Soil Nutrition

Biopesticide startup gets $750K more in NSF funding

Cornell-based startup Ascribe Bioscience, which applies the emerging field of metabolomics to the soil microbiome to develop new products for agriculture, has won a $750,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II... more »

Grant funds used to measure efficacy of organic fertilizers

Organic tomato growers use cover crops and compost to build fertility; however, these practices don’t always provide sufficient soil nutrient availability during the period of rapid plant growth, which can limit tomato nutrient uptake, yields,... more »

YouTube channel sheds light on importance of California soil health

University of California Cooperative Extension and the Colusa County Resource Conservation District announce the launch of the Soil Health Connection, an informative outreach YouTube channel. The channel hosts virtual discussions and interviews with leading soil science researchers and farmers... more »

UC Cooperative Extension to investigate healthy soil practices

Six University of California Cooperative Extension research projects were awarded funding ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 each from the California Department of Food and Agriculture Healthy Soils Program. The grants are designed to fund implementation and... more »

Understanding soil health at the 2020 Great Lakes EXPO

For vegetable growers, the fertility and quality of your soil is of the utmost importance. At the 2020 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO, a couple of the highlighted sessions will focus on... more »

Ray Austin joins BioSafe Systems in Southeast region

BioSafe Systems has added Ray Austin to its team, a soil treatment specialist based out of Florida. Austin comes with extensive experience as an agricultural consultant, and over 20 years as a commercial vegetable grower.... more »

Grower’s Postcard: Irrigation, no-till organic production bring out the best

Dear reader, I hope that this postcard finds you doing well. I can only imagine that you are scrambling now in the heat of the summer, and hopefully your veggies are coming on fast and... more »

Organic soil health strategies pursued with awarding of three grants

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) recently awarded three grants to researchers in California, Pennsylvania and Texas to bolster soil health by developing innovative organic strategies for controlling weeds, pests... more »


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