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7/5/2017

Farming is risky business. There’s a need to maximize the quality and quantity of production, within the strict realities of time and environmental health. Finding the right combination of...

7/18/2017

Kidney beans, like most other beans, are a nutritional powerhouse. They are packed with complex carbohydrates, protein, iron, and folate. They are also a good source of soluble fiber, which has...

6/14/2017

Farmers in Montana, and other parts of the Northern Great Plains, are shifting from cereal mono-cropping to a cereal-dry pea cropping system. This transition is not without its share of unknowns,...

6/7/2017

Making a living raising cattle isn’t as simple as just buying a herd and turning it out to pasture. Cattle require specific diets to maintain proper nutrition and weight gain. And how to do...

5/24/2017

Camelina: Have you heard of it? It’s an emerging alternative oilseed crop in parts of the Great Plains.

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5/10/2017

Just like humans and animals sometimes need medicine to feel well or perform better, so can plants....

4/26/2017

The phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of...

4/5/2017

To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them into the soil with these disks. But it takes heavy...

3/29/2017

It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to compact...

3/15/2017

Beauty and utility in one bright package, sunflowers are one of just a few commercial crops with origins in the United States.

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