Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality

Kelly Marshall

In parts of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas the loss of topsoil leaves growers to work with difficult claypan soil, but researchers at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources are hopeful about a solution.  Studies show switchgrass, a perennial plant commonly used for biofuels, can build up the soil quality on farms that have …

Conservation, erosion, Research, Soil

Nuclear Methods Help MU Researchers Battle Pests

Kelly Marshall

Researchers at the University of Missouri are using nuclear methods to find ways to feed the growing populations.  Their process has allowed them to determine the mechanisms corn plants use to battle the western corn rootworm.  Now scientists believe that information could help them develop lines of resistance in corn. “The western corn rootworm is a voracious pest,” said Richard …

Corn, Research

USDA Awards $6.7 Million for Healthy Agroecosystems

Kelly Marshall

Eighteen grants with a total sum of $6.7 million dollars are being granted by the USDA‘s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  The grants are to encourage researching the interactions between components of an agroecosystem interact in food production: soil, water and sun to plants, animals and people. “Population growth, along with environmental factors, including the growing threat of climate change, …

Government, Research, sustainability, USDA

Peer Review Study Finds Insecticides Are Low Risk

Kelly Marshall

A new risk assessment published in a peer-reviewed journal has found use of registered neonicotinoid imidacloprid in the United States is of low risk for sensitive aquatic invertebrates, or the wildlife that depend on them for their diet. This product is one of the most commonly used insecticides because it offers effective and safe control of pests. Because aquatic invertebrates …

Insecticide, Research, Safety

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