Scientists make gains in soybean science, hospitals use medicinal leeches

Jul 25, 2013

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On this week's show, we'll hear about a recent breakthrough in soybean science, and learn about the use of medicinal leeches in one Missouri hospital.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts the nation’s farmers will deliver a record 3.4 billion bushels of soybeans this year. The USDA also says that this year for the first time Brazil will overtake the United States as the world’s leading producer of soybeans.

That means the pressure’s on American soybean farmers to eke out even more soybeans from their fields. As Harvest Public Media’s Abbie Fentress Swanson reports, scientists are promising big improvements, now that they have a complete roadmap.

Also, we’ll revisit a story about a rather unusual medical procedure – one that goes back thousands of years and is now also enjoying a resurgence.  Michele Skalicky filed this story earlier in June about how leeches are being used in modern medicine.