Wet Weather Delays Midwest Corn Harvest

From a cab perched over the front of his bright green John Deere combine, Dennis Friest watches as rows of dried cornstalks are pulled into the big harvester trundling through a field that stretches to the horizon. Yellow corn kernels pour into a hopper behind the cab, and chopped up cornstalks, leaves and shelled cobs are kicked out onto the ground where they will be plowed into the soil next spring.

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California Water Board OKs 35-Year Plan to Tackle Farm Pollution

California’s Central Valley yields billions of dollars’ worth of fruits and vegetables each year, but its aquifers are overused and polluted. With brown, silty streams pouring from their kitchen sinks, thousands of farmworkers and residents have become habitual buyers and users of bottled water.

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Scientists Discover New Antibiotic in Tropical Forest

Resistance to antibiotics has become an increasingly worrisome problem in both medicine and agriculture, where livestock and plants have lost the ability to resist diseases that strive to stay one step ahead. But scientists have discovered a “plant probiotic” in the soil of a remote Mexican jungle that helps plants grow more efficiently and defend against harmful bacteria. 

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