legumes Tag

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, tested 20 types of black-eyed peas for their ability to entice and protect nitrogen-fixing bacteria. They say that black-eyed peas, a popular food crop in many parts of the world, could play an important role in crop rotations for their ability to fix nitrogen and their drought tolerance. This study found that the domesticated and improved black-eyed peas still have strong relationships with nitrogen-fixing bacteria; in some cases, better than wild plant relatives. The research pointed toward a genetic basis for the plants with the best nitrogen-related performance, suggesting that the crop's performance...

This coming year, I am reaching the age where the federal government has suggested that it might be best for me to retire. While amazing legumes provide a natural and timeless means to address much of the fertility needs of at least organic agriculture, I am realizing that I am not as timeless as I used to fool myself into believing.
By Jeff Schahczenski, NCAT Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist...

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist Jeff Schahczenski talks about the more than 30 year history of the development of the organic pulse and legume industry in Montana and beyond. His conversation is with David Oien, founding farmer and CEO of Timeless Foods based in Ulm, Montana. David was on the forefront of the sustainable agriculture movement, and his story, along with the other founders of what will become Timeless Foods, is the subject of the popular book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America. Timeless Foods now represents dozens...

Cover crops can be an investment in your future soil health. And it’s legume cover crops that can deliver a lasting soil benefit that other cover crop options don’t: nitrogen.
By Colin Mitchell, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist ...