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Think Mexican spirits are all about agave? Try the corn whiskeys of Oaxaca

Many popular Mexican street foods — tortillas, esquites, pozole — are based on corn, a crop originally cultivated by ancient peoples around what is now Oaxaca, Mexico. Pierde Almas Ancestral Corn Whiskey is distilled from native corn grown in that Mexican state. Thirty-five of the approximately...

#Plant17 Makes Progress

Some dry days last week helped farmers make up for slow progress the week before as corn planting gained 11 points to almost be at the average for this time of year at 17 percent, according to the latest crop progress report out Monday. Illinois and Missouri jumped ahead last week in corn planting progress, planting over one quarter of... Read More

Wet Weather Delays Corn Planting

Many planters around the Corn Belt were sitting idle last week as wet weather continued to delay planting progress at the start of the season, much to the dismay of farmers anxious to get into the fields. The latest crop progress report from USDA this week shows corn planting progress at six percent falling behind last year at this time... Read More

#Plant17 Progress Underway

#Plant17 is officially underway now with the latest crop progress report issued yesterday from USDA. Corn planting at three percent nationwide as of April 9 is a point behind last year at this time but exactly on target with five-year average. Texas, where National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president Wesley Spurlock farms, is well ahead of both last year and... Read More

Already Struggling, Farms Stand To Lose Under Trump Trade Agenda

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

While the broader U.S. economy has been humming along, the farm economy is entering its fourth straight year of declining incomes and rising debt, thanks to low prices for crops like corn and wheat. “We are on the cusp of another 1980s-style...Show More Summary

More Beans and Cotton, Less Corn and Wheat

The first estimate for crop plantings this year by USDA is calling for less corn and wheat but more soybeans and cotton. The 2017 Prospective Plantings report based on farmer surveys estimates that corn planted area for all purposes in 2017 will be 90 million acres, down 4 percent or 4.0 million acres from last year. Soybeans planted area for... Read More

Ag Groups Applaud EPA Decision on Chlorpyrofis

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently dismissed a petition regarding the crop protection tool chlorpyrifos, a decision the National Corn Growers Association and American Farm Bureau Federation have praised. The Obama administration had considered a ban on chlorpyrifos in 2015, but the decision had not been finalized. Show More Summary

Corn monitoring robots help scientists study the effects of climate change on food crops

The robots will help to discover which species of corn are most drought and heat tolerant.

Teff grain for broiler feed

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. That led to research into sorghum and now into teff grain.

A Genetically Modified Corn Could Stop a Deadly Fungal Poison—if We Let It

last monthNews : Newsweek: US

Aflatoxin, a fungal poison present in many staple food crops, is a global health threat. Scientists have now created a strain of corn that prevents production of the toxin. But resistance to GMO crops could thwart its use.

Research could lead to corn crop varieties that can fight off sugarcane mosaic virus

An Iowa State University agronomist has contributed to research identifying a corn gene that resists a virus that has caused substantial yield losses in most corn-cultivating countries.

NCGA Study Shows Crop Insurance Returns Decreased

Since the renegotiation of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement in 2010, private crop insurance company returns have significantly decreased, says a new study by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Current returns are inlineShow More Summary

US Crop Harvests Could Fall By Up To 49% Due To Global Warming

3 months agoUtilities / Energy : Peak Energy

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

Study: Half of U.S. Corn Crop Could Vanish by 2100

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.

County-by-county variability of bioenergy crop yields in the U.S.

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

Looking into teff grain for broiler feed

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.

2016 Crop Production Summary Is In

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

Research uncovers reason for growing pest damage in genetically protected corn crops

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 Shows Failings of GMO Insect Resistance, Corn Crop in Jeopardy

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

The Bizarre and Inspiring Story of Iowa's Fish Farmers

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

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