Plant health, production, and products

Ramping Up for Home Harvesting

North Carolina State University Extension continued its Backyard Ramp Patch Project, giving out more than 15,000 ramp bulbs to the community to establish their own resources and lessen the impact of overharvesting native stocks.

Over Clover

Researchers at Utah State University determined that a cover crop of clover seeded with an irrigated wheat crop outcompeted weeds and had no detrimental effect on wheat growth and development.

Increasing Ecosystem Services and Climate Change Resilience in Dominant Agroecosystems of the Northeast

Climate change is demanding that we find new ways to adapt agricultural systems to remain profitable, curb environmental impacts, and minimize their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.

Montana’s Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory Impacts Citizen’s Lives

Montana’s Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory is a critical component of extension outreach, and routinely processes over 2,000 samples per year for county extension, agricultural professionals, and citizens.

UNH Researchers Reveal More Than Dozen Wild Bee Species Declining in Northeast

Researchers have found a dramatic decline of 14 wild bee species that are important across the Northeast.

Science Big Battle Against Small Enemies

NIFA is in the vanguard of the fight to control, mitigate, and eradicate invasive pests.

Organic Plant Breeding Yields Superior Varieties for Cucurbit Growers

Farmers looking for disease-resistant cucurbits now have more choices thanks to the release of new cucumber and melon varieties by Cornell University.

Natural Plant Defense Genes Provide Clues to Safener Protection in Grain Sorghum

Weeds often emerge at the same time as vulnerable crop seedlings and sneak between plants as crops grow. How do farmers kill them without harming the crops themselves?

Resource Management in Commercial Greenhouse Production

Across the country, controlled environments make year-round agriculture possible.

Packaging Insecticides in Tiny Capsules May Make Them More Toxic

Encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules, a common formulation for many pest sprays on the market, could lead to unintended consequences.