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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)
Small farmers sink or swim in globalization's tsunami
From a synthesis of 12 cases, researchers found when smallholder farmers are connected to faraway systems, the key is to empower them to higher agency and more livelihood opportunities. (2020-02-25)
A genetic map for maize
Researchers have decoded the genetic map for how maize from tropical environments can be adapted to the temperate US summer growing season. (2020-02-21)
Scientists develop open-source software to analyze economics of biofuels, bioproducts
Perennial grasses can be converted into everything from ethanol to bioplastics, but it's unclear which bioproducts hold the greatest potential. (2020-02-19)
Low folate levels can indicate malnutrition in hospital patients
About 10% of patients who come to complex care hospitals may have low levels of folate and other indicators of malnutrition, investigators say. (2020-02-18)
Speedy recovery: New corn performs better in cold
Around the world, each person eats an average of 70 pounds of corn each year, with even more grown for animal feed and biofuel. (2020-01-29)
Chinese tariff rate quota policy severely impacted US wheat exports
China has consistently used tariff rate quotas to restrict grain imports, and in 2016 the US launched a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over China's implementation of tariff rate quotas on wheat, corn and rice. (2020-01-23)
How to make it easier to turn plant waste into biofuels
Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. (2020-01-14)
Life Cycle Assessment pinpoints 'sustainability hotspots' in bio-chemical production
New research concerning Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) reveals challenges and opportunities in bio-chemical production. (2020-01-14)
Nanosatellites improve detection of early-season corn nitrogen stress
For corn growers, the decision of when and how much nitrogen fertilizer to apply is a perennial challenge. (2020-01-13)
Scientists improve yield predictions based on seedling data
A doctor diagnosing a 50-year-old patient based on a blood test taken during the patient's infancy would be unthinkable. (2020-01-08)
'Lost crops' could have fed as many as maize
Grown together, newly examined 'lost crops' could have produced enough seed to feed as many indigenous people as traditionally grown maize, according to new research from Washington University in St. (2019-12-23)
Shifting the balance of growth vs. defense boosts crop yield
Researchers found that a specific gene in maize balances both growth of the plant and its immunity. (2019-12-17)
Consider soil in fall-applied ammonia rates, Illinois study says
Fall-applied anhydrous ammonia may not fulfill as much of corn's nitrogen needs as previously assumed. (2019-12-09)
Reduced soil tilling helps both soils and yields
By monitoring crops through machine learning and satellite data, Stanford scientists have found farms that till the soil less can increase yields of corn and soybeans and improve the health of the soil -- a win-win for meeting growing food needs worldwide. (2019-12-06)
Big trucks, little emissions
Researchers reveal a new integrated, cost-efficient way of converting ethanol for fuel blends that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (2019-11-26)
Clay as a feed supplement in dairy cattle has multiple benefits
Dairy producers frequently add clay as a feed supplement to reduce the symptoms of aflatoxin and subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) in lactating cows. (2019-11-20)
How nematodes outsmart the defenses of pests
The western corn rootworm, one of the world's most damaging maize pests, can use plant defense compounds to defend itself against its own natural enemies, so-called entomopathogenic nematodes. (2019-11-15)
Water mold research leads to greater understanding of corn diseases
Corn is a staple feed and biofuel crop with a value close to $3.7 billion in the Michigan economy alone. (2019-11-06)
Fractionation processes can improve profitability of ethanol production
The US is the world's largest producer of bioethanol as renewable liquid fuel, with more than 200 commercial plants processing over 16 billion gallons per year. (2019-11-04)
US corn yields get boost from a global warming 'hole'
The global average temperature has increased 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 100 years. (2019-10-24)
Secrets to climate change adaptation uncovered in the European corn borer moth
Biologists have found two genes that may permit some insect species to survive climate change by adjusting their biological annual clocks while others succumb. (2019-10-10)
Sweet corn growers, processors could dramatically increase yield, profit
In an industry struggling to maintain profitability, it's curious that U.S. processing sweet corn - the corn that ends up in cans and freezer bags - is falling so far below its potential. (2019-10-08)
Plants alert neighbors to threats using common 'language'
New research from Cornell University shows that plants can communicate with each other when they come under attack from pests. (2019-10-03)
Study finds rising ozone a hidden threat to corn
By exposing a genetically diverse group of corn plants in the field to future ozone levels, researchers discovered hidden vulnerabilities. (2019-10-01)
Tortillas tell the story of folate deficiency in Mexico: study
A new study hat accounts for folic acid fortification in staple foods made from wheat and corn, such as bakery bread and tortillas, found that large proportion of women of childbearing age have FA intake below levels recommended by the World Health Organization, potentially raising the risk for neural tube defects in their offspring. (2019-09-17)
Palmer amaranth's molecular secrets reveal troubling potential
Corn, soybean, and cotton farmers shudder at the thought of Palmer amaranth invading their fields. (2019-09-16)
Corn one step closer to bacterial leaf streak resistance
Bacterial leaf streak, a foliar disease in corn, has only been in the United States for a handful of years, but Tiffany Jamann says it's a major problem in the Western Corn Belt. (2019-09-11)
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