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8/21/2014

Developing a wheat variety is an exercise in patience and diligence. No one knows this better than scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) housed in the University of Nebraska-...

7/10/2014

In Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and other big New Mexico cities, nearly every public golf course is watered today with treated city wastewater rather than precious potable water. And across the U.S....

6/30/2014

First isolated from chili peppers in the 1920s, the pathogen Phytophthora capsici has been plaguing the global hot pepper industry ever since. The fungus-like organism causes a root rot...

6/6/2014

Popular diets across the world typically focus on the right balance of essential components like protein, fat, and carbohydrates. These items are called macronutrients, and we consume them in...

5/16/2014

A recent study published in Agronomy Journal provides information important to farmers growing oilseed crops. In...

4/24/2014

When soybean was popularized in the U.S. in the 1800s, farmers eagerly embraced the legume from East Asia as a forage crop. Today, it is more commonly grown as an oilseed crop rotated with corn...

4/2/2014

Does genetic manipulation cause unintended changes in food quality and composition? Are genetically modified (GM) foods less nutritious than their non-GM counterparts, for example, or different in...

2/4/2014

Organic farmers face quite a conundrum when it comes to controlling weeds. Fighting them with tillage instead of herbicides keeps chemical pollutants out of the environment. But tilling too much...

1/2/2014

Soybeans are one of the most nutritious beans on the earth, making for a healthy food. One-half cup of soybeans has three times more protein than a hotdog! But food is only one aspect of this...

11/25/2013

Kevin Price is a rangelands ecologist and remote sensing expert who spent 19 years in the University of Kansas geography department working with satellite images on projects funded by NASA. But...