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Tara McHugh, director of the Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California, and her team in the Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit are experts at solving food-manufacturing problems by using cutting-edge processing technologies. They have helped numerous small businesses, such as…

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Nufarm Americas, Inc., Morrisville, North Carolina, has launched Panther MTZ herbicide. Panther MTZ is the latest in Nufarm’s portfolio of innovative Panther herbicides formulated to help growers gain weed management efficacy, resistance management and lasting residual control that improves …

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If knowledge is king, then data is the key advisor. Mitchell Hora spoke at High Plains Journal’s Soil Health U event, held Jan. 22 to 23 in Salina, Kansas, about using soil health data to guide every decision on the farm from fertility to water use.

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Cason Liebst has a passion for agriculture and the drive to inform consumers about what farmers and ranchers do. This led to him being chosen as the recipient of the 2020 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship. Liebst, a fourth generation farmer, will receive $1,000 per year as he attends Fort Ha…

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Pre-harvest sprouting of grain occurs in all crops but can be more of an issue in sorghum because of the exposed nature of the grain. Sprouting becomes an issue when sorghum grain has reached maturity and is exposed to long periods of wet, warm weather.

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Across the Southern Plains and beyond, cotton growers are preparing to harvest their fields on a year full of twists and turns no one could have predicted. Yields are expected to be low, and coupled with a number of other challenges, the cotton infrastructure of west Texas and Oklahoma could…

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Despite the limitations of international travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Nebraska Corn Board recently hosted two trade teams to promote the state’s corn, ethanol, distillers grains, beef and pork industries to international customers. The visits were held virtually and were …

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There is often fear associated with grazing alfalfa due to bloat potential or hurting the alfalfa stand. These are very valid concerns, but with additional management and timing alfalfa stands can provide supplemental forage. In a haying system during the spring and summer, fall and winter g…

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An uptick in shipping agricultural commodities should be welcome news for the maritime industry and for farmers, according to several speakers who spoke at the recent Inland Marine Expo 2020/Virtual, an event produced by Waterways Journal.

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture has funds available for reimbursement to Kansas specialty crop growers who attend an educational conference with a primary focus on specialty crops. Qualifying conferences may include sessions about production practices, specialized equipment and technolo…

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Early indications show Texas rice farmers produced a bumper crop amid a market that could experience a price increase due to crop losses in other rice-producing states, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.

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Soybean growers are finishing a wild year with unpredictable peaks and valleys with more to be happy about than farmers who planted corn.

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Before sending Alfalfa U attendees home with a vision of alfalfa’s future, Suresh Bhamidimirri, research scientist for Corteva Agriscience, had to take them back in time.

He explained that 30 to 50 years ago alfalfa research was based on what the producer needed to survive winter’s ravages and drought conditions, which included preserving high yields and offering hardiness. While all of that research made alfalfa the third most valuable crop after corn and soybeans, it didn’t do much to improve the alfalfa plant itself.

Present day researchers are using new technologies to give alfalfa its due as queen of the forages.

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The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 can be used by farmers and ranchers to help them through a difficult year, according to the Oct. 8 webinar conducted by Kansas State University’s agricultural economics program.

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Kansas farmers are just finishing planting and watching their 2021 wheat crop emerge, but world buyers are already highly anticipating next summer’s harvest. Each month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture keeps producers and end-users alike up-to-date on the latest projections for U.S. and g…

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Across the country farmers are putting in long hours as they find themselves in the middle of fall harvest. For many, this is the most exciting time of the year. Months of hard work and decision-making are finally coming to fruition. It’s the report card of the growing season and it’s the fi…

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"One size fits all." That's a common saying, but it's not always true, especially when it comes to spraying pesticides on crops. There are dozens of specialty crops, and different crops require different amounts of pesticide spray to achieve effective pest or disease control.

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The National Cotton Council will conduct the 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences virtually on Jan. 5 to 7 due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19’s spread.

