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RNA Tweak Creates Drought Tolerant Plants AND Can Help Increase Yields

Researchers used an animal gene linked to obesity in humans to create some "fat" plants that grew two times larger than normal with yields as much as 50% higher. As an added bonus, the plants also produced longer root systems, making them better able to withstand drought.In the lab, the RNA tweak allowed plants to grow three times as large ...
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Changing Trends in U.S. Corn Production Boost Productivity and Costs

Corn producers have undergone massive shifts in production practices in just the last couple of decades thanks to the introduction and adoption of GMO and precision ag technologies, as well as other impactful changes like farm consolidation and irrigation coverage. In the 20 year period from 1996 to 2018, corn accounted for over one-third of the planted acreage for the ...
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Historic Texas Ranch Hits The Market

125 miles northwest of Fort Worth, in 1856, a military establishment known as Camp Cooper was first opened in Throckmorton, Texas. Now the ranch is known as the Tecumseh Ranch, which includes 9,300-acres that features more than eight miles of shoreline on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River and almost five miles of the Tecumseh Creek. Additionally, the ranch ...
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Alternative Meat Companies Turning Focus to Chicken Market

After gaining a solid foothold in the faux-beef market, alternative meat companies have their sights clearly set on gaining a slice of the chicken market. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, the two leading plant-based meat companies, both have new lines of chicken products hitting the market. Beyond Chicken Tenders are in hundreds of restaurants already, including Panda Express, where a ...
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What You Might Not Know About Tabasco, The World’s First and Best Selling Hot Sauce

Tabasco sauce is a staple in many American kitchens. It's so popular in fact that the brand name "Tabasco" is just another word for "hot sauce" in a lot of places. The name for the sauce stems from the peppers it's made with, tabasco peppers, which originated in Mexico. The man behind the iconic hot sauce - which was the ...
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Canada’s Wheat Takes a Beating in Summer Heat 

Much like growing regions in the Northern U.S., Canada's wheat crops are in rough, rough shape. Our neighbors to the north are in the midst of the worst drought in two decades. This summer’s drought follows multiple consecutive years of below-normal precipitation in many parts of Canada's key farming regions. Combined with this year's intense heatwaves, strong winds, and lower-than-average ...
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What You Might Not Know About Wasabi, One of the Most Profitable and Difficult Crops in the World

If you're a fan of Japanese food, you are likely familiar with the spicy green paste served alongside sushi that most everyone just calls "wasabi." The tasty condiment gets its name from Wasabia japonica, aka Japanese horseradish. However, 95% of the so-called wasabi being served in sushi restaurants has absolutely no Japanese horseradish in it, relying instead on a mixture ...
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Nemo’s Garden is Successfully Growing Food Under the Sea

Food growers throughout the centuries have managed to cultivate plants in some of the most unlikely places on the planet, and even in space. One area we haven't tapped for crop production is the ocean, which at approximately 71% of Earth's surface far exceeds our land area. Beyond fish and seaweed, scientists and entrepreneurs are trying to figure how we ...
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Weather Extremes Then and Now… Dust Bowl

We constantly hear all of the talk about weather extremes and climate change, but it was on this day back in 1935 that "The Dust Bowl" heatwave reached its peak, with temperatures of 109°F in Chicago, Illinois and 104°F in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The drought itself actually came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939–1940, but some regions of the High ...
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Tapping the Internet of Things to Make Farms More Efficient

The average farm profit margin in the U.S. today is just over 11%, a figure that has been largely unchanged for decades. That’s why, in agriculture, running a tight ship and paying close attention to the details is so vitally important to overall profitability. You are invited to attend a webinar we are hosting on Thursday to learn how one new ...
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