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Practically All The Least Healthy Foods Have This One Thing in Common

This summer, the Midwest's farmers are doing what they do every year, only more so: tending massive plantings of corn and soybeans. This year's corn crop covers 94.1 million acres, a land mass nearly equal in size to California. Soybeans cover 83 million acres—a near record. Show More Summary

Hackaday Prize Entry: SunLeaf

If there’s one place where the Internet of Things makes sense, it’s agriculture. From vast fields of soybeans, corn, and a different variety of corn, to the backyard garden, knowing how much sun, and rain crops get can vastly increase yields. Show More Summary

#CUTC16 Addresses the Value in Big Data

Jeremy Wilson works for Crop IMS and knows a thing or two about big data.  In his presentation, Data Share and Share Alike at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, Wilson addresses the information recorded on a farm and who should be given access to it. On his own farm Wilson says they share all their information with someone, because... Read More

Frost heads for Brazil corn areas in Parana state

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Forecasts are calling for freezing temperatures over corn fields in Parana state, Brazil's No. 2 producer of the grain, putting yields at risk when the meat industry is counting on harvest of the new crop to push down record high feed prices.

Bacterial research may lead to less polluted waters

Phosphorus is a crucial nutrient regularly applied to crops such as corn and soybeans to help them grow efficiently. However, excess phosphorus can be carried by rainwater runoff into lakes and streams, creating potential problems for aquatic environments and the ecosystem services they provide to humans.

Bee Pollen is Full of Pesticides Like Mosquito-Repellants

2 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Bees that live next to corn and soybean fields spend only a minority of their time feeding on these crop plants; instead, they mostly seek out pollen from flowering weeds, trees and gardens nearby. In the course of their foraging, they...Show More Summary

Honeybees pick up 'astonishing' number of pesticides via non-crop plants

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University study shows that honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season. read more

Honeybees pick up 'astonishing' number of pesticides via non-crop plants

Honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season.

USDA: Global wheat surplus expected

Next season, the world will have an abundance of wheat supplies. However, the consumption of soybeans and corn on the world market will be higher than the production forecast for these crops for the season 2016/2017.

Mechanism for herbicide resistance in Palmer amaranth identified

URBANA, Ill. - Corn and soybean farmers might as well be soldiers locked in an ever-escalating war against the weeds that threaten their crops. New weapons -- herbicides -- only work for so long before the enemy retaliates by developing resistance and refusing to die. Show More Summary

Left uncontrolled, weeds would cost billions in economic losses every year

If weeds were allowed to grow with no control measures, about half of corn and soybean crops across the United States and Canada would be lost, costing growers about $43 billion annually, says a team of researchers.

New Stem Cell Discovery Could Boost Corn Crop Yields by an Astounding 50 Percent

A big discovery from Cold Spring Harbor that could extend to even more staple crops.

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Google blocks payday lender ads; judge rejects Staples, Office Depot merger; U.S. may see record corn crop

U.S. Crop Prices Surge After Government Report

Christopher Doering reported in today’s Des Moines Register that, “Farmers in Iowa and across the Corn Belt struggling to reach profitability this year got some good news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday. “The USDA said producers are expected to grow a record 14.43 billion bushels of corn, and 3.8 billion bushes of […]

Open thread for night owls: After a long decline, farming by black Americans is on the rise

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Vegan farmers JoVonna Johnson-Cooke and Eugene Cooke raise corn and other native crops at their Stone Mountain farm. Leah Penniman is a farmer and educator in upstate New York. The piece below was written especially for Yes! magazine,...Show More Summary

Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015

Efforts to expand use of biotechnology to crops other than corn, soybeans, cotton and canola have been hindered by opposition from consumer and environmental groups.

US crops to Cuba?

US crop producers, including corn and sorghum, have called for the removal of trade barriers with Cuba. This was said at an event, sponsored by the US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba.

#Classic16 Corn and Wheat Scholarship Winners

The number of scholarships presented by BASF Crop Protection and the various commodity organizations at Commodity Classic increases every year. Yea. It’s great to see so many young men and women take an interest in agriculture. We were able to interview some but not all of this year’s winners – but they are all outstanding. The $1000 National Corn Growers... Read More

#Classic16 Celebrates Decade of Scholarships

BASF Crop Protection, the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) celebrated ten years of rewarding future agriculture industry leaders with scholarships during the 2016 Commodity Classic last week. Show More Summary

The Cost of Banning GMOs

What would happen if the US or the world banned the use of GMO (genetically modified organism) crops? A new study out of Purdue addresses that question. The authors estimated the reduction in yields for corn, soybeans, and cotton if GM traits were abandoned. They then plugged the results into a well-established model of how […]

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