Food companies begin to pressure farmers to reduce runoff

September 15th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Corn and soybean farmers often apply more than a thousand pounds of fertilizer to every acre they farm. That helps farmers grow a lot of grain – but it can also destroy waterways from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Cheaper, easier monitoring could hasten water clean-up

September 14th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Throughout the cropland of the Midwest, farmers use chemicals on their fields to nourish the plants and the soil. But excess nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients can wash off the fields and into streams, rivers and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.

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