Food Production

Plant breeders balance shared innovation, revenue

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Have you thanked a crop breeder today? Public-sector plant breeders (for example, at public universities) have developed crops for better productivity.

Corn with straw mulch builds yield, soil carbon

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How do you boost soil water content and soil health without irrigating? Best cover it with a layer of straw, a new study concludes.

Faba fix for corn’s nitrogen need

Researchers have good news for growers. Farmers raising a nitrogen-hungry crop like sweet corn may save up to half of their nitrogen fertilizer cost. The key: using a faba bean cover crop.

Ragweed casts shade on soy production

Ragweed, its pollen potent to allergy sufferers, might be more than a source of sneezes. In the Midwest, the plant may pose a threat to soybean production.

Fixing soybean’s need for nitrogen

Soybean is rich in protein, which is great for the humans and animals eating it. But this high protein content comes at a cost.

New “Buck” naked barley: food, feed, brew

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Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) are giving an ancient grain a new life: this barley is naked, but not in an indecent way.

No rest for weary canola plants

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Plants don’t sleep like humans do—but just like some people don’t rest well in the heat, some plants don’t either.

Cranberry growers tart on phosphorus

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At Thanksgiving, many Americans look forward to eating roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and tangy red cranberries. To feed that appetite, cranberry farming is big business.

Filling the intercropping info gap

Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land – called intercropping – can benefit farmers.

Living mulch builds profits, soil

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Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except — it’s alive.