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ISSUE DATE: 02/22/2010

Variety development is a numbers game

By Larry Dreiling

The fall harvest was delayed in many areas last fall--but imagine how slow it would be to harvest one row at a time and stop every five feet to collect a sample. Soybean breeders dealt with the same delays that slowed harvest for producers across the country, plus they had to collect data along the way.

Even though the process to develop new soybean varieties has been shortened, thanks to marker-assisted selection and seed chipping, it still takes time.

"It takes seven years from the time the first pollination is done for the first cross to an actual variety," Les Kuhlman, soybean product development at Pioneer, said. "As a breeder we have to be steering the ship at least 10 years in advance; so, what I am doing now has to be applicable seven years from now, because that is when these products will make a difference."

Kuhlman is in charge of the soybean research station in Lawrence, Kan., that produces varieties for Kansas and western Missouri.

"It is a real investment of time and resources," Roy Fuchs, director of soybean research at Monsanto, said.


NEWS

AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers take top honors¬ ¬ 
AFBF: Focus on food sustainability is Field to Market initiative
Alliance will improve maize harvests, livelihoods in Africa
American Agri-Women concerned about estate tax legislation
ARRA projects in Nebraska in progress
Bennet, Udall, Markey urge Department of Justice to investigate failure of New Frontier Bank
Black farmers to rally in Virginia
Chapkin gets grant from Cancer Prevention and Research Institute
Ethanol, South American crop, wheat bounty market factors
Expert sees bright side for snowy Nebraska
Farm Bureau delegates send strong climate message
Farming, ranching with arthritis workshop will be March 5 in Torrington
Global town hall discussed how to feed a hungry world, preserve water, improve lives
Governor honors program that affects every Coloradan
Horner challenges climate change data
Housing funds available from USDA Rural Development loan program funded at highest level in 15 years
ISU College Of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents awards to faculty, staff
Kevin Hackett named Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service distinguished educator
Larimer County rancher appointed to Colorado State Fair Board of Authority
Legislators attempt to sell property rights down the river
Leopold Center study shows increased local food impact from metro areas
MarketPlace offers opportunity for growth
Master Farmers give personal, financial advice at young farmers' convention in Osage Beach
Merge mingles college and institute
Missouri food stamp error puts hold on digital records
Money Talk series set for March
New watchdog website monitors the HSUS
NMSU's research efforts span the continents
Obama envoys head to Afghanistan to tout ag reform
Oklahoma Carbon Program accepting applications
Patil receives Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for Research On-Campus
Photo contest winners feature Colorado ag
Program helps aging, injured producers get 'back in the saddle'
ServSafe training for food handlers
Speakers added to governor's ag conference lineup
Texas Tech, Pantex to study wind farm feasibility
U.S. tells Afghans to grow grapes not opium poppy
UNL scientists take to the sky for research
USDA announces USB farmer-leader appointments
USDA highlights impact of Recovery Act on rural America
USDA launches Open Government Initiative website
USDA Rural Development offers Rural Business Enterprise Grants
Vilsack announces capacity building efforts in Afghanistan
Walsh Wind for Schools celebration held

CROPS

"Rural Funding Opportunities" programs that prepare youth for 21st century
2009 distillers grains exports shatter previous record
2010 chemigation training free of charge
Chickasha site of next Eastern Red Cedar meeting
Continued growth expected in seed treatment market
Corn and soybean growers share on-farm research
Cotton honors Jack McDonald
Distinguished Service Award honors Bill Lovelady
Economist predicts bright future for biodiesel
Economists predict cotton acres to rebound over next decade
EPA rules show corn ethanol reduces emissions
Extension can help with wheat decisions
Ground Water Awareness Week slated for March 7 to 13
Herbicide-resistant crops may lead to weed resistance
Insect judging clinic set for March 27
It was all about the state budget at Kansas Commodity Classic
Knorr-Holden Corn plot, Scottsbluff Experiment Substation full of history
Lowes receives $35,000 fine
Manage soybean cyst nematode to manage sudden death syndrome
More clean water work in Oklahoma funded by stimulus
National Cotton Council 2010 state unit officers named
NBB disappointed by delay in extending biodiesel tax incentive
NCC survey suggests U.S. producers to plant 10.1 million acres of upland/ELS cotton in 2010
NCGA takes positive story on ag and the environment to energy efficiency forum
No-till is continuous no-till
Oklahoma cotton acreage expected to increase
Oklahoma farm family places canola in crop rotations
OSU's Don Murray named SWSS Weed Scientist of the Year
Peanut production workshop slated for March 1
Pecan farmers expecting good crop
Quality is important with stored corn
Research team examines molecular basis of plant immune response
Smith to lead the National Cotton Council in 2010
Sorghum producers invited to meeting in Granada Feb. 23
Soybean checkoff selects USSEC as international marketing contractor
Sunflower production workshop slated for March 5 in Lubbock
Texas Pierce's disease symposium set for March 2
Texas wheat acreage down 16 percent
Tom Vilsack to speak at Commodity Classic
U.S. winter wheat seedings down 14 percent; Wyoming unchanged
UAPB feed study could help catfish farmers boost bottom line
UNL Extension offers Crop Scout Training in March
Variety development is a numbers game
Weather and marketing seminars scheduled for Feb. 23, Feb. 26 in Amarillo
Wheat Marketing Center hosts food scientist from Taiwan

