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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Dicamba Use on Monsanto's GMO Seeds

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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Dicamba Use on Monsanto's GMO Seeds

To the horror of farmers across America's farm belt, hundreds of thousands of crop acres have been adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba on Monsanto's Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton plants. According to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance advisory, the EPA and state agencies have received an "unusually high" number of reports of crop damage that appear related to the illegal spraying of dicamba. The EPA has collected similar reports of crop damage from 10 states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Missouri appears to...

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Researchers Just Made a Breakthrough in Growing Crops During a Drought

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Researchers Just Made a Breakthrough in Growing Crops During a Drought

Drought is spreading across farmland worldwide—and it’s only going to get more intense. New research offers a clue on how we might be able to continue to grow the staples we’re used to but with much less water. A lot of staple crops, like rice and wheat, actually have a defense mechanism to protect against drought. But by the time it kicks in, it’s often too late. Researchers at the Australian National University have just identified the enzyme—phosphatase SAL1—responsible in a new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Now, they want to use it to push plants...

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Millions of locusts invade farms and devastate crops in Russia video

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Millions of locusts invade farms and devastate crops in Russia video

A state of emergency has been declared in southern Russia after a huge swarm of locusts spread over 70,000 hectares devastating crops. They came by millions, blackened the sky and destroyed at least 10% of Dagestan’s farmland. This impressive video shows the exact moment this nearly biblical swarm of locusts engulfs large farmland area, totally blackening the sky. Farmers and officials are trying to disrupt them using aircrafts and fires, but seem powerless to combat the locusts. Read More: Strange Sounds

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Does more CO2 mean increased crop water productivity?

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Does more CO2 mean increased crop water productivity?

Most of us are by now aware of the harmful effect greenhouse gas emissions exert through rising global temperatures. As temperatures go up, glaciers melt and ocean levels rise. Climate change also exacerbates water scarcity worldwide. Water scarcity significantly impacts agricultural productivity and food scarcity. These impacts will be felt the most in arid regions, where agriculture depends on irrigation, which represents humanity's largest diversion of fresh water. For the most part, we think of rising levels of carbon dioxide as an environmental problem. But atmospheric CO2 can also boost agricultural productivity by helping plants grow. How do these potential...

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Researchers grow crops in simulated Martian and Lunar soil

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Researchers grow crops in simulated Martian and Lunar soil

Researchers from the Dutch Wageningen University and Research Center announced on Tuesday that they had successfully cultivated 10 food crops in soil that simulates what astronauts would encounter both on the Moon and on Mars. The team managed to harvest tomatoes, peas, rye, garden rocket, radish and garden cress -- a much better result than the team's initial experiments in 2015 which saw only a few individual plants even germinate. "The total above-ground biomass produced on the Mars soil simulant was not significantly different from the potting compost we used as a control", Dr Wieger Wamelink said in a statement....

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