Growers are doing a better job of managing nitrogen fertilizer applications. In recent years, the amount of fertilizer used has remained relatively constant while average yields have steadily increased.
California continues to lead the U.S. in number of milk cows and overall milk production, while Ohio lost 130 licensed dairy herds in 2013.
Today’s must-read stories feature agricultural growth for the United States and China. Honeybees may be spreading disease to bumblebees and one Kentucky couple is helping FFA members get official jackets.
If you’re an avid gardener, or hobby farmer, get your seeds started indoors soon. Starting seeds in late February and early March will give your plants the best chance when they’re moved outdoors.
Farmers should take extra precautions so drifting herbicides do not create unintended consequences on neighboring fields and farms, according to agricultural researchers.
Woodpeckers find emerald ash borers a handy food source and may slow the spread of this noxious pest, even ultimately controlling it, suggest researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Scientists are using the genomes of wild tomatoes to study the processes that drive Earth’s biodiversity. Their goal is to learn how species cope with differences in climate and natural enemies, and what might happen in this time of environmental change.
Here’s the agri-stories you should read today, February 20, 2014. Does the chicken industry pit farmer vs. farmer? California cutbacks could eliminate agriculture education. South Dakota’s governor has a pitch for California dairy farmers.
A bill introduced into the West Virginia Senate and a companion bill in the House is designed to give a helping hand to veterans who want to farm.
A local foundation’s $300,000 gift will name the new grandstand at Columbiana County Fair.
New food safety rules to be revised and announced by early summer.
Today’s must-read stories touch on GMOs, the new farm bill, our ancestors’ taste for dairy, and an old agriculture law in Virgina that is causing some dog owners to cry ‘fowl’.
Grain barges are moving through the Ohio River system, but they face weather-triggered delays.
Several of today’s stories are curious. Silicon Valley is planning more investment into agriculture, one project is watering tomatoes with seawater and one Texas town is preventing forest fires with goats.
Chesapeake Energy is under scrutiny by top Pennsylvania officials, after Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Chesapeake about its business practices involving royalties.
A combination of tests can now determine the ‘health’ of your soil.
Today’s must-read stories include a look at California’s drought, a story about how micro loans are helping African farmers grow more crops sustainably, and a bit of history behind America’s first president and his relationship with agriculture.
Organic farmer, author and activist shares her experience working with the land at annual OEFFA conference.
Former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture encourages farmers to get involved with government at annual sustainable farming conference.
Despite the head start biotechnology opponents have, there’s still plenty of opportunity for farmers, ranchers and the biotechnology industry to change the conversation about genetically modified organisms.