crop production

Will Large Amounts of Soil Carbon be Released if Grasslands are Converted to Energy Crops?

Grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the United States may be increasingly converted to growing bioenergy grain crops. Questions abound…

New ORNL tool gets handle on cropland CO2 emissions

This information is vital for examining changes in cropland production and management techniques and could play an even bigger role as more land is devoted to…

Understanding Phosphorus in Soils Is Vital to Proper Management

Phosphorus is one of the key nutrients that can cause algal blooms and related water quality problems in lakes, rivers, and estuaries worldwide. Phosphorus…

Soil Maps Generate Reliable Quaternary Geologic Map

Geologists, archeologists, anthropologists, ecologists, engineers, and natural resource managers routinely use National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) data…

Describing Soils: Calibration Tool for Teaching Soil Rupture Resistance

A new calibration tool was recently developed to help students and soil scientists calibrate their thumb and forefinger for the correct amount of pressure.C.A….

Experiment Demonstrates 110 Years of Sustainable Agriculture

A plot of land on the campus of Auburn University shows that 110 years of sustainable farming practices can produce similar cotton crops to those using other…

A Little Nitrogen Can Go a Long Way

Varying the rate of crop production inputs such as fertilizer and seed makes intuitive sense, as farmers have long observed differences in crop yield in…

Measuring Calcium in Serpentine Soils

Research published this month in the Soil Science Society of America Journal shows that multiple measurement techniques are needed to accurately measure…

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