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"No-till soybean fields give (even some rare) birds foothold in Illinois."

02/03/2014 09:57
Researchers report in a new study that several bird species -- some of them relatively rare -- are making extensive use of soybean fields in Illinois. The team found significantly more birds and a greater diversity of bird species nesting, roosting and feeding in no-till soybean fields than in...

Study Challenges Soil Testing for Potassium and the Fertilizer Value of Potassium Chloride

12/19/2013 08:19
In the chemical age of agriculture that began in the 1960s, potassium chloride (KCl), the common salt often referred to as potash, is widely used as a major fertilizer in the Corn Belt without regard to the huge soil reserves that were once recognized for their fundamental importance to soil...

Preserve the Earth - Water Conservation Resources

06/06/2013 10:33
    Water conservation involves an action that sufficiently reduces the loss, use, or waste of water in hopes of preserving its overall quality. A water conservation measure may incorporate an action, behavioral change, device, technological...

WELCOME, RAIN

04/18/2013 15:08
            It rained. Then it rained some more. Water ran from watersheds, ran off over the surface into streams and rivers, more than the waterways could drain, and the water spilled onto floodplains. In the city it ran down gutters into...

BILLIONS OF EGGS

04/04/2013 17:35
            “The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, thus the egg as a symbol of new life has been around for eons. The particulars may vary, but most cultures around the world...

EYE-WITNESS TO WILDFIRES

04/01/2013 11:08
            Chief of Fire and Aviation Management Yosemite National Park, Kelly Martin, will be the speaker at the Forum open to the public at the HCC Conference Center, Thursday, April 4, 2013, on the topic “Wildfire in a Changing Environment:...

COVER THE SOIL

03/26/2013 10:10
            Waiting for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw gives landowners – farmers and gardeners -- more time to plan for improving soil health. NRCS reminds us that soil health matters because healthy soils: mean high-performing,...

FERTILIZER FACTS FOR LAWNS AND GARDENS

03/21/2013 14:51
            Most of us are thinking spring even if the weather doesn’t seem to know spring is here. It appears that we still have time to make our plans for gardens and lawns before we can start...

OUT OF SIGHT

03/21/2013 14:50
            Many people of the world depend on water in lakes and rivers that they can see – clearly visible when water levels are low.  Many others depend on groundwater in aquifers that are out of sight – not so apparent when water...

LOOKING AHEAD

03/21/2013 14:47
            A February 27 press release announces that USDA is surveying US farmers about their planting intentions. We all might do well to pause and think about what goes into planting...