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Past and present advances in the fields of agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences. Enjoy interviews with researchers published in journals, books, and magazines from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

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Past and present advances in the fields of agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences. Enjoy interviews with researchers published in journals, books, and magazines from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

Opinions and conclusions expressed by authors are their own and are not considered as those of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, its staff, its members, or its advertisers.

    2024 Blooper Reel

    2024 Blooper Reel

    It’s our birthday! That means it’s time for our annual birthday blooper reel! Enjoy our favorite flubs from the previous year and thank you again for listening! Remember that if you like our show, rating, reviewing, and sharing with friends are the best ways you can show your support.
    Contact us at podcast@sciencesocieties.org or on Twitter @FieldLabEarth if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for show topics, and if you want more content like this don’t forget to subscribe. If you’d like to see old episodes or sign up for our newsletter, you can do so here: https://fieldlabearth.libsyn.com/.
    Field, Lab, Earth is Copyrighted by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

    • 7 min
    Combatting Drought with WAPs with Dr. Sanandam Bordoloi

    Combatting Drought with WAPs with Dr. Sanandam Bordoloi

    “Efficacy of novel water-absorbing polymer amended soil for improving drought resilience of Solanum lycopersicum” with Dr. Sanandam Bordoloi.
    Drought can be a major problem for tomatoes, particularly in changing climates. Water-absorbant polymers can help water stay in the soil to help tomatoes thrive, but costs can make it hard for farmers to use them. In this episode, Sanandam joins me to discuss his research into developing more affordable, effective water-absorbant polymers from the waste material fly ash.
    Tune in to learn:
    ·        What a WAP is
    ·        What ratios of WAPs were tested
    ·        What other materials might be useful for WAP production
    ·        How a WAP is like a chia seed
    If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.1002/saj2.20480
    This paper is always freely available.
    Contact us at podcast@sciencesocieties.org or on Twitter @FieldLabEarth if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for show topics, and if you want more content like this don’t forget to subscribe. If you’d like to see old episodes or sign up for our newsletter, you can do so here: https://fieldlabearth.libsyn.com/.
    If you would like to reach out to Sanandam, you can find him here:
    sanandam.bordoloi@aalto.fi
    https://www.aalto.fi/en/people/sanandam-bordoloi
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanandam-bordoloi-b7ab99294/
    https://twitter.com/iamsanandam


    If you would like to reach out to Michael Rabe from our Student Spotlight, you can find him here:
    rabemich@msu.edu
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/rabemich
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/romechild
    Resources
    CEU Quiz: Coming soon
    Transcripts: https://www.rev.com/transcript-editor/shared/RfoMEzkXCdnsR7rcmvdIQ-gbiUBycxalor6Z-xFeNo-7mBTr7UUunOas7XoxGaWmOQp8jVNvov79hZPuCY8YgGiQZ9s?loadFrom=SharedLink
    Sponsored by METER Group. METER sensors deliver real-time plant, soil, and atmospheric data that fuels environmental research. Listen to METER Group’s podcast We Measure the World to hear how innovative researchers are leveraging environmental data to make our world a better place—and a more sustainable place—at metergroup.com/fieldlabearth
    Thank you to our volunteer Om Prakash Ghimire for help with the certified crop adviser quiz.
    Field, Lab, Earth is Copyrighted by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

    • 36 min
    Phytoremediation for Urban Agriculture with Marie-Anne Viau and Dr. Adrian Paul

