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Army cutworms spotted in winter wheat

Army cutworms have been spotted feeding on winter wheat seedlings in fields located in South Dakota. The specifics for South Dakota are pertinent to many other winter wheat fields outside of the state. An Extension specialist also provides identification specifics.

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Soy and wheat futures starred for the ag markets Wednesday

Corn futures rebounded Wednesday. The USDA Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports sent corn prices tumbling Tuesday, but the market firmed overnight. Prices staged a moderate recovery this afternoon, with sentiment surging after the weekly EIA energy report stated domestic ethanol stocks at their lowest level since early January. May corn futures closed 5.5 cents higher at $3.8175/bushel Wednesday, while December moved up 6.0 to $4.0675.

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USDA to provide funds for ag working lands, grasslands, wetlands

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept ACEP applications to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect the nation's critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species.

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BioConsortia notes success on many fronts

March marked the first anniversary of BioConsortia, Inc., with major U.S. operations. The ag biotech company noted a lot has happened in one short year, and it announced field work that will be occurring in 2015.

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University of Idaho researcher looks at weed biocontrol

Mark Schwarzländer, University of Idaho CALS professor of entomology and biological control of weeds, counts himself among the dwindling number of land-grant university researchers who focus exclusively on weed biocontrol.

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Iowa farmland prices down 7.6 percent in 6 months

Farmland prices in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, are down by an average 7.6 percent over the past six months and 11 percent from a year ago, pressured by lower grain prices and firmer interest rates, according to a survey released Tuesday.

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