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2/22/2017

When deciding what crops to grow during a season, growers look at several factors. Do the crops have a good yield in their area? Does the area currently have the resources - usually water - to...

2/15/2017

Eating popcorn has long been synonymous with watching movies. But soon you might find yourself reaching for another popped snack option—popped sorghum.

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2/8/2017

Cranking up the lawn mower on a Saturday afternoon may be a child’s most dreaded chore. But little does he or she know that it also affects how much carbon and nitrogen are present in the...

2/1/2017

The small but mighty chickpea packs a dietary and environmental punch. They are an important source of nutrition, especially protein, for billions of people across the world. Additionally,...

1/25/2017

Floating wetlands may seem odd but are perfectly natural. They occur when mats of vegetation break free from the shore of a body of water. That got ecological engineers curious about how they...

1/18/2017

Huckleberry Finn wouldn’t recognize today’s lower Mississippi River. Massive walls separate the river from low-lying lands along the bank, an area called the floodplain. Floodplains...

1/11/2017

The hottest months. The snowiest winters. Catastrophic floods and droughts.

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1/4/2017

Jennifer Weidhaas was teaching in West Virginia on January 9, 2014 when about 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked into the Elk River. The concrete wall holding back the chemicals had eroded. The...

12/21/2016

Tim Close has found himself, happily, stuck in a library. But it’s not your typical library with shelves and books. It’s a genetic library of cowpea varieties, also known as black-eyed...

12/14/2016

In many parts of the world, lack of sufficient water makes it difficult – or impossible – to grow crops. Even in areas with enough water for farming,...