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Closing the Loop: How Well Could Fertilizer Derived from Dairy Manure Meet Crop Nitrogen Demand in Whatcom County, Washington

Posted by Karen Hills | January 6, 2021
Manure can play a valuable role in crop production because of its ability to build soil fertility and soil health. Ironically, manure can pose a…

Good news! U.S. fruit and vegetable supply chains are resilient

Posted by david.i.gustafson | December 17, 2020
We’re all exhausted. As we near the end of what feels like the longest year of our lives, we’re now being told that we can’t…

How Interested are Crop Farmers in Using a Fertilizer Derived from Dairy Manure?

Posted by Karen Hills | December 9, 2020
It used to be that livestock and crops were integrated on a single farm and manure provided an important source of fertility for crop production.…

A Fungus Among Us: Improving on Composted Digestate

Posted by embrey.bronstad | November 30, 2020
I really didn’t like this fungus joke at first. But it’s growing on me. And thank goodness for that, because fungus may just be a…

It’s All About the Critters: Who Can Remove Nitrogen from Dairy Waste?

Posted by embrey.bronstad | November 12, 2020
Here is an ammonia joke for you: Why do chemistry students like studying ammonia? Because it’s pretty basic stuff! So basic, in fact, that high…

Compost Emissions – More Than Just a Matter of Smell

Posted by Karen Hills | October 20, 2020
Composting organic waste is, in many ways, a win-win scenario. It diverts waste from the landfill, while creating a valuable soil amendment (explored in my…

Municipal Compost Use in Agriculture: A Question of Cost and Value

Posted by Karen Hills | September 23, 2020
Composting rather than landfilling organic waste, such as food waste and yard trimmings, has several benefits from a climate perspective. A recent study in Washington…

Contrary Science; Cover Crop Mixtures, Monocultures, and Mechanisms

Posted by Andrew McGuire | August 18, 2020
Planting diverse cover crop mixtures will increase soil microbial diversity and achieve increased benefits over monocultures because of the synergistic interactions of the different plant…

Boutique Biochars: Exploring Engineering Strategies to Increase Phosphate Adsorption

Posted by Karen Hills | August 10, 2020
Biochar is produced by pyrolysis of woody (technically, lignocellulosic) materials. By controlling the conditions under which it is produced, researchers can engineer biochar to be…

Check it out: Engagement as a Path Towards Greater Resilience to Climate Change

Posted by Sonia A. Hall | July 13, 2020
Our most recently published case study on resilience to climate change describes Brenda and Tony Richards’ family cow-calf operation in Murphy, Idaho. Over the last…
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