alfalfa production News

  • 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, ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 Inc.

  • Pennsylvania farmer wins all he can mow for a year

    Bradley Swinsinski went to the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) in February with a mind to check out some new mower conditioners, but he certainly never thought he’d leave Louisville having won the use of one. By completing the VERMEER EXPERIENCE at the Vermeer Corporation booth, the 24-year-old farmer from Bernville, Pa., was entered into a drawing for the use of a new Vermeer MC3700 ...


    By Vermeer

  • 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

  • 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

  • Proper Hay Storage Techniques Can Increase Value, Decrease Quality Losses

    Producers who follow the proper techniques for hay storage will find their crops will retain more value and suffer fewer losses, said a beef cattle expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Considering that hay production is very costly, producers may want to take special care to store hay correctly to ensure it retains quality, said ...


    By Ohio State University

  • 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

  • Simulating the effect of climate change on agriculture

    Increased atmospheric CO2 levels and climate change are believed to contribute to extreme weather conditions, which is a major concern for many. And beyond extreme events, global warming is also predicted to affect agriculture.1,2 ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Simulating Agricultural Climate Change Scenarios using Controlled Growth Chambers

    Extreme weather, believed to result from climate change and increased atmospheric CO2 levels, is a concern for many. And beyond extreme events, global warming is also expected to impact agriculture.1,2   Although it is expected that climate change will significantly affect agriculture and cause decreases in crop yields, the full effects of climate change ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • 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 ...

  • Global Seeds Industry

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Seeds Industry ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Leading the fight for food sovereignty, an interview with La Via Campesina’s Dena Hoff

    Dena Hoff is a farmer and activist in eastern Montana, where she has raised sheep, cattle, alfalfa, and corn with her husband since 1979. Hoff is the North America coordinator for La Via Campesina-the "international movement of peasants"-as well as vice president of the National Family Farm Coalition and former chair of the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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