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ISSUE DATE: 07/02/2012

Emerging crop technologies

By Doug Rich

You may not be familiar with epigenetics, anthesis-silking interval, or cspB, but the crops you grow in the future will be more productive and more stress tolerant because of them.

Public and private researchers spoke during the global Water for Food Conference, held May 30 to June 1 in Lincoln, Neb., about the projects they are working on and new releases that are nearly ready for commercialization. Sally Mackenzie, founding director of the Center for Plant Science Innovation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discussed the potential of epigenome technology.

Something different

"This is something altogether different as we approach drought or any kind of stress," Mackenzie said. "Up until now we have never really exploited in a meaningful and directive way what is known as the epigenome. Generally, we have thought about the combination of genes and the identity of genes that can contribute to the interaction of plants and their environment. But there is a different level of genetics that is not just about the combination of genes we put into a crop but it is the way those genes are expressed."


NEWS

AFBF: Increased trade with Russia will benefit U.S. farmers
American Agri-Women connect with policymakers
Bioenergy leaders to explore progress toward sustainable fuels
Constructing antimicrobials that destroy bacteria
Crafting a fire management tool
Farm Bureau applauds Missouri River amendments
Heat can be a killer
Kansas Sampler Foundation to visit every city in state
Land-grant system provides framework for today's Extension
Multi-Year Flex Account program deadline is July 15
MyPlate celebrates first anniversary
Obama administration releases ag economy report, commits to rural business investments
Pawnee County FSA office to close
Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign kicks off new season
Scientists use a new tool for studying insect-plant warfare
Senate committee farm bill good for young farmers
Senate passes farm bill
Senator proposes to make all checkoff programs voluntary
Sequencing technology opens doors to discoveries
Survey reports fewer winter honey bee losses
Vilsack to appoint socially disadvantaged farmers to county committees
Wildfires ravage Colorado, several surrounding states

CROPS

3i Show to feature health program
AgriLife Research to host summer crops field day
Bradford Research Center to host events July 12
Certify all crops by July 15
Colorado debuts PrairieGold brand name in wheat varieties
Corn is a possible replant option in some areas
Developing drought tolerance one goal of dry bean breeding program
Early infestations spotted in Colorado
Emerging crop technologies
Entomologists use biological weapon against invasive weed
Extension to host Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference
'Extreme' drought creeps back in to Arkansas
FSA reminds producers of program deadlines
Governor recognizes America's Farmers Mom of the Year
International Windbreak Innovation Conference set for July 24 to 26
Japanese beetle counts high in corn and soybeans
KFAC hosts summer course for teachers
K-State names entomology head
K-State to host Risk and Profit Conference
KU launches RedTire program to help rural businesses
Megan experiences small-town hospitality as Roland Harvesting crew tries to keep up with combines
Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium is Aug. 21
Nebraska Power Farming Show makes enhancements
New corn checkoff assessment now in effect
NMSU offers ag science center field days across state
NRCS trains summer student employees
Osowski crew sees good yields, test weights in Kansas
OSU Research and Extension conducts study on effects of oil-based mud
Quarter-Scale Tractor Team earns 2nd place in international competition
Soldier beetles beneficial, harmless
Soybean video series boosts profit potential
Soybean yield contests now open
Triple-digit temps cause trouble for Hoffman Harvesting
Wheat Performance Test results available
'Wheat Safari' brings foodies to Kansas
Winter canola harvest 'a good one'
Zeorians able to get back in the field and finish harvest in Kansas

LIVESTOCK

American Lamb Board requests survey feedback
Cattle on feed numbers released
Extension to host 'Clucks-for-Bucks' program
Grandmothers' Horses, The Ride Home stops in Kansas
Groups hold first joint convention in Loveland
Kansas Cattlemen Association hosts successful Creekstone tour
Perceptions, science and business
Preparations continue for the AQHA Youth World Cup
Red Angus adds Allied Access tag program
Southern Plains Beef Symposium set for Aug. 11
Start with simply the best
Top beef breed associations to meet at K-State
Treating mastitis in dairy cattle with vitamin D
Winners chosen at Missouri Junior Angus Preview Show

EDITOR

Bipartisanship and the big picture
Remember farmers and ranchers
The blame game
What the Senate got wrong

COLUMNS

A mark on the wall
Ag strategy
Farming with social engineering
Immigration decisions do little to address long-term farm labor needs
Just a scoop full
The honor box

MARKETS

Active weather slows fieldwork
Ada cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Corn, sorghum progressing
Dodge City livestock sales report
Drought increasing in severity
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain contracts close sharply higher
Grain market close
Hay prices steady, some areas higher
Hay trade slow to moderate
Hot, windy, dry conditions prevail
Joplin regional cattle sales
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West cattle sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock feeder cattle report
Range conditions deteriorate
Relentless heat, wind hits
Some areas still need moisture
Some crop conditions decline
Some parts of state receive rain
Summer has arrived
Summer heat worsens drought
Tulsa cattle sales report
West Plains cattle sales report
Woodward cattle sales report

RANGE

Hay situation critical for some
Managing forage as drought increases
Managing health of pastured cattle a challenge this summer
Prescribed burn workshop scheduled for August
Range and Drought Clinic is July 31

FAMILY

4-H offers summer workshops for youth
4-H youth gather for Discovery Days
Being too nice?
Blueberries offer an All-American treat
Controlling spider mites
Couple honored for 4-H service
Cumulative drought stress shows in trees
Easy-care roses vulnerable to rosette disease
Elegant Winrock Court eye appealing
For best tomato yields, fertilize sparingly
Grasscycling can reduce water, fertilizer inputs
Locovores give new life to canning
Meditation
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame inducts new class
Mulching is a 'green' best practice
NDA rolls out 2012 Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
Polish up blueberries and watch them shine
Preventing heat-related work illness
Study: Small-acreage vegetable production can be profitable
Summer Space Camp offered to Cub Scouts
There she grows
UAPB sweet potatoes help meet demand for slips

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