A cry for help: Crops under attack emit cues for hungry birds

We humans are simple creatures — we find ourselves in trouble, we cry out for help. Science has known for a while that plants do something similar by letting out “sensory volatile cues,” like scents, when they’re under attack by hungry insects. The result is that birds will often pick up the cue, swoop […]

Farmers: check the condition of stored grain

Farmers may need to institute a system of monitoring their stored grain products. Grain from the previous season that remains in storage for the spring months could be at risk for mold, mycotoxins and insect damage, depending on the storage conditions.

Agricultural engineers from Purdue Extension say grain that was stored at moisture levels of […]