Pistachios: Italian Researchers ID New Fungus That Causes Cankers, Declines

🕔Sep 19, 2018Starting in the spring of 2010, farmers from Sicily – the major pistachio production area of Italy – have been reporting a previously unknown disease on the trees. Characterized by […]

Soybean Cyst Nematodes: They Keep Evolving – How and Why?

🕔Aug 16, 2018What can scientists learn about human neurodegenerative disease from a major soybean pest? It’s not a trick question; the answer lies in the soybean cyst nematode, one of two classes […]

Rice Research: Brown Planthopper Takes Cue from Plant

🕔Jul 5, 2018Scientists at Washington State University and China Jiliang University have discovered that the quality of the host rice plant determines whether the brown planthopper, a major pest on rice in […]

Growing Corn: Warmer Climate Will Dramatically Increase Yield Volatility

🕔Jun 13, 2018Corn, or maize, is the most widely grown crop in the world. Used in food, cooking oil, industrialized foods, livestock feed and even automobile fuel, the crop is one that […]

Brazilian Rice: Breeding Better Varieties

🕔Jun 6, 2018Outside Asia, no other country produces as much rice as does Brazil. It is the ninth largest rice producer in the world. Average annual yields are close to 15 million […]

Weed, Insect Resistance – What Happens if We Run Out of Tools?

🕔May 18, 2018To slow the evolutionary progression of weeds and insect pests gaining resistance to herbicides and pesticides, policymakers should provide resources for large-scale, landscape-level studies of a number of promising but […]

Midwest Corn: Climate Change Should Help Production through 2050, says Researcher

🕔May 17, 2018Climate change and global warming put some forms of life at risk, but researchers found one instance that might not feel the heat – corn. Contrary to previous analyses, research […]

Texas Cotton: Less Water for Young Plants Doesn’t Hurt Yield, Improves Drought Tolerance

🕔May 16, 2018Plants need water–but what about when it’s running low? Is it possible to use less water and still have healthy crops? In Texas, the Southern High Plains uses water from […]

Soil Health – Defining Its Contribution To Livestock Gains

🕔Apr 13, 2018Individual pastures on livestock farms yield surprisingly dissimilar benefits to a farm’s overall agricultural income, and those differences are most likely attributable to the varying levels of “soil health” provided […]

Climate Change Could Be Pushing the Great Plains into the Midwest

🕔Apr 11, 2018In 1878, the American geologist and explorer John Wesley Powell drew an invisible line in the dirt-a very long line. It was the 100th meridian west, the longitude he identified […]

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