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Would you sit on a soybean?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Many Ford vehicles on the road today, including the Mustang, F-150, Focus and Lincoln MKS, use foam seating components made out of soybeans.

Wind energy makes environmental and economic sense for two producers

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

AMES, Iowa — In today’s tough economic times, farmers want to make every dollar count. Using a renewable resource such as wind energy can be both environmentally and financially responsible. Two pork producers Two southeast Iowa pork producers are making wind energy work for them. Andy McCall of West Chester has a 7,200-head wean to […]

Unraveling mysteries of plant cellulose

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jeffrey Catchmark sees the quest to unlock the mysteries of lignocellulose synthesis and assembly as one of the most important research pursuits of the next century. On a mission And the associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is on a mission to find […]

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 […]

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