    Phytoremediation for Urban Agriculture with Marie-Anne Viau and Dr. Adrian Paul

    “Can we simultaneously decontaminate and cultivate? An urban cherry tomato story” with Marie-Anne Viau and Dr. Adrian Paul
    Contamination of various kinds can make it difficult to ensure healthy and safe food crops in urban agriculture. Phytoremediation is a strategy where we may be able to use plants’ incredible natural abilities to help with this problem. This episode, Marie-Anne and Adrian join me to discuss harnessing phytoremediation to help clean soils for tomato crops.
    Tune in to learn:
    ·        How phytoremediation works
    ·        How researchers process contaminated plant material
    ·        Whether phytoremediation can help boost soil health and yields
    ·        How phytoremediation compares to other phytoremediation methods
    If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.1002/uar2.20051
    This paper is always freely available.
    Contact us at podcast@sciencesocieties.org or on Twitter @FieldLabEarth if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for show topics, and if you want more content like this don’t forget to subscribe. If you’d like to see old episodes or sign up for our newsletter, you can do so here: https://fieldlabearth.libsyn.com/.
    If you would like to reach out to Marie-Anne, you can find her here:
    marieaviau@gmail.com 
    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marie-Anne-Viau
    If you would like to reach out to Adrian, you can find him here:
    adrian.paul@umontreal.ca 
    If you would like to reach out to Charanpreet Kaur from our Student Spotlight, you can find her here:
    ckdhiman@udel.edu
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charanpreet-kaur-dhiman
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Cpk_Dhiman
    Resources
    CEU Quiz: https://web.sciencesocieties.org/Learning-Center/Courses/Course-Detail?productid=%7b3C0FB739-3B24-EF11-840A-000D3A37CD5C%7d 
    Transcripts: https://www.rev.com/transcript-editor/shared/FQ_1GJJOxhareqg61_gneDKAlS_TJH6X9rTcwz4TH_Rg92t-q_J6qkO_FYzxWZYK6Av9vFe0qOJbXgZZo1-Dbdx9kTE?loadFrom=SharedLink 
    The Potential for Urban Agriculture in New York City: growing capacity, food security & green infrastructure: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268516292_The_Potential_for_Urban_Agriculture_in_New_York_City_growing_capacity_food_security_green_infrastructure
    Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture: https://www.torontomu.ca/carrotcity/book.html
    Articles mentioned by Adrian:
    “Beyond Cleansing: Ecosystem Services Related to Phytoremediation” article: https://www.mdpi.com/2223-7747/12/5/1031
    “Reclamation of urban brownfields through phytoremediation: Implications for building sustainable and resilient towns” article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1618866721003915
    Coverage on research presented in English:
    “Montreal researchers use willows to decontaminate polluted soil, groundwater” article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-researchers-use-willows-to-decontaminate-polluted-soil-groundwater-1.4672233
    “Researchers are using plants to tackle urban pollution” article: https://universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/researchers-are-using-plants-to-tackle-urban-pollution/
    “Where there's a willow, there's a way: City using saplings to decontaminate land” news story: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/where-there-s-a-willow-there-s-a-way-city-using-saplings-to-decontaminate-land-1.3947252
    Research leader Michel Labrecque’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichelPhyto
    Plant Biology Research Institute Twitter: https://twitter.com/IRBV_Montreal
    Website for research leader Michel Labrecque: https://irbv.umontreal.ca/le-personnel/michel-labrecque/
    Urban Agriculture program at Collège Ahuntsic (French): https://www.collegeahuntsic.qc.ca/programmes-dec/techniques/agriculture-urbaine
    Cultive ta Ville Montreal (French): https://cultivetaville.com/fr/cartes/montreal
    Correction
    Adrian mentions a plant with up to 2

