GS Nitrogen, environment

From the NPR blog, All Things Considered
Author: Dan Charles.

The Environmental Defense Fund opened an office near Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., 10 years ago. It was part of a carefully plotted strategy to persuade the giant retailer that going green could be good for business. If it worked, it certainly could be good for the planet — Walmart's revenues are bigger than the entire economy of most countries.

"We really saw that working with companies could be transformative at a scale that was pretty unmatched," says Suzy Friedman, a senior director at EDF.

If you're looking for evidence that the strategy is working, there's this: Last year, Walmart unveiled Project Gigaton, a plan to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by a billion tons of carbon between now and 2030. That's almost as much carbon as what's released from the country's entire fleet of passenger cars and trucks in a year.

The cuts will come from the company's suppliers: the vast galaxy of companies that make the products it sells.

Scientists debate a new way of understanding flora.

The New Yorker just published the following article that explores the question, Are Plants Intelligent?

In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Timesbest-seller list for nonfiction. “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, presented a beguiling mashup of legitimate plant science, quack experiments, and mystical nature worship that captured the public imagination at a time when New Age thinking was seeping into the mainstream.

potassium, tomatoes,

By Bob Johnson

A series of recent University of California studies indicate that processing tomato growers should consider testing their soil to make sure there is enough available potassium to produce maximum yields.

In the most recent trial, supplemental potassium applications, well above the usual practice, significantly increased yields last year in a commercial tomato field in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Ag Cuture,

Reprinted from Rewindly

Being a farmer is no simple task, and these three young farmers – Greg, Nathan, and Kendal – know that’s the case.

To show the world about the daily activities of a farmer, the three farmers known as the Peterson Farm Bros, rewrites the lyrics of popular songs: “Watch Me” by Silento, “Hit The Quan” by ILoveMemphis and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, to give a hilarious parody that is both highly creative and entertaining for us to watch.

As the mashup happens in the video, the three brothers show various farm activities that they do on a daily basis. It’s clear that they are passionate about farming and wanted to showcase it in a fun and exciting way.