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2014-03-10 12:26:10

Corn Traits for Improved Dairy and Beef Nutrition RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. and MEDFORD, Mass., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Precision BioSciences and Agrivida revealed today that they have entered into a trait development collaboration based on precise gene modifications made possible by Precision's Directed Nuclease Editor(TM) (DNE) Technology. The collaboration recently delivered the first modified genes that are the subject of Agrivida commercialization efforts in the area...

2014-02-27 23:35:58

Turf Feeding Systems is focused on implementing their technology to increase water efficiency and improve soil health to help solve the world drought crisis. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) February 27, 2014 While worldwide drought continues to damage Brazil, California and many parts of the world, Turf Feeding Systems (TFS) is sharply focused on using their 25 years of expertise to reduce the water use up to 50% on any irrigated areas. Brazil is facing serious drought affecting agriculture,...

2014-02-19 23:02:18

An article in the journal Weed Technology discusses the development of a model that can analyze the simultaneous evolution of resistance to herbicides that inhibit the acetolactate synthase (ALS) and acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACCase) enzymes. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) February 19, 2014 Effective herbicides are essential to rice production in the mid-southern United States. In recent decades, the primary weed that challenges rice fields, barnyardgrass, developed resistance to two widely used...

2014-02-19 16:21:27

FRESNO, Calif., Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, Westlands Water District approved measures to expand a loan program for its growers to install real-time soil moisture monitors in another effort to help their farmers be even more efficient with their water. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130617/SF33240LOGO) "Westlands is a great partner in agriculture and they are always focused upon helping their growers utilize some of the best products on the market," said PureSense...

2014-02-18 08:24:22

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust and the American Society of Agronomy are hosting a four-part webinar series in March to educate agricultural producers and others on the benefits of using cover crops to reduce the cost of farming, improve soil health and reduce runoff from farm fields. The one-hour webinars will be held on March 6, 13, 20 and 27 starting at 1:00 EST. "Agricultural producers are rediscovering the benefits of planting cover...

Geophysicist And Mathematicians Team Up To Describe How River Rocks Round
2014-02-13 13:58:08

University of Pennsylvania For centuries, geologists have recognized that the rocks that line riverbeds tend to be smaller and rounder further downstream. But these experts have not agreed on the reason these patterns exist. Abrasion causes rocks to grind down and become rounder as they are transported down the river. Does this grinding reduce the size of rocks significantly, or is it that smaller rocks are simply more easily transported downstream? A new study by the University of...

Hidden Crop Pest Threatens Poorer Nations
2014-02-11 15:34:01

University of Exeter The abundance of crop pests in developing countries may be greatly underestimated, posing a significant threat to some of the world's most important food producing nations, according to research led by the University of Exeter. Data on the known distributions of almost 2,000 crop-destroying organisms in 195 countries were analyzed in the first global assessment of the factors determining the distribution of crop pests. Dr Dan Bebber and Professor Sarah Gurr, of...

2014-02-08 12:20:46

BOSTON, Feb. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The new $1 trillion federal farm bill, just signed into law by President Obama, is giving Boston based Hempest.com high hopes. Within the bill is an amendment that relaxes a 75 year old restriction on growing and researching industrial hemp. With medical marijuana's historic progress over the last 2 years, government restrictions are now being eased on industrial hemp as well. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140208/ne61654...

2014-02-05 23:02:39

The Weed Science Society of America honored nearly three dozen individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science this week at the WSSA annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) February 05, 2014 This week the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) honored nearly three dozen individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during the organization’s annual meeting, held this year in...

2014-02-04 16:23:36

FRESNO, Calif., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at Fresno State's Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) have completed two years of field studies which found higher water use efficiency and crop productivity when real-time irrigation management technology was used. The kind of technology used in this research, in this case PureSense's IMField technology, can help growers produce more crop for the amount of water and energy used. (Logo:...


Latest Agronomy Reference Libraries

Cash crop
2013-08-05 12:49:51

Cash crop is a term used to reference a profitable crop for farmers. Plants like cotton and tobacco are a few cash crops farmer tend to deal with. These crops do not stay with the farmer for their livestock feed or used in the home, rather, in many cases they are exported; thus creating revenue for the farmer. The price of cash crops is largely based on supply and demand in more developed countries, where the supply is actually coming from lesser developed areas. When a bumper crop, that...

Intercropping
2013-07-31 15:20:47

Intercropping is growing crops of multiple products in a specific area. Using the property for more than one crop serves dual purposes such as adding structural support along with providing needed nutrients as well as weed and pest control. Careful consideration and control is required when intercropping. Considerations such as soil content, the amount of water needed for each crop and the amount of sunlight needed for each crop. An example of intercropping are planting tall crops that...

Seed Drilling
2013-05-18 07:39:11

Seed drilling is a method used by farmers in order to have a more unified, crop-yielding season. The first known use of seed drilling was in 1500 BC by the Sumerian. At this time, they were using a single tube. Later, in the 2nd Century BC, the Chinese developed a multi-tube iron drill. This facilitated in a larger crop planting allowing them to feed their large population. The first recorded patent of a sowing machine was in 1566 by the Venetian Senate, attributing Camillo Torello. In the...

Erosion
2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity because of land degradation, sedimentation of waterways,...

Dryland Farming
2013-03-15 11:32:48

Dryland farming is farming without the aid of irrigation and only with the amount of rain fall given by Mother Nature. Dryland farming is typical in arid regions such as Southwestern United States, Mexico, the Middle East, and other regions that are known for growing grains. Dryland farming is practiced in all parts of Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory. Process Dryland farming involves the constant assessing of the amount of moisture present or lacking for any given...

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