LIVESTOCK

2010 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences slated for March 9 to 12
Ag advocate wants producers to tell their story
Air filters can help prevent hog disease outbreak
Alliance welcomes Agri-Pulse's Sara Wyant as summit moderator
Annual survey of producers shows continued approval of Beef Checkoff
Calving season brings stress, results
Calving season brings stress, results
Cattle vaccines may cut risk, but who pays?
Cold-stressed calves ate more starter, kept growing
Dairy industry delivers on first lady's childhood obesity challenge
Family donates $7M cattle ranch to Missouri State
Forage plant wards off ruminant gastrointestinal nematode
Iowa Beef Industry Council elects officers and seats new director
ISU veterinary researcher develops new reporting process for livestock studies
LLB's Coakley named Limousin Promoter of the Year
Man happy to call Hastings home
Missouri couple wins Limousin Commercial Producer of the Year
Missouri Extension to host Dairy Profit Seminars
Montana gets first statewide bighorn sheep plan
Mountain States Beef Expo provides opportunity to showcase livestock
NCBA files petition for reconsideration and stay of EPA's endangerment finding
New Iowa Beef Center director has big 'boots' to fill
New officers elected to the American Lamb Board
New website features empower consumers for meat case decisions
Oklahoma Pork Congress rescheduled for March 25
Paraguayan kidnap victim's family donates cattle
Presentation to focus on advances in dairy reproduction
Producers can manage genetic defects in cattle
Shock & Awe, Gran Torino win Fort Worth Hereford Show
South Carolina farmer brings dairy freshness to stores
Spring 2010 Hereford Sire Summary now available
Spring Creeks Cattle Co. selected Limousin Commercial Marketing Booster of the Year
Stone County Dairy Day is Feb. 24 in Crane
Study shows male erectile dysfunction drug enhances fetal growth in female sheep
Study shows moving pigs inside has huge benefit
Talk to your veterinarian, test your herd
Tools for improving manure management workshop offered March 4
U.S. cattle number down, but Arkansas cattle numbers rise
US sharpens rules for organic milk, meat
USDA joins National Dairy Council and NFL in a public-private partnership to improve health and well
Waynoka hosts livestock show
Year-end export totals show positive trends for U.S. pork, beef

EDITOR

Digging out
Optimists create the future
What if I didn't know?

COLUMNS

Fuel treatment liquefies gelled diesel
Gardening experiences
Global warming has left me cold
Just a scoop full
New corn hybrids debut for 2010
New liquid starter formula introduced
Post-emergent herbicide formula approved
The bumper sticker

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock summary news
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Grains see solid gains
Hay sales remain steady
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
McAlester livestock sales report
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt cattle auction report
Salina cattle sales report
Salina cattle sales report
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Joseph feeder pigs
St. Onge livestock sales
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Watertown cattle sales report
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Grass, livestock are both 'crops' of rangeland managers
OSU Range Club making a name for itself
Three-day grazing school to address increased challenges in beef production

FAMILY

Arkansas 4-H hosting 2010 spring break camps
Cleveland County 4-H robotics team receives grant to support activities, competition
College students offered opportunity to experience global agriculture
Complete online hunter education course in Limon
Conference to focus on agritourism, small fruits and vegetables
Dale Lindgren retires from UNL after 34 years
Eighth annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival in Lamar
Food stamp czar critical of Texas privatization
Granola makeovers
It's hard to be the boss
Meditation for 02-22-10
MoGarden classes begin March 1 in Springfield
NMSU battles curly top virus in tomato crops
Pioneer prepared for what Mother Nature can throw at it
Refuel your body with a healthy breakfast
Safely microwave quck and easy meals
Veggie gardening still trending up
Vilsack announces $25 million available in grants for school lunch programs

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