Pigweed and Waterhemp: Is Genetic Weed Control Possible?

🕔Jul 24, 2019Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, two aggressive weeds that threaten the food supply in North America, are increasingly hard to kill with commercially available herbicides. A novel approach known as genetic […]

Warming Midwest Increases Likelihood Farmers Will Need to Irrigate

🕔Jun 20, 2019If current climate and crop-improvement trends continue into the future, Midwestern corn growers who today rely on rainfall to water their crops will need to irrigate their fields, a new […]

Waterhemp Found Resistant to Another Class of Herbicides

🕔Jun 14, 2019In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists document waterhemp’s resistance to yet another class of herbicides, known as Group 15s. The study provides the first documentation of […]

Herbicide Resistance: New Mutations Rarer Than Expected, Says Study

🕔May 28, 2019After exposing more than 70 million grain amaranth seeds to a soil-based herbicide, researchers were not able to find a single herbicide-resistant mutant. Though preliminary, the findings suggest that the […]

Australian Wheat: Research Accurately Predicts Yield Months Before Harvest

🕔May 17, 2019Topping the list of Australia’s major crops, wheat is grown on more than half the country’s cropland and is a key export commodity. With so much riding on wheat, accurate […]

Corn: Excessive Rain as Damaging to Yields as Extreme Heat, Drought

🕔May 3, 2019Recent flooding in the Midwest has brought attention to the complex agricultural problems associated with too much rain. Data from the past three decades suggest that excessive rainfall can affect […]

Midwest Corn: Weather at Key Growth Stages Predicts Yield, Quality, Study Says

🕔Jan 29, 2019Corn is planted on approximately 90 million acres across the United States every year. With all that data, it takes months after harvest for government agencies to analyze total yield […]

Ag Economy Outlook – Perspectives From Illinois, Indiana, Iowa Extensions

🕔Jan 25, 2019Recent updates from Purdue University, the University of Illinois, and Iowa State University provide a snapshot of variables impacting the U.S. agricultural economy in 2019.  Today’s update looks briefly at key points from each […]

Crop Growth Boosted 40% by Making Photosynthesis More Efficient

🕔Jan 11, 2019Plants convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis; however, most crops on the planet are plagued by a photosynthetic glitch, and to deal with it, evolved an energy-expensive process called photorespiration […]

Waterhemp’s Metabolic Resistance to Topramezone – What’s the Cause?

🕔Nov 29, 2018Corn naturally tolerates certain herbicides, detoxifying the chemicals before they can cause harm. It’s what allows farmers to spray fields with the class of herbicides known as HPPD-inhibitors, which kill […]

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