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Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

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Apr 30, 2020

Mary Grace Phillips: COVID-19 Frontline Worker and Full-Time Student

Crop and Soil Sciences undergraduate student Mary Grace Phillips is experiencing the COVID-19 fight first-hand. A junior majoring in agroecology and community food systems, Phillips is also working full time in the healthcare field. 

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Apr 28, 2020

University Scientists Grow Water Savings with Drought-Tolerant Turfgrass

A network of turfgrass researchers from six major universities, led by NC State, is reducing our lawn's irrigation needs with drought-tolerant turfgrasses that are attractive and healthy with minimal water. 

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Apr 9, 2020

Small Grains Field Day Goes Virtual

The Small Grains Field Day was supposed to happen on Wednesday, March 18, at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury. Everything that would have been presented in-person was instead recorded and published in videos – creating the Small Grains Virtual Field Day. 

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Apr 8, 2020

CALS Donates Protective Equipment, Supplies to Area Hospitals

CALS researchers donated truckloads of personal protective equipment including disposable gloves and N95 masks to area medical systems. Learn why two of them decided to give. 

Apr 6, 2020

Shroeder-Moreno Wins Faculty Sustainability Award

Agroecology professor Michelle Shroeder-Moreno was named one of the 2020 NC State Sustainability Award winners. 

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Mar 17, 2020

Boredom Busters

Spending unexpected time at home with the kids? NC State Extension's Liz Driscoll outlines five fun indoor projects to help keep everyone’s minds active and hands busy. 

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Mar 15, 2020

Now What?

Without going far, kids can explore and learn from familiar environments. Liz Driscoll, an NC State Extension 4-H specialist, suggests five easy outdoor activities to try when your kids are feeling cooped up. 

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Mar 4, 2020

Grad Student Wants to Improve Plant Productivity, Food Access

Danielle Cooney, a graduate student in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, studies ways to improve soybean production by understanding how the crop interacts with fungi in the soil. 

Fungi

Feb 25, 2020

Fungi Fertilize the Future

NC State Department of Crop and Soil Sciences researcher Kevin Garcia sees a future in fertilizers where plants decide which nutrients they need.vCapitalizing on the plant/fungi codependence could set up a soil-borne GrubHub-type system where plants ‘order out’ the precise nutrient mix they need. 

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Feb 20, 2020

9 Reasons To Choose A College Major in Turfgrass

Do you enjoy working outdoors, creating beautiful surroundings, analyzing environmental plant responses, or growing high-value crops? A yes to any of these means a career in turfgrass management might be for you.