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December 06, 2016
The economy of cold soil blues
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 02, 2016
Corn farmers in Minnesota and across the northern Corn Belt often must plant in cold, damp spring soils that can slow early season growth. This can impact yield at harvest time - and farmers' bottom lines. One way farmers in these colder regions deal with the problem is to apply starter fertilizer directly to their corn seed at planting. This direct application of starter fertilizer is known as in-furrow application. In-furrow application has its own risks. Direct contact with the chemical fertili ... read more

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Researchers produce map of farming households across the world
Smallholder and family farms are crucial to feeding the planet, and successful policies aimed at alleviating poverty, boosting food security and protecting biodiversity and natural resources depend ... more
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S. Korea confirms more cases of deadly bird flu
South Korea Wednesday revealed new cases of a deadly strain of bird flu as authorities said they had slaughtered two million chickens and ducks in a bid to control the outbreak. ... more
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1.4 bn jobs depend on pollinators: report
About 1.4 billion jobs and three-quarters of all crops depend on pollinators, researchers said Monday warning of a dire threat to human welfare if the falls in bee and butterfly numbers are not halted. ... more
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'I feel like I'm being exploited': Deliveroo riders seek recognition
Lunch hour has just started in the north London borough of Camden, which means it's crunch time for Billy Shannon, a fresh-faced food delivery courier. ... more
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Danish supermarket offers fresh take on expired food
It may be past its sell-by date, but for many Danes it's a tasty proposition: A supermarket in Copenhagen selling surplus food has proved to be so popular it recently opened a second store. ... more
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Sweden slaughters 200,000 hens on bird flu fears
Sweden on Friday said 200,000 chickens were being slaughtered at a farm where bird flu has been detected, following a resurgence in the virus across Europe. ... more
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Which cropping system is best for the environment?
What is the best cereal cropping system if you look at the big picture and take into account the impacts on global warming, eutrophication, land use in a global perspective, and arable land quality? ... more
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Writing an equation for soil success
Soil isn't one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet - but under a microscope, that's a different story. A plant's roots, tiny bugs - these things can tell one soil from another quite ... more
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Rice farming used as 'summer crop' by early Indus civilization
Latest research on archaeological sites of the ancient Indus Civilisation, which stretched across what is now Pakistan and northwest India during the Bronze Age, has revealed that domesticated rice ... more
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Watching how plants make oxygen
In a new study, an international team of researchers made significant progress in visualizing the process how plants split water to produce oxygen. The results are published in Nature. For mit ... more
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Soybean plants with fewer leaves yield more
Using computer model simulations, scientists have predicted that modern soybean crops produce more leaves than they need to the detriment of yield-- a problem made worse by rising atmospheric carbon ... more
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Riders on the waves: China's jellyfish-hauling mules a dying breed
With a crack of his whip, Qin Yusheng drives his mules through the ocean surf off the Chinese coast, labouring to bring in the day's catch. ... more
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Ancient eggs serve as earliest evidence of turkey domestication
Analysis of a clutch of turkey eggs in Mexico suggests humans domesticated turkeys as early as 1,500 years ago - the earliest evidence of turkey domestication yet discovered. ... more
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Precut salad promotes salmonella growth: Study
Salmonella outbreaks are relatively rare from fresh produce, but the bacteria remains a health risk. New research suggest the risk is greater among precut salad. ... more
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Cutting food waste saves money for French supermarkets
Cutting food waste is an appealing social goal, but experiments in France found that measures to cut the amount of food being thrown out also saved supermarkets money. ... more
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Crop yield gets big boost with modified genes in photosynthesis
Plant biologists have bumped up crop productivity by as much as 20 percent by increasing the amount of light plants use in photosynthesis, a finding that could be used to help address the world's fu ... more
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Bacteria discovery offers possible new means of controlling crop pest
A bacterium common in insects has been discovered in a plant-parasitic roundworm, opening up the possibility of a new, environmentally friendly way of controlling the crop-damaging pest. The worm, P ... more
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Mississippi River could leave farmland stranded
If the Mississippi River continues to go unchecked, the farmland on Dogtooth Bend peninsula may be only accessible by boat. According to a University of Illinois study, each successive flood carves ... more
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Another species of Varroa mite threatens European honeybees
A sister species of the Varroa destructor mite is developing the ability to parasitize European honeybees, threatening pollinators already hard pressed by pesticides, nutritional deficiencies and di ... more
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DNA study unravels the history of the world's most produced cereal
Genome sequence of a 5,310-year-old maize cob provides new insights into the early stages of maize domestication. The specimen is important because it dates to a point in time approximately halfway ... more
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Study finds limited sign of soil adaptation to climate warming
While scientists and policy experts debate the impacts of global warming, the Earth's soil is releasing roughly nine times more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than all human activities combined. T ... more
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Early evidence of dairying discovered
A team of scientists and archaeologists have discovered widespread evidence of prehistoric milk production in southern Europe. The study, a collaboration between the University of York, the Universi ... more
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Light therapy could cure pesticide-poisoned bees
Light therapy offers protection to honey bees exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides, according to new research from University College London. ... more
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Agriculture victim of and solution to climate change
Diplomatic wrangling this week will make the headlines in the fight against climate change, but experts say a bigger but largely unseen battle is set to unfold on the world's farms. ... more
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