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Crop insurance talk leads farm bill session

Crop insurance talk leads farm bill session

DECATUR, Ill. — Crop insurance was by far the biggest concern of farmers and others attending a farm bill listening session at Richland Community College Aug. 30.

September 08, 2017 4:00 pm(0)

Illinois research keeps broom corn viable

SAVOY, Ill. — While much of the research presented at the annual University of Illinois Agronomy Day is of practical use, information about broom corn was mostly for curiosity — unless the crop does return here commercially someday.

September 03, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Confirm Clovis for USDA post: Ag groups

We, the undersigned organizations, write in support of Dr. Sam Clovis to be the USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics.  We encourage swift action by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee to confirm his nomination.

September 02, 2017 8:00 am(0)
Drainage technology, cover crops help to curb nutrient loss

Drainage technology, cover crops help to curb nutrient loss

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Farmers have a lot of questions about water quality. Researchers at Southern Illinois University are hoping to provide some answers.

August 19, 2017 6:00 am(0)
Research seeks solutions for climate change, hunger

Research seeks solutions for climate change, hunger

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois are taking the basics of photosynthesis miles farther in Urbana-Champaign test plots and greenhouses — intervening in the process, through which plants use sunlight to produce energy, to create higher yields.

August 18, 2017 2:00 pm(0)
Scouting key before tackling soybean pest

Scouting key before tackling soybean pest

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Some Illinois soybean growers are facing late-season threats that require on-time treatment.

August 04, 2017 6:00 am(0)
Ag industry looks for solutions to honeybee population losses

Ag industry looks for solutions to honeybee population losses

MILLSTADT, Ill. — At least one beekeeper believes the publicity about problems with honeybee populations is a good thing.

July 07, 2017 6:00 am(0)

Farm groups urge change to proposed biotech rules

The proposed revisions to USDA biotechnology regulations, published at the end of the previous administration, … send clear, positive signals about the need to foster innovation by ensuring such regulatory oversight is proportional to actual risk — a message we strongly support. …

July 01, 2017 8:00 am(0)
Extension sees change, challenges

Extension sees change, challenges

Is Extension still relevant? George Czapar thinks so.

June 22, 2017 3:00 pm Photos

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Beef research center soldiers on amid funding challenges

Beef research center soldiers on amid funding challenges

SIMPSON, Ill. — Funding cuts that led to the shuttering of the agronomy portion of the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center haven’t dramatically affected beef research here. At least not yet.

May 04, 2017 7:00 am(0)
Learning how plants react could affect ag practices

Learning how plants react could affect ag practices

ST. LOUIS — J.C. Cahill tries to think like a plant. Although plants don’t think. At least, he doesn’t think they do.

January 26, 2017 7:50 am(0)
Iowa State soybean trials confirm SCN resistance problems

Iowa State soybean trials confirm SCN resistance problems

Beneath the soil in soybean fields across the Midwest, researchers are monitoring a microscopic yield-robbing pest that is slowly but surely becoming resistant to the most common form of defense for soybean farmers.

January 12, 2017 5:40 am Photos

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With developing ag needs, Cuba doesn’t shy from biotech

With developing ag needs, Cuba doesn’t shy from biotech

HAVANA, Cuba — Biotechnology is not a dirty word in Cuba.

October 21, 2016 2:00 pm(0)
Bayer, Monsanto announce merger details

Bayer, Monsanto announce merger details

Bayer and Monsanto officials announced Sept. 14 a merger agreement had been reached between their boards, with Bayer acquiring Monsanto for $128 per share in an all-cash transaction.

September 22, 2016 6:00 am(0)
Beck’s research delves into row spacing, soil testing

Beck’s research delves into row spacing, soil testing

DOWNS — Steve Pitstick, a Dekalb County farmer, goes to a number of field days and precision farming events, and he said sometimes he is disappointed when there is nothing new in the way of technology or ideas he can use.

August 28, 2016 2:20 pm(0)
Rotation benefits receive global attention

Rotation benefits receive global attention

Editor’s note: IFT Field Editor Phyllis Coulter attended the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ Congress July 11-17 in Germany. This is one of a series of stories on German agriculture.

August 09, 2016 8:50 am Photos

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New ethanol production cuts two of three steps

Nine years of dedicated research, funded by the U.S. BioEnergy Institute in California, has helped develop a new non-toxic ethanol production process.

April 26, 2016 6:43 am(0)
Vilsack announces historic agreements for U.S.-Cuba ag

Vilsack announces historic agreements for U.S.-Cuba ag

As part of President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba to further normalization of relations, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced March 22 several measures that will foster further collaboration between the U.S. and Cuban agriculture sectors.

April 01, 2016 6:11 am(0)
Four ag centers shutter crop research programs April 1

Four ag centers shutter crop research programs April 1

Shelby Henning felt he was really going somewhere when he came to St. Charles a couple of years ago as a university researcher. Instead, he’s going home.

March 31, 2016 5:07 am Photos

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Secrecy alters research tradition

University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager wasn’t being rude in a recent interview. He was just abiding by the rules.

March 17, 2016 9:02 am(0)