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

California’s strict air pollution laws are good for farmers

"The irony is that by fighting against certain environmental regulations, these folks may be damaging their own earning capacity."

Brian Bell-UC Irvine
March 18, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture california climate-change farmers food laws pollution sustainability

Cold plasma can kill dangerous airborne pig virus

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv) can make pigs super sick. But it's no match for a cold plasma reactor, researchers say.

U. Michigan
March 11, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine agriculture farmers pigs plasma viruses

New test is a better gauge of how much nitrogen corn needs

A better test for gauging nitrogen needs in corn fields could mean economic benefits for farmers and be better for the environment, too.

Fred Love-Iowa State
March 10, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment corn farmers machine-learning nitrogen soil

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

School gardens reconnect kids with food

In a world where it can seem to children that food miraculously appears on the plate, school gardens offer a way to get them back in touch with their food

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri
Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured health-and-medicine farmers food gardens schools

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

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

Fewer cow burps can cut emissions from dairy farms

Dairy farms can play a big role in cutting emissions to fight climate change by focusing on cow burps and manure, researchers say.

Matt Swayne-Penn State
July 22, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change cows farmers sustainability

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