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Biofuel growth hurt by uncertain pricing of credits

Restricting prices of biofuels credits is one reform of U.S. government's biofuels policy that could stimulate long-awaited growth of the advanced fuels industry, Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy said in a report on Thursday.

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Soy complex softens as weekend nears

Rainy weather may have affected corn futures. The corn market seemingly had few reasons to rally Friday, especially with the stock market diving and the U.S. dollar rebounding. The yellow grain may simply have reacted to firm soy and wheat quotes, but one also has to wonder if the early strength reflected ongoing planting delays and forecasts for wet, cool weather into early May. May corn futures rose 3.5 cents to $3.7975/bushel in late Friday action, while December added 3.0 to $4.0325.

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Don’t let downy mildew knock down your sunflowers

With the ability to wipe out large portions of sunflowers and significantly decrease yield, downy mildew is one of the most devastating diseases that can strike sunflower fields. A soilborne pathogen that travels via water with “swimming” spores, downy mildew can be costly for growers.

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Study shows NUE trait increases biomass of sugarcane

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. announced the results of a new study conducted by the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI). The study, published in the scientific journal Plant Cell Reports, showed significant improvements in plant growth parameters and biomass in sugarcane lines incorporating Arcadia’s Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) trait.

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Rainy weather affecting corn futures Friday at midday

Rainy weather may be starting to affect corn futures. The corn market seemingly had few reasons to rally this morning, especially with the stock market diving and the U.S. dollar rebounding. The yellow grain may simply be reacting to firm soy and wheat quotes, but one also has to wonder if today’s early strength reflects ongoing planting delays and forecasts for wet, cool weather into early May. May corn futures gained 2.75 cents to $3.79/bushel late Friday morning, while December added 2.0 to $4.0225.

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House Committee calls for repeal of Waters of the U.S. proposal

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Public Lands Council as well as other associations applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for sending a clear message to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is an expansion of federal jurisdiction that strips rights from private property owners.

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