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Your hair knows what you eat and how much your haircut costs
University of Utah researchers find that stable isotopes in hair reveal a divergence in diet according to socioeconomic status (SES), with lower-SES areas displaying higher proportions of protein coming from cornfed animals. (2020-08-03)
Are cover crops negatively impacting row crops?
Research investigates if chemicals released by cover crops may be the cause for yield reductions (2020-07-30)
European maize highlights the hidden differences within a species
Maize is one of our major staple foods and is cultivated around the world, showcasing a broad range of genetic adaptations to different environmental conditions. (2020-07-27)
High-protein distillers dried grains with solubles provide high quality pig nutrition
With more ethanol in production and a greater ability to upcycle co-products into animal feed ingredients, companies are creating custom products and partnering with University of Illinois researchers to test for quality and digestibility. (2020-07-24)
Big wheel ruts, big economic losses
Research suggests the economic loss from wheel-traffic compaction for farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota could exceed 1 billion USD. (2020-07-23)
Sweet coolers a gateway to increased alcohol consumption
Sweetened alcoholic beverages can promote harmful alcohol consumption among teens, new University of Guelph research finds. (2020-07-22)
Free trade can prevent hunger caused by climate change
An international team of researchers investigated the effects of trade on hunger in the world as a result of climate change. (2020-07-20)
Returning to farming's roots in the battle against the 'billion-dollar beetle'
A new study from University of Arizona entomologists reaffirms the importance of crop rotation and diversification in combating the western corn rootworm's resistance to biotech crops. (2020-07-20)
Argonne's pivotal research discovers practices, technologies key to sustainable farming
Scientists study how sustainable farming practices could reduce emissions. (2020-07-20)
Research underscores importance of global surveillance of plant pathogens
First spotted in the United States in 2014, bacterial leaf streak of corn is an emerging disease of corn that has now spread to ten states, including the top three corn-producing states of Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. (2020-07-17)
Water-saving alternative forage crops for Texas livestock
With increasing drought conditions in the Texas High Plains, researchers test sorghum and pearl millet as alternatives to corn. (2020-07-09)
Examining association of major food sources of fructose-containing sugars with metabolic syndrome
This study combined the results of 13 studies with nearly 50,000 participants to look at the association of major food sources of fructose-containing sugars, such as sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup, with the risk of metabolic syndrome. (2020-07-09)
Antioxidants in corn line could aid human IBD protection, therapy
Flavonoids from a specific line of corn act as anti-inflammatory agents in the guts of mice with an inflammatory-bowel-disease-like condition, according to a team of researchers who said flavonoid-rich corn should be studied to determine its potential to provide a protective effect on human health. (2020-07-07)
Deforestation and land-clearing are taking a toll on Brazil's corn yield
Brazil is one of the top three producers of both soy and corn globally, and its agricultural sector accounts for one-fifth of the country's economy. (2020-06-29)
Function-based sequencing technique permits analysis of just a single bacteria cell
A new function-based sequencing technique using optical tweezers and taking advantage of the properties of gravity is letting researchers analyze bacteria cells one by one. (2020-06-26)
Crop residue decisions affect soil life
New findings share how prescribed fire and no-till management impact soil microbes. (2020-06-17)
Bouillon fortified with a new iron compound could help reduce iron deficiency
Iron fortification of food is a cost-effective method of preventing iron deficiency. (2020-06-17)
Weed's wily ways explained in Illinois research
Like antibiotic-resistant bacteria, some herbicide-resistant weeds can't be killed by available chemicals. (2020-06-17)
An essential sustainable farming practice faces one big limitation: Land to produce seeds
The growth in cover cropping in the United States may soon hit a ceiling: planting millions of acres of cover crops requires huge extensions of land to produce cover crop seed. (2020-06-11)
Tillage and cover cropping effects on grain production
Soybean yields decreased when planted after cereal rye. (2020-06-04)
UNM researchers document the first use of maize in Mesoamerica
