Category Archives: Agriculture

World plant seed vault

I am a farmer–or pretend I am, so I get ag news.  Here’s a great story about storing important seed stock from around the world in a Norwegian vault in the side of a mountain.  News from Texas Ag Extension programs at A and M.

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GM reduces need for herbicides and pesticides, and increases drought tolerance

How many reasons do we need to support the GM project for crops of all kinds.

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GM crops are essential–a couple of examples

We could talk about rice, and wheat and other field and row crops.

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Anthony Watts reminds us–warm is important for crop production, cold and ice an enemy

What is so hard to understand–warming would increase growing seasons, and improve farming at higher lattitudes.

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Species to control pests–parasitic wasps

This is a story of innovation. Sometimes these experiments go awry because the new species has no natural enemies and then becomes a new pest.

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Gordon Fulks, Physicist, knows why GMO crops are good sense and humane

Here’s another stupid woman crusading through the world for “organic” farming. Condemning the companies and technology that are preventing starvation.

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Iowa get smacked–corn prices crash

I went to my class reunion in Estherville Iowa this past weekend. Since the Estherville International Airport has not yet opened, I drove across Iowa from Omaha. 4 hours of cornfields and soybeans and surprisingly few feedlots and pastures. Big round hay bales stacked up where livestock operations were in place.

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