Chicken manure, known as poultry litter, is an age-old fertilizer. New research shows it can improve soils and increase crop yield, a boon for farmers.
Nitrogen is essential for crops, but when it gets into the water supply, it spells big trouble. Scientists are trying to help farmers strike the right balance by measuring their fields.
Researchers report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry they have recruited a fungus to bolster fertilizer efficiency, meaning tastier tomatoes can be grown with less fertilizer.
Research shows nitrogen efficiency and productivity not a tradeoff
The 4 R’s Advances in Primary Research of Nutrient Stewardship
Research investigates how fluorine levels affect beneficial soil microbes
Applying zinc to the leaves of bread wheat can increase wheat grain zinc concentrations and improve its nutritional content.
Potassium fertilization effects on quality, economics, and yield in pear orchard
Nutrients are responsible for more than just plant growth.
An ounce of preparation in the spring for a summer of garden bounty.
A recently published study analyzed a combination of soil tests to gauge corn nitrogen needs more accurately than the standard chemical tests that have been in use for roughly 50 years. The research could result in economic benefits to farmers and improved environmental quality.
The ever-increasing price of fertilizers and environmental concerns about nutrient runoff make development of a rugged continuous electronic monitoring device to detect soil fertility a possible boon to agriculture in the United States and the United Kingdom (UK).
New findings suggest soils exposed to salt release more greenhouse gas
For the first time in more than 50 years, a joint team of Cuban and U.S. field scientists studied the water quality of twenty-five Cuban rivers and found little damage after centuries of sugarcane production. They also found nutrient pollution in Cuba’s rivers much lower than the Mississippi River. Cuba’s shift to conservation agriculture after the collapse of the Soviet Union—and reduced use of fertilizers on cropland—may be a primary cause.
What do nutrients do for plants?
Going “green” with urine carries some potential risks. Now, research published in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) shows this risk is likely to be minimal.
Researchers identify production strategies to help manage phosphorus
Expect a tradeoff between alfalfa yield and quality when fertilizing with potassium
Changes in soil microbes, soil salinity to be covered in symposium