Corn use by ethanol plants to ‘stop growing’

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Growth in US corn ethanol production may not just slow next season – but stall altogether in the face of a domestic harvest 3m tonnes weaker than US officials are factoring in. Many observers have forecast a slowdown in the rapid expansion in corn’s conversion into bioethanol, in the face of higher prices of the…


60,000 corn plants per acre? Seed firm works toward goal

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Adel, Ia. – Since the commercial advent of hybrid corn in the 1930s, Iowa farmers have increased populations of corn plants from about 8,000 an acre to 25,000 by the 1980s and to an average of 34,000 to 36,000 today. What is corn’s equivalent of Mach 4 jet speed: 60,000 plants per acre? Maybe 75,000…


Companion Plants for Bleeding Hearts

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Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is a woody perennial with deeply-lobed leaves and unmistakable, pink-and-white heart-shaped flowers. It prefers to be left undisturbed in rich, cool, moist soil, and, although it is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 1 to 9, bleeding heart often dies back in hot weather. As a relatively large perennial, growing…


Why Do Begonia Plants Get Mildew?

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The begonia is a perennial and a member of the Begoniaceae family. Home gardeners often place this plant in their landscape because it produces green foliage and lovely flowers. Although begonias are generally healthy, they are susceptible to mildew development, which can affect the health and appearance of the plant. Identification Begonias commonly develop a…


Lady Francis Begonia Plants

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Lady Frances Begonia Leatherman plants, which are commonly known as wax begonias, originate in the South American nation of Brazil. The scientific name for the plant is Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum. The plants are part of the Begoniaceae family. The attractive flowering plants have been a common fixture ingardens ever since the Victorian era. Description Wax…


Care of Angel Wing Plants

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Angel wing plants are begonias that grow up to 5 feet tall and bloom with large clusters of white, pink, orange or red flowers from May to October. Native to the tropics, this plant thrives outdoors in areas with high humidity and lots of light. In cooler regions, however, angel wing begonias have become a…


How to Care for Purple Angel Trumpet Plants

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Brugmansia suaveolens, commonly known as angel’s trumpet plants, are native to South America, but will thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8 through 10. The available flower colors on these tropical trees include white, pink, yellow, red and purple. No matter what color your angel’s trumpet plant’s flowers are, the processes for maintenance…


How to Prune Angel Trumpet Plants

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Angel trumpet is a poisonous flowering plant, though it is only toxic when large amounts are consumed. The plant reaches as high as 15 feet at full maturity and, without pruning, it will reach up to 15 feet wide. Angel trumpet acts as a small tree or large shrub with long, trumpet-shaped flowers growing in…


How to Care for Small Starts of Angel Trumpet Plants

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Angel trumpet plants are easy to care for and grow. You can take the small start of your angel trumpet plant to grow outdoors or in a container. The angel trumpet, also known as Datura or Brugmansia, is a beautiful plant with extremely sweet-smelling blossoms. The flowers open during the night and remain open until…


How to Grow Angel Trumpet Plants

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Angel trumpet plants are fairly easy to grow, and can be started easily from seed in the spring. They grow quickly and can be trained to take different shapes, but are most commonly trimmed into a tree shape. A tree shape gives plenty of space for blooms and encourages the plant to create lots of…


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