From Stanford University Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide … Continue reading ?
Most people readers of this blog are aware of the shrinking diversity of major food crops across the world (rice, corn, wheat).Throughout history, foods have ebbed and flowed in popularity and abundance, and few have even disappeared. Show More Summary
This sort of future will be great, right? When most people think GMO crops, they think of Monsanto, corn and genetic tinkering with industrial-scale agriculture. But what if an entire, familiar industry — like beer — could undergo aShow More Summary
AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — Significantly more corn will be planted in Idaho than last year, though the national crop acreage will drop, according to a recent USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service planting intentions report. Click here for the full story
This sentence: “One of the panel’s most striking new conclusions is that rising temperatures are already depressing crop yields, including those of corn and wheat.” Is in this LA Times story by By Tony Barboza about the latest IPCC report … Continue reading ?
Two commodity festivals are designed to help familiarize the Sunshine State’s residents about the importance of blueberries and sweet corn.
(CNN) - Chris Christie thinks Iowans aren't tired by the bumper crop of questions circling his political future. In fact, he says Hawkeye State voters like him almost as much as corn dogs at the state fair. "I think they love me in Iowa, too," Christie told ABC News' Dianne Sawyer in an exclusive interview […]
A hungry pest known as the western corn rootworm is gradually developing a resistance to genetically modified crops engineered to kill it, reports Nature. Entomologists say they're discovering more and more of the beetles that show no ill effects after chowing down on fields of Bt corn—so named because...
Appears US agribusiness is taking every mistake made with antibiotics & repeating them with GM crops: http://t.co/sACE5kIu0z Of course. — billmon (@billmon1) March 18, 2014 From the Wired article: … Until Bt corn was genetically altered to be poisonous to the pests, rootworms used to cause billions of dollars in damage to U.S. crops. Named for [Read more...]
To crudely reshape the old quote from Rudyard Kipling about the east and west, produce is produce and grain is grain and never the twain shall meet.
BALTIMORE, Md., March 10, 2014 – How people care for urban, suburban and rural lawns – the nation's second biggest crop behind corn – is less consistent than believed, according to scientists with the U.S. Forest Service, Clark University,...Show More Summary
BASF Crop Protection helped corn and soybean growers celebrate the achievements of the past year as sponsors of the big association banquets during the Commodity Classic last week. At the National Corn Growers Association banquet, BASF Manager for Plant Health … Continue reading ?
By Chris Damas: Fertilizer equities and crop futures traders have jumped on the Ukraine's position as an important wheat and corn exporter to bid prices higher. Any embargo or sanctions threatening Russian wheat markets and exports could add to the bullish sentiment. Show More Summary
For the seventh year in a row, BASF Crop Protection teamed up with the National Corn Growers Association to provide the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an agricultural degree. Mark Scott, … Continue reading ?
The case against using trees and crops as fuel for cars and power plants has grown stronger in recent years. The expansion of corn for ethanol in the American Midwest has worsened water pollution and soil erosion and has had no benefit in terms of reduced emissions, for example. read more
A hot, dry Brazilian summer has shriveled crops and sent the prices of so-called soft commodities sky high. Corn futures hit their highest price in about five months yesterday. Soybeans, coffee and sugar are also Read More...
When it comes to corn imports, the big worry for Chinese leaders lies in the history of another crop: soybeans.
In the US, we're growing genetically modified versions of two of our top crops: Some 90% of the soybeans and corn we grow is engineered to fight off pests or herbicides. But we don't grow genetically modified wheat, and it's time to start, write Jayson Lusk and Henry Miller in...
This interactive lets you try to develop the best corn plant by using the tried and true practice of selective breeding.
On January 3, USDA welcomed in the new year by presenting Dow AgroSciences with a bountiful gift: a virtual green light for the pesticide company’s new genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean seeds. These crops are designed specifically...Show More Summary