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ISSUE DATE: 11/11/2013

Signs of the future

By Jennifer M. Latzke

We all see the signs at the edges of fields denoting the varieties in field trials. Farmers go to university and corporate field days where the latest plant hybrids and varieties are on display in real-world growing conditions. They pore over lists of new seed releases and discuss the merits of one plant number over another.

And yet, farmers take for granted that field trials are logical extensions of releasing new and improved crops to boost yields and quality and ultimately our bottom lines.

Adrianne Massey, Ph.D., is the managing director of Science and Regulatory Affairs for the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Massey said the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reported that in 2012, about 12,000 field trials were conducted in the United States—and of those only five were found to be in noncompliance with APHIS regulations.

“Field trials are longstanding tools for managing agricultural research and product development,” Massey said. “They allow universities and companies to test new seed varieties before they are placed on the market in order to verify they are of the highest quality. Field trials also help industry, government and university scientists understand how plants function in real-life growing conditions in different environments and at variable locations.”


NEWS

Co-ops praise Senate Committee's passage of pension bill
EPA releases agency plans for adapting to a changing climate
Field drainage innovations can improve Lake Erie water quality
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passes the FUELS Act
Huck Boyd Institute and Center honors Kansas journalism leaders
Producers seek to extend life of Ogallala Aquifer
The COOL controversy continues
USAID program to develop disease-resistant, heat-tolerant chickens for Africa
USDA undersecretary meets with producers affected by blizzard, urges farm bill passage
Veteran shares perspective about D-Day
Water resources bill clears House with hydro provision
Wheels, task modifications can ease arthritis pain for farmers, ranchers
Youths can receive training, funds to start or operate business

CROPS

Acclaimed documentarian James Moll releases trailer and website for 'Farmland' film
Certification for sustainably grown U.S. soy now available for exporters
Check corn for mycotoxins
CoBank donates $10,000 to Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program
Colorado Conservation Tillage Association offers scholarship
Determine whether protein supplements are needed on cornstalks
Economist evaluates prospects for a rebound in corn prices
Extension to hold Row Crop Fall Update Nov. 12
Fall gypsum applications likely won't result in long-term sulfur for spring planting
Field day shows new cotton varieties
Global warming session attracts large crowd at Kansas water conference
Good corn yields in 2013 despite roller-coaster weather
Great Plains producers could profit from spring canola crops
Increased awareness helps growers avoid deadly grain bin accidents
Iowa Learning Farms hosts cover crop field days
Kansas Agriculture Technologies Conference set for Jan. 23-24, 2014
Kansas Association of Wheat Growers offers scholarship
Kansas commodity commission elections approaching
Kansas Soybean Expo scheduled for Jan. 8
Kansas State will lead effort to develop climate-resilient wheat
K-State agronomy professor honored as 2013 Crop Science Fellow
K-State Grain Science Complex expands
Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board to meet
Nebraska Wheat Board announces November meeting
New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference scheduled Dec. 3
O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center focuses on future of feed industry
Oklahoma Farm Bureau disappointed with water resources board ruling
Oklahoma works to keep the taps running
OSU Extension small grains specialist receives national award
OSU Winter Crop School slated Dec. 10-11
Quickly connect with Kansas Soybean online, on the go
Rain may slow harvest by up to a week
Red River Crops Conference set for Jan. 28-29, 2014, in Altus
Risk Assessed Marketing Workshops for ag producers planned
Signs of the future
Sorghum group announces annual scholarship contest
Sorghum U is back by popular demand, will expand with new locations
Soy organization support helps nourish 3,000 Honduran children
Specialty Crop Block Grants awarded
Strong pace of corn and soybean exports
Texas pecan crop light but of high quality
UNL partners with African scientists on fertilizer research
Winter canola 2013 acreage increases significantly
WSU coach Gregg Marshall to give keynote address at Kansas agribusiness convention

