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Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue

Photo by REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a senior Trump transition team official said on Monday. Perdue, a Democrat-turned-Republican who founded a grain … Continue reading

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Polar Vortex Redux? U.S. Forecasters say it Could Hit Next Week

Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in … Continue reading

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What’s to Come?

According to the political Monday morning quarterbacks, Donald Trump’s victory was fueled in part by strong support from rural America. Look at the cornfields of Iowa to illustrate the importance of flyover states. No doubt Trump garnered a bumper crop … Continue reading

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Agronomy Update

    As harvest is in full swing in Indiana, growers are coming across a number of issues as they are shelling corn. These issues are unsettling in a year that many growers are calling a disappointing corn harvest. Coffee … Continue reading

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How one farmer achieved world-record soybean yields

Dowdy at a recent press conference concerning his 171 bu. per acre soybean achievement. Photo by Sonja Begemann Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy gained a new title last week. In addition to being a former world record winner for corn yield, last … Continue reading

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Bloomberg News!

Negotiations between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. are advancing toward a deal after the companies made progress on issues including the purchase price and termination fee, people familiar with the matter said. Bayer Chief Executive Officer Werner Baumann and his … Continue reading

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Xtend Soybeans Finally Gain EU Import Approval

Farmers using Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans have more options for selling at the end of the year. On Friday, Xtend soybeans gained final approval in the European Union for food/feed use. Xtend includes dicamba and glyphosate tolerance, which will eventually allow for over-the-top use … Continue reading

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Twospotted spider mite on soybean

Figure 1. Twospotted spider mites. Adult twospotted spider mites (TSSM) are very small (ca. 1/60 inch in length), eight-legged arthropods (nymphs have 6 legs) with a black spot on each side of their bodies (fig. 1). Color of the mites … Continue reading

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What is causing yellow soybeans?

Figure 1. Nitrogen deficiency in soybeans. Photo by Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, K-State Research and Extension When soybeans turn yellow at an early stage of growth, there are several possible explanations. Nitrogen (N) deficiency. In fields that have been extremely wet … Continue reading

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Senate hopes to stop WOTUS (again)

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, totaling $32.03 billion. Among its highlights is a rider to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing its controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, … Continue reading

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Bayer defies critics with $62 billion Monsanto offer

German drugs and crop chemicals group Bayer has offered to buy U.S. seeds company Monsanto for $62 billion in cash, defying criticism from some of its own shareholders in a bid to grab the top spot in a fast-consolidating farm … Continue reading

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Congress questions EPA on glyphosate, atrazine

EPA is under fire from the House of Representatives, this time for agency decisions on two common herbicides. In a May 11 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the House Agriculture Committee questioned why EPA posted and then quickly removed … Continue reading

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Bayer may be mulling bid for Monsanto

A year after Monsanto Co sparked a massive consolidation race in the agrochemical industry by bidding for a rival, the world’s largest seed company now finds itself in the uncomfortable role of takeover target. New reports surfaced Thursday that Bayer … Continue reading

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University of Illinois research finds declining sulfur levels

Power plants burned coal that released sulfur into the atmosphere, but coal use has declined. Today, coal plants use scrubbers to remove sulfur, or burn low-sulfur western coal. This has led to a large decrease in sulfur emissions, and less atmospheric … Continue reading

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Soybeans hit multi-year highs

Soybean futures rallied to their highest level since the summer of 2014 following USDA’s May 10 Supply & Demand Report that featured sharper-than-expected cuts to U.S. and global carryovers for 2015-16 and 2016-17. Profit-taking and spread unwinding with the corn market trimmed … Continue reading

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Rain delays corn planting in the U.S. Delta, Midwest could be next

The U.S. 2016 spring crop sowing campaign is officially underway and corn is already behind schedule, with recent heavy rains being the likely culprit. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that corn planting progress is significantly lagging average … Continue reading

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Learn About 12 New Soybean Herbicides

Several new herbicides were recently registered for weed control in soybean. These herbicides do not have an active ingredient with a new mode of action; but rather are pre-mixes of existing herbicides that can provide excellent weed control if applied … Continue reading

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ChemChina’s Bid for Syngenta Needs Scrutiny, Senators Say

A bipartisan group of farm-state senators called on the Treasury Department Thursday to review a state-owned Chinese company’s proposed acquisition of Syngenta AG over concerns that Chinese control could impact U.S. food security and farm interests. The senators asked Treasury … Continue reading

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How Might an El Nino Transition to La Nina Affect Yields?

In spring, weather concerns are top of mind for farmers and analysts alike as they try to guess how the growing season will pan out. A major factor this year:  the current record-strong El Nino and when that weather pattern … Continue reading

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What Might a Spring Rally Look Like?

Is a spring rally already pushing back a bearish market? Some analysts think so, with prices rising for corn, soybeans and wheat. Others believe a rally is coming. Their advice for farmers is to be ready to sell instead of … Continue reading

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Planting Preview 2016: Corn Remains King in I-States

Warmer than typical February and March temperatures has many farmers across Illinois, Iowa and Indiana itching to get into their fields. With uncertain weather, markets and moisture, though, experts urge farmers to remain patient until the time is right for … Continue reading

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The 4 Rs of Topdressing Wheat

Scout your wheat crop to monitor for yellowing on the lower, oldest leaves. If it looks like the younger, newer leaves are stealing nitrogen, it’s time for a boost. Maximize yield by mastering nitrogen timing, source, method and rate Whether … Continue reading

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Need Cash Now? 3 Ways to Get it From Old-Crop Grains

With cash rent payments looming in March, many farmers are finding themselves needing an infusion of cash themselves. Unfortunately, in a downturn, that can be hard to come by. But Ryan Bristle, an Iowa corn and soybean farmer and farm business consultant … Continue reading

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9 Success Stories For Today’s Market Environment

Are your business strategies on target? Today’s market environment has its share of challenges and opportunities. For instance, Neil Bentley, Director of Marketing for BASF’s U.S. crop business, says some of the headwinds farmers are facing include: Stronger U.S. dollar … Continue reading

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Think No-Till or Continuous Corn Systems Through–Or Yields Can Crash

No-till and strip-till can be very successful, but they require an understanding of the entire system, says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. When local yields range widely, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie suspects farmers made big changes to their crop … Continue reading

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What a Dice Roll After El Nino Looks Like

Are the odds in favor of better or worse yields following a strong El Nino? The range of possible outcomes may be larger than you think. Crop production feels more like a gamble than a guarantee sometimes – especially when … Continue reading

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Some recent decisions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, have led some of agriculture’s most impactful companies to question the agency’s understanding of farmers’ needs and acceptance of modern farming practices. After Bayer in February rejected EPA’s request to … Continue reading

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Problematic Weeds

Although all weeds are problematic, some are worse than others. The five worst? Waterhemp, marestail, palmer amaranth, giant ragweed and Italian ryegrass, because they are resistant to multiple herbicide groups, makes these yield-robbers difficult to control. And, in addition to being … Continue reading

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U.S. farmers seen betting on corn amid weak price outlook

As low prices render corn and soybeans unprofitable in the United States, farmers are nonetheless expected to grow more of the country’s top two crops this year as they scramble to stay solvent, a Reuters poll of analysts indicated. “With … Continue reading

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Learn more about the 7 newest corn herbicides

Curtis Thompson, weed management specialist, has compiled information about seven corn herbicides newly available for the 2016 growing season. Visit http://bit.ly/1WXodTT for additional details. 1. Acuron. This herbicide from Syngenta contains atrazine and three other active ingredients. It can be applied from 28 … Continue reading

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