Upstream farmers can’t just stop using fertilizer all together. Researchers are looking at plant-based strategies to help mitigate the dead zone.
While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, they have little muscle in combating agricultural runoff.
Planting cover crops and spoon-feeding fertilizer are two ways to cut agriculture’s contribution to nitrates in water, but not enough farmers are buying in yet.
In addition to some of our favorite stories from 2015, we examine the pros and cons of fertilizers. And, what we flush down the toilet could become energy.
Three of the world’s largest facilities are scheduled to come on stream in the next year to produce a variety of nitrogen products.
The USDA recently put $10 million behind grants to establish environmental markets, including one in Iowa to reduce nitrogen runoff.
Fearing backlash from customers, companies like Coke, Nestle and General Mills, are pressuring farmers to reduce their contribution to water pollution.
Bringing monitoring technology to farmer’s fields means the farmer instantly knows how much fertilizer that area needs. They can then avoid applying too much.
Farmers use nearly 900 million pounds of pesticides every year. Sometimes those chemicals drift to neighboring property, which can ruin crops on organic farms.
Cover crops, like crimson clover and hairy vetch, grow during the winter when everything else freezes.
About 20 years ago, scientists realized peaks and valleys of the carbon cycle are reaching higher and lower levels. The Corn Belt may be contributing to that.
According to the National Agricultural Aviation Association, 18 to 20 percent of commercial cropland receives some sort of aerial application.
U.S. farmers grow about $2 billion worth of tomatoes annually, though production numbers have steadily decreased over the past decade.
The amendment has become a hot button issue. On one side: commodity groups. On the other: animal rights groups.
Farmers are using precision information from their fields to prescribe exact doses of everything from seeds to fertilizer. How much data do they want to share?
As the world's topsoil erodes and drinking water stores dwindle, developed countries could be forced to recycle more human waste to grow food. How safe is it?
Water levels have fertilizer shippers scrambling to get their product to market before low water dries up their most important shipping route.
Do you know where your Valentine's Day bouquet came from? Most supermarket flowers have a thorny history.
Crop rotation is a practice that has been around for centuries with proven benefits. Best of all, it requires no chemical fertilizers or pesticides!
It's a finite underground mineral deposit. Its availability influences food security. And the world is running out. Think it's oil? Actually, it's phosphorus.