Honeybee populations are clearly under stress--from the parasitic Varroa mite, insecticides, and a host of other factors -- but it's been difficult to pinpoint any one of them as the root cause of devastating and unprecedented losses in honeybee hives.
How a small area of ground can support multiple plant species with similar resource requirements is a question that has challenged ecologists for many decades. The Long Term Experiments at Rothamsted Research are a unique resource for studying this kind of question because the plant communities on the plots have had over 170 years to adapt to the different fertiliser treatments and are now relatively stable.
In the world’s driest rainfed wheat region, Washington State University researchers have identified summer fallow management practices that can make all the difference for farmers, water and soil conservation, and air quality.
Corn futures moved higher on Tuesday morning. Technical buying pushed prices moderately higher. However, sagging export demand tied to the strong U.S. dollar continued to add pressure to the market, thus curbing the gains. Stabilizing factors are harvest nearing completion at 94% in yesterday’s crop progress report from NASS, up from 89% the week before. That means declining hedge pressure as a negative influence on prices, particularly with farmer sales slowing to a trickle.
Thinking about putting soybeans back into your rotation next season? If you’ve been following a corn-on-corn cropping strategy in recent years, plan ahead to make sure your fields are ready for the switch to soybeans.