Agriculture

5:00am

Mon December 9, 2013
Agriculture

Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland

Farm-raised pheasants like this one, wearing blinders so it doesn't fight other birds, are being transported to areas that used to be known for pheasant hunting in order to prop up declining population.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants, quail and other grassland birds has become increasingly scarce and their numbers are falling.

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9:47am

Mon December 2, 2013
Agriculture

Organic Acreage Continues To Climb In Colorado

Fresh fruits and vegetables make up the largest portion of the organic food sector.
Credit NatalieMaynor / Flickr/Creative Commons

Walk into a grocery store these days and you’re likely to find whole sections devoted to organic foods. To produce them all and fill the market for organic food, acreage continues to rise. In Colorado alone, acreage of organic crops has more than doubled in the past fifteen years.

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5:00am

Mon December 2, 2013
Agriculture

Under The Microscope: Microbes Can Help Farmers

Researchers at chemical company BASF are working to harness bacteria and microbes for beneficial purposes.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Farmers and scientists have long understood that what lives beneath the soil affects how crops grow. Often, they work to fight plant diseases—warding off infectious viruses and damaging fungi, for example. But now some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields and diminishing their dependence on chemical inputs.

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5:00am

Mon November 18, 2013
Business

Proposed Merger Could Create Wheat Milling Goliath

By the time these hard red winter wheat sprouts reach maturity, it's likely the market for wheat will look very different with a looming merger of some of the biggest players in flour milling.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Fall is planting time for wheat across the Great Plains. This year’s crop went into the ground while big changes were underway in the wheat market. Some of the biggest players in the flour milling industry are joining forces to make the country’s largest miller even larger.

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1:03pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Agriculture

Hefty Flood Costs Weigh On Colorado Farmers

On September 23rd, not long after the flood waters receded from his farmland outside LaSalle, Colo., Glenn Werning spent the day getting drenched, fermenting corn out of a silo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Farmers and ranchers are tallying just how expensive September’s flooding will be for Colorado’s agriculture economy. Estimates are quickly adding up to tens of millions of dollars.

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