Satellites, field cameras and farmers team up to track corn productivity in real time
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Satellites, field cameras and farmers team up to track corn productivity in real time

University of Illinois scientists, with help from members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, have developed a new, scalable method for estimating crop productivity in real time.

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Little impact on yield when corn emerges in one-week window
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Little impact on yield when corn emerges in one-week window

Research by University of Missouri Extension agronomists shows that there is little yield difference in unevenly emerged corn.
MU Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold researched corn emergence's effect on yield in 2010 and 2011.

How bad will ethanol demand destruction get?
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How bad will ethanol demand destruction get?

Recent ethanol plant closures and production slowdowns open up the possibility of demand destruction in corn used for ethanol, with some predictions citing very dire consequences with upwards of one billion gallons of lost ethanol production in 2020.

Turned-down temperatures boost crop production
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Turned-down temperatures boost crop production

Drought and heat put stress on plants and reduce grain yield. For some farmers, irrigation is the answer, assuming the practice boosts crop yields by delivering soil water, but it turns out irrigation's cooling effect on crops is important in its own righ

Fungus application thwarts major soybean pest
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Fungus application thwarts major soybean pest

The soybean cyst nematode sucks the nutrients out of soybean roots, causing more than $1 billion in soybean losses in the U.S. each year, but a new study finds that one type of fungi can cut the nematodes' reproductive success by more than half.