Returning the 'three sisters' – corn, beans and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land and cultures
For centuries Native Americans intercropped corn, beans and squash because the plants thrived together. A new initiative is measuring health and social benefits from reuniting the "three sisters."
Nov. 20, 2020 • ~9 min
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An invisible crisis is brewing in US farm country as the overpumped Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer drains. The key drivers are federal farm subsidies and the tax code.
Nov. 9, 2020 • ~10 min
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New research shows that one-third of yearly nitrogen runoff from Midwest farms to the Gulf of Mexico occurs during a few heavy rainstorms. New fertilizing schedules could reduce nitrogen pollution.
Nov. 2, 2020 • ~9 min
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A better test for gauging nitrogen needs in corn fields could mean economic benefits for farmers and be better for the environment, too.
March 10, 2020 • ~4 min
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There's now have a way to detect a crucial cooking process in the archaeological record: the nixtamalization of maize.
Jan. 8, 2020 • ~5 min
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Rotating corn and soybeans offers environmental and management benefits to farmers, but could pose long-term tradeoffs for the health of the soil.
Oct. 3, 2019 • ~3 min
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Almost all fields have certain areas with consistently low or high yields. Big data can help farmers avoid wasting fertilizer on them.
April 19, 2019 • ~6 min
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An emerging pest called the fall armyworm is spreading rapidly in Africa. Researchers urge the adoption of Bt corn, but face skepticism.
Dec. 11, 2018 • ~4 min
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