Our friends over at Modern Farmer kicked off their special Goat Week today, featuring tons of great big stories about urban goat-raising, how to find the best goat for you, and our old friend the spider-goat--and that's just today. Our favorite, though, is this live-streaming goat-cam, showing off the Nigerian dwarf goats of a farm in Minnesota.
With its annual output of over 330 million tons a year feeding animals, running cars, and decorating South Dakota tourist attractions, maize is clearly Americas most important crop. That's why the newly published complete corn genome could drastically change the food, automotive and plastic industries.
There was a time when a farmer simply tasted a clump of dirt to tell the fecundity of the soil. Now, a wide range of chemical analysis help instruct farmers on the optimal mix of fertilizer, pesticide and water. However, tests on soil samples are expensive and time consuming, and few farmers can afford to waste either time or money. And that's where the satellite imaging comes in.