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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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Dayton challenges farmers to support buffer plan
Laying the blame for many of the state’s polluted waters squarely at the feet of agriculture, Gov. Mark Dayton March 12 asked Minnesota farmers to “look into their souls” and support his proposal to buffer nearly every water in the state from row crops and their associated runoff.
Friday, March, 13, 2015 - St. Paul Pioneer Press - News

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Improving soil health might require more use of cover crops
Farming practices haven’t been kind to the agricultural landscape since farmers first began tilling up the prairie soils of southwest Minnesota more than a century ago.
Friday, March, 13, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Farmers, firefighters in RRV not yet concerned about drought possibility
The past six months have been the second-driest of that time period in the Red River Valley since the 1800s, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist in Grand Forks, N.D.
Thursday, March, 12, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: How many records will we reach?
The period in the middle of March from yesterday through a week from Saturday is interesting in that all of the Fargo-Moorhead daily record high temperatures come from just four years.
Wednesday, March, 11, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Minnesota businessman wants more wheat straw versatility
Companies weren’t hiring when Brian Dohrn was finishing college in 2009. So he started a company of his own.
Monday, March, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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China urges banks to speed up agriculture sector loans
China urged its banks to speed up lending to agriculture, the country’s banking regulator said on Tuesday, in an effort to bolster a sector that employs almost one third of its 1.4 billion people, but remains in desperate need of funding.
Tuesday, March, 03, 2015 - - News

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Sensor will predict crop yield
A “look-ahead” sensor that converted the bending load of napiergrass to a measure of yield was one of four yield-sensing approaches developed by University of Illinois researchers.
Monday, March, 02, 2015 - University of Illinois - News

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Soil health workshop draws almost 200
A Grand Forks, N.D., soil health workshop sponsored by local, county, state and federal organizations, drew upwards of 200 agriculturalists, most from northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. This year’s attendance was nearly double that of a year ago.
Monday, March, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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High hopes for South Dakota pea processing plant
Harlan Smith hopes the new South Dakota Pulse Processors LLC plant, expected to begin operation this summer, will make yellow peas a viable cash crop in central South Dakota.
Monday, March, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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