AI robotics could be the answer to keeping happy cows

· October 7, 2019

A happy cow is a better milk producer than one under stress. But how do dairy farmers read an individual bovine animal not known for its facial expression amongst a herd of up to 10,000? Richard Voyles, a professor in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, believes artificial intelligence and robotics could hold the key to giving […]

Purdue research urges farmers to adapt with climate change

· August 7, 2018

This may have been a report written for Indiana, but it has applications in any highly agricultural state. Purdue University recently published its Indiana Climate Change Impact Assessment, stating that: “Changes to the state’s climate over the coming decades, including increasing temperatures, changes in precipitation amounts and patterns, and rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air […]

California animal welfare aftermath: Pricey eggs & less of them

· October 6, 2017

Nine years after California changed their animal confinement standards, eggs are still pricey while the state’s production numbers keeps falling, according to a recent Purdue University study. The analysis of the laws’ effects on egg production and prices in California could inform other states considering similar legislation. The 2008 Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, […]

Purdue, Dow AgroSciences soybean discovery a gamechanger

· September 15, 2017

Soybean farmers could save millions after a breakthrough discovery from a collaborative project between Purdue University and Dow AgroSciences. Researchers have discovered a novel soybean gene that provides resistance to a devastating and costly fungal disease. The team of Dow AgroSciences and Purdue researchers screened a wide variety of soybean genetic material using a number […]

Purdue to release data from survey of large-scale producers

· August 28, 2017

This is the kind of research that comes along only once every five years, but it gives all of us unique insights into the goals and concerns of our nation’s large-scale producers. Data from Purdue’s Large Commercial Producer Project is going to be featured at 2017 National Conference for Food and Agribusiness on Nov. 7 and […]

Farm finances stronger than 2016; Weather worries for 2017

· July 6, 2017

Finances may better than last year, but U.S. agricultural producers are also expressing concerns that they might not meet their 2017 financial targets, according to a monthly producer survey conducted as part of the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The barometer, which is based on a survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers, read 131 […]

Syngenta: Palmer amaranth will be biggest threat in 2017

· January 6, 2017

The most notorious weed, Palmer amaranth, will be the number one threat to growers this year, according to Syngenta agronomists.  Not only has the weed continued to spread northward to new states, it also is now showing resistance to multiple herbicide modes of action. Palmer amaranth has earned its title as one of the most […]

Soil health boosted by adding small grains

· December 16, 2016

If you’re not already including small grains and pasture in your crop-rotation practices, you should reconsider. According to a joint Purdue-U.S. Department of Agriculture study, your soil will thank you. Reducing tillage is another factor that can help soil health, the findings, reported in Soil Science Society of America Journal, highlighted. Diane Stott, national soil health specialist […]

Indiana’s farm fatalities up 10%

· September 30, 2016

Agriculture is a dangerous occupation and some states are starting to see the sad stats behind it. Purdue University‘s annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary recently reported 28 farm-related deaths in 2015, a 10 percent increase from the 2014 total of 25. However, overall trends are still declining. Statistics were collected by the Purdue University Agricultural […]

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