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Look at the long and winding path your food takes to get to your plate

Unless you grow your food in your backyard or get everything from the neighborhood farmers market, most of what you consume has to travel a long way to get to you. Whether it’s fruits and vegetables, grains, meats or processed…

US corn yields get boost from a global warming ‘hole’ – EurekAlert

IMAGE: U.S. map of growing season average temperature from 1930 to 2011 over agricultural land with a box drawn around the Corn Belt. Growing season based on USDA planting and harvesting… view more  Credit: Figure by Trevor F. Partridge. The global…

​'The Real Dirt on America's Frontier Legends'

We think we know a lot about frontier legends Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Jim Bridger, Hugh Glass (of “The Revenant” fame), Jeremiah Johnson (whose actual name was John “Liver-Eating” Johnston) and William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, but in…

Here's the most popular Halloween candy in every state

Halloween is a tricky holiday to write about food-wise. On the one hand, I know it’s important to take into consideration ingredients and the working conditions on cocoa farms when deciding what to hand out at my front door. On…

Cold Weather, Not Heat, Puts Chill On Wisconsin Apple Season

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other media outlets are selling the story that global warming is devastating Wisconsin apple production. Real-world data, however, show any climate change that may be occurring is boosting global crop production, American crop production, and…

The benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure

(Iowa State University) The massive underground infrastructure that allows farmers to cultivate crops on much of the world’s most productive land has outlived its design life and should be updated, according to a new study. Installing higher-capacity pipes and conservation practices would yield a wide range of production and environmental benefits.

Solar panels pair surprisingly well with tomatoes, peppers and pollinators

The world already needs more solar power. It’s clean, renewable energy, and it’s quickly outpacing the job creation and affordability of fossil fuels. But on top of that, a growing field of research suggests it can improve agriculture, too, helping…

Biologists track the invasion of herbicide-resistant weeds into southwestern Ontario

(University of Toronto) A team led by biologists from the University of Toronto have identified the ways in which herbicide-resistant strains of the invasive common waterhemp weed have emerged in fields of soy and corn in southwestern Ontario. The resistance, first detected in 2010, spread thanks to two mechanisms: either pollen and seeds of resistant plants were physically dispersed by wind, water and other means, or resistance appeared through the spontaneous emergence of mutations that then spread.