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White or yellow? South Africans face corn conundrum as drought hits crop

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's rainbow nation faces a drought-induced corn conundrum about the color of its staple, a starchy cake-like mixture derived from maize: white, yellow or a mix of the two?

Heat Waves And Drought Are Already Having A Devastating Impact On Important Crops

Essential crops like corn, wheat, and rice are very susceptible to heat waves and droughts, according to a new study. The post Heat Waves And Drought Are Already Having A Devastating Impact On Important Crops appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Monsanto, Novozymes Product Increases Crop Yields Using Microbes

Monsanto’s partnership with biochemical firm Novozymes has produced a corn inoculant product that can increase farmers’ yields, the companies say. The companies say they will launch the new product in the US in 2017. The partnership, called the BioAg Alliance, formed in 2013 and aims to improve crop harvests through naturally occurring microbes such as […]

EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

WASHINGTON — A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the Environmental Protection Agency found. Continue reading ? The post EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

7 Food Trends to Watch in 2016

We've become a lot more interested in how our food is produced and how it impacts our health. Last summer, the right mix of rain and sun over Minnesota gave corn farmers in the Gopher State a bumper crop. Garrison Keillor, the redoubtable host of the public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion,” was likely pleased. Show More Summary

Grains Council Confirms Good Quality Corn Crop

The U.S. corn crop was generally good, according to a new report from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). This news release from the National Corn Growers Association, a founding member of the council, says the USGC’s 2015/2016 Corn Harvest Quality Report found 94 percent of corn samples samples rated at quality grade No. 2 or better. “This is the fifth... Read More

Wild bee decline threatens US crop production

The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they're disappearing in many of the country's most important farmlands--including California's Central Valley, the Midwest's corn belt, and the Mississippi River valley. If losses...Show More Summary

By 2080, Corn Won't Be America’s Top Crop Anymore

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

America has a huge, sprawling, incredibly productive agricultural system, the slow-grown product of our history as a farming nation. But that system has already begun changing—and what we’re growing on those farms is going to change dramatically too. Read more...

Study shows how crop prices, climate variables affect yield, acreage

When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and two-thirds from cropping additional acreage. An agricultural economist says the findings dampen the ongoing debate about the food price and land use changes due to corn ethanol.

Study shows how crop prices and climate variables affect yield and acreage

Preview: When corn prices increase, corn yield also increases. The response is one-third from better management practices and intensive use of land and two-thirds from additional planted acreage. These are ears of corn on the University of Illinois south farms. Credit: U of I: Debra Levey Larson read more

Who wants my corn? US farmers grapple with another super crop

LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn./CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. grain warehouses are filling up so fast with a bumper harvest that they are storing soybeans and corn out in the open despite the risk of damage and even refusing crops from farmers without binding contracts.

Monsanto clears USDA regulatory hurdle for new GMO corn

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday signed off on a new genetically modified type of corn developed by Monsanto Co after a review concluded it posed no significant threat to agricultural crops, other plants or the environment.

How Food Waste Ended Up on Restaurant Menus

Once the restaurant world's darkest secret, food waste is now its top cause. The rich eat more animal products; the poor often subsist on staple crops like rice or corn. Some kitchens stock fish sauce while others keep a few sticks of butter on hand at all times. Show More Summary

Mysterious Crop Formation Spotted in Russia’s Rostov Region

A crop formation of unknown origin was discovered on a corn field near the small town of Zernograd in the Rostov Region.

Florida Man Accused Of Stealing More Than 4 Million Pounds Of Citrus

Sure, we’ve heard of crop theft in the past (tangerines, pumpkins, corn, onions) but when it comes to sheer volume of pilfered produce, a new report out of Florida takes the cake (if the cake is made out of oranges and grapefruit): authorities there have arrested a man accused of illegally obtaining more than four …

Seed by seed, acre by acre, big data is taking over the farm

The digital farm Inside the cab of Brian Marshall’s tractors is a glimpse into the future of farming. Through the windows, he sees his 4,000 acres of corn and soybean crops. He also sees a slew of computer monitors. “We have so much information,” says Marshall, who runs a farm with his father in Maysville, Missouri. Show More Summary

Winemaking waste could be raw material for biofuel

6 months 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

6 months agoGenres / 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...

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