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US: Novel wheatgrass provides perennial forage, grain

A novel perennial crop aims to provide a more sustainable forage for livestock production along with a grain cash crop while reducing soil erosion and protecting water quality, says researcher.


Devising crop rotation plan makes fun winter diversion

Open any gardening book and it will tell you that crop rotation is a beneficial practice.


Why cover regenerative agriculture?

Regenerative ag is a series of practices that rely less on chemicals and more on natural processes. How practical some of the practices are is the question under discussion.


What Is Sorghum? A Unique Grain Reviewed

While you may have never heard of sorghum before, this grain has been around for centuries.


Couple’s mission to preserve old apple varieties

Old apple varieties on the verge of extinction are becoming relevant again and are gradually being identified, propagated and re-planted around the state.


A Maryland Grain Grower Takes Regenerative Agriculture to the Next Step

Heinz Thomet works in balance with nature to grow highly sought-after specialty crops, while sequestering carbon and building a regional food economy.


Another reason to know hay quality

Meeting winter nutritional requirements for the beef herd can be challenging and requires some thought and planning to be done properly and economically.


Racing Against the Harvest, Custom Wheat Cutters Struggle to Stay Relevant

For nearly 100 years, itinerant workers known as “wheaties” have followed the Great Plains wheat trail, cutting ripening grain from south to north.


Some thoughts on Halloween hay

Many regions have now or will soon reach the point when significant alfalfa regrowth won’t occur if the crop is cut one more time.


‘Self-Feeding’ Corn Grows in Southern Appalachia

Mike Fortune has a plan to save the planet from corporate corn with a strange botanical goo.


Harvest Freeze Challenges

Harvest Considerations for Freeze-Killed Corn and Soybean Fields


Hemp market expands with opening of the first HempWood factory

It’s impossible to not notice a CBD hemp dispensary on every corner these days and as banks, state governments and other agencies sort out the details and logistics of hemp as a crop, a new market for hemp is opening up.


A New Bill Could Help Protect the Sacred Seeds of Indigenous People

Traditional seed varieties cultivated for generations have far fewer protections than modified or hybrid seeds. Six senators have introduced legislation to level the playing field.


EPA on 'forever chemicals': Let them drink polluted water

Standing before a room mostly filled with industry lobbyists last week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a clear message to the hundreds of American communities with drinking water contaminated with the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS: Let them drink polluted water.


Why Colorado’s corn farmers are getting hurt by China’s soybean tariff

Colorado’s not a big soybean state but indirect impact of trade wars has hit agriculture exports, which are down 15% this year


CLASSIC PUEBLO: Agricultural risk-takers inspire Bartolo’s efforts

Lifelong commitment to Southern Colorado growers leads to state recognition


Strategies shared for cover cropping on arid plains

After Lucinda Hardesty Stuenkel lost her husband and brother-in-law in a vehicular accident just before Thanksgiving in 2010, she was forced to make changes to the farm’s infrastructure and management to keep it going.


Bartolo on reducing use of insecticides

Mike Bartolo, recipient of this year’s Innovations in Conservation award from the Palmer Trust, covers such a broad scope of agricultural knowledge that it’s difficult to narrow the field to an area to study with him.


Turn grazing approach into a weed killer

Planned grazing can be very effective in boosting the right grasses in your pastures.


A Maryland Grain Grower Takes Regenerative Agriculture to the Next Step

Establishing Pollinator Habitat at Scattergood Friends School Farm


A Maryland Grain Grower Takes Regenerative Agriculture to the Next Step

Heinz Thomet works in balance with nature to grow highly sought-after specialty crops, while sequestering carbon and building a regional food economy.


So, You Want to Be a Hemp Farmer?

Hemp is often touted as a super-crop with myriad uses. So what does it take to grow it? Here's an overview.


5 of the Most Valuable Crops You Can Grow in the US & How to Grow Them

These easy-to-grow and profitable crops are great for small farms.


This Organic Mill is Helping Transform a Regional Economy

In Ohio, Shagbark Seed & Mill is trying to make local, organic grains the rule rather than the exception.


Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?

This past week in San Francisco, food writers and environmentalists gathered to taste some breakfast cereal.


Maine Is Scaling Up its Local Grain Economy

Craft brewing, artisanal baking, and innovative mills and malthouses are reviving the state's economic might.


The Women Reviving Heirloom Grains and Flour

Female grain growers, millers, and artisan bread bakers are collaborating to lift women’s role in bread into the spotlight.


Harvesting in a trade war: U.S. crops rot as storage costs soar

U.S. farmers finishing their harvests are facing a big problem - where to put the mountain of grain they cannot sell to Chinese buyers.


Stony Creek Colors Is Convincing Tobacco Farmers To Grow Indigo, Building A Business On Natural Dyes

Stony Creek Colors is convincing farmers who used to grow tobacco to switch to indigo plants and selling the natural blue dye to fabric producers, including denim giant Cone Mills.


