UF Corn Handles Nighttime Heat and USDA-NASA Partnership
**University of Florida researchers have designed corn to handle nighttime heat stress that produces increased yields.
Corn thrives in hot, summer days, but needs cool nights to fill kernels and climate change has made that difficult.
Agweb.com reports, the newly-engineered corn was planted side-by-side with non-engineered corn in a University test plot south of Gainesville and the engineered plants showed a 40% yield advantage over the non-engineered varieties.
**The USDA and NASA have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening their longstanding partnership on space-based assets benefitting life on Earth.
The agreement brings together NASA’s experience with technology development and space-borne Earth science measurements AND USDA’s scientific experience and knowledge of ag production, resource conservation, and food security and safety.
USDA and NASA will explore research gaps of importance to the agricultural community.
**American Blueberry growers have established the American Blueberry Growers Alliance, a new coalition seeking relief from rising imports harming their businesses.
According to morningagclips.com, the Alliance will provide information and support to an International Trade Commission investigation into the serious harm caused by imports of fresh, chilled and frozen blueberries under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974.
Blueberry imports rose by more than 60% between 2015 and 2019.
The Alliance also warns the imports also expose American consumers to foreign products with poor food safety protocols.