Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment crops farmers genetic-engineering india insects money pesticides

Ancient hornwort hints at new ways to grow crops

The genome of the hornwort, one of the first plants to colonize land, may offer a way to grow crops more efficiently with less synthetic fertilizer.

Kurt Bodenmueller-U. Zurich
March 16, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment crops evolution fertilizer genomes plants

Biodiversity can be good for farmers’ bottom line

Increasing biodiversity on their land could help farmers boost their revenues, a new study shows.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich
Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity crops farmers plants

Insecticides have gotten way more toxic to honey bees

A kind of insecticide applied to corn and soy has become significantly more toxic to honey bees, but does little to benefit crops, researchers say.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State
Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment bees crops insecticide pesticides pollinators

Standards would boost efficiency of LED lighting in greenhouses

LED lighting in greenhouses enhance plant growth but researchers say standards could make them even more effective.

Todd Bates-Rutgers
Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment crops electricity led light plants

Tool detects maize cooking in archaeological record

There's now have a way to detect a crucial cooking process in the archaeological record: the nixtamalization of maize.

Shelly Leachman-UCSB
Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture archaeology corn crops food indigenous-people

More states grow hops as craft beer popularity booms

As more craft breweries emerge around the US, hops may offer new agriculture opportunities for farmers, researchers say.

Kristen Devlin-Penn State
Jan. 2, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture agriculture beer crops farmers

Rotating corn and soybeans may take a toll on soil

Rotating corn and soybeans offers environmental and management benefits to farmers, but could pose long-term tradeoffs for the health of the soil.

Fred Love-Iowa State
Oct. 3, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture corn crops farmers soil soybeans

Here’s what would follow US-Russia nuclear war

What would happen if the US and Russia went to war with nuclear weapons? Well, first, the world would get very, very cold. And that's just the beginning.

Todd Bates-Rutgers
Aug. 28, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture crops famine nuclear-weapons wars

Camera system tells farmers when crops need a drink

A new system that combines a simple digital camera with a miniature infrared camera keeps an eye on crops and let farmers know when it's time to irrigate.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri
Aug. 8, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture cameras crops farmers irrigation

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