When driving, you might be familiar with using a navigation app to get you to your destination. Often, you can choose the fastest route or the most gas-efficient route. Farmers also can […]
Why do farmers need to test their soils?
Have you ever wondered what is in the soil that supports a plant to survive, reproduce, and complete its life cycle? Where do all those nutrients present in your breakfast corn flakes, […]
How do nutrients in leaves inform farming practices?
Last fall, I spent hours washing leaves as I would wash my hands – first, I dunked them in soapy water and wiped off any residues. Then I rinsed the leaves with […]
Why mix varieties of wheat in a field?
You’ve probably heard of the value of diversification in your financial portfolio. Having more than one type of financial investment reduces risk of losing all your money. My research involves lowering risks […]
What are riparian buffer strips?
The word “riparian” refers to the place where streams meet land. This important intersection controls a lot of processes – especially with regard to water quality. Human use of land near streams […]
Crops and livestock on the same farms, the same fields – why?
Integrated agricultural systems often have both crops and livestock on the same farm. And, yes, integrated crop-livestock systems can have many benefits! Years ago, it was tradition for farmers to grow a […]
What are denitrifying woodchip bioreactors, and how do they help the environment?
Woodchip bioreactors are sophisticated, engineered water treatment systems. Yet, they are simple woodchip-filled trenches, too. If that sounds complicated, it’s really not. These bioreactors clean water with no negative crop production impact. […]
What fertilizers and pesticides commonly go on ag fields and why?
At least three times a day, most humans and many animals consume food produced by the agricultural sector. Our cotton and natural fiber clothing is almost all made through agriculture. Our fuels […]
Keeping your lawn healthy benefits you as well
You can find me at your workplace/school, home, or local park. I support you at outdoor sports games. I am with you when you take your dog for a walk or when […]
What should I consider before using fertilizers and pesticides at home?
Walking through the aisles of any home improvement or garden store, there is a seemingly endless array of products for your lawn and garden. Before making your selection though, there are few […]