Researchers developed a forecast tool to determine which areas have the highest probability of a large rangeland fire.
USDA Improves Fall Planting Options with New Pea Cultivars
Many farmers practice crop rotation, growing different crops each year to maximize the use of their land and to ensure continued soil health. However, there have historically been few crops to plant during the fall because many plants do not tolerate colder weather well. To provide farmers with more options, ARS researchers recently developed and released three new pea cultivars that can be grown in the cooler months. They are the first winter pea cultivars designed specifically for human consumption rather than feed for livestock.
The cultivars, named "USDA Dint," "USDA MiCa," and "USDA Klondike," will provide farmers with a variety of benefits. In addition to offering more options for fall planting, the peas will help to fix atmospheric nitrogen into a form that is available for subsequent crops, and will use less soil moisture than cereal crops, like wheat, rice, or corn. Incorporating a legume like peas into a cereal-based cropping system will also give farmers an opportunity to break weed and disease/pest cycles.
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Predicting High-Risk Areas for Wildfires
Building a Better Honey Bee
ARS researchers are studying genetics and breeding to make honey bees more resilient.
Long Term Honey Bee Research Monitoring Network
A long-term honey bee monitoring network helps researchers to better understand colony performance and survivorship over multiple seasons.
Plant Diseases Hide Unexpected Places
ARS researchers examined rhododendron plants growing in native stands, looking for microbes that cause diseases that affect other plants.
Screening to Breed Superior Cotton
Scientists are producing new strains of cotton that offer both quality and abundance.
Helping Farmers in South America
Scientists investigated practices that might help smallholder farmers increase sustainability of their lands and adapt to a changing climate.
How Healthy is Your Soil?
Researchers have developed a new, easier way to find the answer to the question, "How much carbon is stored in soil?"
Beneficial Wasp May Put Sting in Fruit Pest
ARS and University of California-Berkeley scientists are evaluating the potential of a parasitoid wasp to control the fruit fly, spotted wing drosophila.
Genes That Keep Tomatoes Fresher
Scientists have identified a tomato gene that's responsible for the softening process in the fruit as it matures, and found a way to inhibit the gene, keeping tomatoes firmer, longer.
Sweetpotato Varieties Fight Pests
In recent years, farmers in the southeastern United States have struggled with the invasive guava root-knot nematode.