Agriculture

Where Corn Is King, the Stirrings of a Renaissance in Small Grains
November 28, 2017 12:11 PM - Yale Environment 360

To the untrained eye, Jeremy Gustafson’s 1,600-acre farm looks like all the others spread out across Iowa. Gazing at his conventional corn and soybean fields during a visit in June, I was hard-pressed to say where his neighbor’s tightly planted row crops ended and Gustafson’s began.

Where Corn Is King, the Stirrings of a Renaissance in Small Grains
November 28, 2017 12:11 PM - Yale Environment 360

To the untrained eye, Jeremy Gustafson’s 1,600-acre farm looks like all the others spread out across Iowa. Gazing at his conventional corn and soybean fields during a visit in June, I was hard-pressed to say where his neighbor’s tightly planted row crops ended and Gustafson’s began.

Clean Sweep For Agriculture
November 28, 2017 12:01 PM - Rothamsted Research

Agricultural research and development features prominently under “Clean Growth”, one of the four Grand Challenges of the government’s new “Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future”, announced today.

Clean Sweep For Agriculture
November 28, 2017 12:01 PM - Rothamsted Research

Agricultural research and development features prominently under “Clean Growth”, one of the four Grand Challenges of the government’s new “Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future”, announced today.

AgriLife Research Study: Winter Wheat Feasible Cover Crop for Rolling Plains Cotton
November 28, 2017 11:12 AM - Texas A&M Agrilife Communications

Interest in using cover crops to improve soil health continues to grow in the Texas Rolling Plains region, but the nagging concern of reductions in soil moisture and effects on yields of subsequent cash crops still exists.

AgriLife Research Study: Winter Wheat Feasible Cover Crop for Rolling Plains Cotton
November 28, 2017 11:12 AM - Texas A&M Agrilife Communications

Interest in using cover crops to improve soil health continues to grow in the Texas Rolling Plains region, but the nagging concern of reductions in soil moisture and effects on yields of subsequent cash crops still exists.

Maize pest exploits plant defense compounds to protect itself
November 27, 2017 02:35 PM - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

The western corn rootworm continues to be on the rise in Europe. Why attempts to biologically target this crop pest by applying entomopathogenic nematodes have failed, can now be explained by the amazing defense strategy of this insect. In their new study, scientists from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, show that the rootworm larvae are able to sequester plant defense compounds from maize roots in a non-toxic form and can activate the toxins whenever they need them to protect themselves against their own enemies. (eLife, November 2017, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.29307.001)

New Technique Can Detect Impurities in Ground Beef Within Minutes
November 27, 2017 12:03 PM - University of British Columbia

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a better way to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef.

New Technique Can Detect Impurities in Ground Beef Within Minutes
November 27, 2017 12:03 PM - University of British Columbia

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a better way to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef.

Spinning Biomass into Gold
November 27, 2017 08:37 AM - University of Tennessee - Knoxville

There’s a century-old adage coined by the paper industry that claims “you can make anything from lignin except a profit.”

Art Ragauskas has heard this maxim countless times during his career, and it gets him a little riled up every time he hears it. As the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, Ragauskas is channeling that ire into proving that the old saying’s time has come and gone.

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