blog postsUnique weather a factor in record 2004 Midwest crop yieldsMar 11, 2005 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If farmers talk big about 2004 crops as they get ready to head out into the fields this spring, let them talk. Believe them. Last year's crop season saw record yields in every major crop amid the closest-to-perfect weather conditions of the last century, scientists say.Anti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growthAug 31, 2004 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A well known anti-cancer agent in certain vegetables has just had its reputation enhanced. The compound, in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, has been found to be effective in disrupting late stages of cell growth in breast cancer.Gallery offers first comprehensive U.S. look at Japanese architect's workSep 30, 2008 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The first comprehensive U.S. exhibition of the work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will be exhibited Oct. 10 through Nov. 15 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Will 2011 be the year of the global food crisis?Jan 26, 2011 9:00 am19 views A Minute With™... Darrel Good, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics Arsenic removal from drinking water is focus of new projectsApr 6, 2005 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More stringent federal standards for acceptable levels of arsenic in public drinking water go into effect next year, a prospect that has resulted in four new research projects on arsenic.Watching, planning key to avoiding soybean rust in IllinoisOct 17, 2006 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... Suzanne Bissonnette, an Integrated Pest Management Extension EducatorFoodborne pathogens difficult to remove from produceOct 5, 2006 9:00 am14 views Will you ever feel comfortable eating fresh spinach again? All raw agricultural products carry a minimal risk of contamination, said a UI scientist whose research focuses on keeping foodborne pathogens, including the strain of E. coli found recently on spinach, out of the food supply.Does the recent peanut scare indicate a need for stricter guidelines?Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... Robin Orr, the director of programming for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education ProgramResearch grant will help assessment of prairie seed banksJan 23, 2007 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Natural History Survey has received a grant from the Conservation 2000 Program to assess seed banks at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Will County.Efficient fertilizer use could benefit river without hurting crop yieldsNov 7, 2001 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A computational study on nitrogen inputs to the Mississippi River Basin from the 1950s to the 1990s suggests that better use of the fertilizer such as not over-applying it could substantially reduce the amount of nitrates flowing down river without compromising crop yields.Grocery stores find security in locally produced beefJan 22, 2004 9:00 am8 views Knowing where, how and by whom your steak dinner was raised recently has become a more pressing question for Americans. Several independent grocery stores in Chicago have found a locally produced beef marketed under the label Illinois Crown Beef that they say they can sell to their customers with confidence because they know where it came from. Researchers study role of natural organic matter in environmentDec 11, 2006 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The decomposition of plant, animal and microbial material in soil and water produces a variety of complex organic molecules, collectively called natural organic matter. These compounds play many important roles in the environment.Information on three new agricultural pests enhances web tool for farmersApr 12, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three more pests - fruit tree leafroller, lilac borer and western bean cutworm - have been added this spring to the Illinois State Water Survey's Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program, a Web-based tool that provides helpful information for the state's farmers.Goal of project is development of petroleum-free fuelDec 2, 2004 9:00 am5 views Developing a petroleum-free fuel from corn byproducts is one of the goals of a newly funded research project at the UI. Eight research laboratories will pool their expertise, attacking the problems from different directions in order to work to improve the efficiency of bioconversion of plant fibers into fuels and other value-added products.What are the implications for agriculture under a proposed climate bill?Nov 26, 2009 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... agricultural economist Madhu KhannaAs more corn is used for ethanol, how will we make up for lost food production?Mar 14, 2008 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economicsReport outlines growing climate change-related threats to Great Lakes regionMar 22, 2019 10:15 am0 views A team of Midwestern climate scientists has released a new report with grim predictions about the impact of climate change on the Great Lakes region. The report foresees a growing trend of wetter winters and springs, with increases in heavy rain events leading to flooding, particularly in urban areas with hard surfaces that cannot absorb the excess water. Rural areas will likely see more erosion, and unpredictable cycles of heat and rainfall could undermine agriculture.