Alta Seeds Bringing Sorghum Innovation at #NAFB16

Kelly Marshall

It’s Travis Kidd’s responsibility to bring commercial hybrids from the research stage into the marketplace for Alta Seeds. Considering they’re the largest provider of genetics in forage and grain sorghum in the country, he’s the guy you want to talk to when it comes to what’s new in Sorghum. Alta is excited about two new traits that will make life …

Agribusiness, NAFB, Research, Sorghum, Traits

Danforth Center Develops Field Phenotyping

Kelly Marshall

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center uses research, education and outreach to impact food security and improve the human condition through plant science.  Now researchers are announcing the development of the PheNode, a “smart”, farm-ready, solar-powered environmental sensor and phenotyping station for crops. “With a suite of diverse sensors on the PheNode, we can continuously monitor field crops for growth rate, …

Agribusiness, Data Collection, Research, technology

North Dakota Facility Aiding US Agriculture Research

Kelly Marshall

A North Dakota science facility is helping U.S. ag research get up to speed.  Currently the nation is falling behind when it comes to agriculture research, due mainly to a lack of funding, but the National Agriculture Genotyping Center (NAGC) is committed to getting the United States back in the game. Work related to sustainable production practices, genetic improvement and new …

Genetics, Genotyping, NCGA, Research

AEM: Small Tractor Sales Continue to Lead

Lizzy Schultz

The latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Ag Tractor and Combine Report shows that, while U.S. retail sales of tractors under 40HP and 40-100HP continued to lead the way in September and larger tractor sales rebounded from last month, year-to-date tractor sales are still down. The report also noted that September U.S. retail sales for 2WD tractors …

AEM, Ag Group, Equipment, Research, Tractor

Eco-detector to Hunt GMOs in the Environment

Kelly Marshall

While the agriculture community generally lauds the efforts of biotechnology in feeding the world, many doubt the technology’s safety.  That’s why Scott Egan with Rice University is leading an effort to detect GMOs in the environment. Egan’s team is building a tool that will allow them to quantify and track the dispersal of genetically engineered crops and animals.  The developing …

GMO, Research, USDA

New Report: Global Progress on Food Loss, Waste

Lizzy Schultz

A newly released report has assessed the world’s progress toward Target 12.3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which has called on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030. The report recommends nations, cities and businesses in the food supply chain move quickly to set reduction targets, measure progress and take action to …

Ag Group, EPA, Food, Government, Research, sustainability

Space Agriculture: The Final Frontier

Kelly Marshall

Precision farming may be a fairly exact science these days, but growing plants in space is still a murky one.  Those in agriculture can appreciate the importance of growing food on board a space station or during a mission to Mars, but a new paper in the Botany Letters highlights the challenges scientists still face in this agricultural frontier. The …

Plant Science, Research

Study Finds China Dominates Global Production Market

Lizzy Schultz

Research firm MarketLine has found that the global agricultural products market reached a value of just over $2.2 trillion in 2015, and the Asia-Pacific revision accounted for well over half of the world’s agricultural production. MarketLine found that, despite a decrease in overall value terms last year, China continues to be the dominant country in the agricultural products market, with …

Ag Group, Financing, Markets, Research

Michigan Students Study Bee Populations

Kelly Marshall

August marks the month bees in Michigan will begin producing honey, and researchers at Grand Valley State University will take advantage of what they can learn from that with a $2.3 million grant from the USDA to study the decline in honeybee population. The four-year, $200,000 study at Grand Valley, led by Jonathan Engelsma, professor of computing, will focus on …

Bees, Education, Research

USDA Analyzes Crop Insurance Demand

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a report completed by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) on the effectiveness of crop insurance. The report, titled How Do Time and Money Affect Agricultural Insurance Uptake? A New Approach to Farm Risk Management Analysis, analyzes the relationship between wealth, savings, and insurance over time to identify alternative approaches to managing …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Crop Insurance, Financing, Research, USDA