Items Tagged with 'USDA's Agricultural Research Service'



Humics Emerging as a Tool to Increase Root Growth, Yields

Research by two USDA scientists finds that humic products can bring modest yield gains, especially during crop stress or in poorer soil types.
Nearly everyone likes a good mystery. And to Dan Olk and Dana Dinnes, solving the questions surrounding the viability of humic products in production agriculture has meant a lot of root digging, leaf measuring, crop scanning and number crunching.
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Could Energy Crops Be In Your Rotation’s Future?

Switchgrass, miscanthus, camelina and other crops could provide new markets and opportunities for enterprising no-tillers.
Corn and soybeans have been the main crop sources for producing energy fuels, such as ethanol, biodiesel and biomass. But in the quest for the most efficient energy feedstocks, perennial grasses like switchgrass and miscanthus, oilseeds like camelina, and short-rotation woody crops such as hybrid poplars are beginning to emerge as viable energy crops for U.S. farmers.
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