Environment


Wildfire in Boundary Waters (BWCWA)
June 21, 2017

The USDA Forest Service in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area (BWCWA) will continue to use controlled burns without worrying about fish...

Chen in Montana pea field
June 14, 2017

Farmers in Montana, and other parts of the Northern Great Plains, are shifting from cereal mono-cropping to a cereal-dry pea cropping system. This...

Late-season cattle diet with distillers' grains
June 07, 2017

Making a living raising cattle isn’t as simple as just buying a herd and turning it out to pasture. Cattle require specific diets to...

May 31, 2017

Soil scientist Jim Ippolito believes in local solutions to local problems. The problem he’s working on is contaminated soils near abandoned...

Cormorant with fish in reservoir
May 17, 2017

Studying the effects of great cormorant droppings on water reservoirs is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

moldboard plowing on compact Danish soil
May 03, 2017

When you are tired or hungry, you’re not as productive. You may need to rest or eat. If you push yourself too far, you may get ill.

Perennial groundcover grass between rows of corn
April 26, 2017

The phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is...

Soil test
April 19, 2017

All living things – from bacteria and fungi to plants and animals – need phosphorus. But extra phosphorus in the wrong place can harm...

Ant captures cabbage looper larvae
April 12, 2017

You’re not the only one working hard in your garden or field. The ants who live in the soil are quite the farmers, too. They dig tunnels...

Collecting soil samples from crimped cover crop plot
April 05, 2017

To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them...