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Manure application changes with winter crop can cut nitrogen loss, boost profits

3rd April 2019

Dairy farmers in the Northeast can improve water quality and boost the profitability of their operations by changing the timing and method of applying manure to their fields in the fall, along with planting rye as a cover crop between corn crops -- or by double-cropping rye and corn, according to Penn State researchers.


Machine learning for measuring roots

3rd April 2019

Researchers from the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and La Salle-Ramon Llull University, both in Barcelona, Spain, have developed a software that, through image processing and machine learning, allows researchers to semi-automate the analysis of root growth of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings growing directly in agar plates.


Are no-fun fungi keeping fertilizer from plants?

29th March 2019

Crops just can't do without phosphorus. Globally, more than 45 million tons of phosphorus fertilizer are expected to be used in 2019. But only a fraction of the added phosphorus will end up being available to crops.

In south Florida, for example, "it is thought that less than twenty percent of phosphorus applied as fertilizer is taken up by plants before it becomes unavailable," says Mary Tiedeman, a researcher at Florida International University.


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