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6/2/2013

Producers making the switch to organic crops to meet growing market demand not only fetch premium prices, according to a recent study; they also build healthy soil and sequester carbon, making...

5/23/2013

In a study published in Crop Science, scientists describe a nematode-resistant wheat. But while the wheat carries the resistance to the pest, the benefits are actually seen in the crop...

5/21/2013

Most ASA, CSSA, and SSSA members have a strong, if not first-hand, understanding of the agricultural enterprise. Many come from rural backgrounds, have worked with or in extension offices or have...

5/6/2013

Driving through western Wisconsin, you might come across the small town of Coon Valley. With its contour plowing, strip crops and woodlots, and cold brooks full of trout, the landscape looks...

4/24/2013

To reduce investment costs, most sprinkler irrigation systems are designed to operate 24 hours a day during times when crops require the most water. However, sprinkling during the day can result...

4/1/2013

There is often a need to weigh plant matter when doing small-plot, field research, and a variety of methods have been used to harvest and weigh corn forage plots. A group at the Colorado State...

3/25/2013

As escalating corn prices have encouraged many farmers to switch to growing corn continuously, they wonder why they have been seeing unusually high yield penalties over the past several years. The...

3/12/2013

As a severe drought hit many parts of the United States last summer, farmers and agronomists waited to see what the crop yield would be like after such an extreme weather event. How would the...

3/12/2013

To maximize crop yield, producers must grow a sufficient number of plants to use available resources water, light, and nutrients.  However, if the field has too many crop plants, they compete...

3/5/2013

Droughts can severely limit crop growth, causing yearly losses of around $8 billion in the United States. But it may be possible to minimize those losses if farmers can synchronize the growth of...