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Triple-crop sugar corn yields sugar, grain and biomass with less nitrogen

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

URBANA, Ill — By crossing maize plants adapted to the tropics with lines used as parents of popular Midwestern corn hybrids, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new type of plant with the potential to yield three crops and use less nitrogen. Sugar corn can be harvested for the grain, the sugar […]

Precision feeding of livestock shows promise for water quality

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — It may sound overly simplistic, but when it comes to feeding livestock, what goes into an animal greatly influences what comes out. On that obvious principle is based a promising Penn State research initiative involving precision feeding of dairy cattle. Leading component Feed management is now a leading component of comprehensive […]

Researcher helps develop new technique for modifying plant genes

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS — Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Massachusetts General Hospital have used a genome engineering tool they developed to make a model crop plant herbicide-resistant without significant changes to its DNA. “It’s still a GMO [Genetically Modified Organism] but the modification was subtle,” said Daniel Voytas, lead author and director of the University […]

Genome mapping impacts producers

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — While the six-year effort that mapped the bovine genome gains international attention, Illinois beef and dairy producers have been benefiting from the research for the past 15 years, said Harris Lewin, a University of Illinois professor of animal sciences whose lab created the high-resolution physical map of the bovine chromosomes. “Previous to […]

Watermelons tapped for ethanol

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — With their sweet, refreshing juices watermelons are a favorite summertime treat, especially around July 4th. But now this Independence Day favorite could become even more of a patriotic commodity. Ethanol Agricultural Research Service studies in Lane, Okla., have shown simple sugars in watermelon juice can be made into ethanol. In 2007, growers harvested […]

Blog connects hay buyers, sellers

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

CADIZ, Ohio — According to the Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District, the new Hay Marketing Blog that will connect buyers and sellers of hay products. The blog, launched in May, can be used to post comments containing sale information or requests to purchase hay. Web site Visit the Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District […]

New guidelines to treat ash trees for emerald ash borer available

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Homeowners, arborists and tree-care professionals can now access unbiased, science-based information to determine whether or not to treat ash trees for emerald ash borer, which insecticide may be better suited for a particular tree and when and how treatments should be made for best results. Bulletin The new guidelines and a summary […]

Tight tendons cause tippy-toed foals

Monday, June 1, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — If you see your mare’s newborn filly prancing around the stall like it is wearing invisible high heels, you might be concerned your foal is dreaming of being a ballerina instead of a barrel racer or hunter jumper. But don’t worry, one of the most common deformities that equine veterinarians deal with […]

More than 200 submit applications for farmland preservation funds

Monday, June 1, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG — Ohio farm families and local communities submitted applications asking the Ohio Department of Agriculture to purchase an easement on their farmland, which would guarantee their land will forever be preserved for agricultural use. The department received 205 applications from 40 counties, up from 30 counties in 2008, for the eighth round of funding […]

There is no “bait and switch” in food industry

Monday, June 1, 2009

Editor: I feel mildly abused and somewhat insulted by Ms. Seabolt’s column of May 21, 2009. Having worked in the food industry most of my life, I take strong exception to the writer’s conclusion that the food industry employs some evil genius to play “bait and switch” with package contents to bilk the public. She […]

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