Agronomy

Aiming to improve nutrition with ‘Orange Corn,’ NutraMaize receives more than $1 million in funding

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 University News Story

A project that began as part of an ongoing humanitarian effort to improve nutrition in low-income countries has received more than $1 million to adapt a more nutritious, naturally selected variety of corn to the United States.

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Crop report panel says, ‘We’re in uncharted territory’ in terms of yield and revenue projections for Indiana’s cash crops

Monday, August 12th, 2019 University News Story

‘This was not a normal year,’ said Greg Matli, Indiana state statistician for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service, regarding the 2019 USDA crop report. ‘Nothing like 2019 has happened in our his…

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New research aims to optimize farmland use for crops, solar electricity production

Thursday, August 8th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University professors are questioning what else fertile farmland can be used for with a new multidisciplinary project researching how to improve future sustainability by simultaneously utilizing crop fields for solar electricity production.

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Purdue panel responds to USDA’s August crop report and current agricultural economic climate

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 University News Story

Rain delayed planting followed by extreme heat and, of course, the ongoing issues surrounding Chinese tariffs will all be discussed at this year’s response to the USDA August Crop Report, held at the Indiana State Fair.

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Purdue Extension to host Crops Field Day on Sept. 5

Monday, August 5th, 2019 University News Story

Farmers have spent much of 2019 dealing with the challenges that come with an unprecedented wet spring, navigating fluctuating markets, learning about new production alternatives, and adapting to new technologies. These and other issues will be address…

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Sen. Mike Braun to visit the Davis Purdue Agricultural Center

Monday, August 5th, 2019 University News Story

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana will visit Purdue University’s Davis Agricultural Center on Wednesday (Aug. 7). He will be available to speak with media at the end of his visit at 6 p.m.

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Purdue scientists show how soybeans may get more nitrogen from atmosphere

Thursday, July 25th, 2019 University News Story

Plant breeders could theoretically increase soybean crop yields if they could control the number of nodules on plant roots since they are responsible for fixing atmospheric nitrogen. Increased crop yield is key to feeding a global population expected t…

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Rainey appointed new director of Purdue Soybean Center

Monday, July 22nd, 2019 University News Story

Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture, has appointed Katy Martin Rainey as the new director of the Purdue University Soybean Center. Rainey, an associate professor of agronomy, specializes in soybean genetics and plant bre…

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Purdue Extension Offers Series in Organic Field Crop Production

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue Extension is hosting an organic agriculture program series focused on transitional strategy, crop rotation, nutrient management, weed management and markets targeted for organic, transitional and conventional farmers, agriculture professionals …

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Study highlights nitrogen efficiency gains in corn hybrids over 70 years

Monday, July 8th, 2019 University News Story

During the past 70 years, hybrid corn varieties have increased both yield and nitrogen use efficiency at nearly the same pace, largely by preserving leaf function during grain filling. The Purdue University study’s findings offer strategies for corn br…

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Pilot Tyler Rice flies well below the treeline, preparing to drop a load of soybeans on Kyle Blaydes’ wheat field in Montgomery County.

It’s raining beans in Montgomery County

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Photos and Story by Tom Campbell It  was raining this week in Montgomery County. No surprise there, in this, the soggiest season in memory. But what it was raining was a bit odd. Soybeans. Three generations on the Blaydes family farm include Keith (BS’68, MS’71), Kyle (BS’97) and Drake, a high school senior, who hopes…

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Specialist hired to assist farmers with industrial hemp production

Monday, June 3rd, 2019 University News Story

Marguerite Bolt, who recently received her master’s degree in entomology from Purdue University and also has a background in horticulture and beekeeping, has been appointed as Purdue Extension’s first hemp production specialist.

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Welcome Ambassador walks the walk and talks Purdue traditions

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By Cheyenne Dunn Throughout her college career, Sarah Voglewede has volunteered her time (including some of her weekends) to teaching visitors about Purdue. She walks for hours at a time and memorizes university history in hopes of educating someone about agriculture. “Last year I gave a tour to a group of fifth-graders from Chicago,” she…

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

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Cities living with a strong chance of rain

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 University News Story

Heavy rain can overwhelm municipal infrastructure and lead to flooding that can threaten lives and property. The U.S. alone spends millions – and sometimes billions – of dollars per year on flood recovery, and more is spent around the world.

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Cities living with a strong chance of rain

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 University News Story

Heavy rain can overwhelm municipal infrastructure and lead to flooding that can threaten lives and property. The U.S. alone spends millions – and sometimes billions – of dollars per year on flood recovery, and more is spent around the world.

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How to feed the world and preserve the environment

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 University News Story

Farmers bear much of the burden for growing the food to feed billions of people as the world’s population continually trends upward.

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Ag researchers make case: Big changes require access to big data

Monday, March 11th, 2019 University News Story

Agricultural researchers generate vast amounts of data. Little of it is shared with peers or accessible to the public. A diverse group of scientists led by Sylvie Brouder, a Purdue University professor of agronomy, is calling for change and proposing t…

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Faced with choice overload, farmers in India say, ‘I’ll have what he’s having’

Monday, February 25th, 2019 University News Story

Suicide rates among farmers in India remain high, accounting for more than 12,500 deaths in the country in 2015, according to a government report. Although many have blamed climate change for farmers’ distress, the issue is likely much more complex.

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New soil moisture and temperature data helps predict life-threatening Indian monsoon rains

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 University News Story

Thunderstorms embedded within Indian monsoon systems can deluge areas with dozens of inches of rain in little time, causing severe flooding and the loss of hundreds of lives each year. Better predictions of when, where and how much rain will fall is ke…

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