soil health

USDA to invest $21 million-plus to soil health initiatives

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced April 21 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) wil... READ MORE »

Soil health experts offer tips on fumigation best practices

Fumigation can be a necessary means to get soilborne pathogens under control in potato fields. Chemical fumigants reduce the bad in the soil, but als... READ MORE »

New award will study soil compaction

While soil compaction happens below the surface, it has many above-ground impacts on crops. Compacted soil doesn’t absorb water very well, makes it ... READ MORE »

Researchers aiming to turn recent microbe data into actions

For thousands of years, humans have altered — often negatively and inadvertently — microbial communities in a quest to improve agricultural crops.... READ MORE »

The relationship between potato tuber yield and thermal stability

In 2011, the Michigan potato industry identified soil health as a key research priority. The following year, it published an informational document (w... READ MORE »

Fumigation reduces soilborne diseases, which helps sustainability

Improving sustainable potato production is an admirable goal for the potato industry. The basic concept of sustainable crop production is to produce a... READ MORE »

Washington State University to host free no-till symposium

The Washington State University Extension and Oregon Tilth will hold a Zoom virtual symposium on no-till agriculture Feb. 24-25, 2021. Extension in... READ MORE »

Soil conditioner created by packaging maker from paper waste

Farmers and agriculture markets stand to get tons of soil additives converted from wood waste once headed to landfills, thanks to a partnership betwee... READ MORE »

Soil Health Academy announces new scholarship opportunity

The Soil Health Academy (SHA) has announced the establishment of a new scholarship fund to honor soil health and regenerative agriculture pioneer, Ken... READ MORE »

UI professor gets grant for organic potato weed control research

Weed management, soil health, and the nutritional quality of foods grown organically continue to be high priority research topics for organic producer... READ MORE »


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