PFI Animated Video: Green Manure Crops and Nitrogen￼
Green manure crops – like clover and other legumes – add nitrogen to the soil, allowing farmers to save on fertilizer costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this animated video, learn how green manure crops add nitrogen to the soil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how they fit onto Corn Belt farms.
With Corn Belt inching north, farm diversification gains momentum
Climate change is redrawing the agricultural map of the United States. As corn becomes less economically viable with changing Midwestern weather patterns, farmers look to a more diverse future.
Watch PFI’s new animated video: Nitrate and Water Quality
How does nitrate get into our water? How can we keep it in our farm fields where it can do the most good? Learn more in this animated video explaining how nitrate affects water quality and how farming practices can help.
Using far less chemical fertilizer still produces high crop yields, study finds
Climate-friendly practices can increase yields while improving ecosystem of farms, scientists say.
Scary headlines about food shortages are misleading. Here’s why
There are real concerns a combination of climate change, conflict, and post-COVID-19 supply chain problems could lead to an availability issue in the coming years–but we’re not there yet.
‘Towns just turned to dust’: how factory hog farms help hollow out rural communities
Almost a third of hogs in the US are now raised in Iowa but a new report questions whether that’s good for residents or local economies.
Cover crops more effective than insecticides for managing pests, study suggests
Promoting early season plant cover, primarily through the use of cover crops, can be more effective at reducing pest density and crop damage than insecticide applications, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.
‘Soil is our livelihood and we better protect it, or we’re screwed.’
Common Ground, Part I: How organic and regenerative agriculture are revitalizing rural Montana economies.
Are Neonic + Fungicide Soybean Seed Treatments Justiﬁed?
“In both experiments, untreated soybean seed was more profitable than neonicotinoid + fungicide treated seed.”