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  • Rich ‘living mulch’ in a clover-corn combo

    October 19, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except — it’s alive. No, it’s not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a while, scientists at the […]

  • Winter forecast for Canada

    From the East Coast to the West Coast, the winter weather forecast for Canada doesn’t appear to be lacking for snow. According to AccuWeather.com, the weather patterns currently lining up over Canada will be influenced by La Nina and could serve up plenty of precipitation. According to one of its meteorologists, warmer than normal waters […]

  • Climate change to impact major forage grass for cattle

    October 12, 2017

    Kansas State University – The economically important big bluestem grass — a dominant prairie grass and a major forage grass for cattle — is predicted to reduce its growth and stature by up to 60 percent in the next 75 years because of climate change, according to a study involving Kansas State University researchers. The […]

  • Grazing horses on better pastures

    American Society of Agronomy – When you picture a horse, you may imagine it grazing contentedly in a grassy pasture. Grazing lets horses move around naturally outdoors and socialize with other horses. And grass is an easily available, nutritious feed that horses like eating. If you have the land, providing pasture for horses is less […]

  • Evaluate soybean quality while you harvest

    October 5, 2017

    University of Illinois – When a field of soybeans is ready to harvest, speed is of the essence. But harvesting grinds to a halt every time the combine operator has to climb down out of the cab to manually check for quality — whole, un-split beans without stray husk material. Researchers from Kyoto University and […]

  • Methane emissions from agriculture balloon

    BioMed Central – Global methane emissions from agriculture are larger than estimated due to the previous use of out-of-date data on carbon emissions generated by livestock, according to a study published in the open access journal Carbon Balance and Management. In a project sponsored by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Carbon Monitoring […]

  • Clear connection between nitrogen use and groundwater

    September 28, 2017

    Aarhus University – Nitrogen surplus from agriculture has a clear effect on the nitrogen status of the groundwater, according to 70 years of Danish measurement data. A 70 years time-series of monitoring data relays a clear message: When farmers apply more nitrogen to their fields than their crops can absorb, the amount of nitrogen in […]

  • How forest fires ruin wine

    Technical University of Munich – If wine is cultivated in an area where forest fires occur more often, such as in Australia or Southern Italy, aromas that make the alcoholic drink unpalatable can develop in the finished product. Until now, it wasn’t known why this is so and what happens at the molecular level. A […]

  • 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

    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. […]