Soil health is a topic of discussion by microbiologists and agronomists alike.
Soil is home to biotic factors: microbes, insects, spiders, worms; and abiotic factors: minerals, nutrients, water and air. The soil ecosystem is more important than ever in determining the yield of crops as well as the nutrition content of the food that we eat. These materials consider the aspects of soil health and how food production systems can maintain and bolster soil health.
What do you know about soybeans? This course provides an overview of soybeans. Students learn about the parts of the soybean plant and the many uses of soybeans. Information is also provided about the process of growing and exporting soybeans.
How do today’s farmers continue to increase productivity? Farmers are continually implementing management practices in order to increase food production in a sustainable manner. Learn how these good stewardship practices have resulted in reduced soil erosion and lower amounts of pesticides, water and energy used while increasing yield.