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With Designer Bacteria, Crops Could One Day Fertilize Themselves (2017)

For the last 100 years, ever since German chemists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch figured out how to pluck fertilizer out of thin air with brute-force chemistry, farmers have relied on an imperfect product to make their plants grow: fertilizer. Production of the stuff burns through 3 percent of the world’s natural gas annually, releases tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and runs off into rivers and streams and aquifers. Relying on fossil fuels to grow food was never exactly sustainable.

True Armyworm 4. Pest Alert September 7, 2017

True Armyworm second generation larvae have been observed severely damaging grass hay and forage corn in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver lsland. General locations confirmed with heavy larvae feeding and damage to grass hay on Vancouver Island include Saanich, Duncan, Chemainus, Port Alberni, Comox, Courtenay, Black Creek. Fraser Valley locations seeing damage on grass fields and forage corn: Delta, Abbotsford, Sumas, Chilliwack, Deroche. Scout your fields for larvae activity. If you can easily find larvae, the damage threshold has been reached, and management options should be considered. Significant foliage loss can occur in a few days, either in spots, edges, or throughout a whole field. Moist, lusher areas are preferred, i.e. low areas, shady, and greener areas. Larvae will move to new feeding sites en masse once an area is consumed. They can be seen on roads and in yards, searching for new feeding areas. Significant damage can happen quickly, within a few days.