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Category: Risk Management



Attracting Wild Bees to Farms is Good Insurance Policy
Investing in habitat that attracts and supports wild bees in farms is not only an effective approach to helping enhance crop pollination, but it can also pay for itself in four years or less, according to Michigan State University research....
Corn Pest Decline May Save Farmers Money
Populations of European corn borer (ECB), a major corn crop pest, have declined significantly in the eastern United States, according to Penn State researchers. The decline suggests that the use of genetically modified, ECB-resistant corn hybrids -- an...
Disease Found on Common Wild Grass Affects Barley
Scientists from Rothamsted Research have shed light on the role of wild grasses as a source of fungal pathogens able to initiate leaf blotch epidemics on barley crops....
A New Look at Where Our Food Dollars Go
The ERS marketing bill has been a popular statistical series for food market observers interested in knowing the costs of getting food from farm to table, writes Patrick Canning, USDA, Economic Research Service....
Questions to Consider Before Buying Farmland
Strong commodity prices have generated positive profit margins for most producers. A well-researched financial plan will guard against ill-prepared decisions....
Early Identification of Palmer Amaranth Essential in Reducing Losses
Is it waterhemp or Palmer amaranth? Though identification can be difficult, University of Illinois associate professor of weed science Aaron Hager said early and accurate identification of Palmer amaranth plants coupled with implementation of an integrated...



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