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Strip-till improves nutrient uptake and yield
A new University of Illinois study revealed that strip-till was superior to no-till and increased yield in soybean. (2011-12-12)
Using science to address farm pollution
Half of the nitrogen-based fertilizer used on US crops seeps into the environment, prompting an interdisciplinary team of Michigan State University scientists to investigate ways to curb pollution. (2013-06-03)
Determining total fertility in strip-tilled fields
Band fertilizer placement may cause non-uniform distribution in the soil. (2012-04-12)
Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer
Ever thought of putting sewage on your plants? Scientists say thermally conditioned sewage sludge serves as an excellent fertilizer to improve soil properties. (2016-08-15)
World fertilizer prices drop dramatically after soaring to all-time highs
World fertilizer prices suddenly dropped in late 2008 after a one-year price spike. (2008-12-16)
Nitrogen fertilizer remains in soils and leaks towards groundwater for decades, researchers find
Nitrogen fertilizer applied to crops lingers in the soil and leaks out as nitrate for decades towards groundwater -- (2013-10-21)
New fertilizer SRM can help control heavy metal content
A new reference material developed by NIST can help the agriculture industry and state regulators monitor the concentrations of several potentially hazardous heavy metal contaminants in fertilizers. (2006-10-12)
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)
Fertilizer in small doses yields higher returns for less money
Crop yields in the fragile semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe have been declining over time due to a decline in soil fertility resulting from mono-cropping, lack of fertilizer, and other factors. (2014-03-06)
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)
Fertilizers help Zimbabwean farmers to increase crop yields
A little bit of manure and fertilizer can considerably improve the perspectives of Zimbabwean smallholder farmers in semi-arid regions. (2007-04-13)
How much fertilizer is too much for the climate?
Helping farmers around the globe apply more-precise amounts of nitrogen-based fertilizer can help combat climate change. (2014-06-09)
Hydrolyzed fish fertilizer tested in organic vegetable production
A two-year study evaluated an organic fish fertilizer in a squash/collard rotation, and compared its effectiveness to inorganic sources. (2015-03-25)
Fertilizer used during plants' production adds value for consumers
A study compared strategies using water-soluble fertilizers (WSF) and controlled-release fertilizers to provide adequate nutrition during production and consumer phases of petunia. (2016-06-27)
Study recommends strategies for improved management of fresh market spinach
To provide California's spinach growers with new management strategies for nitrogen fertilizer and irrigation practices, researchers performed experiments in the Salinas and San Juan Valleys of California. (2013-09-16)
Sustainable fertilizer: Urine and wood ash produce large harvest
Results of the first study evaluating the use of human urine mixed with wood ash as a fertilizer for food crops has found that the combination can be substituted for costly synthetic fertilizers to produce bumper crops of tomatoes without introducing any risk of disease for consumers. (2009-09-02)
Is remote sensing the answer to today's agriculture problems?
