COVID-19 could put long-lasting strain on farmers

Farmers are facing challenges related to demand, workforce, and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. An expert warns the impact could be long-lasting.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
April 10, 2020 ~6 min

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

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 • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~5 min

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 • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~5 min

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 • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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

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

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 • futurity
Aug. 8, 2019 ~3 min