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USDA: Global wheat surplus expected

Next season, the world will have an abundance of wheat supplies. However, the consumption of soybeans and corn on the world market will be higher than the production forecast for these crops for the season 2016/2017.

Mechanism for herbicide resistance in Palmer amaranth identified

URBANA, Ill. - Corn and soybean farmers might as well be soldiers locked in an ever-escalating war against the weeds that threaten their crops. New weapons -- herbicides -- only work for so long before the enemy retaliates by developing resistance and refusing to die. Show More Summary

Left uncontrolled, weeds would cost billions in economic losses every year

If weeds were allowed to grow with no control measures, about half of corn and soybean crops across the United States and Canada would be lost, costing growers about $43 billion annually, says a team of researchers.

New Stem Cell Discovery Could Boost Corn Crop Yields by an Astounding 50 Percent

A big discovery from Cold Spring Harbor that could extend to even more staple crops.

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Google blocks payday lender ads; judge rejects Staples, Office Depot merger; U.S. may see record corn crop

U.S. Crop Prices Surge After Government Report

Christopher Doering reported in today’s Des Moines Register that, “Farmers in Iowa and across the Corn Belt struggling to reach profitability this year got some good news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday. “The USDA said producers are expected to grow a record 14.43 billion bushels of corn, and 3.8 billion bushes of […]

Open thread for night owls: After a long decline, farming by black Americans is on the rise

Vegan farmers JoVonna Johnson-Cooke and Eugene Cooke raise corn and other native crops at their Stone Mountain farm. Leah Penniman is a farmer and educator in upstate New York. The piece below was written especially for Yes! magazine,...Show More Summary

Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015

Efforts to expand use of biotechnology to crops other than corn, soybeans, cotton and canola have been hindered by opposition from consumer and environmental groups.

US crops to Cuba?

US crop producers, including corn and sorghum, have called for the removal of trade barriers with Cuba. This was said at an event, sponsored by the US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba.

#Classic16 Corn and Wheat Scholarship Winners

The number of scholarships presented by BASF Crop Protection and the various commodity organizations at Commodity Classic increases every year. Yea. It’s great to see so many young men and women take an interest in agriculture. We were able to interview some but not all of this year’s winners – but they are all outstanding. The $1000 National Corn Growers... Read More

#Classic16 Celebrates Decade of Scholarships

BASF Crop Protection, the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) celebrated ten years of rewarding future agriculture industry leaders with scholarships during the 2016 Commodity Classic last week. Show More Summary

The Cost of Banning GMOs

What would happen if the US or the world banned the use of GMO (genetically modified organism) crops? A new study out of Purdue addresses that question. The authors estimated the reduction in yields for corn, soybeans, and cotton if GM traits were abandoned. They then plugged the results into a well-established model of how […]

Scholarships Presented at #Classic16

A brand new crop of young people received scholarships at the 2016 Commodity Classic from three organizations and BASF. The American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Wheat Foundation...Show More Summary

Agricultural Prices- Key Crops Down From Year Ago Levels

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its monthly Agricultural Prices report today, which noted that, “The corn price, at $3.66 per bushel, is up 1 cent from last month but is down 16 cents from January 2015.” The NASS report added that, “The soybean price, at $8.71 per bushel, decreased 5 cents from […]

Reforestation: The Attainable Sustainable

Don Sebastian was on a roll, trying to explain to the large group gathered at his tree nursery business the depth of his transformation: "We always thought trees were a problem, only to be cut for corn crops and firewood--but now look!"...Show More Summary

Value of Corn, Soybeans Declined in 2015

Today, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its annual Crop Values Summary. The value of corn and soybeans in the U.S. declined in 2015. The price of corn has dropped from $4.46 in 2013 to $3.60 in 2015. The value of corn production was also lower, falling to $49,038,819,000 last year, down from $52,951,760,000 […]

Transgenic sweet corn no more susceptible to Goss's wilt disease

URBANA, Ill. - Transgenic crops expressing resistance to the herbicide glyphosate (GR) have been commercialized and planted widely across the U.S. for two decades. The majority of transgenic corn (Bt) also has been engineered to produce toxins effective against certain corn insect pests. Show More Summary

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 […]

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