Eyes in the Sky

How one company looks to measure canopy temperature to reduce plant stress. For the past several years, researchers have been working to figure out how drone technology can benefit crop...

Back from the Brink

From a handful of seeds, a classic American wheat is making a comeback. You’ve followed precisely the listed ingredients and the directions written generations ago in loopy cursive letters on...

Year of the Pumpkin

Origin: Central American Family: Cucubitaceae Genus: Cucurbita Includes: Various species of Cucurbita pepo, which includes varieties of winter squash, summer squash, zucchini, and gourds Uses: Pumpkins are a staple for fall decorations and recipes —...

Accelerating Innovation

New developments in seed-applied technologies are fostering sustainability while helping more farmers achieve agricultural success. The recent consolidation in the global seed industry has...
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Study Examines No-Till Incentives

What would it take to get farmers to adopt no-till, and how might an incentive program be structured? The numbers might surprise you. Farmers who have switched to no-till management...

The Future of Agriculture is Computerized

What goes into making plants taste good? For scientists in MIT's Media Lab, it takes a combination of botany, machine-learning algorithms, and some good old-fashioned chemistry.
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A New Tool for Plant Breeders

New Tool for Breeders PINTO provides transparency to plant breeders. A new tool is available to breeders around the world in search of patent details related to plant varieties commercially available in...
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Breaking Through Growing Consumer Skepticism

New Research Offers Roadmap for Trust-Building Transparency Now more than ever, consumers are asking questions about farming and food. What is the role of technology and innovation? How do I...

Podcast: Stem Cell Discovery Could Lead to Even Higher Yields

http://media.blubrry.com/strategysession/p/content.blubrry.com/strategysession/Dave_Jackson_Understanding_the_Architecture_of_Maize.mp3 Biologists at New York's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have made an important discovery that helps explain how plants regulate the proliferation of their stem cells. The discovery has...

Kentucky Breeder Develops New Tall Fescue Variety

University of Kentucky (UK) plant breeder Tim Phillips has developed a new tall fescue variety that is non-toxic to grazing animals. The variety, Lacefield MaxQ II, is the result of selections...

“Super” Rice Might Save Farmers Money, Cut Pollution

A new University of Toronto study has identified “superstar” varieties of rice that can reduce fertilizer loss and cut down on environmental pollution in the process. The study, authored by U...

A Slice of Bread and Butter for the Gluten Intolerant?

Researchers are using gene editing with the hopes of modifying the protein of wheat to help those with celiac disease.  The rise of people dealing with celiac disease leads to...

A Phenotyping Revolution

Researchers study how to best use remote sensing technologies to transform plant evaluation and phenotyping in the field. Each season, scientists, plant breeders and hired hands regularly trudge out...
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Something Revolutionary

It’s what sorghum farmers need, and researchers are delivering. In a few short years, sorghum farmers might be inundated with new hybrids from which to choose thanks to the discovery...

Mastering the Data Layer

THE MODERN TRACTOR IS MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY SOPHISTICATED THAN THE FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE THAT WENT TO THE MOON. THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE AG SECTOR ARE STAGGERING, SAYS THIS GERMANY-BASED FUTURIST. The...

Sandra Branham’s Watermelon Work is Kind of a Big Deal for Seed Companies

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with United States Department of Agriculture postdoctoral research scientist Sandra Branham to talk about her work, why seed...

Carrot Genome Might Help Improve Crops

Sometimes, the evolutionary history of a species can be found in a fossil record. Other times, rocks and imprints must be swapped for DNA and genetic fingerprints. The latter is...
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Innovation Offers No Guarantees. Here’s Why.

Creating something new and exciting doesn’t ensure your success — in fact, it could actually spell trouble if you’re not ready to face obstacles that may arise. Innovation. It’s a...

Michael Mazourek’s New Seed Company is Helping Bring the Flavor Back to Cucurbits

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with Cornell University vegetable breeder Michael Mazourek to chat about his work on the Cucurbit Coordinated Agricultural Project...
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Genetics and Consumers Drive Vegetable Innovations

The introduction of marker-assisted breeding has undoubtedly been a significant breakthrough for plant breeders. The technology has increased the speed of delivery of new products and allowed for new...