crop production

Scientists reveal underpinnings of drought tolerance in plants

Regions all over the globe are suffering from severe drought, which threatens crop production worldwide. This is especially worrisome given the need to…

Increasing cropping frequency offers opportunity to boost food supply

Harvesting existing cropland more frequently could substantially increase global food production without clearing more land for agriculture, according to a new…

Study challenges soil testing for potassium and the fertilizer value of potassium chloride

Three University of Illinois soil scientists have serious concerns with the current approach to potassium management that has been in place for the past five…

New Soil Testing Kit for Third World Countries

Researchers at the University of Maryland and Columbia University have developed a new soil testing kit designed to help farmers in third world countries.On-the-spot soil testing could have major impact in improving crop yields due to poor soils. The kit contains battery-operated instruments and safe materials for agricultural extension agents to handle in the field. …

Spread of crop pests threatens global food security as Earth warms

A new study has revealed that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year. The…

Mapping the benefits of our ecosystems

Yet it has been challenging to figure out how to sustain the many benefits people obtain from nature — so-called “ecosystem services” — in any given landscape…

Balancing food security and environmental quality in China

But as a special collection of papers in the July-August issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality (JEQ) points out, these achievements have come at a…

Significant Potential to boost Global Crop Production

Will the global agricultural system be able to respond to increasing demand for raw material in the mid-term? This question was one of the key topics of this…

Prairie cordgrass: Highly underrated

According to Lee, switchgrass has been studied extensively as a forage crop and a dedicated energy crop. Recently this research has been extended to big…

A billion tons of biomass a viable goal, but at high price, new research shows

A team of researchers led by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, shows that between 600 and 900 million metric tons…

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