MU research on cattle genomics/environments

A University of Missouri geneticist has received a 2-Million-dollar grant to study cattle genetics and those that have best adapted to certain environments. Jared Decker is that geneticist. He tells Brownfield Ag News they goal is to identify genes in animals that make them best adapt to their environments, whether in the Fescue Belt, the U.S…. Read more »

MSU will lead downy mildew research

Michigan State University will lead a national research group on downy mildew. MSU says more than 2.6 million acres of vegetable crops are affected by downy mildew each year, affecting about $7.5 billion in crops. The USDA has granted MSU $2.3 million to develop management plans for the fungus-like pathogen. The University of Florida, Oregon… Read more »

Another slow start to spring planting

A southwest Indiana farmer has just over a third of his crop planted – and it looks to stay that way for a little while longer. Mark Seib says Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated again this spring.  “The corn is out of the ground and that part looks to be in good shape,” he says.  “As… Read more »

South American crop is a surprise to markets

An analyst says the size of the South American soybean crop is hitting the market as a complete surprise. Dr. Michael Cordonnier, president of Illinois based Soybean and Corn Advisor says the South American soybean crop right now is 3 million tonnes smaller than last year.  “The soybean crop in South America right now is… Read more »

UNL research focuses on crop canopy sensors

A University of Nebraska research project is focused on the use of crop canopy sensors to direct variable-rate, in-season nitrogen application in corn. Even though crop canopy sensor technology has been around for a decade or so, it has not yet seen widespread adoption by growers. But the leader of the UNL project, Richard Ferguson, says their… Read more »

Ag industry supporting future teachers

An agriscience education advocate says increased support of ag education by the industry is providing enrichment for teachers. Project Director Ellen Thompson for the National Teach Ag campaign tells Brownfield ag groups including agribusinesses, commodity organizations and other entities are stepping up to support the needs of agriscience teachers.  “They know that those ag teachers… Read more »

Veterinarians struggling with suicide

The American Veterinary Medical Association says the rates of suicide and depression are unusually high among U.S. veterinarians. Dr. Mike Chaddock with Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine tells Brownfield many of the wellness stress levels hit about six months after veterinarians graduate with their degrees.  “About that time is when the first bills come… Read more »

Work continues to find a GMO labeling solution

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says time is running out for Congress to come up with a solution to prevent state-by-state GMO labeling laws from going into effect. He tells Brownfield if there are 50 different states with 50 different labeling requirements – the system could become unworkable.   “If you are an ice cream manufacturer… Read more »

House committee to investigate EPA report withdrawal

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A House committee will investigate the EPA’s withdrawal of an online report that said glyphosate likely does NOT cause cancer. Texas Representative Lamar Smith, chair of the Science, Space and Technology committee, has requested documents and communications from EPA administrator Gina McCarthy that relate to the agency’s risk assessment for glyphosate. A week ago, the EPA… Read more »

Wheat tour participants predict higher yields

Prospects for the Kansas wheat crop have improved significantly as a result of timely rains in April. Participants in this week’s hard red winter wheat tour in Kansas predict the crop will be nearly 12 bushels per acre better than last year. Scouts estimate an average yield of 48.6 bushels per acre and a total… Read more »