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Crop, livestock markets diverged Monday morning

Short covering reportedly boosted crop markets Monday morning. Tomorrow’s big USDA Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports could spark strong reactions in the crop markets, so traders are probably squaring positions beforehand. Indeed, wire service reports cited short-covering for today’s early corn strength. Concurrent soybean and wheat gains are likely pulling corn higher as well. May corn futures edged up 2.0 cents to $3.93/bushel late Monday morning, while December added 1.75 to $4.165.


Syngenta files azoxystrobin infringement lawsuit

Syngenta announced it has sued agrochemical maker Willowood, LLC, Willowood USA, LLC, Willowood Azoxystrobin, LLC, and Willowood Limited (collectively “Willowood”) for patent and copyright infringement, as well as unfair and deceptive trade practices.


The Fertilizer Institute honors five farmers, retailers

Five American farmers and their fertilizer retail partners have been named as 4R Grower Advocates for 2015 by the Fertilizer Institute (TFI). The winners represent growers and retailers across the nation who are dedicated to the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship - using the right nutrient source at the right rate, the right time and in the right place.


More rain needed to make the 2015/16 HRW crop

Spring came early in most parts of the U.S. hard red winter (HRW) wheat belt this year and revealed a crop that looks promising overall — but one that needs a good boost of moisture.


PHC signs distribution agreement with TH Agri-Chemicals

Plant Health Care, a provider of biological products to global agriculture markets, announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with TH Agri-Chemicals, Inc., for the use of Plant Health Care's (PHC) proprietary Harpin αβ protein technology for foliar application in sSpecialty crops in the central U.S.


Five sales obstacles and how to overcome them

Veteran salespeople know that while every customer is unique, the obstacles to a sale are predictably the same and occur rather frequently. Once you understand these obstacles and the strategies to overcome them, you will have all of the tools you need to make the sale.


SDSU biologist uncovering path to drought-tolerant soybeans

Hot, dry conditions can wreak havoc on a field of soybeans. According to the National Center for Soybean Technology, “drought is the greatest threat to profitability.” Work underway at South Dakota State University may change that.


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