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Maize–legume project a double win in Africa
Instead of carrying out the back-breaking work of hoeing a field by hand in preparation for sowing, an estimated 484,000 farmers across seven countries in eastern and southern Africa have adopted reduced tillage, cutting their time spent in manual labour...
Turned-down temperatures boost crops’ penchant for production
Drought and heat put stress on plants and reduce grain yield. For some farmers, irrigation is the answer. Many of us assume the practice boosts crop yields by delivering soil water, but it turns out irrigation’s cooling effect on crops is important...
Researchers Learning More About Herbicide Defense ‘Switch’ in Cereals
For decades, herbicide safeners have been used as a defense mechanism against stress caused by herbicides in cereal crops such as maize, rice, grain sorghum, and wheat. ...
Corn Co-products from Wet Milling May Be Included in Pig Diets
Research at the University of Illinois is helping to determine the nutritional value of four of these by-products for pig diets....
Insecticides Foster 'Toxic' Slugs, Reduce Crop Yields
Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of South Florida....
Boosts in Productivity of Corn Modifies Northern Hemisphere Carbon Dioxide Cycle
Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants "inhale," then climb again as they exhale after the growing season....

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