Ecological Theories, Meta-Analysis, and the Benefits of Monocultures

How do we go about increasing agricultural crop yields? As long as human populations are increasing, this is the primary challenge we face in agriculture. We must do this without threatening our ability to produce food in the future, and,…

Study shows soil-building benefits of manure and crop rotation, so why didn’t they say so?

The secret to building soils is... wait for it... manure and diverse crop rotation. Underwhelmed? Researchers in Iowa (Delate et al, 2013) came to this result after conducting ten years of field research. Only this wasn’t their conclusion. Instead, the headline…

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