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ISSUE DATE: 10/01/2012

Cooperative effort is powerful tool for soybean breeding programs

By Doug Rich

he key to a successful soybean-breeding program is to collect useful data every year, even when growing conditions are not ideal. Although drought could claim some field trials this year, soybean-breeding programs around the country have developed strategies to mitigate the impact of drought.

"Knowing that drought strikes in different parts of the country each year, what we in soybean breeding have done is develop a network of breeders all working on drought," Tommy Carter, Ph.D., research geneticist and soybean breeder with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, said. "Even if it is too dry in one area we can still get data. Building in this redundancy is our single most powerful way to overcome production problems. If we did not do this it would probably cut our rate of progress in half."


NEWS

Ag Ventures Alliance makes gift for new projects
Agriculture department spurs exports
Animal health study a 'game changer' for cancer research
Aromatic Cedar Association to discuss economic benefits of redcedar
Congress exits Washington minus farm bill passage
Delegation from Ukraine learns about U.S. agriculture
Grants will improve wetland habitats
Kansas receives grant to support new school meal requirements
Kickapoo Tribe hosts 2012 Fall Forestry Field Day
Monitor your sodium intake
Report: America trashes 40 percent of food supply
Rural Fire 80/20 operational grants available
Ugandan dignitaries visit Oklahoma
UNL CASNR to hold open house Nov. 3
USDA establishes national watershed research network
USDA to increase farmers market participation in SNAP
USDA, partner agencies to hold regional meetings to coordinate long-term drought response

CROPS

Ag education showcased in new state fair building
Agritourism attractions offer 'Teachable Moments'
Bean breeders converge on Scottsbluff research plots
CDA hosts tour of Palisade Insectary
Conference spotlights organic agriculture
Cooperative effort is powerful tool for soybean breeding programs
Detect soybean cyst nematode by taking soil samples
Directors elected to the Nebraska Soybean Board
Drought won't dry up soybean yield, quality contests
Economist: Questions about corn acreage remain
Extension offers small-business development workshops
Farm Bureau leader appointed to state advisory board
Farmers Royalty Company, OACD to partner on Conservation Youth Awards
Governor's Water Conference to highlight policy, research developments
Iowa Farm Bureau announces 2012 friends of agriculture
Iowa State scientists discover how nematodes attacks plants
ISU scientists' water quality research receives prestigious award
Joplin livestock auction report
NCGA comments on RFS, biofuels
New America Needs Farmers website offers fun facts on food, farming, football
Oklahoma Oilseed Commission, OSU partner to improve canola
Panhandle irrigators planning for ongoing drought
Poll: Rural Nebraskans concerned about future for small businesses
Pricing drought-stressed corn silage/stover
Private pesticide applicator license training is Oct. 11
Pushmataha Field Tour enhances landowner management choices
Rationing the 2012 U.S. soybean crop
Research highlights increase of mobile usage in the ag industry
Sorghum has potential as bioenergy crop
Sunflower Showcase focuses on production and management advice
The Minnesota Project to host Centered on Sustainability series
Tracking international market signals
U.S. soy trade relationships grow in September
UNL dryland cropping specialist moves on
Use long-term trends as planning guide
Using irrigated winter wheat to balance crop water use
Wallace County youth earns 2012 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship
Webcast addresses breakdown of soybean cyst nematode-resistant varieties

LIVESTOCK

2012 Alltech National Horse Show set for Oct. 31 to Nov. 4
4S Goat Expo offers seminar, show and sale
American Lamb Board meets to address market challenges
Animal science professor honored
Bison workshop set for Sept. 29
Bovine veterinary students receive scholarships
Bull soundness clinics planned for October
Calendar features ranch scenes, famous Longhorns
Cattle on feed numbers released
Certified Angus Beef brand partners enjoy record June
Colorado Horsemen's Convention set for Oct. 6
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease diagnosed in Colorado
First qualifier held for 2013 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
Juniors parade top animals at National Junior Limousin Show and Congress
Kansas Auctioneer's Association to hold competition in Plainville
KCA pleased with changes coming to the beef checkoff
K-State Olathe Campus to host animal welfare seminar
Local egg farmers, chefs serve healthy lunch to students
MU Extension to host Southern Missouri Sheep and Goat Conference
National Jersey Queen to be selected
NCBA educates Capitol Hill on estate tax effects
New structure brings focus, flexibility to checkoff
NMSU students explore career opportunities in New Mexico's equine industry
Red Angus, Simmental associations hold Beef Profit Alliance
Robotics signal next generation of dairy farming
Rove, Black highlight KLA Convention program
SowBridge educational series begins fifth year of distance education
Vote Bison coalition supports designation of bison as national mammal
Watch withdrawal times carefully

EDITOR

Farm bill affects all of us and needs to be passed
It all started with a cheesy breadstick
Uncertainty in D.C.

COLUMNS

Just a scoop full
The life you change may be your own
The Nanny Goat Diaries
What will you do?

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Bloomfield feeder cattle auction report
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Cooler week, but return to dry conditions
Cooler, dry weather covers state
Corn harvest wrapping up
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Farmers busy harvesting grain, planting wheat
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains close lower
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter sales report
Ideal harvest conditions
Keoco Feeder cattle auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock market report
Moisture still needed
Most hay types selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
One-fifth of wheat, canola planted
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Significant soybean harvest progresses
Soil moisture levels very short
Spotty rainfall around state
Springfield livestock auction report
State still suffering from dry conditions
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Warm, dry weather pattern continues
Weather aids crop dry down
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

Fall army worms threaten forages in the Ozarks
Feeding hay now enables grass recovery

FAMILY

4-H exchange program adds global perspective for youth, communities
4-H Science Day to focus on robotics, can-do attitude
Colorado Ag Hall of Fame award nominations open
Corn for the eye and for eating
Crazy in love
Creamy, dreamy sweet and savory recipes
Dodge City hosting PRCA rodeo camp
Kansas 4-H to offer Dog Lover's Weekend
Kenton perfect for first time homeowners
Learn to can meats and wild game
Meditation
National 4-H Council supports Invest an Acre program
NILE Rodeo tickets on sale
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever to host National Bird Dog Classic
Prepare lawns now to get green in spring
Raised bed gardening offers many advantages
Seal gaps and cracks to save money
The good and bad of pocket gophers
Trees add value to a landscape
Workshops will cover high tunnel production

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