    • 51 min
    Improving Maize Pollination Efficiency with Dr. Dylan Schoemaker

    Improving Maize Pollination Efficiency with Dr. Dylan Schoemaker

    “A practical method to improve the efficiency of pollination in maize breeding and genetics research” with Dr. Dylan Schoemaker
    Mismatched pollination times can make desirable genetic matches beyond the reach of practical plant breeders. Storing pollen is one solution, but limitations in cost and feasibility can make viable pollen storage tricky. This episode, Dr. Dylan Schoemaker shares his work developing cheaper, easier methods of pollen storage to extend shelf life, increase flexibility in breeding workflows, and bring those plant matches back within reach.
    Tune in to learn:
    ·         What issues make pollen preservation difficult
    ·         How long this method can extend pollen life
    ·         How clumping can affect pollen preservation
    ·         How plant breeders avoid cross-contamination
    If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.1002/csc2.21049
    This paper is always freely available.
    Contact us at podcast@sciencesocieties.org or on Twitter @FieldLabEarth if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for show topics, and if you want more content like this don’t forget to subscribe. If you’d like to see old episodes or sign up for our newsletter, you can do so here: https://fieldlabearth.libsyn.com/.
    If you would like to reach out to Dylan, you can find him here:
    schoemaker@wisc.edu
    https://twitter.com/dyl_schoe98
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/dylan-schoemaker-76a830119/
    Resources
    CEU Quiz: https://web.sciencesocieties.org/Learning-Center/Courses/Course-Detail?productid=%7b1E8D214E-9513-EF11-9F89-000D3A5A2312%7d 
    Transcripts: https://www.rev.com/transcript-editor/shared/ZsE2iAAUVlL5R4m1tT67VCNqGkmCkw6ykwwQKrDtiIdw956XK1tIc1gu81y9nDLY-W4TcDoaO82khrS9q13Hrpcf0XM?loadFrom=SharedLink 
    Power Pollen: https://powerpollen.com/
    Thank you to our volunteer Om Prakash Ghimire for help with the shownotes and other assets.
    Field, Lab, Earth is Copyrighted by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

    • 38 min
    Bioenergy Cropping on Marginal Lands with Dr. Dileepa Jayawardena

    Bioenergy Cropping on Marginal Lands with Dr. Dileepa Jayawardena

    “Comparative productivity of six bioenergy cropping systems on marginal lands in the Great Lakes Region, USA” with Dileepa Jayawardena.
    Bioenergy crops present a promising source for biofuel production, offering a potential solution to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. However, they face criticism for potentially encroaching on arable land essential for food production to sustain growing populations. To address this issue, there is a growing focus on utilizing marginal lands for growing bioenergy crops, which are less suitable for crop production. Marginal lands typically suffer from poor soil health and low nutrient and water availability. Therefore, it is crucial to identify and develop bioenergy crops that can thrive in such conditions and produce biomass for biofuel production while also confirming which marginal lands are best suited to these uses.  In this episode, Dileepa Jayawardena, a Research Associate at The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, sheds light on his research aimed at finding suitable bioenergy cropping systems for marginal lands in Michigan and Wisconsin for producing biomass for long-term bioenergy production while minimizing the competition of land for food crops. 
    Tune in to learn more about
    ·         What are bioenergy crops?
    ·         What is the importance of bioenergy crops?
    ·         Why marginal lands can be suitable for bioenergy crops?
    ·         Which cropping system is better for marginal lands?
    ·         How to make sustainable biofuel production?
    If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.1002/agj2.21416
    This paper is always freely available.
    Contact us at podcast@sciencesocieties.org or on Twitter @FieldLabEarth if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for show topics, and if you want more content like this don’t forget to subscribe. If you’d like to see old episodes or sign up for our newsletter, you can do so here: https://fieldlabearth.libsyn.com/.
    If you would like to reach out to Dileepa Jayawardena, you can find them here: jayawar7@msu.edu
    https://www.canr.msu.edu/people/dileepa-jayawardena
    If you would like to reach out to Anthony Mirabito, you can find him here:
    Anthony.Mirabito@ucf.edu
    Resources
     CEU Quiz: https://web.sciencesocieties.org/Learning-Center/Courses/Course-Detail?productid=%7b3F327C62-2207-EF11-9F89-6045BD01BFE7%7d 
    Transcripts: https://www.rev.com/transcript-editor/shared/BF5AEqaoPuNl34XUrsRV6b0-ENkI6RnfdnwTpXSltqUHE4ziwT1MwFCYpCMwukPlq4w64fDdmnp5VdIPx3RepxMiNmY?loadFrom=SharedLink
    Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: https://www.glbrc.org/
    Special thanks to Om Prakash Ghimire for help on the shownotes and other assets.
    Field, Lab, Earth is Copyrighted by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

