Cover Crops Boosted Corn And Soybean Yields In 2012 Drought, Survey Shows

During last year’s historic drought, farmers who took advantage of cover crops, a soil-enhancing conservation practice, managed to improve their yields by as much as 14% compared to those who did not, a new survey shows.

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Following the Footprint of Invasive Trees

In Agricultural Research Service News

By Ann Perry
July 8, 2013

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been investigating ways of using aerial photography and computer programs to quickly identify and measure areas affected by invasive trees. As a result, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) rangeland scientists Kirk Davies and Matt Madsen have developed tools that could help land managers protect sagebrush ecosystems and control invasive vegetation more economically and efficiently.

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In Alabama, weeds outweigh insect problems

In Southeast Farm Press

From an insect pest standpoint, these could be viewed as the best of times for Alabama cotton producers, says Ron Smith, Auburn University Extension entomologist.

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