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Warm-up seen for U.S. Midwest next week as northern Plains roasts

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sizzling temperatures in the northern U.S. Plains spring wheat belt will spread next week into parts of the western Midwest, threatening corn yield prospects as the crop enters its key pollination phase, meteorologists said on Friday.

mapsontheweb:Photosynthesis of the US corn crop. At the peak of...

mapsontheweb: Photosynthesis of the US corn crop. At the peak of the growing season it produces more oxygen than the Amazon Rain Forest.

Corn: The crop that ate America

Bloomberg News has an interactive infographic on U.S. corn production.  Corn now accounts for 68 percent of US grain-and-oilseed production. The USDA gives a bit of background on the corn economy. Scientific American explains why growing all that corn is not such a great idea. It’s mostly for feeding animals, not people 40% of it […]

Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide

(Stanford University) A recent discovery by Stanford University scientists could lead to a new, more sustainable way to make ethanol without corn or other crops. This promising technology has three basic components: water, carbon dioxide and electricity delivered through a copper catalyst.

You Can’t Sell Fruit Unless You Support Gay Marriage

From FoxNews: The Tennes family has been farming in Michigan for generations. They grow all sorts of crops at the Country Mill Farm – organic apples, blueberries, pumpkins, sweet corn. And for the past seven years, Steve Tennes and his family have sold their produce at the farmer’s market owned by the city of East Lansing. Show More Summary

What if several of the world's biggest food crops failed at the same time?

Less than one-quarter of Earth's total cropland produces nearly three-quarters of the staple crops that feed the world's population – especially corn, wheat and rice, the most important cereal crops. These areas are our planet's major breadbaskets.

In north Maryland, economic trick in blending old with new

Before he got involved in the beer business, Frederick County farmer Greg Clabaugh grossed about $600 an acre for growing traditional crops like corn and soybeans. Now, on the land … Click to Continue »

Corn seed treatment insecticides pose risks to honey bees, yield benefits elusive

Nearly every foraging honey bee in the state of Indiana will encounter neonicotinoids during corn planting season, and the common seed treatments produced no improvement in crop yield, according to a Purdue University study.

Rain brings relief to China's parched grain fields

BEIJING (Reuters) - Heavy rains this week have brought relief to parched fields in China's major grain producing regions, breaking a months-long dry spell that had slowed corn planting and hit winter wheat crops.

Climate Change To Reduce Global Yields Of Staple Crops 23% By 2050s

Global production of the 4 most important staple crops in the world — maize/corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans — will be reduced by around 23% by the 2050s as a result of worsening anthropogenic climate change, according to new research...Show More Summary

MX negotiates deal to buy Brazilian corn

Mexican livestock producers have closed a deal with Brazilian yellow corn producers through which record amounts of the crop will be imported from the South American country. An official with the federal FULL STORY The post MX negotiates deal to buy Brazilian corn appeared first on Mexico News Daily.

10 Sunday Reads

My easy-like Sunday morning reads: • Corn, The Crop That Ate America (Bloomberg) • The Next Hot Housing Market: Starter Homes (Wall Street Journal) • Ivory Tower Wonks Help Traders Make a Quick Buck (BloombergView) • Time to Buy Emerging...Show More Summary

Nebraska factory makes 1.1B cigarettes a year

A factory on the Winnebago Tribe's reservation, bordering a corn field, churns out products from a much different cash crop. At its peak, Rock River Manufacturing's 15,000-square-foot plant produces 5,000 … Click to Continue »

A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some

Harvest has long been mechanized for large portions of the agriculture industry, such as wheat, corn, green beans, tomatoes and many other crops. [...] for more fragile commodities like apples, berries, table grapes and lettuce — where...Show More Summary

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

4 months 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

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