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Mini-tornadoes of spores shown in raindrop impact

        BLACKSBURG, Va. — Plant diseases are a significant threat to our food security, and while rain provides fresh water to our crops, splashing drops may also contribute to the spread of plant disease. Raindrop impact is known to be a mechanism for dispersing...

‘Scaring’ soybeans yields better crop a generation later

        UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — By temporarily silencing the expression of a critical gene, researchers fooled soybean plants into sensing they were under siege, encountering a wide range of stresses. Then, after selectively cross breeding those plants with the...

A faster, more accurate way to monitor drought

        DURHAM, N.C. — A new monitoring method developed at Duke University allows scientists to identify the onset of drought sooner — meaning conservation or remediation measures might be put into place sooner to help limit the damage.“By combining surface and...

Soil compaction becomes issue after soaked year

        UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — After one of the wettest years on record in the Mid-Atlantic region, soil compaction during harvest became an issue on many farms. Here are some tips from Penn State University specialists on what do about the compaction.Most...

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