corn http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Crops Behind Schedule, But Conditions Much Improved Over Last Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-crops-behind-schedule-conditions-much-improved-over-last-year <p>The heavy rains that caused flooding across portions of Missouri this spring have also led to improved soil conditions for crops grown in the Show-Me State.</p><p>The exceptionally-wet spring did cause delays in getting corn, cotton and soybeans in the ground.&nbsp; But Bob Garino, Missouri Statistician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">(USDA)</a> state office in Columbia, says conditions are much better than a year ago when 2012's drought and heat wave began to take hold.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:52:12 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27412 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Crops Behind Schedule, But Conditions Much Improved Over Last Year It's Tough Going Right Now For Missouri, Illinois Corn Growers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/its-tough-going-right-now-missouri-illinois-corn-growers <p></p><p>Farmers in Missouri, Illinois and much of the Midwest are having a tough time getting their corn planted.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The US Department of Agriculture says in Illinois just 7 percent of the corn crop is in the ground; while in Missouri it’s 22 percent.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Usually, nearly half of the nation’s corn has been planted by this time.</span></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:00:21 +0000 Maria Altman 26169 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org It's Tough Going Right Now For Missouri, Illinois Corn Growers In Drought, Should Corn Be Food Or Fuel? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-should-corn-be-food-or-fuel Standing outside the Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-Op in Little Falls, Minn., there's not a lot going on. The pungent smell of fermentation that typically hangs in the air here is absent. And trucks piled high with corn are nowhere to be seen.<p>They're idled in part because of high corn prices. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:19:16 +0000 4462 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Drought, Should Corn Be Food Or Fuel? MU professor: drought-damaged corn as feed can pose health risk to livestock http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mu-professor-drought-damaged-corn-feed-can-pose-health-risk-livestock <p>A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock.</p><p>Tom Evans is an associate professor of veterinary pathobiology at the university&#39;s College of Veterinary Medicine. He says nitrate levels can accumulate in drought-stressed corn and pose a risk to animal health.</p><p>Many farmers across the Midwest are abandoning ruined corn crops and salvaging what they can to feed to their animals, especially cattle.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:23:58 +0000 The Associated Press 4331 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MU professor: drought-damaged corn as feed can pose health risk to livestock USDA predicts possibility of lowest corn yield in over 15 years http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/usda-predicts-possibility-lowest-corn-yield-over-15-years <p>The U.S. Agriculture Department is predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years as <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/regional-farmers-say-worst-drought-1980s-forces-tough-choices">the worst drought in decades</a> scorches major farm states.</p><p>Garry Niemeyer farms 1,200 acres of corn and 800 acres of soybeans near Auburn, Ill. He says he&#39;s &quot;totally stunned&quot; to have corn with green stalks and leaves after going through weeks of 105-degree temperatures.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:44:52 +0000 The Associated Press 4296 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org USDA predicts possibility of lowest corn yield in over 15 years No drought relief in sight http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-drought-relief-sight <p>Dry conditions are expected to get worse in the coming days, and it will take a whole lot more than scattered thunderstorms to break the drought.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re way, way, way below normal in rainfall,&rdquo; National Weather Service Meteorologist Fred Glass said.&nbsp; &ldquo;Most of the area is in severe drought conditions, it&rsquo;s going to quite a bit of rain to make that up, probably in many areas 8-12 inches, and in some areas in excess of 12 inches.&rdquo;</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 19:44:40 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4121 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No drought relief in sight Insect scientists urge action against growing pest problem in biotech corn http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/insect-scientists-urge-action-against-growing-pest-problem-biotech-corn <p>Insect scientists say federal regulators need to take action against a growing pest problem in biotech corn.</p><p>They say corn rootworm has started to become resistant to Monsanto&#39;s Bt corn, which is genetically engineered to resist the damaging and costly pest.</p><p>The 22 scientists expressed their concerns <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0922-0013">in a letter sent to EPA</a> earlier this week.&nbsp;</p><p>University of Illinois insect behaviorist Joseph Spencer was one of them.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 23:43:55 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3249 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Insect scientists urge action against growing pest problem in biotech corn Local researcher awarded $1.3 million to study corn genetics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-researcher-awarded-13-million-study-corn-genetics <p>The <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/index.jsp">National Science Foundation</a> has awarded a local researcher $1.3 million to study the genetics of how corn plants take up nutrients.</p><p>The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of fertilizer needed to grow the ubiquitous crop.</p><p><a href="http://www.danforthcenter.org/science/laboratories/Ivan_Baxter/">Ivan Baxter</a>, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research scientist and assistant member at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, will lead the research.</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:54:19 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2939 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local researcher awarded $1.3 million to study corn genetics Monsanto and DuPont back in court over corn patents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/monsanto-and-dupont-back-court-over-corn-patents <p>DuPont&rsquo;s Pioneer Hi-Bred International is suing Monsanto for allegedly violating DuPont patents related to corn seed production.</p><p>In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court, the Iowa-based seed company accuses Monsanto of using a patented technique developed by DuPont to enhance corn seed germination. The technique involves defoliating the corn plants with herbicides between pollination and harvest.</p><p>DuPont alleges that Monsanto has been using this defoliation technique at its research site in Constantine, Michigan.</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 19:33:49 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2282 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Monsanto and DuPont back in court over corn patents Corn reserves hit over-15-year low, could raise prices for food, ethanol http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/corn-reserves-hit-over-15-year-low-could-raise-prices-food-ethanol <p>The <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">U.S. Department of Agriculture</a> is reporting that reserves of corn have hit their lowest level in over 15 years.</p><p>The high demand for corn could put upward pressure on food prices in 2011.</p><p>The USDA says demand for corn in the ethanol industry is up 50 million bushels after record-high production in December and January.</p><p>That has left the United States with the lowest surplus of corn since 1996.</p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 19:32:40 +0000 Adam Allington 496 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Corn reserves hit over-15-year low, could raise prices for food, ethanol