Published Date:July 12, 2011
Growing perennial grasses on the least productive farmland now used for corn ethanol production in the U.S. would result in higher overall corn yields, more ethanol output per acre and better groundwater quality, researchers report in a new study. The switch would also slash emissions of two potent greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.
July 12, 2011
Published Date:May 12, 2011
More than 90 percent of Illinois corn producers polled at the University of Illinois Extension Corn and Soybean Classic meetings indicated that they planned to plant corn that was genetically modified with the insect-killing protein Bacillus thuringiensis this spring. Commercially available since 1996, Bt corn is resistant to European corn borers, western corn rootworm and other crop-destroying insects.
May 12, 2011
Published Date:April 28, 2011
In addition to causing widespread flooding, the rains drenching the Midwest this spring may exacerbate another environmental problem phosphorus and nitrate pollution in the water supply that is causing a growing hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico, presenting a danger to marine life and wildlife habitats, according to recent studies by a team of scientists from the University of Illinois and Cornell University.
April 28, 2011
Published Date:March 23, 2011
The effects of climate change and population growth on agricultural land area vary from region to region, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.
March 23, 2011
Published Date:February 28, 2011
A team of extension educators and faculty at the University of Illinois produce animated sustainable development educational videos that people around the world can watch at home, over and over again, on their cell phones.
February 28, 2011