Roots are not passive actors in the exchange of nutrients with soil. Their growth helps the plant, and the environment!
Soils and your Thanksgiving meal
As you sit around your Thanksgiving table this year, we thought we’d give you some ideas about current research topics that help bring you your dinner. In addition to the growers who tended your food, perhaps you’ll also be thankful for the research scientists working behind the scenes to help us have a sustainable food … Continue reading Soils and your Thanksgiving meal
What are scientists doing to help us grow crops as the climate changes?
There are several factors to address with your question. The first is that we are expecting to continue to feed the world on less land each year. As we continue to build towns and cities on former farm land, we expect more from the farm land that remains. Second, the world’s population is expected to … Continue reading What are scientists doing to help us grow crops as the climate changes?
Why do farmers use fertilizers?
A large sprayer applies nitrogen fertilizer to a field. The equipment is assisted by technology that optimizes the application of fertilizer—using it only where needed on the field. This reduces cost to the grower. Photo credit: Bill Raun Soils naturally contain many nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium. These nutrients allow plants to grow. … Continue reading Why do farmers use fertilizers?
What is “precision agriculture” and why is it important?
Question: What is “precision agriculture” and why is it important? Answer: Precision agriculture is one of many modern farming practices that make production more efficient. With precision agriculture, farmers and soils work better, not harder. A better name for precision ag might be “site-specific ag”. Growers are able to take large fields and manage them … Continue reading What is “precision agriculture” and why is it important?