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  • Engineering drought and salt tolerance in plants

    September 21, 2017

    Texas A&M Agrilife Communications – Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have discovered a ribonucleic acid, or RNA, that can increase the thale cress plant’s resistance to stress from drought and salt. The discovery could help illuminate a new pathway to engineering drought- and salt-tolerant plants, including food crops, said Dr. Liming Xiong, AgriLife Research associate […]

  • Getting out in front of herbicide-resistant kochia

    September 21, 2017

    Cambridge University Press – Researchers writing in the latest edition of the journal Weed Science are providing new insights into the control of herbicide-resistant kochia, a weed that competes with both dryland and irrigated crops across the Great Plains states. Kochia typically begins to emerge in late February or early March before other summer annual weed species. […]


  • Floods leave Haitian farmers struggling in Irma’s wake

    September 14, 2017

    Thomson Reuters Foundation – It could take months for Haitian farmers to recover as heavy rains brought by Hurricane Irma have flooded parts of the impoverished Caribbean nation, humanitarians said, calling for better disaster preparedness. Haiti did not take a direct hit from Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, but it unleashed rains that […]

  • Irma whips orange trees, shuts meat plants

    September 14, 2017

    Chicago | Reuters — Hurricane Irma stripped oranges from trees and prompted Tyson Foods to shut meat plants in Florida and Georgia on Monday to keep workers safe. Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat company, hopes to resume normal operations soon at chicken plants it shuttered in Cumming, Dawson and Vienna, Ga., and at a beef facility […]


  • Harvest off to a strong start in Manitoba

    September 7, 2017

    Manitoba Co-operator – Despite a drier-than-normal growing season some Manitoba farmers are surprised — and delighted — by better-than-expected yields. “I figured my wheat would do 50 or 60 (bushels an acre) and then a month went by and I felt it might do a little bit better than that,” Starbuck farmer Chuck Fossay said in […]

  • Hurricane Irma aims to wreak havoc on U.S. coastline

    September 7, 2017

    Some states in the southern U.S. still in cleanup mode after Hurricane Harvey have a new, and potentially more threatening, weather worry. According to Accuweather.com, Hurricane Irma is poised to take aim at Florida this weekend and carve a path into mainland states such as Georgia and North and South Carolina early next week. Hurricane Irma has […]


  • Soybean rust develops ‘rolling’ epidemics as spores travel north

    August 31, 2017

    University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences – Although Midwestern soybean growers have yet to experience the brunt of soybean rust, growers in the southern United States are very familiar with the disease. Every year, the fungus slowly moves northward from its winter home in southern Florida and the Gulf Coast states, […]

  • How hurricanes are named

    August 31, 2017

    In the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by the year and order which they occurred, but in order to reduce confusion when multiple storms may be occurring, the meteorological community decided a new naming convention was needed. So in 1953, the United States began a system of using female names for storms. […]


  • Breeding peas that can take the heat

    August 24, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Farmers across the world produce between 10 and 13 million tons of field pea every year. That makes it a top legume crop, just behind dry beans and chickpeas. But as the global climate changes and temperatures continue to rise, heat stress is becoming a major limiting factor for pea […]

  • Getting wheat to grab more sun

    August 24, 2017

    Lancaster University – Crops such as wheat could be up to 21 per cent more efficient at turning the sun’s energy into food, according to new research by Lancaster University. The food chain relies on plants using sunlight to turn carbon dioxide from the air into food. This process, known as photosynthesis, is essential for […]