When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and two-thirds from cropping additional acreage. An agricultural economist says the findings dampen the ongoing debate about the food price and land use changes due to corn ethanol.
Preview: When corn prices increase, corn yield also increases. The response is one-third from better management practices and intensive use of land and two-thirds from additional planted acreage. These are ears of corn on the University of Illinois south farms. Credit: U of I: Debra Levey Larson read more
LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn./CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. grain warehouses are filling up so fast with a bumper harvest that they are storing soybeans and corn out in the open despite the risk of damage and even refusing crops from farmers without binding contracts.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday signed off on a new genetically modified type of corn developed by Monsanto Co after a review concluded it posed no significant threat to agricultural crops, other plants or the environment.
Once the restaurant world's darkest secret, food waste is now its top cause. The rich eat more animal products; the poor often subsist on staple crops like rice or corn. Some kitchens stock fish sauce while others keep a few sticks of butter on hand at all times. Show More Summary
A crop formation of unknown origin was discovered on a corn field near the small town of Zernograd in the Rostov Region.
Sure, we’ve heard of crop theft in the past (tangerines, pumpkins, corn, onions) but when it comes to sheer volume of pilfered produce, a new report out of Florida takes the cake (if the cake is made out of oranges and grapefruit): authorities there have arrested a man accused of illegally obtaining more than four …
The digital farm Inside the cab of Brian Marshall’s tractors is a glimpse into the future of farming. Through the windows, he sees his 4,000 acres of corn and soybean crops. He also sees a slew of computer monitors. “We have so much information,” says Marshall, who runs a farm with his father in Maysville, Missouri. Show More Summary
Researchers are already developing methods of making biofuel from cellulosic waste, such as corn stover and wood fibers, offering reduced environmental impact and no competition with food crops. Now, new research sheds light on the possibility...Show More Summary
A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review. Corn Wars The ability to develop and then maintain ownership of crop technologies is a strategic advantage for companies—and countries. —Brian Bergstein, executive editor
Contrary to what you may think (and what your food labels may suggest) corn is not the most grown crop in America. The most grown crop is something no one is eating, no one is asking for, and no one is quite sure what to do with. It’s your lawn. Read more...
European Union (EU) 2015/16 corn production is forecast at 62.3 million tons, 3.5 million tons below last month and 12.9 million tons below last year’s record crop of 75.0 million.
USDA is forecasting the third largest corn crop and the second largest soybean crop on record in a new planted acreage update released today. U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Show More Summary
Summer isn't just about long sunsets, cool air conditioning and frosty margaritas It's also about corn. The indigenous crop of America, sweeter-than-candy summertime corn If you're still boiling it and topping it with plain butter, you're missing out on all corn has to offer. Show More Summary
Converting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and movement of soil water to groundwater.
We’ve been inching closer and closer to realistic VR, and while we’re not quite there yet, new innovations are cropping up left and right. The Oculus Rift has been on the radar for quite some time, but we know for certain that it’s going to be coming out in the first quarter of 2016. Show More Summary
A Baltimore County court has ruled against Sinclair CEO David Smith in a lawsuit over 95 acres of land he’s leasing. Last year we reported that Smith plowed under about $100,000 of a corn crop planted by Stephen Pieper, who had been leasing the land. Show More Summary
Data Visualisation by @LeonMarkovitz. Data Source: USDA.
A new study finds the toxin in a widely used genetically modified (GM) crop is having little impact on the crop pest corn earworm -- which is consistent with predictions made almost 20 years ago that were largely ignored. The study may be a signal to pay closer attention to warning signs about the development of resistance in agricultural pests to GM crops.