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Demonstrating the versatility of wild rice, a Thai-infused chicken soup and a citrusy twist on fresh-roasted asparagus are this year’s winners of the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council’s “Get Wild with Wild Rice Recipe Contest.” Contestants from Utah and Wisconsin took home the cash awar…

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For farmers, quickly measuring samples of wheat, barley, soybeans, rice or other products to determine which are ready to harvest reduces uncertainty and saves time. It also reduces risk of buyer rejection due to improper moisture content, and maximizes the sales price by enabling the optimu…

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The ServiTech Bridge Field Intelligence platform has been updated to include key new features for growers and ag retailers. Bridge uses both in-field sensors and analytics to give growers vital information on dryland and irrigated acres, and other key analytics right in the palm of their han…

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Ancient farmers began domesticating wild annual plants approximately 10,000 years ago. Eventually, farmers became dependent upon annual grain crops, and according to Brandon Schlautman of The Land Institute, diverse natural ecosystems were inadvertently converted to monoculture annual agro-e…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the final rule for its Conservation Stewardship Program. The rule makes updates to the popular conservation program as directed by the 2018 farm bill and integrates feedback from agricultural producers and others.

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Brent Robertson, wheat farmer and former District 7 representative of the Nebraska Wheat Board, was recently appointed by Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve on the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant Variety Protection Board. His term began immediately after his appointment and expi…

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Christian De Guzman has joined the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture as an assistant professor and rice breeder at the Rice Research and Extension Center.

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The second annual celebration of World Cotton Day on Oct. 7 is set to once again pay tribute to what’s often called the “most important natural fiber in the world.” This year, the observance will come to life through virtual events covering an array of topics surrounding cotton, hosted by ke…

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Texas peanut harvest is underway, and producers are expecting lower per-acre yields than last season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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At its recentannual meeting, Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Cooperative Association announced fiscal year-end further cash distribution to its grower-owners totaling $24.73 million. The distribution, to be completed this month, consists of $9.59 million in cash dividends and $15.14 million in s…

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With droughty conditions across Nebraska and late season moisture regenerating stands of alfalfa, is there still an opportunity to take October alfalfa cuttings? And which stands could handle a late season cut?

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A new publication from University of Wyoming Extension outlines management considerations or remediation needed to support Wyoming range with alkaline soils.

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In my closet is a box of ribbons from 11 years of 4-H projects. There are a lot of blues, a smattering of reds and whites and a few purples and rosettes. Some have writing on the tag on the back that tells me what year and for what project they were awarded. Many, though, in the haste of pos…

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2021 new crop sunflower prices are out at the ADM Enderlin crush plant with cash contracts available. NuSun is at $17.75 with high oleic at $18.00. Something else to consider is the oil premiums that crush plants pay on sunflower. Sunflower is the only oilseed that pays premiums for oil cont…

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When Leo Budy enrolled in the chemical engineering program at the University of Kansas, a classmate told him that the KU Biodiesel Initiative sought new volunteers. The grassroots, student-run operation produces biodiesel from used cooking oil generated on campus. He eagerly checked into it …

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Growing successful field crops is a science, one that is learned and improved upon with years of experience. But sometimes it just makes sense to start with the basics.

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For the week ending Sept. 27, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following corn and soybean crop conditions:

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Soybean farmers will be heading into the fields over the next few months to harvest soybeans that will be used in everything from food to fuel, and with this new product, on the road. The city of Sioux Falls and the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council partnered to apply a soy…

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced Ducks Unlimited and partners have been awarded an $8.73 million NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant to develop a producer-focused program, named Scaling Soil Health in the Prairie Pothole Region. The program will …

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Seed prices started moving higher at the crush plants, increasing $0.25 to $0.40 for NuSun and high oleics. Bird food prices remain within range of market highs in the Dakotas. The weather forecast for the next two weeks is predicting above normal temperatures and drier than normal moisture …