people. New efforts to provide hydroelectric power to a growing and modernizing population include more than eight proposed main-stem dams and 60 or more existing tributary dams in the lower Mekong basin. A new article lays out what dam construction could mean for residents and the environment in the region.
- California water use back to pre-drought levels as conservation wanes
California’s water conservation habits, refined and improved over five years of drought, are quickly evaporating. For the seventh time in the last eight months, the amount of water saved by urban Californians has declined, according to new data from the State Water Resources Control Board.
- Note to USDA: The time for regenerative agriculture is now
Lessons taught by a Kansas farmer continue to guide Blogger Ron Nichols years later about the importance of soil to agriculture.
- Can livestock help the adoption of cover crops?
Despite farmers’ positive perceptions about cover crops and the availability of cost-share programs to incentivize their use, an Iowa State University study shows the return on investment may be the biggest hurdle to overcome for widespread adoption of the practice.
- Soil health management helps produce valuable soil
Indiana farmers are once again leading the nation in building valuable topsoil by using soil health management systems in their operations. According to a recent survey, farmers saved nearly 6.3 million tons of valuable top soil from erosion last spring as a result of no-till farming, a conservation practice known for improving organic matter and soil health.
- Pricey projects loom for Alaska as erosion threatens runways, roads and more
Alaska transportation engineers are facing a long list of increasingly urgent and costly public projects meant to solve climate-change related problems — imperiled runways, warped roads and even a mile-long mass of frozen debris sliding toward a highway.
- The dollars and cents of soil health: A farmer's perspective
Last year, the U.S. lost 2 million acres of land in active crop production. As the global population grows towards a projected 9.8 billion people by 2050, so too does demand for the food, fuel and fiber grown in America. The result? American farmers are looking for sustainable ways to produce high yields year after year.
- Digging deep: Harnessing the power of soil microbes for more sustainable farming
How will the farms of the future feed a projected 9.8 billion people by 2050? A "smart farm" project marries microbiology and machine learning in an effort to reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and enhance soil carbon uptake, thus improving the long-term viability of the land while increasing crop yields.