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ND soil samples show fewer wheat midge larvae for 2015
Soil samples in North Dakota indicate decreased levels of overwintering wheat midge larvae (cocoons) for the 2015 season, says Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension Service entomologist.
Friday, March, 27, 2015 - - News

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Weather Talk: Drought and heat
As California starts its fourth summer of drought conditions, the expectation is there will be a lot of hot days which, in Los Angeles, will mean many summer days in the 100s.
Friday, March, 27, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Assess disease risk before planting soybean on soybean
BROOKINGS, S.D. — With corn grain prices down, some producers might be considering planting soybeans on soybeans because of economic reasons. “Soybean does not require heavy inputs such as fertilizer, and soybean grain prices have not taken such a big hit as corn,” says Emmanuel Byamukama, South Dakota State University Extension plant pathologist.
Thursday, March, 26, 2015 - - News

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The fine art of dibbling: Advice for transplanting seedlings
FARGO -- If you promise not to laugh, I'll describe my past method of transplanting seedlings. It all started in junior high as I was learning to grow tomato and petunia plants from seed for my parents' flower beds and vegetable garden.
Thursday, March, 26, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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CSP renewal deadline approaches
Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who signed Conservation Stewardship Program contracts in 2011 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service have until March 31 to renew those expiring contracts.
Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 - - News

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Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate
Described as "meat of the poor", beans are a key food source for more than 400 million people across the developing world, but the area suitable for growing them could drop 50 percent by 2050 because of global warming, endangering tens of millions of lives, scientists said.
Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Focus on farm output, not on acreage
What comes to mind when you think of a “family farm?” You’re probably picturing a bucolic spread of less than 100 acres, with a red barn, farmer in overalls and cows grazing a big pasture. What about the phrase “corporate farm” or “big ag?” Do you see a giant, impersonal and industrial-looking operation?
Tuesday, March, 24, 2015 - - News

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Weather, politics topics at Sugarbeet Institute
FARGO, N.D. — The 53rd International Sugarbeet Institute comes to the Fargodome on March 25 and 26 in Fargo.
Monday, March, 23, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Abnormal planting seasons might be the new norm in Upper Midwest
Marlow Nelson, a 68-year-old Powers Lake, N.D., farmer, used to have a pretty good idea of what spring planting season would bring. Though no two springs were quite the same, and year-to-year variations could be extreme, most springs fell into a fairly predictable pattern.
Monday, March, 23, 2015 - Agweek - News

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United Nations: 'Business as usual' will create a thirsty planet in 15 years
LONDON - The planet faces a 40 percent shortfall in water supplies in 15 years due to urbanization, population growth and increasing demand for water for food production, energy and industry, the United Nations said on Friday.
Friday, March, 20, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Expanding drought likely in eastern South Dakota
“According to the March 19 outlook, much of eastern South Dakota is shown to be in an area that will likely have an expansion of drought at some point between now and the end of June,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist.
Thursday, March, 19, 2015 - SDSU Extension Service - News

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New farmers take root in South Africa’s old tribal lands
New farmers are turning the soil to profit in South Africa’s old tribal homelands as Pretoria speeds the transfer of land from whites to blacks.
Thursday, March, 19, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Kenya sugar farming turns sour as import curbs fail
In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies.
Wednesday, March, 18, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Weather Talk: It's either too wet or too dry
It can be too wet or it can be too dry. The concept of “just about right” almost never works in the early spring. If winter snow was substantial, or even average, the frost in the ground makes it hard for moisture to be absorbed.
Wednesday, March, 18, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Researchers develop faster, more efficient test for soybean cyst nematode
The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the most pervasive plant pest in agriculture. University of Illinois researchers have developed a system to test for the nematode that is approximately 20 times faster than current technology and provides more precise data than existing solutions. Kaustubh Bhalerao is the principal investigator for the project.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - University of Illinois, Urbana - News

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Extension workshop in Grand Forks, ND, covers tile drainage
Brad Thykeson first installed tile drainage in 2009. The Portland, N.D., farmer is quick to say he hasn’t become an expert since then — but he’s learned enough to offer a few pointers to other area agriculturalists.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Planting preparations underway in region
It wouldn’t be the first time in history, but farmers and their advisers say it will be unusual if farmers start planting in March.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Circadian clock research could boost crop yields
Rob McClung watches clocks, but not the usual kind.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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SFA partnership formed to promote healthy farming
BRAINERD, Minn. – Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council has joined the Sustainable Farming Association as a Networking Group, according to a news release.
Saturday, March, 14, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Minnesota ag economist shares results of farm bill choices analysis
A new analysis of 76 Minnesota sample farms doesn’t provide much help in deciding whether farmers in the state should reallocate their base acres under the new farm bill, an agricultural economist says.
Friday, March, 13, 2015 - Agweek - News

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