USDA visits Colorado Quinoa, rural grant recipient

Last month, Sallie Clark, the state director of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) visited Colorado Quinoa.


Colorado specialty crop projects funded

Colorado specialty crops have been awarded grants totaling over $768,000 through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Specialty Crops Program...


Micro greens grow into big business for Valley couple

At Twisted Infusions Farms, Heather Szymura and her husband Brian are growing micro greens in a backyard shipping container.


GRAINS-Soybeans, corn fall as focus turns to bumper U.S. crops

Soybeans, corn fall after rally on trade agreement


Pasture Cropping

Since the late 1990s, Australian farmer Colin Seis has been successfully planting a cereal crop into perennial pasture on his sheep farm during the dormant period using no-till drilling.


Canadian farm production likely to increase under climate change: FAO

A new United Nations’ report suggests just how climate change will reshape agriculture by 2050.


GRAINS-Soybeans fall to near 10-year low

U.S. soybean futures fell to a near 10-year low on Tuesday....

 


One last step before farmers grow industrial hemp

A lot of farmers are focusing on this year's harvest, but come next year there might be another crop making a return to Illinois soil.

 


Let them eat cherries: Planning a U-Pick operation on your farm

Farmers work long hours under the open sky, struggling to finish each day's planting, cultivating, pruning or picking before the sun sets.

 


Stockpiling forage for fall and winter pastures

Many cattle producers can take advantage of late summer and early fall growing conditions to obtain high-quality pasture for late fall and early winter grazing. This practice is called stockpiling.


Options for Improving Damaged Pastures

As trampled and pocked up winter feeding areas begin to dry out, consider all the alternatives that will allow these beat up paddocks to recover and become productive again.


Diverse Cover Crop, No-Till System Bring High Forage Quality, Lower Cost of Gain

Innovative no-tiller and cowman Jake Miller utilizes strip grazing and a variety of cover mixes to diversify food sources for his cow-calf operation and improve soil quality.


Missouri farmer profits from direct marketing, rotational grazing

Like other livestock farmers trying to make a living in the grasp of a severe drought, Adam Boman was on the road to Kansas City in early August to market some of his cattle.


General Mills boosts eco-friendly grain Kernza

A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting a big boost from food giant General Mills, which is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of the drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn’t need to be replanted every year.


Top-performing soil microbes could be key to sustainable agriculture

Beautiful things can happen when plants surround themselves with the right microbes.


Elixinol Secures Hemp Supply Chain with Colorado Partnership

In American farm country, a grass-roots movement is spreading, a movement to keep more roots in the soil. (Not just grass roots, of course; roots of all kinds.) Its goal: Promoting healthy soil that's full of life.


Organic farmers add oilseed mill, scale

In American farm country, a grass-roots movement is spreading, a movement to keep more roots in the soil. (Not just grass roots, of course; roots of all kinds.) Its goal: Promoting healthy soil that's full of life.


A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

In American farm country, a grass-roots movement is spreading, a movement to keep more roots in the soil. (Not just grass roots, of course; roots of all kinds.) Its goal: Promoting healthy soil that's full of life.


Professor Pretty: Our Food is Not Valued Well

As tastier breeds like Honeycrisp and Gala edge the Red Delicious out of grocery stores, what happens to the forgotten fruit?


With new carbon farming project, Boulder County could become massive greenhouse gas sponge

The education room of the Boulder County Recycling Center filled up quickly for the Research Conservation Advisory Board meeting. People trickled in, shaking the wet spring snow from their jackets.


The Red Delicious is an apple atrocity. Why are we growing billions of pounds of them each year?

As tastier breeds like Honeycrisp and Gala edge the Red Delicious out of grocery stores, what happens to the forgotten fruit?


Growing crops with crushed rocks could reduce CO2 emissions

Strategies for taking CO2 out of the atmosphere are now on the research agenda...


VIDEO: Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens (You may want to turn your audio down.)

VIDEO: Grow Your Own Chicken Feed

VIDEO: 25 Chickens - 25 Cents a day (and they make TONS of compost!)

Guide for Producing Dryland Camelina in Eastern Colorado

Eastern Colorado’s wheat-based, cropping system covers more than 4 million acres and spring-planted camelina would fit well into a dryland crop rotation.


Growing a Bee-Friendly Organic Garden

Read these gardening hacks to make your backyard the spot for bees to hang out and pollinate.


Biodynamics: Where Regenerative Agriculture Meets Regenerative Capital

Biodynamic farming, a “beyond organic” approach to agriculture long respected in Europe, may finally be poised for a breakthrough in the U.S.


Biodynamics: Where Regenerative Agriculture Meets Regenerative Capital

Biodynamic farming, a “beyond organic” approach to agriculture long respected in Europe, may finally be poised for a breakthrough in the U.S.



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