Students find passion, friendship in soil judging team Tuesday, December 11, 2018Getting their hands dirty is what the soil judging team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln does best. Each year, the 16 to 18 members of the soil judging team take a class to prepare for competitions in the fall and spring semesters. According to Samantha Teten, a member who’s been on the team for four years, the members look at different soil characteristics like color, texture and structure. They then classify the soil and determine if it would be suitable for building houses, for gardening and more.
Nebraska plant scientist digs deeper into soybeans and soil bacteria Monday, December 10, 2018If soybeans can take advantage of the air’s abundant supply of nitrogen, why does corn rely solely on nitrogen available in the soil? It’s no secret that soybeans have evolved a unique relationship with rhizobia, a common soil bacteria that converts atmospheric nitrogen into a form plants can use. Yet much about this alliance is unknown.
Elevator Speech Contest to be held this spring Tuesday, December 4, 2018The Entomology, Plant Pathology and Agronomy and Horticulture departments have joined forces to organize and host the first Elevator Speech Contest for graduate students this spring 2019.
Researchers aim to reduce nitrogen fertilizer use Monday, December 3, 2018Synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is lauded as one of the biggest agricultural breakthroughs of the 20th century, sparking a boom in food production that supported a global population that grew from 1.6 billion to 6 billion.
Registration open for 2019 Nebraska Extension Master Gardener volunteer program Monday, December 3, 2018
Nebraska Extension is offering Master Gardener training throughout the state in 2019. The Nebraska EMG program is a horticulture-related volunteer training program based in many counties and has been part of Nebraska Extension since 1976.