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As drought-ravaged '99 harvest proceeds, farmers turn to NASA's Marshall Center for 21st century solutions
As drought-stricken farms limp through the last harvest of the 20th century, Marshall researchers are using remote sensing technology developed for the space program to improve crop management and increase profitability -- capabilities that could mean the difference between feast and famine for the six billion residents of planet Earth. (1999-11-07)

Perchlorate found in fertilizers
Perchlorate - a chemical compound suspected of adverse health and ecological effects - has been identified in some fertilizers used by homeowners and farmers, according to scientists affiliated with the EPA's National Research Laboratory in Athens, GA. The study appears in the Oct. 1 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. (1999-09-28)

Agronomists offer alternative approaches to gulf pollution
Modifying tile drainage systems and crop rotations in farmer's fields are the best methods to prevent nitrates from fertilizer from leaking off farms and into nearby streams, say two Purdue University agronomists. (1999-07-01)

Study Bolsters Theory Of Plant Nutrients Trapped In Soil
An ingredient of peat and soil may rob plants of the nutrients they need to grow. Researchers wonder whether large molecules of decomposed plant matter called (1999-04-28)

Farmers Can Afford To Clean Up Gulf Of Mexico, Analysis Shows
A study of the cost of proposed changes in nitrogen management needed to eliminate the hypoxic zone, or dead zone, in the Gulf of Mexico has found that the American farm system can afford these changes -- barely. (1999-01-23)

Did You Know? The Truth About The Poinsettia
Poinsettias are commonly found in North American homes during the holiday season. Orginating as tropical trees they were transformed into beautiful, branched plants in 1923. However, it wasn't until recently that plant pathologists discovered what gave poinsettias their bushy, branched appearance. Discover the secret, plus other poinsettia tips in this release. (1998-12-02)

Study Of Fertilizer Runoff Suggests Changing Time Of Application
Researchers studying an Illinois watershed have gained insight into nature's role in using nitrogen fertilizer efficiently and whether the fertilizer leaches into rivers. (1998-07-06)

"A Little Bit Here" And "A Little Bit There" Can Add Up To A Big Problem
A new report, (1998-06-22)

Potential Solutions For Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone" Explored
Researchers are studying ways to control the rush of nitrogen and other chemicals that flow into the Mississippi River watershed each spring and ultimately turn more than 7,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico into a (1998-06-17)

USGS Says Central Columbia Plateau Water Quality Impaired by Agriculture, But Some Good News
Water quality in the Central Columbia Plateau of eastern Washington and western Idaho has been adversely affected by agriculture, especially in irrigated areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). Some improvements, however, are noticeable, such as less sediment being washed into streams. (1998-04-22)

Hi-Tech Manure Spreader Latest Precision Farming Development
A liquid-manure applicator under development at Purdue University can be incorporated into a precision farming setup that uses computer-directed equipment and satellite- oriented GPS (geopositioning) technology. The hi-tech manure applicator is the first of its kind in the nation. This isn't a load of you-know-what. (1998-03-19)

Government Should Limit Access To Explosives, Use Existing Detection Technologies To Avoid Bombings
Additives that improve detection of explosives before detonation or determine their origins after a blast are not yet practical enough for broad use in the United States, according to a new National Research Council report. Nor is there a practical method available to neutralize the explosive properties of ammonium nitrate, a commonly available fertilizer that was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. (1998-03-04)

Testing Sought For Brighteners, Natural Substance In Spices, Cosmetic Chemical, Three Herbs, A Natural Oil And A Fertilizer
A federal interagency committee has recommended that the National Toxicology program review and possibly test two fiber brighteners, an intermediate chemical in manufacturing, some cosmetics, a natural oil used as a food additive, an ingredient in some spices, three herbs -- comfrey, goldenseal and saw palmetto -- and a fertilizer, for their potential to cause cancer or reproductive and developmental problems. (1998-02-03)

Researcher Discovers Plant Genes For Phosphate Uptake
Spurred by predictions that we may have only 90 years of high-quality rock phosphate fertilizer left, Purdue University researchers have taken a step toward helping plants get the nutrient out of soil. They were the first to isolate genes that help plant roots take up phosphate, a common form of phosphorus. (1997-11-06)

Too Much Fertilizer Ineffective, Data From Historic Farm Plots Indicate
The nation's oldest crop-research plots, at the University of Illinois, are speaking out: Soil stewardship pays. Yields in fertilzed continous corn plots are one-third lower than in similarly fertilized plots where long rotations have been used. (1997-10-31)

Designing Chicken Manure
Managing the 19.5 million tons of chicken and turkey manure produced each year by the U.S. poultry industry is no simple task, but a Penn State poultry nutritionist is looking at ways to more carefully balance chicken diets and reduce waste. (1997-09-09)

Roadsides Benefit From Waste, UF Researchers Say
Mountains of nutrient-rich organic wastes from county and city landfills may be the answer for UF researchers charged by the Florida Department of Transportation with finding a way to improve roadside soil to help grass grow and stabilize roadways. (1997-08-18)

Purdue-Made Soil Benefits The Environment
It's the environmental equivalent of turning a sow's ear into a silk purse--Purdue University researchers have developed a process for making topsoil from coal ash, yard waste and industrial byproducts. (1997-06-06)

Lowering Applications Of Nitrogen Fertilizer Can Boost Profits
Studies on nitrogen fertilizer use on Illinois farms show that seed corn grown in sandy soils does better with a lot less nitrogen, and that too much nitrogen on some fields is accumulating in microorganisms -- not the soil itself (1996-11-07)

Using Starter Fertilizer On No-Till Corn Increases Yield, Study Shows
Using a starter fertilizer with a nitrogen-phosphate blend on three Illinois no-till farming sites increased yields dramatically over three years -- more than covering initial investment costs (1996-11-07)

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