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  • New Alfalfa Management guide published

    The Alfalfa Management Guide, a comprehensive book detailing alfalfa production, has released a new edition. The original Alfalfa Management Guide was one of the top selling books ever published by the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America. The 2011 edition offers information on the latest strategies for alfalfa establishment, ...

  • 2014 Guide on Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Available for Growers

    With wet weather continuing to create harvest and planting delays, a new guide developed by agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is available to help growers check their crops’ development. The 2014 Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide is now available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the ...


    By Ohio State University

  • EcoFarm attendees criticize USDA decision to allow GMO Alfalfa

    News that the USDA had approved the planting of genetically engineered alfalfa was greeted with a collective dismay and condemnation by the more than 1,000 attendees from 34 states at the Ecological Farming Association Conference, the largest organic farming conference on the West Coast.  “We are appalled by this decision,” said pioneering organic farmer Larry Jacobs, President ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Soil phosphorus in an organic cropping system

    Phosphorus is a nonrenewable resource, raising concerns that agricultural practices may deplete reserves. (For one overview discussion of phosphorus, see Phosphorus Famine: The Threat to Our Food Supply in the June 2009 Scientific American.) Organic farming with low phosphorus  inputs can result in deficient levels of plant-available phosphorus (available-P).A group of researchers from ...

  • Nitrogen recommendations based on crop reflectance

    Nitrogen fertilizer is usually applied in greater quantities to corn than almost any other crop. But when it’s applied in excess of requirements, loss of the excess fertilizer to the environment can contribute to degraded water quality. One of the challenges to making an appropriate nitrogen fertilizer recommendation is the potential variability in soil nitrogen availability that may occur ...

  • Organic dairy farmer albert straus speaks out against USDA’s decision on GM alfalfa

    As an organic farmer, I protest the USDA’s recent decision to approve the unregulated planting of genetically modified alfalfa. This is a ruling that seriously jeopardizes the integrity of the organic food chain, and could cause irreparable harm to organic farmers by ruining our ability to supply organic dairy foods to customers. I believe that allowing genetically modified alfalfa to be ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Time is ticking for some crop`s wild relatives

    New edge of extinction research is creating a revival of conservation and interest in what these old plants mean to the future Experts and photos available on this topic! A botanist brings a species of alfalfa from Siberia, to the United States. His hope? The plant survives, and leads to a new winter-hardy alfalfa.  But what also happened during this time in ...

  • Pests, Weeds and Crop Diseases Arriving Early You are here

    A warmer than usual winter and wet spring are ushering in some crop diseases and weeds early in the season and could trigger a pestier summer. Ohio State University entomologists are keeping a close eye on insect species that survived the winter and may appear earlier and more abundantly. Particularly concerning are the pests that preyed on last year’s crops, including slugs, stink bugs and ...


    By Ohio State University

  • More energy efficient to grow crops for food than fuel

    Using productive farmland to grow crops for food instead of fuel is more energy efficient, Michigan State University scientists concluded, after poring over 17 years" worth of data to help settle the food versus fuel debate. "It"s 36 percent more efficient to grow grain for food than for fuel," said Ilya Gelfand, an MSU postdoctoral researcher. "The ideal is to grow corn for food, then leave half ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Crop Science Society of America announces the 2010 class of fellows

    The CropScience Society of America(CSSA) will continue a time-honored tradition this year with the presentation of the following individuals as 2010 CSSA Fellows at a special Awards Ceremony during their Annual Meeting on Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Long Beach, CA, www.acsmeetings.org. Members of the Society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional ...

  • Less nitrogen could increase profit & sustainability

    More fertilizer doesn't always mean more profit. That's one conclusion from a 10-year study conducted by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the agency’s Soil Plant Nutrient Research Unit in Fort Collins, Colo., and colleagues at Colorado State University. From 1998 to 2008, the researchers evaluated and compared potential management strategies for reducing nitrogen and nitrate ...

  • Drones could be used as a tool to enhance precision ag

    The tech industry is always about the latests trends and the coolest gadgets. And for farmers, it’s even better when that technology can be used to make them better at their jobs. At the Colorado Farm show on Thursday at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, producers had a chance to learn more about the way drones can help them with precision agriculture. Precision ag is the ability to ...


    By Agribotix LLC

  • Syngenta acquires leading Italian durum wheat seed company

    Syngenta announced today that it has acquired Società Produttori Sementi (PSB), one of Italy's oldest seed companies and a leader in durum wheat breeding and production for pasta. PSB was established in the province of Bologna in 1911, and its durum wheat varieties are grown on more than 330,000 hectares. In addition to its headquarters and a 430-hectare farm, PSB has breeding programs in ...


    By Syngenta

  • Tips for Safe Hay Baling

    As growers statewide finish their first cutting of hay crops, now is a good time to do preventative maintenance tasks that can boost farm profits and protect farm workers, says a safety research associate and lecturer from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Completing some preventative maintenance tasks on balers and other farm machinery can ...


    By Ohio State University

  • LALSIL FRESH increasing the value of silage by decreasing dry matter losses

    Given current high energy and protein costs, it is important for livestock producers to increase production from their silage and enhance silage quality. Corn silage is one of the main feedstuffs used for dairy and can represent up to 75% of the daily intake. That’s why it’s essential to maintain a high forage quality and feeding value and reduce losses caused by yeasts and mold ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Organic farming profitable long-term

    Organic farming is known to be environmentally sustainable, but can it be economically sustainable, as well? The answer is yes, according to new research in the Sept.-Oct. issue of the Agronomy Journal. In an analysis of 18 years of crop yield and farm management data from a long-term University of Minnesota trial, an organic crop rotation was consistently more profitable and carried less risk of ...

  • EPA Cites FMC Corp. For Violating Federal Pesticide Law

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a complaint against Philadelphia-based FMC Corporation for violations of the federal pesticide law related to the marketing and distribution of its agricultural product, “Stallion Brand Insecticide.” EPA cited FMC for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), a federal law requiring the registration ...

  • USDA spending $3M to feed honeybees in Midwest

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation's struggling honeybees. Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers bring hives to the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Penton Agriculture bolsters its eLearning, agriculture leader now offers interactive accredited continuing education

    Penton Agriculture today announced it has bolstered its eLearning with a new interactive platform www.pentonag.com. Farmers will now find all Penton Agriculture online continuing education on a new site that is fast, modern and easy to navigate across all mobile devices as well as the desktop. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150707/232532 “Our first online continuing ...


    By Informa PLC

  • Plant diversity: the secret to more nitrogen and carbon in soil

    Plants play a key role in soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) accumulation. New research suggests that plant diversity may have an important role to play in stimulating C and N storage in some soils. The findings suggest ways to improve carbon sequestration in grasslands and increase biomass production, for example for biofuel crops on nitrogen limited soils. Soil could be an important carbon sink ...

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