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The Shape of Yields to Come

A pumpkin fit for Linus. This behemoth weighed 2,624.6 pounds (1,190.5 kg), claiming a new world record October 9, 2016 for Belgian grower Mathias Willemijns at the Giant Pumpkin European Championship in Ludwigsburg, Germany. How much further up can humans … Continue reading

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Profiles in Green: Yukina Savoy

Yukina savoy (Brassica rapa variety). Photo taken January 2018 after several nights down to 16o F (-9o C). Across a broad swath of North America, January isn’t prime time for outdoor plants, nor for those veteran dirt hogs dreaming of … Continue reading

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Further Notes on Climate “Smart” Agriculture: Carbon Sequestration and its Discontents

Climate “smart” enthusiasts claim that damaging effects of climate change can be reversed by agricultural practices that promote sequestration of atmospheric carbon in soil. What is the evidence? In my February 7, 2017 palaver Climate “Smart” or Climate Semantics? I … Continue reading

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Climate “Smart” or Climate Semantics?

Unloading combined corn grain during harvest. Farmers have rationalized fossil fuel powered, climate-adverse inputs including synthetic fertilizers based on measured productivity and returns. What are the parallel benefits of climate “smart” agriculture, and how do we measure them? There’s a … Continue reading

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Good Migrations

Agrosphere Journal has moved to WordPress. I have endeavored to preserve the same look and content structure, i.e. “theme” of the former Blogger site, which have continued serving the purpose for which they were created. As you may have noticed, … Continue reading

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