Agriculture

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10 Irrigation Tips For Better Water Resource Management

Planting cover crops, trees, and complementary crops in the same field can help retain both water and nutrients in soil. Doing these things can also provide drought protection and help irrigation and farming be better at water resource management Gravity-flow systems and irrigation systems can be used for more efficient water use, depending on where they […]

March 6th

Drinking Water — Where It Comes From

Surface water — like lakes, rivers, and reservoirs — is one major source of our drinking water. Groundwater is another. The surface water comes from precipitation, like rain and melting snow and ice. Surface water moves over land to collect in lower areas, so it can contain chemicals it absorbs along the way. Some cities, like Los Angeles and […]

March 6th

In Japan, They’re Farming With 99% Less Water

This hydroponic farm in Japan cuts water usage by 99%! The farm occupies an abandoned Sony chip manufacturing facility in Miyagi prefecture, near where the earthquake and tsunami struck the country in 2011. It is the brainchild of Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist who was inspired by a vegetable factory he saw at the Expo ’85 World’s […]

November 7th

Nitrate Monitoring in Real Time

Nitrate monitoring in real time along the Mississippi River basin helps determine the size of the annual dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico as well as how well efforts to reduce the dead zone are working. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) uses cutting edge optical sensor technology to measure nitrate levels across the watershed.

September 23rd

Ban Atrazine with Dr. Tyrone Hayes

Amphibians as a group are declining in numbers. A number of reasons are behind this decline. Among those reasons is agricultural pesticide and herbicide use. Dr. Tyrone Hayes has been on the front line working against atrazine use in the United States.

August 28th