36 episodes

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.

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    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.3, 13 Ratings

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.

    Water Retention Products on Home Lawns with Vikram Baliga

    Water Retention Products on Home Lawns with Vikram Baliga

    Water retention products are designed to help turfgrasses conserve water. But as water conservation becomes an issue of ever greater importance, it is important not which ones to use and when. Enter Vikram Baliga and his team. They compared four different water retention products to see which performed best under harsh, drought like conditions. In tandem, they also sent out surveys to homeowners, investigating what kinds of messaging and incentives might best influence homeowner behaviors.

    • 43 min
    Oil Spill Remediation in North Dakota with Dr. Tom DeSutter and Sam Croat

    Oil Spill Remediation in North Dakota with Dr. Tom DeSutter and Sam Croat

    When an oil spill in 2013 contaminated Steve and Patty Jensen’s land with ~860,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil, Dr. Tom DeSutter and then student Sam Croat tested soil mixing and thermal desorption methods, working with the oil companies, landowners, and remediation companies to try to see which methods could best return the Jensen’s land to its original, pre-spill state.

    • 38 min
    The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill with Drs. John White and John Pardue

    The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill with Drs. John White and John Pardue

    Ten years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded, killing eleven crewmen and releasing about five million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding environment. Drs. John White and John Pardue have spent much of their careers focusing on the effects of oil on the environment and ways to speed recovery efforts after spills. Join us as we discuss their papers on the relationships between oil, plant health, and microbes, as well as where we are on the road to recovery today.

    • 33 min
    Top Ten Plants with Dr. Mary Meyer and Dr. Natalie Bumgarner

    Top Ten Plants with Dr. Mary Meyer and Dr. Natalie Bumgarner

    Plant blindness is the inability to “see” the plants around us, that is, to recognize them as separate and important pieces of our surroundings. But for those who do “see” plants and their varied species, how can they communicate that information and passion to those around them? One potential answer? Lists. Drs. Mary Meyer and Natalie Bumgarner are pioneers in this technique, both coordinating with local partners, experts, media, and the public to spearhead Top Ten Plant programs in their states.

    • 43 min
    Plant Blindness in Children’s Art with Drs. Christina Hargiss and Paula Comeau, pt. 2

    Plant Blindness in Children’s Art with Drs. Christina Hargiss and Paula Comeau, pt. 2

    Plant blindness is a phenomenon that, despite its name, has nothing to do with whether or not plants can see. It is our inability to see or value the plants around us. Interdisciplinary researchers Drs. Christina Hargiss and Paula Comeau have spent a lot of time digging down to the “roots” of this problem, with research touching anything from psychology to history, cryptography, literature, art and more. This episode, we discuss their work studying plant blindness and mental models in children’s art.

    • 40 min
    Plant Blindness in Children’s Art with Drs. Christina Hargiss and Paula Comeau, pt. 1

    Plant Blindness in Children’s Art with Drs. Christina Hargiss and Paula Comeau, pt. 1

    Plant blindness is a phenomenon that, despite its name, has nothing to do with whether or not plants can see. It is our inability to see or value the plants around us. Interdisciplinary researchers Drs. Christina Hargiss and Paula Comeau have spent a lot of time digging down to the “roots” of this problem, with research touching anything from psychology to history, cryptography, literature, art and more. This episode, we discuss their work studying plant blindness and mental models in children’s art.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Nerdy Plant Nerd ,

Great, informative show

I've really enjoyed listening to Field, Lab, Earth! Abby does a great job of working though scientific papers and topics in a way that anyone can understand. She's skilled at helping her guests be engaging and interesting without sacrificing the quality of their content. I would recommend this show to anyone!

mpings ,

Smart stuff for my painting days

Sometimes you want to tune out; sometimes you want to keep the brain moving. This is a great podcast to keep me thinking!

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