Soil & Groundwater Newsletter
August 06, 2009

This Week�s Featured News Stories
ARS helps preserve indigenous crops in Ecuador
An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist is working with an international group of researchers on a project to improve the livelihoods of people in rural Ecuador by promoting the conservation and use of indigenous crops. People in and around Cotacachi, in the northern Andean highlands, have been farming for thousands of years, and the result is a stunning diversity of crops, some of them little known outside the Andes. But many people now work away from their farms, prompting concerns that some of the crops, along with the associated cultural traditions, may be lost, according to Karen ...
Mysteries of soil and nitrogen to be probed at Jamestown
Making better use of soil moisture and nitrogen will be a major focus of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Update at Jamestown on August 19. GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon said improving efficiencies in the use of moisture and nutrients was an important investment for the GRDC and keenly sought by growers in South Australia�s Mid North.   �While the situation has improved somewhat in 2009, it wasn�t all that long ago when fertiliser prices went through the roof and had a big impact on the profitability of grain producers,� Mr Shannon said.   �Growers ...
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