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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

Big Corn, Dumb Reporters

We often vilify agribusiness and rightfully so. But the actual farmers growing the crops of agribusiness are just people trying to make a living in a capitalist system that constantly makes their lives more difficult, forcing consolidation that ends a way of life whether in Iowa, Mexico, or India. Grist profiles and humanizes some of […]

Robots Step Into New Planting, Harvesting Roles

Farmers of corn and other commodity crops decades ago replaced most of their workers with giant combines and other machines that can quickly cut and gather grain used for animal feed, food ingredients and ethanol. But growers of produce...Show More Summary

Can cheaper corn change the way we farm?

Corn prices are low and corn planting is, too. Will farmers diversify crops or put land aside as a result?

ANOTHER TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING. . . WAIT, WHAT? Farming moves north with the temperat…

ANOTHER TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING... WAIT, WHAT? Farming moves north with the temperatures. A century ago, corn was not a viable crop above North Dakota’s southern third. But an average temperature rise of 2.7 degrees over that period has let North Dakota farmers grow feed corn up to the Canadian border. The […]

The US Is the World’s Largest Producer of Corn, So Why Are We Importing More?

Because of its reliance on genetically modified crops, the world's largest producer of corn has been forced to import organic, non-GMO corn from other countries.

Study shows corn fields creeping into untouched grasslands to meet ethanol fuel demand

Two of America’s largest GMO monocultured crops, corn and soy, are starting to creep into previously un-farmed lands– in an effort to meet a growing demand biofuels like ethanol. The news comes from a new study released by researchers at the of that

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