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Building Better Biochar Breakthroughs: A Roadmap for Biochar Research

Posted by Embrey Bronstad | December 14, 2021
What is the first thing you think when you hear “Black Gold”? Is it the theme song for the Beverly Hillbillies? A baritone “Texas Tea”?…

Always Follow the Nitrogen

Posted by Andrew McGuire | December 7, 2021
“Follow the money” is a reliable tactic for figuring out people’s actions. Money is scarce, people want it, and do stuff with it. For plants,…

The ‘Carbon Market Bazaar’: Future Windfall for Producers or Just Hot Air?

Posted by David Gustafson | December 2, 2021
I’m a fan of action movies, where a Middle Eastern bazaar is a popular place for high-speed chases. Even without the careening bullets and motorcycles,…

Would you lease your water rights? The devil is in the details

Posted by Nicole Bell | October 5, 2021
Climate change is expected to alter both the availability and demand for water. In the western United States, roughly 80% of surface water is allocated…

Bet-Hedging with Cover Crop Mixtures

Posted by Andrew McGuire | September 28, 2021
What do weeds and gamblers in Las Vegas have in common? They both manage the risk of unpredictable outcomes through a strategy called bet-hedging. Could…

Here’s the Dirt on Carbon Sequestration Potential in Cropland Soils

Posted by Nicole Bell | September 20, 2021
In this era with record-setting temperatures multiple years in a row, scientists are looking for methods to sequester carbon to slow the process of climate…

Buckwheat and Phosphorus

Posted by Andrew McGuire | September 13, 2021
I once grew buckwheat in town between our sidewalk and the street. It got a lot of looks from passersby and one lady even knocked…

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…
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