2013 Archive

Healthy soil aids drought and flood management

Other than the lack or abundance of precipitation, the reason for droughts and floods is the soil's inability to effectively absorb and release water.

Studies examine nontraditional bermudagrass fertilizers

Numerous nontraditional fertilizers are being marketed with little replicated research demonstrating their effectiveness compared to traditional commercial sources of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Cranes, goats and chickens - not the animals I expected to find in Uganda

Last night, the small club down the hill boomed 1980s and '90s music - early Whitney Houston, Bryan Adams and Boyz II Men - until the wee hours of the morning. It was like listening to the longest 8th grade dance ever. I fell asleep smiling ... and singing along.

Where's the Nuts?

My first couple of weeks as a summer scholar at the Noble Research Institute have allowed me to participate in a variety of activities, including those outside of my discipline.

Ready, Set, Go!

My first week at the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Okla., was great! After completing orientation, attending meetings and fulfilling HR requirements, our first experience as Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture was being a part of the Pond Management Workshop and interacting with Noble wildlife specialists and local producers.

My solution for surviving Ugandan traffic: Carrie Underwood

Driving in Ugandan traffic will change your life; mostly because you'll constantly see it flash before your eyes. Imagine this: Take the majority of Kampala's 1.7 million people and put half of them on the road - in one form or another - at the same time.

Life on the equator (Day 3)

Today, I woke up in paradise. Last night's drive in from the airport offered little in the way of visual perspective. The morning sun, however, reveals the truth of Uganda's natural beauty.

Day 2 ... I think

The flight from Amsterdam to Entebbe (pronounced in-teb-a), Uganda, is about eight hours. I remember very little of it.

Having a little skin in the game

The reality of traveling to Uganda didn't really sink in until April 4 - shot day. Before that, the process had consisted of passport paperwork and purchasing plane tickets (which someone else did for me).

Here We Go!

Walking into the Noble Research Institute, I had few expectations beyond learning a tremendous amount and a melting summer (we Southern Oregonians are something of weather wimps).