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New Cotton Being Created In Texas
2012-11-10 09:48:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Experts at Texas A&M University AgriLife Research Department are attempting to improve production of the state's leading cash crop by infusing new genes and genetic combinations into cotton, the university has announced. According to a statement, Dr. David Stelly, an AgriLife Research cotton geneticist in College Station, and colleagues are attempting to alter the DNA of the fiber plants in the genetics and breeding...

Seedless Watermelon Farmers Helped Through Pollenizer Research
2012-10-16 16:53:33

Research from North Carolina State University on flower production and disease resistance in watermelon varieties should help bolster seedless watermelon harvests for farmers. Seedless watermelons are more popular than seeded watermelons, making them a more profitable crop for farmers. But the flowers of seedless watermelon plants must be fertilized with pollen from the male flowers of seeded watermelon plants, because seedless plants do not produce genetically viable pollen. This is a...

2012-10-11 04:03:55

Tea and Ready to Drink Tea a Growing Consumer Trend Erlanger, KY (PRWEB) October 10, 2012 WILD Flavors, Inc. (WILD) develops innovative tea concepts resulting from the growing domestic and international trend in tea and ready to drink tea. WILD´s latest tea innovations showcase many exciting new flavors, colors, applications and functionals. Consumer interest in healthy, natural, and low calorie drink options is on the rise, with many seeking new flavors and products that are less...

2012-10-09 13:10:06

Researchers call for more research but comprehensive 12-country analysis suggests hungry region produces only 10% of possible wheat yield; could become more self-sufficient in wheat production as hedge against rising expensive imports In releasing the first ever comprehensive report on sub-Saharan Africa's economic and biological potential for producing wheat, scientists said today that the region's farmers may be growing only 10 to 25 percent of the production the research suggests is...


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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...

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...

Cover Crop
2013-03-15 11:18:24

Image Caption: Painter of the burial chamber of Sennedjem. A Plowing Farmer. Credit: Yorck Project/Wikipedia Cover crops are crops that are planted to improve the quality of the soil, also known as green manure. Cover crops add fertility to the soil, control weeds and pests as well as control diseases that can be otherwise found in untreated soil. Cover crops increases the organic matter levels in the soil which only enhances the structure of the soil as well as increase the capacity for...

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