Drought, heat Plains crop production cut | Dave Bergmeier

For many High Plains farmers, 2022 will be remembered as one of the toughest years for growing corn, sorghum and soybeans. Photo by Ben Rumbaugh. Holly Thrasher, a DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist in Stafford, Kansas, works with growers in the central plains and says dryland yields for corn, sorghum and soybeans in the summer and … Read more

California drought hurts Iowa beekeepers

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowa beekeepers are making extra money by taking their bees to California for the winter to pollinate almond trees, but that business is literally drying up because of the West Coast drought. “Some of the old gardens are being torn down,” said Phil Ebert, 80, founder of Ebert Honey, … Read more

How an innovative hive entrance can help save bees

Greenwich, Connecticut CNN — Raina Singhvi Jain is allergic to honey bees. Once, a sting in his leg put him out of work for weeks. But that hasn’t deterred the 20-year-old social entrepreneur from her mission to save these important pollinators, which have suffered decades of population decline. About 75% of the world’s crops depend … Read more

Lessons from red rot disease affecting UP’s farms – The New Indian Express

The prevalence of red rot in a very popular variety of cane in Uttar Pradesh further confirms that there is insurance in variety. Co 0238 developed by Bakshi Ram, former Director of Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore and released for North Indian states in 2009, spread across UP with the speed of fake news on social … Read more

Red rot puts popular Indian cane variety at risk – The New Indian Express

The prevalence of red rot in a very popular variety of cane in Uttar Pradesh further confirms that there is insurance in variety. Co 0238 developed by Bakshi Ram, former Director of Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore and released for North Indian states in 2009, spread across UP with the speed of fake news on social … Read more

New Zealand targets cow burps to reduce global warming

PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand — How to stop a cow from burping? This may sound like the beginning of a humorous puzzle, but it is the subject of a major scientific study in New Zealand. And the answer could seriously affect the health of the planet. More specifically, the question is how to stop cows, … Read more

GMO Skeptics Still Distrust Big Agriculture’s Climate Square

Agrochemical companies have long developed seeds designed to thrive in specific local conditions JEAN-PIERRE MULLER Text size As a changing climate exacerbates extreme weather, agricultural multinationals are touting the ability of genetically modified crops to increase yields when faced with drought, heat or even heavy rain. But skeptics of engineered foods or genetically modified organisms … Read more

Whole cottonseed is an attractive feed supplement, New Mexico cattle producer says | Dave Bergmeier

A cattle producer in New Mexico has been feeding whole cottonseed for many years, and he believes other farmers could benefit from the supplement. Shutterstock image. Alisa Ogden lives on a third-generation family farm in Loving, New Mexico, with a diversified crop base that includes a cow-calf operation in addition to growing cotton. According to … Read more

Be careful, read labels when feeding failed plants | News

By Gail Ellis Oklahoma farmers are getting creative with alternative forage crops this fall because drought has dramatically reduced normal hay yields. “It’s been an unusual year, and all summer crops can fail,” said Todd Baughman, a row weed specialist at Oklahoma State University. “Producers need to make sure they’re clear with the insurance companies … Read more