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  • Root “ooze” affects soil stability, water repellency

    April 19, 2018

    Cutaway of Plant and Roots in Dirt

    American Society of Agronomy – As the growing season progresses, you might not notice much about what’s happening to plants under the soil. Most of us pay attention to new shoots, stems, leaves, and eventually the flowers and crop we intend to grow. We might think of roots as necessary, but uninteresting, parts of the […]

  • Synchrotron science could give soybeans a boost

    April 12, 2018

    University of Liverpool – Scientists at the University of Liverpool, together with Japanese colleagues, have gained new insight into how soil bacteria sense and adapt to the levels of oxygen in their environment. The findings could be used to help develop new treatments to promote crop growth and tackle disease. Living organisms are sensitive to […]


  • Soil temperature and crop emergence

    April 5, 2018

    Q: What’s the impact of soil temperature on crop emergence? A: Seeding into warm soils ensures the best start for the crop. Proper crop emergence is the fundamental start to reaching the crop’s yield potential. Seeding into cold soils may result in slower emergence. This places crops at risk of infection by soil pathogens. Pathogens […]

  • Monitor climate change to protect lake diversity

    March 29, 2018

    University of Guelph – Climate change and other environmental factors are more threatening to fish diversity than predators, according to new research from the University of Guelph. It is a surprising and important finding, as humans rely upon freshwater lakes for more than one-fifth of their protein needs worldwide, says lead author Prof. Andrew MacDougall in […]


  • Producing environmentally friendly cattle

    March 22, 2018

    Michigan State University – Three hundred years ago, enormous herds of bison, antelope and elk roamed North America, and the land was pristine and the water clean. However, today when cattle congregate, they’re often cast as the poster animals for overgrazing, water pollution and an unsustainable industry. While some of the criticism is warranted, cattle […]

  • Researchers make breakthrough in glyphosate resistance in pigweeds

    March 15, 2018

    Kansas State University – Kansas State University researchers have discovered how weeds develop resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate, a finding that could have broad future implications in agriculture and many other industries. Their work is detailed in an article that appears in the March 12 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, […]


  • Grain beetles in bins on the rise this winter

    March 8, 2018

    Alberta Agriculture and Forestry – Provincial officials have been fielding more requests this winter for the Farmer Pesticide Certificate Program for renewals or issuing new certificates, and grain beetles are the reason why. “We see it almost every year in southern Alberta, but it’s creeping up to central Alberta, too,” said crop specialist Harry Brook. “That is […]

  • Forage-fed dairy cattle produce milk with healthier fatty acid

    March 1, 2018

    University of Minnesota – Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential human nutrients, yet consuming too much omega-6 and too little omega-3 can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Today, Americans consume 10 to 15 grams of omega-6 for every gram of omega-3. Previous studies have shown that consuming organic beef or […]


  • Keep stored grain cool during spring and summer

    February 22, 2018

    North Dakota State University – Keeping stored grain cool is important as outdoor temperatures fluctuate and eventually start to warm this spring, a North Dakota State University Extension Service grain storage expert advises. “Not only will daytime temperatures be increasing, but the bin works as a solar collector,” Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang says. More […]

  • Weeds out of control

    February 15, 2018

    Rothamsted Research – Herbicides can no longer control the weeds that threaten crop productivity and food security in the UK because the plants have evolved resistance, and future control must depend on management strategies that reduce reliance on chemicals. A nationwide epidemiological assessment of the factors that are driving the abundance and spread of the […]

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