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3/7/2012

A pressing question for the seed industry today is whether fungicide-treated soybean seeds can maintain viability and vigor after being stored for a year. During storage in dealers’...

2/21/2012

Nutrient management plans (NMPs) are implemented to supply plants with ideal amounts of nutrients, minimize runoff pollutants, and maintain or improve the soil condition. As we continue to...

2/7/2012

In grain crop production, soils often don’t provide enough nitrogen to achieve optimal crop growth, requiring added fertilizer. However, the over-application of nitrogen fertilizers results...

12/12/2011

The National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances identify substances that may or may not be used in organic crop production. In November 2010, the USDA’s National Organic Standards...

12/8/2011

Monitoring the vegetative (V) and reproductive (R) growth stages in soybean is critical for ensuring that crop management practices, such as applications of pesticides, are performed at optimal...

10/6/2011

Many corn growers in Ohio delay harvest as a management strategy for reducing grain drying costs. However, this practice increases the risk of yield loss due to extended crop weathering.

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8/31/2011

Organic farming is considered to be environmentally sustainable, but is it economically sustainable?

The answer is yes, according to new...

8/17/2011

More than 50% of the protein-nitrogen fed to beef cattle can escape annually to the atmosphere as ammonia gas, according to a USDA-led study of two Texas cattle feedyards, and emissions increase...

7/10/2011

In the arid farmlands of West Texas, soil salinity is a chronic problem that farmers frequently battle by adding the calcium mineral, gypsum, to soils. But the practice is expensive, plus the...