Scientific American says "Future harvests of wheat, soybeans and corn could drop by 22 to 49 percent, mostly due to water stress" - U.S. Crop Harvests Could Suffer with Climate Change. According to their estimates, corn and soybean plants can lose 5 percent of their harvest for every single day that is recorded above 30 C. Show More Summary
Half of the country's corn harvest could be wiped out by 2100 without efficient reductions in greenhouse gases, according to a new study. Production of soybeans and wheat could also fall significantly.
Using corn and soybeans as their testing ground, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory devised methods to peer into the mechanisms that modulate crop yield variability. They used statistical models to examine how climate variability impacts yields of these popular bioenergy crops at the county level. Show More Summary
Not all countries in the world have an ample supply of corn available to include in their poultry diets. The quest for alternatives is often driven by crops that are locally available. This has led to research into sorghum and now into teff grain.
It’s been touted for months, but the USDA’s final Crop Production 2016 Summary finally confirms it, last year was a record-high yield for corn and soybeans. In 2016 corn growers produced 15.1 billion bushels- 11 percent higher than 2015. Average yield is estimated to be 174.6 bushels per acre, up 6.2 bushels over the last crop. The National Agricultural Statistics... Read More
A UMD-led study provides new evidence of a decline in the effectiveness of genetically engineered traits widely used to protect corn crops from insects. This loss of effectiveness could damage U.S. corn production and spur increased use of potentially harmful insecticides.
New research adds to evidence that the effectiveness of popular genetically engineered traits used to protect corn and cotton from insects is failing, putting U.S. corn production potential in jeopardy, and spurring a need for increased...Show More Summary
By mid-October, harvest is in full swing in central Iowa. Giant green combines crawl through rows of withered corn until well after dusk as Webster City's farmers hurry to gather their crops before the first freeze sets in. The stiff, pale bodies of dead hogs pile up in dumpsters along gravel roads, waiting to be butchered. Show More Summary
According to a new survey of U.S. farmers and ranchers, the majority view biotechnology and GMO crops as an important solution in helping raise crops more efficiently. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and National CornShow More Summary
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's northeast Jilin province, the nation's second-largest corn producer, will relax new nationwide restrictions on trucking grains to ease logjams and high costs as the new crop hits the market, the regional government said this week.
Turbulence created by wind turbines may help corn and soybeans by influencing variables such as temperature and carbon dioxide concentration, according to research. The project drew on data generated by research towers set up on a 200-turbine wind farm in Iowa.
USDA has just released a report on the adoption of these three GM crops in the U.S. Ordinarily, USDA just tracks corn, soybeans, and cotton. Here’s a quick summary of trends in alfalfa (green), sugarbeets (red), and canola (blue): Canola hovers at around 90% of total, sugar beets at 95%, and alfalfa (a perennial) is […]
Armando Veve You don't see self-driving cars taking over American cities yet, but robotic tractors already roar through our corn and soybean farms, helping to plant and spray crops. They also gather huge troves of data, measuring moisture levels in the soil and tracking unruly weeds. Show More Summary
(Acoustical Society of America) Corn is the leading grain crop in the US but a lack of understanding about the mechanics involved in wind-induced corn stalk failure has hindered further improvements in corn production. Now, by applying...Show More Summary
I am glad I am not a chicken in Brazil. Brazil’s booming poultry industry needs corn but supply concerns might have Brazilian’s chickens wondering where their next meal is coming from. What began as a great year for exporters with good...Show More Summary
Depending upon how much silage inventory carryover your farm has on hand, you may be looking at making the switch to new crop corn silage very soon, if you haven’t already. When making this transition, it’s important to keep a close eye on starch content and digestibility.
DuPont Pioneer 2016 North American yield data from nearly 50,000 on-farm comparisons shows the company’s products and services have had a hand in the record corn and soybean crops being harvested across the country right now. At theShow More Summary
USDA increased the numbers for corn, soybeans, cotton and oranges in the latest crop production forecast out Wednesday. Corn production is now forecast at 15.2 billion bushels, up one percent from the October forecast and 12 percent higher than last year with yields expected to average 175.3 bushels per acre, which will be the highest yield and production on record.... Read More
We recently came across the story of Ed Woolsey, a fifth-generation farmer from Iowa. In recent years his crop has changed radically. "Before, I raised corn and soybeans and cattle", he told Bloomberg. "Now... I'm a wind farmer." He's part of a community collective that manages 10 wind turbines and sells the power to rural electric cooperatives. Show More Summary
BASF and FMC Corporation announced an agreement that brings novel in-furrow crop protection products to the U.S. corn market. The companies will integrate their market-leading insect and disease protection technologies into new products formulated with the convenient LFR® patented technology from FMC. Show More Summary