Join Preston Schrader and Jason Carr, field technology reps in the ag industry, as they talk all things row crop agriculture. From digital ag, pests, and sustainability to increasing yield, they cover a variety of topics to help growers succeed and open a dialogue with consumers.
Episode 37: Brad Thada - Popcorn Trivia and Facts
Weaver Popcorn Company was founded by Reverend Ira Weaver in 1928. Dr. Brad Thada is a commercial popcorn breeder and sales director for the company. In this episode, we discuss the origins of popcorn and how new hybrids are produced and grown. Listen for some tips for home gardeners and a little trivia thrown in for fun. Check out popcorn.org for popcorn facts, recipes, and fun projects. You can learn more about Weaver Popcorn at their website: http://www.weaverpopcornhybrids.com/ and follow them on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/weaver-popcorn-hybrids/.
Episode 36: Romulo Lollato - Wheat Production and How to Evaluate Data
Dr. Romulo Lollato is an extension educator and researcher at Kansas State University, where he studies wheat and forage production. In this episode, we learn about wheat production, shed light on some myths regarding gluten, and discuss how farmers and consumers can distinguish between good and bad data. To learn more about his work, follow Dr. Lollato on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube under the handle @KSUWheat.
Episode 35: Alan Bennett - Nitrogen-fixing corn
Farmers and many others are well aware that legumes such as soybeans are able to provide some of their own nitrogen through an association with symbiotic bacteria. Corn production requires the application of nitrogen fertilizers, which are costly in several ways. Listen to UC-Davis professor Dr. Allen Bennet describe his team's discovery of corn that is able to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, and the future implications of his research.
You can learn more about Dr. Bennett's research at https://bennettlab.ucdavis.edu/. The Atlantic also published an interesting article regarding the discovery : https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/amaizeballs/567140/. If you are interested in reading the scientific publication, it is available at https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2006352. For further reading about the Haber-Bosch process, check out The Alchemy of Air, by Thomas Hager,
Episode 34: Zach Lancaster - The Past, Present, and Future of the War on Weeds
Humans have been battling weeds for as long as crops have been cultivated. In this episode, we discuss the history and future of weed control with Zach Lancaster, field agronomist with Bayer Crop Science. You can learn more about the latest biotech innovation for combatting tough-to-control weeds in soybeans at www.roundupreadyxtend.com.
Episode 33: Charlie Thompson - Sweet Corn Trivia and Facts
Charlie Thompson is a sweet corn breeder and Vice President of Illinois Foundation Seeds. In this episode, we explore the history and development of modern sweet corn, while investigating some common misconceptions regarding this crop. To learn more about Illinois Foundation Seeds, visit their website, www.ifsi.com or follow them on Instagram: @IFSISweetCorn. We also encourage listeners to check out our newly launched website, focusonagriculture.com.
Episode 32: The History of Corn
In this episode, Preston and Jason discuss the fascinating history of yellow dent corn, beginning with the cultivation of teosinte by Native Americans in what is now southern Mexico. For those interested in more trivia surrounding the history of corn, follow Jason on Twitter and check out #HistoryOfCorn. To learn more about plant breeding, check out our 3 part series published early in 2020:
Episode 16: Tom Floyd - The History of Plant Breeding Part I
Episode 17: Tom Floyd - The History of Plant Breeding Part II
Episode 18: Devin Nichols - The History of Plant Breeding Part III
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