    • 37 min
    Soil-Landscape Rehabilitation with Dr. Sharon Schneider

    Soil-Landscape Rehabilitation with Dr. Sharon Schneider

    “Key soil properties and their relationships with crop yields as affected by soil-landscape rehabilitation” with Dr. Sharon Schneider.
    Soil erosion is one of the major issues in agriculture that causes loss of the topsoil layer, reducing soil health and crop productivity. There are several ways to check soil erosion and its impacts on crop and soil health. One of the potential strategies to reduce the effect of past soil erosion is to reverse the soil erosion process by moving soil from where it was deposited by erosion to where soil was lost by erosion. In this episode, Dr. Sharon Schneider shares her research on replacing topsoil in eroded landscapes.
    Tune in to learn more about
    ·         What are the impacts of soil erosion on crop productivity and soil properties?
    ·         What are strategies for reducing soil erosion?
    ·         What is the importance of soil organic carbon?
    ·         Soil and crop benefits of replacing topsoil in eroded landscapes
    If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s papers are available here:  
    https://doi.org/10.1002/agj2.21428
    https://doi.org/10.1002/agj2.20635
    These papers are always freely available.
    Contact us at podcast@sciencesocieties.org or on Twitter @FieldLabEarth if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for show topics, and if you want more content like this don’t forget to subscribe. If you’d like to see old episodes or sign up for our newsletter, you can do so here: https://fieldlabearth.libsyn.com/.
    If you would like to reach out to Sharon Schneider, you can find her here:
    sharon.schneider@usda.gov
    https://www.ars.usda.gov/people-locations/person/?person-id=18554
    Resources
    CEU Quiz: https://web.sciencesocieties.org/Learning-Center/Courses/Course-Detail?productid=%7bEB81DC50-BBFD-EE11-A1FE-6045BD00B487%7d 
    Transcripts: https://www.rev.com/transcript-editor/shared/WC-PeR5791dk2tkR2u75p-GOs1oUF7Gi_x80IfNi_8mCiCNvGQVi8yRoAhXnh0w-Fv0hIdbMAvqKTsriQFNgmEBE-pE?loadFrom=SharedLink 
    “Soil properties and productivity as affected by topsoil movement within an eroded landform,” published in Soil and Tillage Research: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2008.07.018
    Integrated Cropping Systems Research Group: https://www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/brookings-sd/ncarl/
    Data from the study: Schneider, Sharon K.; Sutradhar, Apurba K.; Schumacher, Thomas E.; Lobb, David A. (2024). Soil, crop, and weed communities as affected by soil erosion and topsoil replacement in a Mollisol landform (a six-year soil-landscape rehabilitation study). Ag Data Commons. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.15482/USDA.ADC/25206968.v1
    Recorded presentation by Sharon Schneider available at USDA: https://www.ars.usda.gov/ARSUserFiles/30800500/Schneider%202021%20virtual%20field%20day%20720p.mp4
    Presentation to the Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture Conference, 2022 by David Lobb: https://umanitoba.ca/agricultural-food-sciences/sites/agricultural-food-sciences/files/2022-04/scac2022lobb.pdf
    EA Consumables is the exclusive US distributor of organic elemental analysis products by UK laboratory supplies manufacturer, Elemental Microanalysis. Visit the EA Consumables website for high quality elemental analysis consumable supplies that offer performance you can trust. 
    Special thank you to Om Prakash Ghimire for help with the creation of the shownotes and other assets.
    Field, Lab, Earth is Copyrighted by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

    • 35 min

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