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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…

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…
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