Perdue Agribusiness News Archive

News Archive
Fewer Grain Dust Explosions Reported Nationwide in 2016
The number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016, but two of the incidents resulted in the first reported fatalities since 2013, according to an annual report released by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Cover Crop Adoption: Farmers’ Perceived Benefits and Barriers
Cover crops are generally defined as crops planted between cash crops to cover and protect the soil. Some demonstrated benefits of cover crops include: reduced soil erosion, increased soil organic matter, increased biological diversity, increased nitrogen supply, and weed control. Depending on th
Decision Tool Helps Identify Crop Break-even Numbers
Unless he knows what his costs are, and what price and yield he has to get to break even, a farmer can’t know how much money he’s likely to make — or lose — on any given crop in any given season. Math is required. Records are essential. The process may be a
Watch the Weather to Avoid Atrazine Runoff
Atrazine, one of farmers’ least expensive and most effective chemicals for weed control, is under the magnifying glass. Atrazine is up for re-registration review by the Environmental Protection Agency, says Bob Broz, water quality specialist for University of Missouri Extension. Br
Adding Forage Options with Summer Annuals
Warm-season annuals are excellent options to consider as a way to increase a farm or ranch’s forage production. These are a group of annual grasses that perform best during the warmest part of the summer and are typically planted in June or July. These crops can be a complement to cash grain a