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A soil scientist from RUDN University found out that plants with deep root systems promote the storage of organic carbon in the soil. This, in turn, can help reduce the…

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(KNSI) – A recently developed crop has the potential to reduce the impact of nitrate leaching from farm fields into water supplies. Kernza wheat, or intermediate wheatgrass, is different from other…

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SALINA, Kansas — Ebony Murrell and a few interns meticulously sort 99 kinds of silphium. It’s a wild relative to a sunflower. And the biologists at The Land Institute — an outfit…

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This week’s edition of Eco-Radio, with host, Dave Mitchell, will interview Dr. Richard Cruse, Professor in the Agronomy Department at Iowa State University, and Dr. Timothy Crews, Director of Research…

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The word “apocalypse” is described as “destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale,” according to the Oxford Dictionary. An alternate, less frightening, definition of apocalypse is “to uncover…

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Cover cropping is proposed to enhance soil microbial diversity and activity, with cover crop type affecting microbial groups in different ways. We compared fungal community compositions of bulk soils differing…

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On a still November day, Patrick O’Neal, the burn coordinator at Kansas State University’s Konza Prairie Biological Station near Manhattan, Kansas, convenes a meeting about a planned fire. “The goal…

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LAWRENCE — Revolutionizing the way humans practice agriculture by implementing new practices supported by international bodies might sound like a radical idea. Yet it’s possible, according to a University of Kansas…

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To have a chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change, society needs to reach net-zero emissions by 2050—meaning that if we can’t transition to an emissions-free economy by…

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The news in the Jan. 14 issue of the Star Tribune that 1 in 8 Minnesotans are drinking nitrate-tainted water and that fertilizer escaping from row-crop fields is a main…

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GOODHUE COUNTY, Minn. — If humans want to continue eating we need to continue farming. But many farming practices that have become common in the 21st century result in pollution…

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Keynote speaker Fred Iutzi, president of The Land Institute, helped the Kansas Rural Center mark its 40th anniversary at their annual conference in early November by dealing…

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