Friday, August 19, 2011

ARS Newslink

Web links to stories issued August 15-19, 2011 ___________________________________________

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
August 19, 2011

Boosting corn production:
USDA scientists are studying soil moisture levels and other field dynamics to help Pacific Northwest farmers maximize the production of corn, a relatively new regional crop that helps support Idaho's growing dairy industry. (8/15)

Fighting plant pests:
Anthocyanins, healthful chemical compounds in the form of plant pigments, are being investigated by USDA scientists for their pest-fighting potential. (8/16)

Grading ethanol potential:
USDA researchers have developed an inexpensive way to grade the ethanol potential of perennial grasses at the biorefinery's loading dock. (8/18)


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