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Crop Management Report

Mutant corn gene may lead to breeding better crop

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An abnormal build-up of carbohydrates — sugars and starches — in the kernels and leaves of a mutant line of corn can be traced to one misregulated gene, and that discovery is offering clues about how the plant is able to deal with...

Innovative platform monitors pests, predicts problems

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In the fall of 2004, researchers on a soybean farm near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were surprised to discover a multitude of soybean plants on which leaves had developed reddish-brown lesions.The culprit soon was identified as Asian...

Drone crop scouting can be beneficial to farmers

        SEVERNA PARK, Md. — If advancements continue at their present pace, drone technology is expected to have a significant impact on Delmarva crop farming over the next several years. The Maryland Soybean Board has sponsored investigation into this new...

Broad study helps define optimal soybean seeding rates

        MADISON, Wis. — To some, farming might seem simple: plant seeds, help them grow, then sell the product. But the reality is much different. Farming requires many complex decisions throughout the year.One such decision is seeding rate – the number of...

Discovered gene essential for making ears of corn

        COLUMBIA, Mo. — A team of scientists led by University of Missouri maize geneticist Paula McSteen has identified a gene essential for forming the ears in corn.The new research, which appears in the journal Molecular Plant, extends the growing biological...

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