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Crop Diversity is Not the Cause

Posted by Andrew McGuire | July 19, 2021
I previously covered reasons why the results of many biodiversity studies do not apply to agriculture. Here, I want to emphasize a related issue: how…

Yield Benefits of Crop Rotation: Crop Diversity or Active Crop Time?

Posted by Andrew McGuire | April 15, 2021
Crop rotation is a time-proven practice. Compared to monocropping—the continuous production of the same crop year after year—growing two, three, or even more crops can…

BIOAg in Action: Using Mycorrhizal Inoculants in Washington Wine Grape Production

Posted by Karen Hills | February 24, 2021
When it comes to organisms living in the soil, we mostly hear about the “bad guys”—soilborne pests. However, there are many soil organisms that are…

Vermifiltration: A low-cost, environmentally sustainable way to treat dairy waste?

Posted by Embrey Bronstad | February 15, 2021
What do you call the worm that ate Mozart? A DECOMPOSER! But for one central Washington dairy, a treatment system is using worms, not to…

Why Ecological Biodiversity Research Results Seldom Apply to Agriculture

Posted by Andrew McGuire | February 4, 2021
Ecologists, agroecologists, and regenerative agriculture advocates are promoting biodiversity to solve many of agriculture’s problems. They often base this on evidence of the benefits of…

Developing Biochar Markets in the Pacific Northwest

Posted by Embrey Bronstad | January 29, 2021
Biochar has the potential to provide a win-win for climate, soils, and forest health. Previous posts on the CSANR Perspectives in Sustainability blog have discussed…

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…

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…
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