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5/6/2013

Driving through western Wisconsin, you might come across the small town of Coon Valley. With its contour plowing, strip crops and woodlots, and cold brooks full of trout, the landscape looks...

4/24/2013

To reduce investment costs, most sprinkler irrigation systems are designed to operate 24 hours a day during times when crops require the most water. However, sprinkling during the day can result...

4/1/2013

There is often a need to weigh plant matter when doing small-plot, field research, and a variety of methods have been used to harvest and weigh corn forage plots. A group at the Colorado State...

3/25/2013

As escalating corn prices have encouraged many farmers to switch to growing corn continuously, they wonder why they have been seeing unusually high yield penalties over the past several years. The...

3/12/2013

As a severe drought hit many parts of the United States last summer, farmers and agronomists waited to see what the crop yield would be like after such an extreme weather event. How would the...

3/12/2013

To maximize crop yield, producers must grow a sufficient number of plants to use available resources water, light, and nutrients.  However, if the field has too many crop plants, they compete...

3/5/2013

Droughts can severely limit crop growth, causing yearly losses of around $8 billion in the United States. But it may be possible to minimize those losses if farmers can synchronize the growth of...

2/20/2013

Organic matter is important for soil health and crop productivity. While an indicator of soil quality, a lot of organic matter is in extremely stable forms, and the nutrients in such forms are...

2/11/2013

Corn stover has received a great deal of attention as a feedstock for biofuels production because of its abundance and accessibility. However, its importance to soil conservation in cropping...

1/6/2013

Versatile and responsive to management, corn is grown throughout the world for everything from food to animal feed to fuel. A new use for corn could soon join that list, as researchers in China...