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 […]

Rice: Gene Boosts Growth, Yield in Salty Soil

🕔Mar 23, 2018Around 20% of the world’s irrigated land is considered to contain elevated concentrations of salt, and the soil continues to get saltier as the climate warms. Agricultural production is hard […]

Soybeans: Fixing the Need for Nitrogen

🕔Mar 21, 2018Soybean is rich in protein, which is great for the humans and animals eating it. But this high protein content comes at a cost. To make protein, soybean plants need […]

Midwest Farming Has Influenced the Region’s Summer Climate, Study Says

🕔Feb 14, 2018Scientists agree that changes in land use such as deforestation, and not just greenhouse gas emissions, can play a significant role altering the world’s climate systems. Now, a new study […]

Herbicide Resistance: Scientists Identify Evolutionary Drivers

🕔Feb 13, 2018Scientists from the University of Sheffield in the UK have identified factors which are driving the evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds.

Drought Tolerance: Research Could Improve Yields for Cereal Crops

🕔Feb 7, 2018Three years ago, biotechnologists demonstrated in field trials that they could increase the productivity of maize by introducing a rice gene into the plant that regulated the accumulation of sucrose […]

Invasive Weeds: Can We Predict What Plants Will Become Invasive? Hopefully, Yes.

🕔Jan 23, 2018Is it possible to predict which nonnative plant species will become invasive weeds and when? According to research featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management, the answer is […]

Invasive Plants Have Unprecedented Ability to Pioneer New Continents, Climates

🕔Dec 5, 2017It’s no secret that globalization, aided by climate change, is helping invasive species gain a foothold across the planet. What came as something of a surprise to Virginia Tech researchers […]

Farmland: It’s Time for NASS to Change Method for Compiling Crop, Cash Rent Estimates – Study

🕔Oct 11, 2017Producing more precise county-level estimates of crops and farmland cash rents will require integrating multiple data sources using model-based predictions that are more transparent and reproducible, says a new report […]

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