Latest Agricultural science News

Farmers use tech to squeeze every drop from Colorado River

Aug. 13, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day. After a brief, snaking flight above the field, the drone landed and the...

Study: Asian carp could find plenty of food in Lake Michigan

Aug. 12, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper released Monday. A study led by University of...

The Latest: UN official concerned, hopeful on climate change

Aug. 8, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a new United Nations report on climate change (all times local): 3:10 p.m. A manager in the U.N. Climate Change secretariat who helped write a new report on the subject, said the grueling work by the volunteer authors was "like a dentist's appointment for six days" and left her...

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

Aug. 8, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. "The cycle...

Union: Mulvaney comments confirm agency moves meant to cut

Aug. 6, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal employees union charged Tuesday that recent comments by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confirm the Trump administration's "grand strategy" to cut the federal workforce by relocating agency offices out of Washington. Mulvaney said last week that the U.S....

Fecal matter found in most private wells tested in SW Wis.

Aug. 5, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The majority of private wells in southwestern Wisconsin are substantially polluted with fecal matter as concerns intensify over pollution of rural drinking water, according to a new study. Results from the independent study released Aug. 1 indicated that 32 of 35 wells — or 91%...

Gardners and growers gather for annual Plant Science Day

Aug. 4, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Growers and Gardeners from across Connecticut plan to gather in Hamden for the state's 109th Plant Science Day. The state's Agriculture Experiment Station is putting on the open house Wednesday at its Lockwood research farm. The farm has been site of numerous agricultural breakthroughs...

Report: Extreme heat may hurt farms and agriculture industry

Aug. 3, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — As many as nine states could see heat indexes above 100 degrees for more than a quarter of the year by 2036, according to a new report. The impact of climate change will push the number of days with heat indexes above 100 degrees across the Midwest, from an average of six days to as...

Medical marijuana cleared for release to Louisiana patients

Aug. 1, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Medical marijuana is expected to start reaching select dispensaries in Louisiana on Tuesday, after the state agriculture department completed final testing and cleared therapeutic cannabis for release to patients. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Thursday evening that...

North Dakota's APUC awards $312K for 7 projects

Jul. 30, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Agricultural Products Utilization Commission is funding seven projects this quarter. The group better known as APUC funds developers of North Dakota farm-related products. The money is typically used for research, marketing, farm diversification, agriculture tourism and...