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Over Clover

Researchers at Utah State University determined that a cover crop of clover seeded with an irrigated wheat crop outcompeted weeds and had no detrimental effect on wheat growth and development.

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Capacity Funding Power

NIFA released a new report that measures the effectiveness of its investments to our nation’s land-grant universities — investments that benefit the American public through agriculture and food research, extension, and education projects.

Managing Utah’s Pest Problem

Utah State University Extension includes entomologists and plant pathologists who serve the communities by addressing various plant and pest issues. The Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab (UPPDL) serves on the Utah School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coalition and provides IPM training to public health employees and public, private, and charter school faculty and staff.

What Wild Bees Need

A new national assessment estimates that wild bees declined in 23 percent of the contiguous United States between 2008 and 2013. The team of Project ICP researchers, led by Insu Koh at the University of Vermont, found that the decline was generally associated with conversion of natural habitats to row crops. Areas of intense agriculture (e.g., the Midwest Corn Belt and the Central Valley of California) have among the lowest levels of predicted wild bee abundance.