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Nebraska Extension will present the fifth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in crops have the opportunity to learn about crop growth and development and basic crop-scouting principles.

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USDA released its planted acres report recently. Area planted to sunflower in 2020 totals 1.54 million acres, up 14% from 2019. Harvested area is expected to increase 18% from last year to 1.47 million acres. Compared with last year, growers in six of the eight major sunflower-producing stat…

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USDA’s Farm Service Agency reminds Iowa producers to complete crop acreage reports by the July 15 deadline. Contact your FSA county office for a list of acreage reporting deadlines by crop.

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Seed to STEM graduates and ag teachers who have received Clean Smoke or Energy in Feed CASE training should apply for mini grants now so that Kansas Corn can get supplies to you during the summer. As always, eligible teachers can receive $250 worth of lab supplies to be used to teach any of …

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For the week ending July 5, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following wheat crop conditions:

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An estimated 17.3% of people worldwide are at risk of inadequate zinc intake; zinc deficiency is a major human health concern. Increasing Zn concentration in wheat grains is highly important, and management strategies to enhance grain Zn concentration can play an important role in fighting n…

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture, in partnership with Governor Polis and the Office of the Attorney General, recently submitted the Colorado State Hemp Management Plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, certifying that the state has the resources and personnel to carry out the prac…

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One year ago, the ethanol industry was zooming on the economic highway and celebrating a big win. The Environmental Protection Agency had finally approved E15 for year-round use and President Donald Trump was visiting Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to take a victory lap.

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So far, experts and farmers alike are calling wheat harvest 2020 one of the fastest and highest yielding harvests they’ve seen in quite some time; however, the fast pace has not kept High Plains Journal’s All Aboard Wheat Harvest crews from taking time to invite Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Ch…

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Rice growers enrolled in the DD50 Rice Management Program can now receive text and email alert reminders for six major milestones throughout the growing season.

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Designing an on-farm system for removing phosphorus in field runoff or subsurface drainage could become easier to do thanks to the "P-Trap," a new software program from Agricultural Research Service scientists and their collaborators.

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Jones Harvesting has bee working almost non-stop since they arrived near Dodge City, Kansas. Crawl up the ladder, jump in the cab and take a ride in the combine as Brian shows you first hand what's been going on in the land of wind and wheat! Follow along with Brian and our other All Aboard …

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GrassWorks Manufacturing, Lincoln, Arkansas, is offering the latest in weed control with its Weed Wiper product. The Weed Wiper eliminates any drift and drip concerns that could fall on valuable legumes, grasses or crops. The GrassWorks Weed Wiper weed control system is different from any ot…

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New realities require new action, Colorado State University is bringing the next best thing to in-field wheat field days—virtual wheat field days. Jerry Johnson, a seasoned veteran of crop variety testing, leads off with a short introduction before nationally renowned CSU wheat breeder Scott…

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The USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture has selected Kansas State University to serve as a center for efforts to improve U.S. winter wheat varieties.

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Merschman Seeds, located in Westpoint, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Merschman Seeds provides financial support to the center and will have a representative serving on the ISRC's industry advisory council, whi…

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Bayer, Leverkusen, Germany, announced on its website on June 24 a series of agreements that will substantially resolve major outstanding Monsanto litigation, including the United States’ Roundup product liability litigation, dicamba drift litigation and PCB water litigation.

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For the week ending June 21, the following sorghum crop conditions were reported by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service:

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Acres U.S.A. is proud to present National Soil Health Day on June 23. Acres U.S.A. started National Soil Health Day in 2019 after discovering the 2008 United States Senate bi-partisan resolution to celebrate soil health and soil health professionals led to little action and change.

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The same coalition of environmental groups that won a lawsuit resulting in the Environmental Protection Agency’s being ordered to revoke its registration of four formulations of dicamba for over-the-top application was back before the same judge June 11, demanding that the EPA be ordered to …

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A couple of years ago, my wife and I gave each of our sons a necklace with a cross, a cross called The Jerusalem Cross. It was meant as a special gift. One of my sons wore it almost all of the time.

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The American Soybean Association was pleased the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has chosen to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s legal authority and deny a petition that sought to invalidate EPA’s Cancellation and Existing Stocks Order issued June 8.

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Kansas Wheat Commission held its first ever virtual trade team on June 10 with customers from Brazil. These customers had the opportunity to learn more about the current wheat crop, growing conditions and updates about how harvest is progressing. The event was moderated by Aaron Harries, VP …

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On June 11, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service announced that private exporters reported 720,000 metric tons of soybean sales to China. Of the total, 63,000 metric tons is for delivery during the 2019-2020 marketing year and 657,000 metric tons is for delivery …

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The famous groundbreakers of history have had two things in common—belief in a set of ideas and a number of critics pushing back on those ideas that probably sounded ridiculous when they were first uttered out loud. Most of Alexander Graham Bell’s friends probably made cuckoo hand signals af…

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From selecting the right cover crop variety to zeroing in on management practices, cover crops can be incredibly complex. However, to truly harness their full potential, it is essential to invest the time into learning more about them.

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When managing your irrigated alfalfa, do not make decisions based on what you see your neighbor doing. Jonathan Aguilar, water resource engineer for Kansas State University Research and Extension, used this example as he discussed water management at the recent Alfalfa U in Dodge City, Kansas.

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High Plains Journal is once again working with Alforex Seeds and John Deere to bring producers Alfalfa U 2021. This one-day event is full of educational opportunities for producers covering topics such as alfalfa production methods, marketing, crop protection, farm finance, and more. Session…

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From the moment the seed enters the ground until the combine rolls through at harvest, balanced crop nutrition is one of the most important factors to impact yield. Achieving balanced crop nutrition is a combination of managing soil fertility and knowing what nutrients are needed by plants f…

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Dirt is what you sweep under the cabin rug, but soil is a living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Soils just don’t happen. Soil is formed from the physical and chemical weathering of rocks.  It is made up mainly of mineral particles, organic materials, air, water, and liv…

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South America’s Parana River system is one of the continent’s most important. The second longest river after the Amazon, it arises in the central Brazilian plateau at the confluence of the Grande and Paranaiba rivers.