Crop & Feed

New probiotic improves pig health, reduces manure output

A new probiotic for pigs could mean less manure to manage, according to USDA studies. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists conducted the first published investigation of the use of bacteria as a probiotic to increase fiber fermentation rates and reduce manure output in pigs that consume high-fiber diets. FULL STORY »

Winter weather may not knock out insects and disease

Despite snow cover, crop debris and soils still harbor pests and crop diseases can still be a problem, so farmers can’t let their guard down. FULL STORY »

SEC files fraud charges against AgFeed

AgFeed Industries Inc. has been charged with conducting a massive accounting fraud, in which they repeatedly reported fake revenues. FULL STORY »

Farmer discussion on sustainable corn production practices

Michigan State University researchers seek farmer input on nitrogen management, stover harvest, climate and cover crops. FULL STORY »

Maximize ears per acre for highest corn yields

A search for the ideal plant population led DuPont Pioneer researchers to focus on ears grown per acre to help corn growers achieve maximum yield. FULL STORY »

Penning Pigs: China Summit showcases danger/opportunity

China is on the move, especially when it comes to food and feed. I was in Beijing attending a meeting last week and here is the first of several posts on what I learned while there. FULL STORY »

Feed ingredients potentially involved in PED transmission

The potential exists for feed and/or feed ingredients to serve as a vector for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, though more research is urgently needed. Some feeds contain spray-dried porcine plasma, and experts are taking a closer look at this product. FULL STORY »

A new tool for identifying key soybean genes

USDA researchers in Beltsville, Md., have developed a new tool to search for soybean genes that will make soybean plants more productive and better able to resist pests and diseases. FULL STORY »

Stored grain poses danger

Anyone working around grain bins needs to be aware of the dangers of stored grain, North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang warns. FULL STORY »

Who's right about corn prices?

There is considerable difference of opinion about the prospects for corn prices beyond the current marketing year FULL STORY »

Earlier planting dates are key for higher soybean yields

Many times the differences in attaining higher net income for soybean producers can be directly tied to the timing of planting. FULL STORY »

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