LIVESTOCK

30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering pays tribute to horsemen Tom, Bill Dorrance
4-H horse club celebrates National 4-H Week with entertaining video
About 2,200 cattle lost in Nebraska counties during blizzard
AgriLife Extension publications available on livestock industry impact to Ogallala Aquifer
AQHA World Show to host first-ever Para-Reining competition
Arkansas Festival Grant program monies available
Beef feeding input costs and hay waste among symposium topics
BIF to host genetic prediction workshop
Blach to deliver market outlook during KLA Convention
Blizzard resources available to help producers
Bull market is strong; bull sale sets new record
Cattle on feed numbers released
Cattle theft suspect apprehended
Conference to focus on beef barns
Creekstone Farms reopens following fire
Deworming isn't one-size-fits-all
Farmers learn to make low-cost milk at Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference
Federal appeals court halts horse slaughterhouses
Follow state regulations when disposing of dead livestock
Four States Cattle Conference set for Dec. 3 in Texarkana
Free BQA training session planned in Winfield
'Grab Reality by the Horns' cattle convention promises a full ride
Heifer program designed to aid in building healthy Kansas beef herds
Iowa Pork Industry Center sets PQA Plus 2.0 Advisor session
KDA works to expand beef cattle export opportunities in Russia
KLA offers reward to help solve theft
Livestock expo entry numbers ahead of records set in 2012
Mizzou meat team makes the cut at 2013 Eastern National
More organizations support AHC Welfare Code
MSGA, MCW Annual Convention and Trade Show to be in Billings, Dec. 12-14
MU Swine Institute looks at PEDV containment, Nov. 13
National Western Stock Show is looking for volunteers
New leadership represents Texas cattle producers
NMSU to host cattle pregnancy diagnosis school in Abiquiu
NMSU's Ranch Management Series focuses on restocking strategies for ranchers
Oklahoma Cattlemen photo contest deadline Dec. 15
Oklahoma Cattlemen support NCBA-PAC in action
Polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation recommended for some horses
Program for veterans gives ranching experience, healing
Ranch family community gathering planned in Eagle Butte, S.D.
Rawhide Portable Corral offers Rawhide Processor
Reasons to buy 'Show-Me-Select' heifers are abundant
Test, monitor herds for trichomoniasis
Till recipient of S.D. beef scholarship
Trailer stolen near St. John
UNL animal scientist named in list of top 50 beef industry leaders
USMEF Strategic Planning Conference opens
Why don't horses have a gallbladder?

EDITOR

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Task force aims to increase the value of U.S. soybeans
Timing is everything

COLUMNS

BASF to help farmers produce more
Company releases new field-specific corn hybrids
Controlled-release fertilizer protects nitrogen under less than optimal conditions
Dealer adds five Colorado locations
Doing nothing is not a strategy
Dry grain calculator app available
Fewer greenhouse gases is an additional perk
Spotty rain has continued to be the story

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales summary
Apache livestock auction report
Beneficial rainfall for northeast part of state Oklahoma
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Corn harvest beginning Minnesota
Corn, soybean harvest advances rapidly iowa
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Dry conditions allow for harvest progress Colorado
Dry conditions allow some harvest Nebraska
Ericson livestock auction report
Fort Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains all closed lower
Harvest hindered by rains Kansas
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most alfalfa harvest wrapped up New Mexico
Most hay classes selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Rains limit harvest progress Missouri
Row crops in mostly fair to good condition Arkansas
Salina livestock auction report
Snow and cooler temps recorded Wyoming
Tulsa livestock sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wet fields slow row crop harvest South Dakota
Woodward livestock sales report

RANGE

AgriLife Research ecologist: Production comes after restoration of rangeland
Increasing profits while regenerating resources
Limit risk for prussic acid poisoning
Testing for prussic acid

FAMILY

6 chosen as National FFA officers to conclude 86th National FFA Convention & Expo
BirdSpotter photo contest begins
Food and friends make down time delicious
Grants to farmers markets available
'H.U.G.S.' program helps needy youth
Hmong farmers take part in MU Extension's Midwest Winter Vegetable Production tour
'Is Your Hamburger Killing the Planet?' Food for Thought lecture set for Nov. 19
Let's talk turkey
Make sure heating system is in working order before you need it
Meditation
Money available for development of new community gardens
Register now for UNL's Master Gardener program
Sesame Street characters to promote fresh fruit, vegetable consumption to kids
Take a stand against sitting
USFWS endorses lesser prairie chicken plan
West a good starter home, or for those wanting to downsize

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