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Commentary: Science is best hope to feed the world safely and affordably

Science, innovation, safety and affordability. Who could oppose United States food policy based on these core principles? Unfortunately, this idea has become unnecessarily controversial in agriculture. The unmerited fear of genetically modified organism crops threatens scientific advancements in biotechnology needed to meet the growing global demand for safe and affordable food. The Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act aims to address unnecessary impediments to feeding the world.

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Silver leaf symptom in corn

Forecasts of unusually low temperatures in late May or early June can set off warning bells for corn growers and lead to fearmongering about frost damage to young corn. Even if frost does not form during these cool nights, minor leaf surface damage can still occur as a result of radiational heat loss from the leaves during cool, calm, clear nights. Such leaf damage results in a curious leaf symptom that may remind you of freezer burn.

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Is there an interaction between ILeVO and pre-emerge herbicides?

Farmers who were lucky enough to plant soybeans and spray pre-emergence herbicides in between rain events may now be seeing discolored or injured seedlings. Reports of fields with these issues are widespread across Indiana, Iowa, and surrounding areas, and many farmers and crop advisors are questioning if damage is more severe when pre-emergence herbicides are applied to fields that have been planted with seed treated with the new fluopyram fungicide seed treatment ILeVO.

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UN Sustainable Energy for All announces global bioenergy initiative

As part of the 2nd Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum taking place at United Nations Headquarters last week, a new multi-stakeholder coalition, co-chaired by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), announced its intention to speed up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy in order to contribute to meeting the SE4ALL goals of doubling the global use of renewable energy and ensuring universal energy access by 2030.

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FAA selects MSU team as Center of Excellence for UAS

After a rigorous competition, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a Mississippi State University team as the FAA's Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS). The COE will focus on research, education and training in areas critical to safe and successful integration of UAS into the nation's airspace.

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Argentina’s labor situation supports soy complex

Financial markets depressed commodity markets Tuesday. Renewed concerns about European Monetary Union and the euro have resurged this week, thereby spurring big U.S. dollar gains and sending stock indexes lower. Both of those reactions are seen as negative for commodity demand, which was probably a big reason corn futures fell today. The outsized wheat breakdown apparently weighed on corn as well. July corn futures settled 5.0 cents lower at $3.55/bushel Tuesday, while December lost 4.5 to $3.7325.

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