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Weed Control with Cover Crops – Don’t Fall Prey to Confirmation Bias

Weed Control with Cover Crops – Don’t Fall Prey to Confirmation Bias

👤Joe Ikley and Bill Johnson 🕔Oct 13, 2017

Recently, the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program released the results of their 2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey. This document reported results of a broad array of questions asked of cover crop

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Pest Resistance to Biotech Crops Is Surging, According to New Research

Pest Resistance to Biotech Crops Is Surging, According to New Research

👤From University of Arizona 🕔Oct 13, 2017

In 2016, farmers worldwide planted more than 240 million acres (98 million hectares) of genetically modified corn, cotton and soybeans that produce insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. These Bt proteins kill some voracious caterpillar and beetle

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Fungicide Research: Small vs. Large Plots for Field Trials

Fungicide Research: Small vs. Large Plots for Field Trials

👤By Nathan Kleczewski, University of Delaware Extension Plant Pathologist 🕔Oct 4, 2017

Over the last 10-15 years there has been much discussion in the agricultural realm about the utility of fungicide trials conducted on small plots, vs those on larger plots.  Small plots typically are 5-10’wide, and 20-50’ long, depending on the crop and study.  Large

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Soybeans: New Machine Evaluates Crop at Harvest for Quality

Soybeans: New Machine Evaluates Crop at Harvest for Quality

👤By Debra Levey Larson, University of Illinois 🕔Oct 3, 2017

When a field of soybeans is ready to harvest, speed is of the essence. But harvesting grinds to a halt every time the combine operator has to climb down out of the cab to manually check for quality—whole, un-split beans

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Nebraska Study: What are the Benefits and Limits of Fertilizing Soybeans?

Nebraska Study: What are the Benefits and Limits of Fertilizing Soybeans?

👤From University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 🕔Oct 2, 2017

Soybean crops in highly productive fields demand more nitrogen than natural sources alone can supply, says a new study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Argentine researchers. Because nitrogen fertilizer is rarely applied in soybean fields, the crops depend exclusively on

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Ag Research and Public Funding: Maybe It’s Time for a Shift

Ag Research and Public Funding: Maybe It’s Time for a Shift

👤By Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University Ag Economist; and Constance Cullman, University of Illinois Ag Economist 🕔Sep 29, 2017

Since the Hatch Act was enacted in 1887, public funding of agricultural research has been a U.S. priority and often is cited as a cornerstone for U.S. agricultural abundance. Public funding currently is centered in Title VII of the Agricultural

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Cover Crops Increase Destruction of Weed Seed in Fields, Says Study

Cover Crops Increase Destruction of Weed Seed in Fields, Says Study

👤By Brian Wallheimer, Purdue University 🕔Sep 28, 2017

Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.

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Nitrogen Utilization Directly Affects Groundwater Quality, Says Study

Nitrogen Utilization Directly Affects Groundwater Quality, Says Study

👤From Aarhus University 🕔Sep 26, 2017

Nitrogen surplus from agriculture has a clear effect on the nitrogen status of the groundwater, according to 70 years of Danish measurement data. A 70 years time-series of monitoring data relays a clear message: When farmers apply more nitrogen to

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Cover Crops Success Is Encouraging to Farmers Nationwide

Cover Crops Success Is Encouraging to Farmers Nationwide

👤By Kristy Borelli, Pennsylvania State University Extension Specialist 🕔Sep 26, 2017

Farmers have been successfully incorporating cover crops into their rotations and their enthusiasm for the practice remains high according to a 2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey Annual Report conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC). This survey is also supported

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Texas Citrus: Raised Beds Offer Multiple Benefits to Growers

Texas Citrus: Raised Beds Offer Multiple Benefits to Growers

👤By Kathleen Phillips, Texas AgriLife Extension 🕔Sep 26, 2017

A planting design that outwitted a weevil in Texas citrus groves has yielded numerous other benefits for growers and brought better quality oranges and grapefruits to consumers, experts say. Enter the Diaprepes root weevil in 2000. The insect was found

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