Loss of bees threatens US crop yields

Declines in populations of bees and other pollinators threatens crop yields of apples, cherries, and blueberries in the US, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation bees food pollinators crops earth-and-environment

U.S. farm workers will see unsafe hot days double by 2050

“I was surprised by the scale of the change—seeing a doubling of unsafe days by mid-century, then a tripling by 2100. And we think that’s a low estimate.”

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture crops temperature earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

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 • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
March 16, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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

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 • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Jan. 8, 2020 ~5 min

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

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 • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: agriculture crops farmers beer society-and-culture

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 • futurity
Oct. 3, 2019 ~3 min

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

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