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Winemaking waste could be raw material for biofuel

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

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

Recommended from Around the Web (Week ending August 22, 2015)

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

How America’s Most Useless Crop Also Became Its Most Commonly Grown One

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

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...

Heat in Europe to lower corn output

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.

Planted Acreage Update From USDA

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

7 creamy corn dishes to polish off your summer

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

Perennial biofuel crops' water consumption similar to corn

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.

The Oculus Touch – Finally, I can touch corn in Farmville

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

Sinclair CEO Loses Lawsuit Over Farm Land

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

Field study shows how a GM crop can have diminishing success at fighting off insect pest

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.

How a GM crop can have diminishing success at fighting off insect pest - field study

A new study from North Carolina State University and Clemson University finds the toxin in a widely used genetically modified (GM) crop is having little impact on the crop pest corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) - which is consistent with predictions made almost 20 years ago that were largely ignored. Show More Summary

Biofuels: Plant the right crop in the right place

Corn, wheat and rapeseed can be used to produce biofuels, such as bioethanol and biodiesel. According to recent findings by environmental scientists, the location of the agricultural lands used to grow these biofuel crops has a major impact on the greenhouse gas emission they ultimately produce.

First USDA Crop Estimates

USDA’s May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report released today includes the first estimates for crop production this year. Overall, the report is projecting wheat production to be higher and corn and soybeans lower this season. Show More Summary

Simple Food Storage Innovations Could Help Tanzanian Farmers Fight Hunger

Last year, Tanzania had exciting news: a bumper harvest of corn. But even as farmers were celebrating — corn is a staple eaten at almost every meal — much of the crop had already been spoiled, having grown moldy or been infested by insects and rodents. The problem was that farmers lacked the capacity to store food safely. Show More Summary

New Corn Ethanol Is Even Worse For The Climate Than We Thought. But Is It Illegal?

Corn was caught yellow-handed by researchers in a plot with other crops like soy to replace “millions of acres of grasslands.” The post New Corn Ethanol Is Even Worse For The Climate Than We Thought. But Is It Illegal? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Phenomenal Corn Planting Progress

A week ago corn planting was running behind schedule but thanks to the very latest precision technology corn farmers are now 17% ahead of the five year average with 55% of the crop in the ground, according to the latest crop progress report. The phenomenal progress included an increase of 38% in Nebraska and Illinois, 41% more in Missouri, 45%... Read More

Rain rescues wheat crops in Kansas

Wet weather in April revived crop prospects across Kansas - the biggest wheat producer in the United States. ||| Chicago - David Schemm isn’t complaining that a deluge last month made soils too wet to plant corn because his 4 500 acres of wheat in west-central Kansas will probably be the best crop in four years. Show More Summary

Children of the Corn: Baby Corn, Demystified

Have you ever thought about baby corn? I mean really sat and pondered the stuff—not just where it comes from but why you pretty much never, ever see it fresh? Chances are that unless you grow crops of your own, the only baby corn you've ever even seen, let alone tasted, came straight out of a jar or a can. Here's why.

GROWMARK Crop Update

Another 10% of the nation’s corn crop was planted last week, bringing the total now a couple of points ahead of last year but still behind the five year average. According to the latest progress report from USDA, farmers now have 19% of the corn crop in the ground and two percent has emerged, most of it in non-Corn Belt... Read More

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