Planting Patrol: Arkansas farmer will rely on modern technology to produce crop despite early rains Derek Haigwood is getting anxious. Weeks of rain showers and thunderstorms have put him behind in his planting schedule. And the ramifications of delayed planting can be huge. “This is really serious,” says Haigwood. “If it rains two days a
Biotechnology gains acceptance beyond U.S. borders With Chinese customers buying more than half of U.S. soy exports, they must not have concerns about biotechnology, right? Actually, the opposite is true. Many Chinese consumers, especially moms, have misconceptions about the safety and environmental impacts of genetically modified (GMO) foods. These misconceptions are the target of newly
Genetic diversity in wild soybeans could improve today’s yield, composition, stress resistance and more Looking across this soybean-research plot in eastern North Carolina, the ancient ancestors of modern soybeans are nearly unrecognizable to the human eye. More akin to a ground cover, weed or vine, the primitive plants that have lived for millennia in China
Soybean researcher hopes to borrow genes from wild lines to improve yield, composition and pest resistance in varieties that farmers grow Lots of soybean researchers work with soybean genes to improve yield, composition and resistance to various pests. That includes U.S. Department of Agriculture Soybean Research Geneticist Tommy Carter, but he’s doing it a little differently.
Checkoff funding essential to soybean-research efforts, breeders say The soy checkoff is always looking for new ways to improve U.S. soybean production and maximize farmer profitability. An example of that is studying the diverse genetics of ancient wild soybean lines. It could also be ongoing efforts to increase the national soybean yield average to 60
As the holiday season approaches, families will likely spend time around the table discussing a range of topics. What happens when that friendly discussion turns to the latest negative information on GMO foods that our well-meaning family members recently heard? As a farmer, you plant seeds enhanced by biotechnology because they can help you increase
Farmer voices needed to urge quicker approval of biotech traits What’s next for biotech approvals in one of U.S. soy’s biggest international markets, the European Union? David Green, senior technical consultant for the U.S. Soybean Export Council, says the biggest problem is political interference and delays in the region’s approval process. “The biggest hurdle in
What made Mark Lynas a fan of biotechnology You have to admit it’s brave for a former anti-biotech activist to step into a room full of soybean farmers, but that’s what Mark Lynas did. Speaking at the summer United Soybean Board (USB) meeting, Lynas told soybean farmers from across the country how the research and
Research Shows How Much GMO Labeling Could Affect Soybean Farmers Mandatory labeling for food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a hot topic that pushes farmers’ — and consumers’ — buttons. With the federal government and several states considering, and in some cases passing, legislation requiring mandatory GMO labeling, the national soy checkoff commissioned
Use shared values to start conversations with consumers about biotechnology, other hot topics Farmers know why they plant seeds enhanced by biotechnology — they help increase production in tough environmental conditions. They eliminate the need for various inputs, saving time and money. And they benefit the environment, such as by reducing the need for tillage.