Neonics: Some Uses Could Benefit Bees, Says Study Dec 2, 2019

🕔Dec 2, 2019The story of neonicotinoids is growing more nuanced. Europe has banned outdoor use of three of these insecticides to protect bee populations. Two other neonicotinoids are still permitted, but little […]

Researchers Rediscover Fast-Acting Insecticide Lost After WWII Oct 14, 2019

🕔Oct 14, 2019A new study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society explores the chemistry as well as the complicated and alarming history of DFDT, a fast-acting insecticide. “We set out to study […]

Herbicide Resistant Waterhemp Moves Into Canada Oct 4, 2019

🕔Oct 4, 2019A team including evolutionary biologists from the University of Toronto have identified the ways in which herbicide-resistant strains of an invasive weed named common waterhemp have emerged in fields of […]

Louisiana Sugarcane: Turning Up the Heat for Weed Control Sep 26, 2019

🕔Sep 26, 2019Weeds are thieves. They steal nutrients, sunlight and water from our food crops. In the case of sugarcane, yield refers to the amount of biomass and the sucrose concentration of […]

Ethanol Fuels Large-Scale Expansion of Brazil’s Farming Land Sep 18, 2019

🕔Sep 18, 2019A University of Queensland-led study has revealed that future demand for ethanol biofuel could potentially expand sugarcane farming land in Brazil by five million hectares by 2030. UQ School of […]

Palmer Pigweed Resistance – Keys Behind the Evil Genius Sep 18, 2019

🕔Sep 18, 2019Palmer amaranth’s resistance to PPO-inhibiting herbicides, a group of chemicals that disrupt chlorophyll synthesis, is especially problematic with glyphosate already out of the picture. Farmers had been turning to PPO-inhibitors […]

Rice: Barnyardgrass — 1,000 Years Of Hiding In Plain Sight Sep 17, 2019

🕔Sep 17, 2019Early rice growers unwittingly gave barnyardgrass a big hand, helping to give root to a rice imitator that is now considered one of the world’s worst agricultural weeds. New research […]

Monster Tumbleweed: Invasive New Species Here to Stay Aug 27, 2019

🕔Aug 27, 2019A new species of gigantic tumbleweed once predicted to go extinct is not only here to stay — it’s likely to expand its territory.

Rice: Blast Resistance Could Be on the Horizon Aug 16, 2019

🕔Aug 16, 2019Researchers have uncovered an unusual protein activity in rice that can be exploited to give crops an edge in the evolutionary arms race against rice blast disease, a major threat […]

Ag Trade: Tariffs Lead to Creative Supply Chains Aug 6, 2019

🕔Aug 6, 2019Where there’s a will to peddle soybeans in the global marketplace, there’s a way, even if a trade war creates roadblocks. In the recent issue of the international open-access journal […]

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