Industry News | 01-10-2022

How a Secret Seed Society at Michigan State Continues to Uncover Weed Seed Answers 142 Years Old

Lansing, Mich., has a rich history of research, with one weed seed project more than 140 years old. And for the past 30 years, Dr. Frank Telewski has been a part of history at Michigan State University. I just grew this passion for plants,” says Telewski. His fascination with growing plants became an obsession as he grew older, as that obsession was fueled even more when he stepped into history in the 1980s when Telewski was asked to be part of a project more than a century old.
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Study Clarifies N Impact on Carbon Sequestration

Soil organic carbon is a cornerstone of soil health. It improves soil structure while enhancing water- and nutrient-holding capacity, key factors for any agricultural production system. To build it up, farmers incorporate crop residues into soils. So why, despite decades of residue inputs, is soil organic carbon diminishing in corn production systems? Short answer: It’s the nitrogen.
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John Deere Reveals Fully Autonomous Tractor at CES 2022

During a press conference at CES 2022, John Deere revealed a fully autonomous tractor that's ready for large-scale production. The machine combines Deere's 8R tractor, TruSet-enabled chisel plow, GPS guidance system, and new advanced technologies. The autonomous tractor will be available to farmers later this year. The autonomous tractor serves a specific purpose: feeding the world. The global population is expected to grow from about 8 billion to nearly 10 billion people by 2050, increasing the global food demand by 50 percent. Furthermore, farmers must feed this growing population with less available land and skilled labor, and work through the variables inherent in farming like changing weather conditions and climate, variations in soil quality and the presence of weeds and pests.
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Farm Facts: 5 Things People ask About Farmers and Rural Communities

Whether planting season or harvest time, the national conversation abounds with questions people want to ask farmers. The financial world is awash with confusing numbers and all things ag are in the mix. Between inflation and input costs there are a number of misconceptions about farming as a business, and of course the labor force is always a related concern. The fact is, whereas once upon a time the overwhelming majority of Americans lived on or around farms, today just a few per hundred of people do. And yet rural America is alive and well, and as these farm facts show, the ag economy and the culture it produces are more than significant.
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4 Trends that Will Shape Agriculture in 2022
AgWeb talks with a futurist and former naval intelligence officer about what he sees impacting agriculture in the new year. What trends will shape 2022? Sara Schafer at AgWeb talked with Jack Uldrich, a futurist and former naval intelligence officer, about what 4 trends he sees impacting agriculture in 2022.
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