A new study by Penn State researchers showed that using no-till and reduced-tillage production methods on soybeans can achieve yields similar to tillage-based production at competitive costs.
A new global analysis from the University of Illinois shows that planting cover crops after row-crop harvest can significantly boost soil microbial abundance, activity, and diversity
Tillage made the biggest difference [to soil health],” ...For centuries, farmers have tilled to eliminate weeds, bury the remnants of old crops and prepare the ground for planting — but newer research suggests that disturbing the top layer of soil destroys microbial populations and contributes to soil erosion.... "Soil health is public health.
Nearly 30% of birds in U.S., Canada have vanished since 1970. Research published Sept. 19 online by the journal Science shows a massive loss of nearly 3 billion birds in the continental breeding adult bird population for the United States and Canada over the past 50 years.
For years, the government has subsidized industrial monoculture rather than sustainability. Smarter policies could help save small farms — and the planet.
The data is presented using a story map, which helps to organize the setting and issues in an educational way. We hope that these story maps will be used to provide more education, training, and increase community awareness so that in the long term, drift cases will be reduced.
Neonics—pesticides introduced to plants at the seed stage—act like an appetite suppressant for birds, making them lose weight within hours.