Variable Weather Makes Weeds Harder to Whack Feb 12, 2021

🕔Feb 12, 2021
From flooded spring fields to summer hailstorms and drought, farmers are well aware the weather is changing. It often means spring planting can’t happen on time or has to happen […]

Soybeans: Drones, AI Detect Maturity with High Accuracy Dec 7, 2020

🕔Dec 7, 2020
Walking rows of soybeans in the mid-summer heat is an exhausting but essential chore in breeding new cultivars. Researchers brave the heat daily during crucial parts of the growing season […]

U.S. Ag Water Use Declining for Most Crops, Livestock Nov 20, 2020

🕔Nov 20, 2020
Climate change and a growing world population require efficient use of natural resources. Water is a crucial component in food production, and water management strategies are needed to support worldwide […]

Organic Corn: Illinois Scientists Rev Up Plant Breeding Nov 2, 2020

🕔Nov 2, 2020
A new $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will support University of Illinois scientists and collaborators as they develop improved […]

3 Major Weeds Have Genomes Unlocked Aug 28, 2020

🕔Aug 28, 2020
Representing some of the most troublesome agricultural weeds, waterhemp, smooth pigweed, and Palmer amaranth impact crop production systems across the U.S. and elsewhere with ripple effects felt by economies worldwide. […]

Continuous Corn: 20 Year Study Highlights Negative Impacts on Soil Health Jun 19, 2020

🕔Jun 19, 2020
Soil microbes are living, working barometers of soil health. They are responsible for turning atmospheric nitrogen into forms plants can use, and for releasing nitrogen back into the air. Farm […]

Ag Labs Open For Business…With Modifications – DTN Apr 15, 2020

🕔Apr 15, 2020
Amid coronavirus-related lockdowns, most states and university administrations have deemed soil and plant diagnostic testing laboratories as “essential” services, able to remain open to accept samples from farmers and scientists […]

Insect Pests: Aerial Trap Network Describes Life in the Skies Mar 12, 2020

🕔Mar 12, 2020
Like most invasive species, when the soybean aphid arrived in the Midwest in 2000, it brought none of its natural enemies along for the ride. So, naturally, finding itself in […]

Rice: In Lower Light, Some Varieties Photosynthesize Better Than Others Mar 11, 2020

🕔Mar 11, 2020
A team from the University of Illinois and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) examined how 14 diverse varieties photosynthesize—the process by which all crops convert sunlight energy into sugars […]

Corn: New Method Measures Productivity in Real Time Mar 9, 2020

🕔Mar 9, 2020
University of Illinois scientists, with help from members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, have developed a new, scalable method for estimating crop productivity in real time. The research, published […]

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