Common Ground, Part I: How organic and regenerative agriculture are revitalizing rural Montana economies.
“In both experiments, untreated soybean seed was more profitable than neonicotinoid + fungicide treated seed.”
An Iowa farmer is leading a nationwide class-action lawsuit against the creators of a commonly used herbicide linked to Parkinson’s disease.
The United States grows a lot of corn and soybeans. Some researchers think it’s a good idea to add wheat into that mix. A new study shows including winter wheat once every 4 years in rotations with corn and soybean can have many benefits.
“Our review indicates that pesticides of all types pose a clear hazard to soil invertebrates. Negative effects are evident in both lab and field studies, across all studied pesticide classes, and in a wide variety of soil organisms and endpoints.”
Housed at the University of Northern Iowa’s CEEE, Audrey discussions her work in Environmental Health, how food and farming relate to public health, and several statewide initiatives that aim to reduce pesticide application in the state.
A new study from an international team of researchers found that diversifying crops, “enhances biodiversity, pollination, pest control, nutrient cycling, soil fertility, and water regulation without compromising crop yields.”
Overuse of fertilizer has led to phosphorus shortages and water pollution. But farms might not need so much to grow healthy crops.
A field study was conducted (2019-2020) at the ISU Research and Demonstration Farm near Ames, IA to quantify the impact of cereal rye cover crop and soybean row spacing (15 inch vs. 30 inch) on the glyphosate-resistant waterhemp seed bank.