13 Oct '11, 11am

The brown revolution: increasing agricultural productivity naturally

The brown revolution: increasing agricultural productivity naturally

A hay field in South Dakota. Photo: Lisa M. Hamilton Dusk in western South Dakota. A half-hour ago, at sunset, the world here made its last pulse for the day: Birds hurried between fence posts, mosquitoes emerged from the shadows and feasted furiously, the sweet clover turned iridescent yellow in the late light. Now, the movement has ceased. Even by day it is a quiet landscape, inhabited primarily by meadowlarks and grasses. But as night draws its blue self over this place, the silence is profound. On this particular 8,000-acre section of the Plains there is a single light in view, coming from inside a trailer. Bustling about camp are three men -- cowboys, you'd probably call them. They certainly look the part, dressed in boots and wide-brimmed hats, one of them splitting old fence posts with an axe to build a campfire, another working on some beef for dinner. They call th...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/sustainable-farming/2011-10-11-the-b...

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