Category Archives: Agronomy

As human beings reproduce in cockroach-like fashion — wild bee numbers are declining in some important American agricultural regions — thereby leading to a mismatch between the crops that the cockroach humans want — and the declining bee numbers’ ability to pollinate them Comments Off on As human beings reproduce in cockroach-like fashion — wild bee numbers are declining in some important American agricultural regions — thereby leading to a mismatch between the crops that the cockroach humans want — and the declining bee numbers’ ability to pollinate them

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Insu Koha, Eric V. Lonsdorf, Neal M. Williams, Claire Brittain, Rufus Isaacs, Jason Gibbs, and Taylor H. Ricketts, Modeling the status, trends, and impacts of wild bee abundance in the United States, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS], DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1517685113 (early edition, 22 December 2015) […]

Danish-Colombian study of wheat and corn — shows that a high density, grid sowing pattern — planted with well-chosen crop seed varieties — markedly reduces weed volume — while significantly boosting crop production Comments Off on Danish-Colombian study of wheat and corn — shows that a high density, grid sowing pattern — planted with well-chosen crop seed varieties — markedly reduces weed volume — while significantly boosting crop production

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to Colombian prong of the study C Marín and J Weiner, Effects of density and sowing pattern on weed suppression and grain yield in three varieties of maize under high weed pressure, Weed Research 54(5): 467–474, DOI: 10.1111/wre.12101 (October 2014) Citation — to press more inclusive release Rikke Pape, […]

Genetically engineered animal feed — some impressive US statistics Comments Off on Genetically engineered animal feed — some impressive US statistics

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study L. Van Eenennaam and A. E. Young, Prevalence and impacts of genetically engineered feedstuffs on livestock populations, Journal of Animal Science, DOI: 10.2527/jas.2014-8124 (ahead of print, 02 September 2014) (free full PDF, here) What a difference an ocean can make Writing this while temporarily in Germany, where […]

Weed seed destruction and crop rotation — in place of continuing to contribute to the development of herbicide resistance Comments Off on Weed seed destruction and crop rotation — in place of continuing to contribute to the development of herbicide resistance

© 2013 Peter Free Citation — to study Michael Walsh, Peter Newman, and Stephen Powles, Targeting Weed Seeds In-Crop: A New Weed Control Paradigm for Global Agriculture, Weed Technology 27(3): 431-436, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1614/WT-D-12-00181.1 (July-September 2013) Citation — to lay article Erik Stokstad, The War against Weeds Down Under, Science 341(6147): 734-736, DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6147.734 (16 August […]

Some ordinary crops appear to noticeably change soil’s microbiota proportions Comments Off on Some ordinary crops appear to noticeably change soil’s microbiota proportions

© 2013 Peter Free Citation — to study Thomas R Turner, Karunakaran Ramakrishnan, John Walshaw, Darren Heavens, Mark Alston, David Swarbreck, Anne Osbourn, Alastair Grant, and Philip S Poole, Comparative metatranscriptomics reveals kingdom level changes in the rhizosphere microbiome of plants, The ISME Journal [Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology], DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2013.119 (advance online publication, 18 […]