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A recent article in No-Till Farmer Magazine spotlights a farming operation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Eugene and Curtis Lapp have been applying SuperCal 98G with their insecticide boxes at planting at 100 lbs per acre.

They have found it to be more economical and more effective than broadcasting.

Congratulations on the article guys, and thanks for the business!

Read the article Continuing Education Helps Make Transition To No-Till Seamless

 

 

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Modified corn: Can It Help Overcome Nutrition Challenges?

A report by the National Academy of Sciences, www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/04/27/0901412106, shows promise of helping correct nutritional deficiencies often found in Africa, Asia and South America.

African lines of white corn have been modified by Spanish scientists to produce high levels of beta carotene, a nutrient critical to protecting eyesight.  The grain, which has an orange tint because of the beta carotene, also contains significant levels of vitamin C and folate.

"This achievement, which vastly exceeds any realized thus far by conventional breeding alone, opens the way for the development of nutritionally complete cereals to benefit the world's poorest people," said the article's abstract.

The scientists are working on adding other nutrients to corn, as well as breeding rice for better nutrition.  They are also working on adding other nutrients, including iron, zinc, vitamin E and calcium.

Will this be the answer to world hunger?  Probably not.  Could it be a signifcant improvement in nutrition?  Absolutely.

 

 

The Blogronomist is maintained by Craig Dick, head blogronomist and VP of Sales and Marketing. Here you will find a wide array of blog articles from Craig and expert guests on topics related to soil and crop health, farming, and so much more. If it’s not here, ask us!

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Global Warming and Corn Yields

How will corn production be affected by global warming?

An article by Timothy Telleen-Lawton, with the Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center, suggests some signifcant effects on corn yields by increases in temperature. Their numbers project a yearly damage in corn production of $1.4 billion, due to global warming.  Iowa is the most affected, with losses of $259 million annually. Follow this link- http://environmentamerica.org/news/ame/new-report-global-warming-will-cost-american-corn-growers-billions

However, there exists some skepticism over this report.  "A lot of the conclusions they draw really, really stretch the evidence," says Dr. Matt Roberts, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics at Ohio State University. Roberts says the study portrays "an unfamiliarity with the way agriculture works. The conclusion that the University of Illinois looked came to is actually very benevolent weather, that in fact the last ten or twelve years we've seen some of the most peaceful weather we've seen in the last hundred years," says Roberts. "From an agricultural perspective, weather is getting better." You can read more here: http://www.wrn.com/2009/04/skepticism-on-global-warming-driven-corn-crisis/

So which point of view is accurate?  We probably won't know without the benefit of hindsight.  I (Glen) believe that much of the increases in yield, are attributable to genetic improvements & crop breeding techniques.  But, as everyone associated with agriculture understands, Mother Nature holds the trump cards.

 

 

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