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10/28/2015

Sometimes, the way forward is to look back. This may be the case with soybeans, whose wild relatives have higher levels of beneficial fatty acids.

Most health experts promote foods with...

10/7/2015

Wheat, from breads and pastries to beer and pastas, is an integral part of diets. Farmers produced about 730 million tons of wheat globally in 2014. It serves as the staple food for more than 35%...

9/30/2015

Most of us think that farmers grow and harvest crops for food. That’s true for many crops: they either feed humans or farm animals. However, there’s another category of crop that has a...

9/23/2015

If I presented you with a bowl of steaming purple rice, would you eat it?

Most of us are accustomed to white or brown rice as a staple in our diet. But according to plant breeder Anna...

7/22/2015

How does style of tilling make a difference in crop success? The blades on a till don’t simply chop up soil and move it around. They blend dead plant material left from harvest into the soil...

7/16/2015

Peanuts are big – big business that is. According to the National Peanut Board, Americans spend about $800...

7/8/2015

Recent research (and commercials) tell us probiotic products are good for our health, with benefits ranging...

7/1/2015

As we walk along a forest path, the soil beneath our feet seems like a uniform substance. However, it is an intricate network of soil particles, pores, minerals, soil microbes, and more. It is...

6/24/2015

Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there’s only so much clean water to go around — and so the effort begins to find a solution.

Luckily for people, some...

6/17/2015

Using switchgrass to produce biofuel is one way to decrease the United States’ dependence on oil, but growing it and making it profitable can be complicated.

Switchgrass is an...