Today's wheat growers face many economic and environmental challenges, but arguably their greatest challenge is the efficient use of nitrogen-based fertilizer. (2003-01-15)
Study says salt marshes have limited ability to absorb excess nitrogen
Results suggest that society can't simply rely on salt marshes to clean up nutrient pollution, but instead needs to do a better job at keeping nutrients out of the water in the first place. (2016-11-28)
400,000 farmers in southern Africa using 'fertilizer trees' to improve food security
Researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre say poor soil fertility is one of the main obstacles to improving food production in Africa.Planting trees that improve soil quality can help boost crop yields for African farmers, an assessment shows. (2011-10-18)
Switchgrass lessens soil nitrate loss into waterways, ISU researcher says
Iowa State University researchers Matt Helmers and Antonio Mallarino find that by planting switchgrass and using certain agronomic practices, farmers can significantly reduce the amount of nitrogen and nitrates that leach into the soil. (2010-08-10)
Nitrogen may increase Bt levels in corn
Scientists at the USDA-ARS, Jamie Whitten, Delta States Research Center in Stoneville, MS, have found that Bt concentrations in young corn plants are directly influenced by the amount of nitrogen fertilizer applied at planting. (2003-02-06)
Chicken litter provides organic alternative to synthetic fertilizers
A natural, plentiful byproduct of the poultry industry has proven to be an effective fertilizer for use in commercial marigold production. (2011-03-03)
Optimizing fertilizer rates for wild blueberry
Researchers examined effects of soil-applied fertilizers [nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K)] in a 12-year field experiment. (2016-11-28)
Pinpointing the effects of fertilizer
Plant biologists at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University have pinpointed the area of genomes within nitrogen-fixing bacteria in roots, called rhizobia, that's being altered when the plant they serve is exposed to nitrogen fertilizer. (2016-04-08)
High nitrogen fertilizers tested on post-transplant ornamentals
The nutrition and fertilization needs of container-grown ornamental plants are well-documented, but there is limited research about the plants' fertilizer requirements following transplantation into landscapes. (2010-12-28)
Scientists developed 'smart fertilizer'
Scientists of Siberian Federal University and Krasnoyarsk scientific center of SB RAS developed the 'smart fertilizer.' Researchers combined traditional fertilizer with a biodegradable polymer, which allowed to slow down the process of decomposition and release of a nutrient into the soil. (2017-09-05)
TVA fertilizer technology used worldwide -- but few new products since 1970s
Most fertilizers used worldwide today were developed from 1950 to 1970 by the Tennessee Valley Authority based in Muscle Shoals. (2008-08-25)
Fertilizer research center an Australian first
Farmers throughout the world stand to benefit from a new research center -- the first of its kind in Australia -- that aims to develop more advanced fertilizers for agricultural use. (2008-02-06)
Nitrogen source determined significant for inflorescence development in Phalaenopsis
Researchers investigated the accumulation and use of fertilizer nitrogen (N) during the vegetative and reproductive growth stages of Phalaenopsis related to inflorescence development. (2014-03-26)
Filling intercropping info gap
In some parts of Africa, farmers intercrop sorghum -- a grain -- and peanuts. (2017-11-15)
Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink
Lessening GHG emissions tops the agenda of the world's sustainable development research today. (2015-04-29)
Understanding soil nitrogen management using synchrotron technology
Increasing the organic matter in soils is key to growing crops for numerous reasons, including increased water-holding capacity and improved tilth. (2013-10-01)
MU scientists find new farming method to reduce greenhouse gases, increase farm yields
Researchers at the University of Missouri have found methods to help farmers reduce nitrous oxide emissions while also increasing corn grain production. (2011-01-13)
Dairy farmers protect groundwater, save money
Using advice and technology developed in partnership with University of California researchers, San Joaquin Valley dairy farmers are managing their manure lagoons better, thereby lowering fertilizer costs and protecting groundwater. (2003-05-27)
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)
Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to new 'green revolution'
The 'Green Revolution' of the '60s and '70s has been credited with helping to feed billions around the world, with fertilizers being one of the key drivers spurring the agricultural boom. (2017-01-25)
World fertilizer prices continue to soar, scientists stress need for fertilizer efficiency
The price of phosphate fertilizers doubled in the 3 months from February through April 2008 -- after already doubling in 2007. (2008-05-25)
Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowly
Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. (2017-08-10)
Neiker-Tecnalia set to turn organic waste from biogas plants into high quality fertilizers
The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia, and the Guipuzkoa-based company Ekonek will be building a pilot plant to treat organic waste destined for producing high, added value fertilizers. (2013-03-13)
New study finds 400,000 farmers in southern Africa using 'fertilizer trees' to improve food security
On a continent battered by weather extremes, famine and record food prices, new research released today from the World Agroforestry Center documents an exciting new trend in which hundreds of thousands of poor farmers in Southern Africa are now significantly boosting yields and incomes simply by using fast growing trees and shrubs to naturally fertilize their fields. (2011-10-14)
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