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New light shed on microbial battleground between soil, roots

The soil around roots of plants such as barley – one of our most important crops - is a battleground where only certain bacteria can survive, suggests evidence gathered by a Scottish and German research team.


Economic models provide insights into global sustainability

Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes.


Various ag markets diveraged again Tuesday

Traders cited technical buying as boosting corn futures Tuesday. The grain markets proved surprisingly strong Tuesday, especially in the absence of supportive news. Wire service sourced cited technical factors and bargain hunting for the corn rise, which seemed doubly impressive in the face of today’s equity market losses. May corn futures closed up 3.0 cents at $3.91/bushel Tuesday, while December rose 3.25 to $4.165.


Commentary: 3 reasons we must solve the perception gap around science

I'm a scientist, and I believe in the scientific process as a way to help us understand the world. I don't think scientists have all the answers, nor do I think they're always right. But I do think it's good to listen to what science has to say. Recently, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey on what scientists and the American public think about several issues.


Drone World Expo board weighs in on FAA proposed rules

The recent news from the FAA on proposed rules for commercial use of drones will be broadly discussed and debated at Drone World Expo, taking place Nov. 17-18, 2015, at the San Jose, Calif., Convention Center.

Here is what a few members of the advisory board had to say about the proposed FAA rules.


With precision ag, farmers and soils work better, not harder

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout 2015 International Year of Soil (IYS) to educate the public about the importance of soil. March’s theme is “Soils Support Agriculture.” In one of SSSA’s March Soils Matter blog posts, experts explain what precision agriculture is, and why farmers use it.


Grain futures firmed despite other ag market losses Tuesday morning

Corn futures recovered Monday night gains. Soybeans seemingly rebounded from short-term moving average support last night, but proved vulnerable to fresh selling this morning. Given indications that the grain markets were following beans, it wasn’t surprising to see them turn mostly lower around midmorning, but corn proved surprisingly firm as lunchtime approached. May corn futures rose 1.0 cent to $3.89/bushel late Tuesday morning, while December crept up 1.25 to $4.145.


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