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Microdosing improves productivity in crops
URBANA, Ill. — Crop yields in the fragile semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe have been declining as a result of a decline in soil fertility resulting from mono-cropping, lack of fertilizer and other factors. In collaboration with the Internat- ional Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, University of Illinois researchers evaluated the use of a precision farming technique called “microdosing,” its effect on food security and its ability to improve yield at a low cost to farmers.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - University of Illinois - News

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USDA report: US GMO crops show benefits, concerns
After more than 15 years of using genetically modified crops, U.S. farmers are continuing to see an array of benefits, but the impacts on the environment and on food production are mixed, and high farmer use of a popular herbicide on GMO crops is a cause for ongoing concern, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Monday, February, 24, 2014 - Reuters - News

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UK floods pose threat to animal welfare
The immediate threat to British agriculture from floods and storms has put animal welfare in the spotlight, but in the long-term increasingly erratic weather is likely deter investment, despite continuing global growth in demand for food.
Wednesday, February, 19, 2014 - - News

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Corn, soybean and wheat export projections increased
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly report of World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates was released today with market participants particularly eager to see four projections.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - University of Illinois - News

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Nonsugar sugar beet promo prompts interest
“Industrial beets” is now the preferred moniker for beets being promoted for growing outside the Red River Valley to make things such as industrial sugar components or “green” ethanol, but not sugar.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Spring could bring relief for beef prices
Already pricey beef at grocery stores is expected to become even more expensive in February — wholesale beef and cattle prices are at all-time highs this winter in the U.S., fueled by a tight supply of cattle.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Soybean consumption accelerating, could exceed supply
The pace of domestic U.S. soybean consumption accelerated in December 2013 and the pace of export commitments continues to exceed expectations. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, even with the normal seasonal slowdown in exports of soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil, consumption seems to be on track to exceed the available supply.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - - News

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Northern Crops Institute promotes region's fare
The Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, N.D., offers farmers an opportunity to showcase their changing crops to a changing world.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Ag - News

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Hotter longer, Australian heat wave pressuring commodities
Australia can expect even longer and hotter heat waves than the one now scorching wide swathes of the country, a climate research group said on Thursday, raising questions about its long-term position as an agricultural powerhouse.
Thursday, January, 16, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Corn market expectations
Much of the discussion in the corn market, and in crop markets in general, has become focused on the potential for a protracted period of low prices and the likely impact on farm incomes and land values.
Monday, December, 16, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Challenging the aging farmer crisis
Agriculture economists have long warned that farmers are getting old and staying on their land longer, delaying the turnover to a younger generation.
Monday, December, 09, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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RFS cut may drive corn prices down
The U.S. government in recent years has not needed to prop up grain farmers’ income with subsidies, but those payments could come roaring back if the lower ethanol mandate proposed this month drives corn prices lower.
Monday, December, 09, 2013 - Reuters - News

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Corn market functioning as needed?
Corn prices managed a small rally following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nov. 8 Crop Production report that contained a corn production forecast that was not quite as large as feared. Since then, however, new lows have been established and prices are currently only about 10 cents above the pre-report level.
Monday, December, 02, 2013 - - News

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More work to do
The next generation of biofuels is still years away.
Monday, November, 18, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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Land use switch
Record high crop prices are spurring conversion from grasslands to croplands.
Monday, October, 28, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Key USDA reports coming Nov. 8
Crop production and global supply-and-demand estimates take on added importance.
Monday, October, 28, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Record-high crop prices spur conversion from grasslands to cropland
It’s a change that is being pushed by record-high crop prices, but one that can affect those inside the agriculture industry to small-town retail shops that rely on hunting as their economic backbone.
Thursday, October, 10, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Oil and ag compete for role of ND's biggest industry
Is the oil industry now bigger than farming in North Dakota? The latest figures are rather startling, raising eyebrows on even oil industry experts gathered in Grand Forks this week who are most in touch with the boom that hasn’t leveled off after six years.
Monday, September, 23, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Drought worsens in Midwest, South
The combination of heat and scarce amounts of rain intensified the drought in several agriculturally significant states, contributing to declining crop conditions in parts of the Midwest and South.
Monday, September, 16, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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Drought worsens in Midwest, South; affects crops
The combination of heat and scarce amounts of rain intensified the drought in several agriculturally significant states, contributing to declining crop conditions in parts of the Midwest and South.
Thursday, September, 12, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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