international team of researchers investigates the earliest humans in Central America and how they adapted over time to new and changing environments, and how those changes have affected human life histories and societies. (2020-06-03)
Cahokia's rise parallels onset of corn agriculture
Corn cultivation spread from Mesoamerica to what is now the American Southwest by about 4000 B.C., but how and when the crop made it to other parts of North America is still debated. (2020-05-14)
Warming Midwest conditions may result in corn, soybean production moving north
If warming continues unabated in the Midwest, in 50 years we can expect the best conditions for corn and soybean production to have shifted from Iowa and Illinois to Minnesota and the Dakotas, according to Penn State researchers. (2020-05-04)
New research explores the impact of cover crop residues on weed control
Cover crops have a well-documented role to play in suppressing troublesome weeds. (2020-04-23)
Common soil fungus could be ally in organic corn growers' fight against pests
A common soil fungus might be enlisted as a powerful partner by corn producers to suppress pests and promote plant growth, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest promoting the fungus could be an especially valuable strategy for organic growers who struggle with insect control. (2020-04-23)
How atrazine regulations have influenced the environment
Opposing chemical trends linked to atrazine regulations from 1990s. (2020-04-22)
Turned-down temperatures boost crops' penchant for production
Drought and heat put stress on plants and reduce grain yield. (2020-04-14)
Impacts of cover crop planting dates on soil properties after 4 years
Low biomass production limits cover crop effects on soils. (2020-04-02)
'Tequila' powered biofuels more efficient than corn or sugar
Agave tequilana, the plant native to Mexico used to make tequila, could prove to be an efficient alternative to sugarcane and corn to make biofuels in semi-arid regions. (2020-03-31)
Organic soybean producers can be competitive using little or no tillage
Organic soybean producers using no-till and reduced-tillage production methods that incorporate cover crops -- strategies that protect soil health and water quality -- can achieve similar yields at competitive costs compared to tillage-based production. (2020-03-31)
New satellite-based algorithm pinpoints crop water use
The growing threat of drought and rising water demand have made accurate forecasts of crop water use critical for farmland water management and sustainability. (2020-03-20)
Pesticide seed coatings are widespread but underreported
Seed-coated pesticides -- such as neonicotinoids, many of which are highly toxic to both pest and beneficial insects -- are increasingly used in the major field crops, but are underreported, in part, because farmers often do not know what pesticides are on their seeds, according to an international team of researchers. (2020-03-17)
Limited nuclear war could have big impact on world food supplies
A war between India and Pakistan using less than 1% of nuclear weapons worldwide could lead to the worst global food losses in modern history, according to a Rutgers co-authored study that is the first of its kind. (2020-03-16)
Common feed ingredient tested safe in bulls
Cattle feeders choose distillers grains in feedlot diets as an inexpensive alternative to corn and soybean meal. (2020-03-10)
Damaging impacts of warming moderated by migration of rainfed crops
Many studies seek to estimate the adverse effects of climate change on crops, but most research assumes that the geographic distribution of crops will remain unchanged in the future. (2020-03-06)
Recovering phosphorus from corn ethanol production can help reduce groundwater pollution
Dried distiller's grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product from corn ethanol processing, is commonly used as feed for cattle, swine and poultry. (2020-03-06)
Corn productivity in real time: Satellites, field cameras, and farmers team up
University of Illinois scientists, with help from members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, have developed a new, scalable method for estimating crop productivity in real time. (2020-03-05)
Cat food mystery foils diet study
How a study aimed at assessing the wildlife impacts of domestic cats was foiled by the mysterious ingredients of cat food. (2020-02-28)
Big data helps farmers adapt to climate variability
A new MSU study is the first to precisely quantify soil and landscape features and spatial and temporal yield variations in response to climate variability. (2020-02-27)
Social banks rely on their motivated investors
The main reason for the existence of social banks is to fund other social enterprises. (2020-02-25)
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