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Food and fuel: A model for bioenergy feedstock/vegetable double-cropping systems
Researchers realize that biomass feedstock will need to come from many different sources, in order to meet the revised Renewable Fuel Standard mandating the production of 36 billion gallons of biofuel by the year 2022. (2015-05-08)
High tunnel, open-field production systems compared for lettuce, tomato
Researchers used crop enterprise budgets to provide baseline information and contrast the economic potential of growing lettuce and tomato under high tunnel and open-field production systems. (2013-11-19)
Improving 'crop per drop' could boost global food security and water sustainability
Improvements in crop water productivity -- the amount of food produced per unit of water consumed -- have the potential to improve both food security and water sustainability in many parts of the world, according to a study published online in Environmental Research Letters May 29 by scientists with the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation at the University of Bonn, Germany. (2013-05-29)
Seeds Without Sex
CSIRO scientists have found a gene that allows Arabidopsis to bypass the normal pollination process and begin seed formation. (1997-09-08)
Transitioning to organic farming
A research team led by scientists from Penn State University and University of New Hampshire conducted a four-year study examining the impact of reduced-tillage and cover crops managed for hay and forage production on the agronomic and economic performance of feed grain production. (2011-02-22)
No-tillage plus
Tropical soils often behave differently than temperate soils when being farmed. (2008-07-28)
Solar Corridor Cropping System concept to be explored at symposium
A working model has successfully increased crop yields on half the land area in trials. (2015-10-22)
UF/IFAS study: Wheat yield to decline as temperatures increase
For every degree Celsius that the temperature increases, the world stands to lose 6 percent of its wheat crop, according to a new global study led by a University of Florida scientist. (2015-01-15)
Drought, heat take toll on global crops
Drought and extreme heat slashed global cereal harvests between 1964 and 2007 -- and the impact of these weather disasters was greatest in North America, Europe and Australasia, according to a new study published in Nature led by UBC and McGill University researchers. (2016-01-06)
UNL research raises concerns about global crop projections
New research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and published Dec. (2013-12-20)
Better soil data key for future food security
Future food security depends on a variety of factors -- but better soil data could substantially help improve projections of future crop yields, shows new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. (2016-06-21)
Cowpeas could add sustainability to cropping systems
Ground left fallow in the High Plains to store soil moisture between crops may be better off with a legume crop such as cowpeas, according to a Texas Agricultural Experiment Station researcher. (2005-10-11)
Combating plant diseases is key for sustainable crops
Climate change is likely to make plants more vulnerable to infectious disease, which will threaten crop yield and impact on the price and availability of food. (2011-04-11)
Optimizing feeding is necessary to maintain milk production in organic herds
Currently, agriculture accounts for approximately 9% of total US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. (2017-06-15)
Reducing the risk of frost damage to short-season crops
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers are investigating the importance of flowering time and maturity by grafting soybean plants using a combination of early and late flowering plants. (2003-06-23)
Droughts hit cereal crops harder since 1980s
Drought and extreme heat events slashed cereal harvests in recent decades by 9 percent to 10 percent on average in affected countries -- and the impact of these weather disasters was greatest in the developed nations of North America, Europe and Australasia, according to a new study led by researchers from McGill University and the University of British Columbia. (2016-01-06)
Current global food production trajectory won't meet 2050 needs
Crop yields worldwide are not increasing quickly enough to support estimated global needs in 2050 according to a study published June 19 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by research associate Deepak Ray and colleagues from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. (2013-06-19)
Genetically improving sorghum for production of biofuel
The bioenergy crop sorghum holds great promise as a raw material for making environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. (2016-07-13)
Biochar suitable substrate for soilless hydroponic tomatoes
A study reported on the suitability of using biochar produced from tomato crop green waste as a substrate in soilless, hydroponic tomato production. (2015-12-14)
Analyzing long-term impacts of biofuel on the land
In a study funded by the USDA Agriculture Research Service, scientists analyzed five classical long term experiments. (2011-02-03)
Better sweet corn research, better production
While grain yield is economically important in field corn production, there are other metrics more important in sweet corn grown for processing, said Marty Williams, a US Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service ecologist and University of Illinois crop sciences researcher. (2014-01-29)
Benefits of Bt corn go beyond rootworm resistance
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign find that Bt corn has higher yields and uses nitrogen more efficiently than non-Bt corn. (2013-02-06)
Wild weather forces farmers to adapt
The development of cropping systems resilient to extreme climatic conditions, is a major challenge to farmers. (2007-07-27)
Study recommends strategies for improved management of fresh market spinach
To provide California's spinach growers with new management strategies for nitrogen fertilizer and irrigation practices, researchers performed experiments in the Salinas and San Juan Valleys of California. (2013-09-16)
Extreme weather conditions and climate change account for 40 percent of global wheat production variability
JRC scientists have proposed a new approach for identifying the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the variability of global and regional wheat production. (2017-07-04)
Corn yield stability varies with rotations, fertility
A recent study investigated the effects of long-term cropping systems on corn grain yields, yield trends, and yield stability over the last 16 years of a long-term fertility and cropping systems experiment at the Pennsylvania State University. (2009-07-21)
Simulating kernel production influences maize model accuracy
By combining two approaches to model maize productivity, researchers have increased the accuracy of maize yield predictions. (2007-09-21)
Climate affects recent crop yield gains
Scientists at the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution of Washington in Stanford, California, have found that climate trends significantly affect corn and soybean yields. (2003-02-13)
Supercharged safflower
New varieties of the safflower plant containing the world's highest levels of valuable oleic acid are in the pipeline for Australian grain growers. (2012-05-20)
Collaborative research uses camelina to build better biofuel
A Kansas State University biochemist has received a four-year $1.5 million joint US Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy grant to improve biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. (2014-08-04)
Climate model predictions are telling a consistent story
Global wheat production will decrease by more than five percent with each 1°C increase in the global temperature. (2016-11-23)
MSU to lead $1.6 million grant on national crop pollination
The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Michigan State University $1.6 million to lead a national crop pollination research and extension project. (2012-10-03)
Organic corn: Increasing rotation complexity increases yields
Researchers investigated the impact of increasing crop rotation length and complexity on crop yields in organic agricultural systems over a ten year period. (2008-05-28)
Milking the pigeon: extracting the mechanisms involved
Pigeons, flamingos and male emperor penguins are all able to produce (2011-09-18)
USDA scientists say mix-and-match cover cropping can optimize organic production
Farmers can fine-tune their use of cover crops to help manage costs and maximize benefits in commercial organic production systems, according to US Department of Agriculture scientists. (2013-02-04)
Unlocking crop diversity by manipulating plant sex
Researchers have discovered a key gene that influences genetic recombination during sexual reproduction in wild plant populations. (2017-02-20)
Canadian Society of Agronomy partners with Plant Management Network
The Plant Management Network (PMN), an innovative website designed exclusively for plant and agricultural professionals, is pleased to announce its new partnership with Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA). (2004-07-22)
Clemson scholar receives top agriculture science award
Clemson University scientist Chittaranjan Kole was awarded the Outstanding Crop Scientist Award by the International Crop Science Society. (2012-08-21)
Energy crops impact environmental quality
A new review of scientific literature finds that removal of crop residue for biofuels can adversely impact soil and environmental quality. (2010-04-04)
The race for biofuels driving alternative sources of biomass
Research presented on Nov. 6-7 at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings will examine the future of biomass for biofuel production and will look at how several regional species could be grown for biofuels. (2007-10-26)
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