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Hybrid maturities for delayed planting

Delayed planting seasons create a lot of frustrations for everyone involved with planting crops. One of the agronomic questions that comes up when planting is seriously delayed is whether farmers should consider switching from their normal full-season maturity hybrids to shorter-maturity hybrids.`

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FBI workshop and outreach programs

A Chemical Facility Outreach Exchange conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation will provide an unclassified overview of current intelligence concerning chemical threats, the FBI's mitigation strategy, and a forum for exchanging best practices aimed at keeping high risk chemical facilities secure from all adversaries. This is the last of three such exchanges being held in the nation this spring.

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USDA data weighs on grain markets

USDA data is weighing on the grain markets. Tuesday’s belated release of the weekly USDA Crop Progress report likely spurred overnight selling; that apparently continued this morning. Not only did the report indicate corn plantings still ahead of normal, the initial corn condition rating at 74% good-to-excellent was better than normal. The market may also be suffering from follow-through selling in the wake of yesterday’s dollar-driven drop. Traders cited dollar strength for midday losses.

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Actions, inactions impact soil health

Much of the debate over soil is driven by producers’ desire to maximize profit while getting the most out of their land in the form of high yields. Producers weigh the cost of more inputs to the soil against the return they will get from higher yields.

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Precision Tank acquires A&B Welding

Precision Tank announced the acquisition of A&B Welding of Thompson, Iowa, a manufacturer of field-erected tanks and general contracting services. The acquisition is a key element in Precision Tank’s growth strategy to expand and diversify in the agricultural tank marketplace.

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Calif. delta farmers agree to cut water use

On May 22, an announcement was made that farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta of California will give up a quarter of their water this season. This will require leaving land unplanted or finding other ways to reduce water use such as switching to lower-use water crops or adding new technology irrigation.

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