Friday, March 14, 2014

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USDA Agricultural Research Service
March 14, 2014

Seed coating could give farmers early-season boost:
A USDA scientist has found that sowing seeds protected by a thin polymer layer can help northern Corn Belt farmers optimize spring planting schedules. A temperature-activated polymer coating prevents water from reaching the seed until the soils are warm enough for germination and emergence. (3/10)

Safeguarding bee colonies with ozone:
USDA research shows that fumigating honeycomb with ozone gas not only eliminates pests and pathogens that threaten honey bee health and productivity, but may also help reduce pesticide levels in the honeycomb. (3/13)


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